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Feb 24, 2014

Bill Murray narrating his “Cinderella Story” in Caddyshack

Here’s Harold Ramis on the scene from And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft:

Pretty much everything [Bill] did in the movie was improvised, except for the big speech he gave on the Dalai Lama. But almost everything else—I would say 95 percent of his work—was improvised. The speech he performs as he cuts off the heads of the flowers with a garden tool was completely improvised. Only the action is indicated in the script: “The greenskeeper, Carl, lops the heads off tulips as he practices his golf swing…”

With that particular speech, the “Cinderella story” speech, I had been out jogging one day, and one way I kept up my spirits was to be the announcer at the Olympics: “It’s the end of the last lap of the marathon; let’s see who’s entering the stadium…oh, it’s Harold Ramis!” So I said to Bill on the set, “You know when you’re pretending that you’re a sports announcer and calling the play-by-play…” He said, “Don’t say anymore.” I got it.” He started talking and improvising, and that speech was the result.

Feb 08, 2014


Jan 02, 2014

My movie year, 2013

This is a ridiculous list because I really didn’t see very many movies at all, but here are 10 I liked:

Stories We Tell (2013)

A wonderful movie with a surprising ending.

Before Midnight (2013)

One of the most realistic husband and wife fights I’ve ever seen on film. Probably too realistic.

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

“Are we not men?!?”

Inventing David Geffen (2012)

Portrait of a fascinating mogul.

Robin Hood (1973)

Do you remember this crazy Disney movie? Half of it was traced from The Jungle Book, it features a country/western/folk soundtrack, and almost everybody speaks with a twang. So weird. Anderson stole a ton from it (including a song) for Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Taken (2009)

Commando is still the greatest “you kidnapped my daughter and now you’re all going to die” movie, but this one is #2.

Cabin In The Woods (2012)

My wife and I don’t go much for horror movies, but this was great fun.

Behind The Candelabra (2013)

Speaking of horror movies…just kidding. Fond memory of finally getting to watch this while cooped up in a Houston hotel suite with a takeout pizza and our son sleeping in the next room.

A Band Called Death (2013)

A warm doc about music and family. And kick-ass punk rock tunes.

The Last Waltz (1978)

Come for The Band, stay for Van Morrison’s high kick and Neil Young’s coke booger.

Nov 24, 2013

The real ending to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Oct 22, 2013
Wes Anderson’s Star Wars reference

This essay actually made me want to watch The Life Aquatic again, which I never figured I’d do.

Filed under: Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s Star Wars reference

This essay actually made me want to watch The Life Aquatic again, which I never figured I’d do.

Filed under: Wes Anderson

Oct 21, 2013

How Wes Anderson transforms stolen shots

An excellent point from Matt Zoller Seitz’s videos on Wes Anderson: often, when he’s stealing a shot from one of his favorite directors, he’ll flip or reverse the shot, so it’s a little harder to recognize. Reminds me of this quote:

Steal! to be sure they may; and, egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children,—disfigure them to make ’em pass for their own.

Bill Murray has talked about this, too.

Filed under: steal like an artist

Oct 20, 2013




"She’s my Rushmore, Max."

These Wes Anderson Collection videos by Matt Zoller Seitz are really great. (You might remember his “The Substance of Style” videos analyzing Anderson’s influences.) Zoller Seitz has a new book out on Anderson’s books that looks terrific.

Oct 05, 2013

Stories We Tell a film by Sarah Polley

“When you are in the middle of a story it isn’t a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It’s only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else.”
—Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

This movie looks fantastic.

This movie is fantastic. Highly recommended.

Filed under: my watching year 2013

(Source: youtube.com, via austinkleon)

Sep 28, 2013

Sep 16, 2013

Khan quotes Moby-Dick

"…To the last, I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart, I stab at thee; for hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee."
- Moby-Dick, quoted by Khan Noonien Singh


During his exile on Ceti Alpha V, Khan Noonien Singh read Moby-Dick as he became immersed in his own desire for revenge on James T. Kirk. During his search and battle with Kirk, he quoted lines from the novel. While some are direct quotes (such as the line above), some were modified from the original. For example, Khan’s stated “I’ll chase him round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares maelstrom and round perdition’s flames before I give him up!”

The original, from the novel’s thirty-sixth chapter, is “I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up!”

Memory Alpha is pretty incredible website.

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