Movies, Movies

On this occasion of Good Friday, I'm reminded of all the great Fridays I enjoyed as a kid. Because that's the day the new movies come out. Which, when I was younger, meant Arthur Treachers, or gyros, or some other fast food joint for dinner. Then a movie. Back when it was easy to get …

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G-Force 7 1/2

Smart. Imaginative. Independent. Creative. Hilarious. Sweet. Stubborn. Fun. Those are just some of the words I could use to describe my 7 1/2 year-old daughter. But one of the most fun and imaginative things about her is her willingness to dive into certain shows or characters or movies and not come out of the water …

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2010. That's about …

Eh-vatar

So I guess I was the last self-proclaimed film geek to see Avatar. Back at the end of July (yes, I've been meaning to post about it for that long but haven't made the time) I watched it on Blu-ray, courtesy of the fine folks at Netflix. Is Avatar the biggest box-office hit of all …

Fast Fish

Last Saturday, June 20th, was not only Father's Day, and the birthday of one of my oldest and closest friends, but also the 35th anniversary of the release of JAWS, otherwise known as the second greatest movie ever made. Of course when JAWS was released in the summer of 1975, my family saw it in …

The Last in Line?

Jack Harrison, believed to be the last survivor of "The Great Escape" from Stalag Luft III in WWII (which according to the msn.com article cannot be confirmed), passed away this past Friday in his native Scotland, at the age of 97 (god bless him!). As a camp gardener, Harrison was on the dirt disposal team, …

Doc, Doc, Goose

I'm a big fan of film documentaries. Whether they're specific to one movie (Hearts of Darkness; the Jaws documentary that originally appeared on the super laserdisc set), one personality (Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures), or a decade's worth of cinema (Easy Riders, Raging Bulls; A Decade Under The Influence). This week, I had the …

Kaiju Koincidence

I'm reminded today by the good folks at Bradley On Film that May 7th is the fabulous director Ishiro Honda's birthday, a day where he would have been 99 years young. It's also my daughter's 7th birthday today. Considering how a couple of years ago she fell in love with Godzilla movies (and who wouldn't!), it's …