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Ron Reed

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About Ron Reed

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  • Birthday 01/11/1957

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    Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Interests
    Live theatre, New Testament, This American Life, photography, music listening and making (piano, guitar), New York, Disneyland, baseball history & ballparks, board games (lately Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Scrabble), radio, 20th century history.

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    Artistic & Executive Director, Pacific Theatre
  • About my avatar
    To the world at large, Doc Savage is a strange, mysterious figure of glistening bronze skin and golden eyes - a man of superhuman strength and protean genius, whose life is dedicated to the destruction of evil-doers.
  • Favorite movies
    PERSISTENT FAVOURITES Tender Mercies Magnolia Dogville Schindler's List The Shining The Year of Living Dangerously It's A Wonderful Life The Son Days Of Heaven American Beauty 28 Up Pan's Labyrinth Twin Peaks My Fair Lady Say Anything Taxi Driver About A Boy Apocalypse Now Field Of Dreams Harold & Maude In Bruges Rivers & Tides Smoke Au Hasard Balthazar Metropolitan Ikiru Raging Bull Blood Simple Chinatown Andrei Rublev * Jeremy The Matrix The Mission About Schmidt Matchstick Men Adam's Apples Shakespeare In Love The Trip To Bountiful Vanya On 42nd Street High Fidelity Joe Versus The Volcano Into The Wild Italian For Beginners Mulholland Drive Pleasantville Dirty Pretty Things Gosford Park This Is Spinal Tap Son Of Man The Godfather Run Lola Run The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Longford 13 Conversations About One Thing Mary Poppins Titus Forrest Gump I'm Not There Rumble Fish Election Stop Making Sense The Lord Of The Rings Clueless The Birds Ushpizin In The Heat Of The Night Les Miserables du Vingtieme Siecle Open Range Born Into Brothels Crimes and Misdemeanors Capote Legends of the Fall City Slickers The Big Sleep City Of God Hitch FILMS THAT BECAME FAVOURITES 2009-2012 The Apartment Me & Orson Welles Animal Kingdom Nowhere Boy True Grit Winter's Bone George Washington Bill Cunnintham, New York Tree of Life Midnight In Paris Margaret Moonrise Kingdom Taxi Driver Midnight Cowboy Psycho In The Mood For Love Lincoln
  • Favorite music
    RECENTLY Ray Lamontagne Mayer Hawthorne Zoe Thiessen James Hunter ALL-TIME FAVOURITES The Beatles Miles Davis (Fifties, mostly) Paul Simon; Graceland, Hearts & Bones John Coltrane (Fifties, mostly) Lucinda Williams; Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Getz/Gilberto Bruce Cockburn Chet Baker; The Best of Chet Baker Sings, Gerry Mulligan Quartet Tom Waits; Raindogs, Swordfishtrombones Frank Sinatra; anything with Count Basie, This Is Sinatra!, Stardust, The Very Good Years And some Charlie Haden Quartet West, Bob Marley (Exodus), Count Basie (The Bosses), Joni Mitchell (Mingus), Shawn Colvin, Van Morrison
  • Favorite creative writing
    Annie Dillard Raymond Chandler William Shakespeare Robert Parker C.S. Lewis W.P. Kinsella; Shoeless Joe, Iowa Baseball Confederacy, The Thrill of the Grass William Gibson; Burning Chrome, Neuromancer, Count Zero Gerard Manley Hopkins J.R.R. Tolkien; Lord of the Rings Garrison Keillor; Gospel Birds, Book of Guys Roger Angell W.H. Auden Don DeLillo; Pafko at the Wall T.S. Eliot Barbara Kingsolver; Pigs In Heaven Anne Tyler; Saint Maybe John Irving; A Prayer for Owen Meany Nick Hornby; How To Be Good, About A Boy Douglas Coupland; Life After God Walker Percy; Love In The Ruins Frederick Buechner; Book of Bebb, Magnificent Defeat Orson Scott Card; Ender's Game, The Folk of the Fringe Madeleine L'Engle M. Scott Peck; A Bed By The Window Tom Wolfe William Least Heat Moon; Blue Highways
  • Favorite visual art
    The Frick Gallery

