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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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    Fantastic! When I think of favourite Date Movies, Taxi Driver comes to mind right away. The amazing voice over sequences: "May tenth. Thank God for the rain..." "May twenty-sixth, 4:00 pm. I took Betsy to Charles coffee shop..." "June eighth. My life has taken another turn again..." "June twenty-ninth. I gotta get in shape now..." There's also an election banner for the Presidential primaries, "Register July 20th New Yor--" Dialogue: "I hear Palantine got the nomination." / "Yeah. Won't be long now. Seventeen days." Since the 1976 Presidential election was November 2nd, this conversation occurred October 16th. How great to add another date! Can't wait to find it in the movie.
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    My movie buddy who sends me a fresh list of movie dates every now and then just emailed another batch. Some we've already nabbed, others are fresh... Captain Fantastic 4/23/1974-7/15/2015 (Tombstone) (1:40:00) A Child Is Waiting 3/6/1959 (37:42) 9/6/1959 ((39:51) It’s Always Fair Weather 10/11/1955 (13:36 + 17:57) Mysterious Mr. Moto 9/12 (34:00) Of Human Bondage [1934 film] 4/6/1933 (1:16:55) On The Beach 8/6 (1:03:26) Operation Petticoat 12/23/1941 (1:15:23) 12/31/41(1:20:43&1:21) 1/3/42 (1:44:43) The Picture Of Dorian Grey 11/9 (1:03:31) Patterns 10/3+11/7 (32:56) The Scar [aka Hollow Triumph 1948)2/1-28 (dates in ledger) (58:33) Think Fast, Mr. Moto 2/13 (13:09) The Wrong Man 1/14/1953 (1:07) (others dates later but didn’t get them down)
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    THE CHOSEN May 8, 1945 - V.E. Day Nov 29, 1947 - United Nations votes to establish state of Israel
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    SIMON BIRCH "October 30th, 1964. Our team was getting beaten badly..." Owen Meany... er, I mean, Simon Birch... hits a foul ball with dire consequences.
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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...)