Dresser

Why do TV characters always push dressers in front of doors they want to block people from opening? It was easy to push the dresser over there. It would be easy to push it out of the way. Then when someone does get through the door, they run away by going up. Up is a dead end. Sometimes TV makes no sense.

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Not Likely

Some things are just not likely. Like this: supposed there was a woman of color who directed movies. Not a movie star, but a director. And suppose there was a Barbie doll made in her honor. Then suppose the doll sold out in 17 minutes. The reality is not likely, but it’s awesome.

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Solar

If The Graduate came out today, the advice given to Dustin Hoffman wouldn’t be “plastics” but “solar.” That’s where the economy needs to go, must go, will go. Countries that get there first will be the countries that survive the coming catastrophe. Young people looking for work, I’m telling you right now, solar is where it’s at.

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One Liners

He used one-liners from movies for everything. It was as if he never had an original thought, but could only regurgitate things he’d memorized. The strange thing was, it was always appropriate. It always worked in the context where he used it. He could learn the entire dialog from a movie in just one viewing. I once asked him if he didn’t start talking until he was old enough to watch movies, but his response was a line from War of the Worlds.

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The Early Bird Show

Don’t you love the early bird matinee? If you go to a movie at 11 AM or noon, you can save a quarter on the admission price. Sunday at my local multiplex the early bird matinee for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” was absolutely crammed. Everyone was old like me. It looked like they bused in every senior citizens in Albuquerque for the show. We all recognized everyone in the story, laughed, cried, and applauded at the end in a way that younger people wouldn’t understand. You cannot make me believe that all elders are ultra conservative right wing voters. The emotion in that theater was not right wing.

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Silkies

Seal
Silkies are seals who can shed their skin and walk the earth as women. If they want, they can slip back into their sealskin and become water creatures again. I saw The Secret of Roan Inish, a favorite movie, in which the skin literally looked like a seal that you had to climb into like a tight dress. That seemed reasonable as a viewer. Then I saw Lost Girl, where the sealskin was just a hunk of folded fur that you clutched next to yourself as you entered the ocean. That doesn’t seem reasonable as a viewer. I’m willing to make allowances – willing suspension of disbelief and all that – but at least make it sensible, people.

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The Phone

I entered the theater to watch “Much Ado About Nothing” and turned off the ringer on my phone. I stuffed the phone in my purse. A couple of hours later I dug it out to turn the ringer on. It was boiling hot. The battery was almost gone. I couldn’t see that the phone had been doing anything, but obviously it was. Perhaps it recorded Nathan Fillian saying “I’m an ass” 10 times. That would be a fun ringtone.

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Robot

Robot & Frank poster
Robot & Frank poster

May I recommend the delightful movie Robot & Frank for your viewing pleasure. Frank is a retired second story man who suffers from Alzheimer’s. His son gets him a health care aide who is a robot. If you are sick of the horrifying movies that are so popular today, you will love this charming and sensitive story.

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Go See It

poster for the secret of roan inish

Down at the multiplex today, every movie ever made is showing, for one day only. The one I urge you to go see is “The Secret of Roan Inish.” Irish mythology, no violence, a beautiful story. Yep. Go see it.

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Artists

The first lady of the United States presented the Oscar for best picture last night at the Oscars. She talked about how important the art and artists in Hollywood are to the country and the world. You know what? What she said is true for all artists: writers, visual artists, musicians and every other creative individual. Tell your stories. Write.

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