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Rob
Date: 2012-01-02 10:29
Subject: 2011: A Few Numbers
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Looking back at 2011, I've compiled some stats with the help of my Moleskine diary.

190: number of movies I watched
41: mystery green statistic
46: number of times we ordered from Art of Pizza
$1336: approximate total cost of these pizzas

Movie-viewing is down from the previous year, while Art of Pizza-consumption is up. Hmm.
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Rob
Date: 2011-12-17 16:15
Subject: 3 Things
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Music:Ray Conniff - Spinning Wheel | Powered by Last.fm
Double Take [2009]

1. A plane crashes into the Empire State Building. Everyone looks up.
2. Folgers is mountain-grown.
3. The two elderly Hitchcock look-alikes, arms linked, walk slowly away.
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Rob
Date: 2011-12-07 20:46
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Music:Schroeder Orchestra,John - Soul Coaxing | Powered by Last.fm
Sigh. Got a cold. That Xmas cold that's being regifted all the way around my office. Then again, better now than in two weeks ...
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Rob
Date: 2011-11-01 16:32
Subject: 3 Things
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Music:The Soulful Strings - Comin' Home Baby | Powered by Last.fm
Clue [1985]

1. Cleverest touch: the parquet floor in the hall has squares, like the spaces on the game board.
2. Eileen Brennan's feather hat/eyeglasses combo. She sits there on the sofa, her hand to her jaw, wheezing, while everyone else watches her. Was her drink poisoned?
3. "Flames. Flames on the side of my face."
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Rob
Date: 2011-10-31 08:45
Subject: 3 Things
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Bullets Over Broadway [1994]

1. "Don't speak!"
2. He takes a swig from her flask and coughs violently. "What is this stuff?"
"Paint remover," she answers. "You can cut it with some club soda."
3. "For me, love is very deep. Sex only has to go a few inches."
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Rob
Date: 2011-10-11 11:25
Subject: 3 Things
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The Electric Horseman [1979]

1. Of course Wilford Brimley is in this movie. How could Wilford Brimley not be in this movie?
2. "You're just walking around to cut down on funeral expenses."
3. Jane Fonda's rolled-up jeans/spike-heeled boots ensemble.
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Rob
Date: 2011-09-24 08:05
Subject: 3 Things
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The World Is Not Enough [1999]

1. Foam on his fingers after he puts the ice in his glass.
2. M would never do that. The movie's biggest flaw.
3. Q says, "Always have an escape plan." He slowly descends on a platform, vanishing from sight. Our last view of him ever.
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Rob
Date: 2011-09-05 07:53
Subject: 3 Things
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Skidoo [1968]

1. How sad is it that in a movie all about gangsters, the only person that actually dies is Arnold Stang?
2. Carol Channing has a freak out, takes off all her clothes, and cavorts on the bed. Andy put it best: "I never thought I'd be seeing Carol Channing's breasts."
3. Groucho Marx unconvincingly takes a hit from a joint and exclaims, "Pumpkin!"

So. I finally saw it. Really the only thing wrong with this movie is that it's not funny. Aside from that it's a wrongheaded train wreck of unique proportions. Clearly it was brave of Preminger to attempt this, but the script (or whatever it is that ended up on screen) is just fundamentally terrible. Intruguingly, the scene where they escape from prison in a giant balloon was repeated later almost exactly in Superman!
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Rob
Date: 2011-08-21 16:22
Subject: 3 Things
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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. [1953]


1. "Mrs. Collins! Why are you standing there with that null-and-void expression?"
2. The buses of the Terwilliker Institute are Fords.
3. Everyone is panicked: the Air-Fix is "atomic."



Wonderful, wonderful. The world of cinema is still trying to catch up to where Dr. Seuss was in 1953.
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Rob
Date: 2011-06-21 13:41
Subject: Rums.
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I went to the Chicago Ministry of Rum Festival last week and took some snaps. Good times.
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