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My Favorite Scene: The Mask (1994) "Cuban Pete"

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at Jim Carrey.  We looked at his story and his motivation for the career that made him, at one time, the biggest star in the world.  282 more words


What Was Your Life Like At This Point Last Year?

Time flies when you’re having fun!

This cliche is the bane of my existence this past semester as a first year teacher- – maybe because I’ve never *genuinely* said this cliched phrase. 441 more words

Vanilla Sky's 9/11 Predictive Programming

“Vanilla Sky” (2001) opens with aerial shots of Manhattan, or what it looks like if you’re flying in too low, ready to crash into a building.  661 more words

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The Country Swap - The Holiday (2006)

The romances of Christmas.  So this is about two women who are unhappy with their personal lives outside of work (Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet).  One lives in England and one lives in Hollywood, so when one responds to the other’s online listing, they agree to swap homes for a couple of weeks around the holiday season and get well deserved breaks.   358 more words


Tis the Season (for Alcohol Not Love).

VHS Revival challenges the sanctimonious hokum of the Christmas romcom.

Every holiday season, certain movies are shown.

For each Christmas Vacation viewing, you get a… 713 more words

VHS Revival

Being John Malkovich (Jonze, 1999)

Damn. I’m normally a fan of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, but their first feature reeks of amateur hour all around. Now, the central premise—a random portal giving people the ability to enter John Malkovich’s consciousness for fifteen minutes at a time—is deliciously loopy, and Malkovich goes completely all out with his performance in the best way possible. 372 more words