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    Experiment In Terror Ticket to ball game at Candlestick Park: Aug 8, 1961
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    One, Two, Three (1961, Billy Wilder) “On Sunday, August 13, 1961, the eyes of America were on the nation’s capital, where Roger Maris was hitting home runs number 44 and 45 against the Senators. On that same day, without any warning, the East German Communists sealed off the border between East and West Berlin. I only mention this to show the kind of people we’re dealing with—real shifty."
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    This one's awesome. In ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, McMurphy begins his campaign to watch the 1963 World Series between the Dodgers and the Yankees: "Today, as you may or may not know, is the opening of the World Series," which took place on October 2. The next day, October 3, when his bid to watch Game 2 is over-ruled by Nurse Ratched, he sits in front of a blank TV screen and begins narrating an imaginary game.
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    There is a Fourth of July celebration in THE GREAT ESCAPE
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    9/11 (2017) "A group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center's North Tower on 9/11..."
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    BEFORE I FALL "February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over and over..."
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    MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Yup, it's loaded. And the climactic sequence happens on my birthday! Opening credits: Delhi 4th November 1944 4th January 1902 / Paris, France 13 Dec 1934 16th January 2016 4th November 1974 17.July 1982 Warsaw 22nd January 1943 Shanghai 22nd January 1945 3rd Sep 1943 Then... "Go to the loop. September 3rd, 1943." "Puerto Rico. Here." 6 May 1972 Newspaper: April 16, 1915. "Two Torpedoes hit RMS Augusta, 894 Lost" "September the 3rd, 1943." "It is 1943. September 3rd, 1943. All day every day." Sep 3, 1943: the bombing of the home (GORGEOUS SEQUENCE) Reversing clock with Date on it, rewinds to Sep 2 Air mail envelope: Jan 19, 2016 Letter date: 16th January 2016 Newspaper: "Blackpool Tower Circus to Reopen Tomorrow: Tickets for the Grand Opening on January 11th 2016 sold out Map with multiple dates: 11 Jan 2016, 3rd Sep 1943, 13 Dec 1934, 22 Jun 1963, 12 Sep 1910. Spoken: "January 11th, 2016." The events of Jan 11, 2016 Cell phone: Monday 11 January
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    UNBROKEN Thanks for all your work on Unbroken, JD. Made it a breeze to find all those dates. I did notice one additional date, carved into the stone wall of the Japanese cell: August 18, 1942. How peculiar that the film shows the title Day 45 for the rescue/capture by the Japanese, when in fact it was Day 47 (and occurred by them drifting ashore on the Marshall Islands, rather than being picked up at sea by a Japanese boat). Sigh. The movies. Oh yeah, one other undated scene takes place at the Opening Ceremonies for the 1936 Olympics, which took place August 1.
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    GODFATHER III As already noted in this thread, Godfather III includes a couple events which have real world parallels... Aug 26, 1978: The election of the actual Pope John Paul I Sep 28, 1978: The death of the actual Pope John Paul I And the date on a couple newspapers... Nov 15, 1979: Date on (fictional) newspaper headlines: Financial Times, "Building An Empire: Corleone Proposal..." and Wall Street Journal: "Immobiliare Takeover..." There are also two other dateable real world events... Aug 7, 1978: Radio report: "Pope Paul VI died last night at 9:40pm..." Jun 18, 1982: Robert Calvi hangs himself from a bridge (or is hanged after being murdered elsewhere) ...and another dated (fictional) newspaper headline... Mar 27, 1980: New York Times: New Pope Announces Investigation Into Vatican Bank Affairs ...as well as an opera poster for Cavalleria Rusticana with two dates, April 14 (the "Prima Rappresentazione," presumably the opening night, and presumably the night the Corleones attend to see Anthony's operatic debut, and several people die) and Apr 17.
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    FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF Both dates in this film are fascinating. June 5, 1985 is the date of the actual Cubs game at which Ferris catches a foul ball. The good people at Baseball Prospectus tracked that one down with some admirable movie/baseball sleuthing. However Saturday, September 28 was the date of the annual Von Steuben Day parade in 1985 - during which Ferris hijacked a float to sing Danke Schoen and Twist & Shout (with random passers-by doing the dance from "Thriller" on some steps). Note the float: "American Aid Society Salutes The 20th Anniversay Of The Steuben Parade" - yup, that's "Anniversay" - with a movie marquee in the background advertising Godzilla 85 and Teen Wolf.
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    SUPERMAN RETURNS February 13 2006: Daily Planet editorial: "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman" July 25 2006: Security camera footage of Superman breaking up a deli robbery Sep 27 2006: Superman saves space shuttle (assuming that the newspaper article comes out the next day?) Sep 28 2006: Daily Planet headline: The Man Of Steel Is Back! Sep 29 2006: Daily Planet headline: Superman Is Dead (looks like the folks who mocked up the newspapers weren't in communication with the folks who created the security camera footage...)
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    THE BIG SICK June 10 and May 3, within a minute or so of each other. I hope to see the movie again (we had to leave before the end because my wife was feeling sick. Not big sick, just little sick...), so I'll provide a bit more detail.
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    BLOW OUT takes place in Philadelphia on the fictional Liberty Day - a special celebration, marking 100 years since the Liberty Bell was last rung. I don't know if the date shows up in the film, but I found this: The Philadelphia Public Ledger, February 26, 1846: "The old Independence Bell rang its last clear note on Monday last in honor of the birthday of Washington and now hangs in the great city steeple irreparably cracked and dumb." http://www.ushistory.org/libertybell/ Feb 26 was a Thursday in 1846, so the preceding Monday - the date of the last ringing of the Independence Bell - would have been Feb 23. No idea why they celebrated George's birthday the day after his birthday, which was February 22. (Actually, he was born Feb 11, but that was under the old Julian calendar; when they switched to the Gregorian calendar in 1752, his birthday became February 22). I do realize that Washington's Birthday is always celebrated on a Monday, but that only began in 1968 when the Monday Holiday Law shifted several national observances from their specific dates to Mondays, providing more long weekends. Washington's celebration was moved to the third Monday of February, ensuring that it could never fall on his actual birthday, since the third Monday in February can never be celebrated later than February 21. So I'm going to go with February 23, 1846 as the date of the last ringing of the Liberty Bell, citing the Philadelphia Public Ledger. That said, while the film could be set in February judging by the clothing, it's definitely not set in 1946. But there you go. I figure the screenwriter just thought it was a cool idea that the voice of liberty had been silenced for a hundred years - so who cares about history, right? (I watched the film a few years ago with Jan Kiesser and some other friends. Jan was camera operator on the shoot, and had all kinds of great stories to tell. But I don't remember noticing any dates in the movie.)
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    11.22.63 From Stephen King time travel novel about Lee Harvey Oswald et al. A true Date Movie, with a title that's nothing but a date.
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    THE BAD BATCH There's a night scene between the overly pretty blonde girl and the overly muscular Cuban cannibal, where two dates are painted on a rock behind them: June 7 and September 12. Both have years as well, but I didn't make a point of memorizing those.