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  • Allissa Milano emailed me once.
  • My wife’s college roommate was kicked in the head by Alanis Morissette after calling her a “Pizza Face”.
  • My brother, during the 2000 Presidential Election, invited candidate and multi-millionaire Steve Forbes to Taco Bell and offered to pay.
  • Escapability (not a word and dumb)
  • Trickeration (also not a word and unnecessary)
  • Matriculate (in the words of Inigo Montoya, “I do not think you know what that word means.”)

I just watched Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in fast forward. For those movie buffs that are offended at this let me just say that I also read the screenplay. I earmarked twenty minutes for the reading and finished it in ten. The screenplay is all action let me tell you.

The first part is uproariously funny. I imagined the music from West Side Story. The monkeys danced Thriller in one scene. Who said this was a dull movie?

Iconic moments: The monkey scenes in the movie are reminiscent of an IBM commercial and a scene from Zoolander. Hilarious.

It does slow down after that. Even in Fast Forward. I click from x2 to x4.

When we hit the spaceship I slow it down again to Fast Forward x2. The workout scenes are great. I don’t know what the soundtrack was doing, but I hope it was Rocky.

Intermission hit. I laughed. Good one, Kubrick. You got me.

At the end of the movie the main character plays an epic game of Guitar Hero. He’s really good and goes to this really wacky level I’ve never seen before. I think he created the Horsehead Nebula.

Some might say that a classic film watched in Fast Forward is only half as good, but I disagree when it comes to 2001, in Fast Forward it’s at least 3/4ths better. Next time I’ll throw on a little Ludwig Symphony No.9 while I’ve got it on x2 and really get the full experience.

Will summer rains
return Mount Fuji
into the lake?


[The following questions were culled from various movie surveys that I’ve come across. I’ve been filling it out for the last month]

  • Earliest Movie Watching Memory: My first movie was Empire Strikes Back. My Dad and older brother went. I remember the Hoth sequence. There were some boys in the front row goofing that dad barked at to keep ’em quiet.
  • Last DVD purchased: I’m not sure. I don’t buy too many DVDs. Possibly Gus Van Sant’s Elephant ($2)
  • If you were a guest programmer for TCM what three movies would you choose to best represent your tastes: Were talking classics, like, from the 80s right? Since I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on TCM a couple of months ago I’m counting anything from the 80s and before. Casablanca (because it still holds up today as a compelling drama), Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (not just for nostalgic reasons), and The Jerk (for some nostalgic reasons, but also because it’s hilarious).

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