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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  1. April 15, 2013
  2. I would normally assume 6-10-21 would be June 10, if the film is made in North America. But yeah, interesting observation about the release date...
  3. CONQUEST OF SPACE Delicious 1955 space travel flick shows two dates on clock faces, December 25 (when a miraculous snow storm arrives just as the crew, stranded on Mars, have run out of water) and July 8 (when they flee Mars because of an earthquake).
  4. Every now and then a friend named John (no, not you, Mr Drew) sends me a list of movies with dates. Here's a bumper crop, only a couple of which we've already got. Note that they're in alphabetical order. My kind of guy. Animal Crackers (Marx Bros) 2/2 (48:48) 6/9 (1:13:31) 6/5/1774 (1:17:04) The Big Parade (1925) 5/15/1918 (1:10:25) Blind Chance (Kieslowski 1987) 6/26/1956 (1:02:10) 6/17/1956 (1:24:13) 7/10 + 7/9 (1:55:39) Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid 8/14/1946 (1:16:00) A Farewell To Arms (1932) 11/4/1918 (1:20:49) Hangmen Also Die 5/29/1942 (1:15:43) 5/29/1942 (1:33:09) 12/6/1906 (1:21:37) The Haunting (1963) 10/21/1873 (1:18:21) Horse Feathers (Marx Bros) 1/10-21 (calendar) (1:26:35) The Idolmaker 3/17/1961 (1:38:09) It Came From Outer Space 2/11 (50:30) Kansas City Confidential 5/22 (26:45) 10/14 (1:03:08) A New Leaf 6/15/1969 (5:36) 7/27 (27:50) Night Train To Munich 7/27 (18:59) Perfect Understanding 5/15 (1:18:36) Phantom Of The Paradise 12/4/1974 (25:20) 12/9/1974 (42:09 + 44:21)) 11/18/1953 (1:16:10) Pimpernel Smith 8/16 43:00 She Wore A Yellow Ribbon 7/4/1876 (calendar) (5:38) 9/10/1834-6/2/1867 (tombstone) (13:38) 5/10/1876 (1:15:08) Sorcerer 6/19/76 (1:02:31) 5/18/76-78 passport photo (1:54:07) The Sterile Cuckoo 10/14/1964 (23:58) 10/5/1889 (on tombstone) (28:11)
  5. Excellent1 I missed that one, but saw another poster in the bar dated October 6th (or was it the 9th?), and noticed that the young poet in the alley writes her poems in a diary, one page of which she has dated October 9th (or was it the 6th?).
  6. THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET Feb 15, 1845 - Robert Browning meets Elizabeth Barrett. She reads from letter: "...have taken it upon myself to select February the 15th to meet you - that's today!..." (Though they actually met on May 20th, 1845) Also shown is their wedding, which occurred September 12, 1846.
  7. DASH AND LILY Includes a number of events that can be dated, though only one is shown onscreen: there is a title card for May 21, 1952, when Lillian Helmann testifies before the HUAC. 1120 1934 Children's Hour premiere 0111 1941 Margaret Frohnknecht / Arthur Kober wedding 0709 1951 Hammett found guilty of Contempt of Court 0710 1951 "He just walked into court yesterday morning" 1209 1951 3:55 Hammett paroled 0519 1952 Hellman letter to HUAC 0521 1952 Hellman HUAC testimony 1123 1960 Night before Thanksgiving, 30th anniversary of first meeting 1124 1960 Thanksgiving, 30th anniversary of first meeting 0112 1961 Thu Hammett Funeral service 0113 1961 Fri Hammett buried in Arlington
  8. Yeah, we all know each other. That said, who knows who might know somebody? I like the look and sound of the film - is it good?
  9. Burning Bush (dir Agnieszka Holland) Jan 16, 1969: Czech student protestor Jan Palach sets himself on fire in protest Probably lots of other dates findable, but that one's the incident that sets everything else in motion, and is featured prominently as a title in the trailer.
  10. Email from my local (and only remaining) video store, about the events surrounding JULY (not June, pace Quint) the 29th, 1941: USS Indianapolis - What Nic Cage movie do we have for you this week? Well, how about the one where he's a WWII navy guy on a secret mission in the Pacific and his ship gets sunk? Not good enough? Well, what if I told you that him and a bunch of other guys spent 5 days in shark infested waters? Interested now aren't you? Based on actual things!
  11. OUT OF THE FURNACE On a TV in a bar early in the film we see Edward Kennedy speaking at the 2008 Democratic convention, a speech which took place August 25 of that year, according to Kennedy's website.
  12. Good catch. Thanks for prompting me to see it.
  13. Darrel suggested that there would be more dates in SPOTLIGHT than he caught on first viewing. So here goes... SPOTLIGHT "Pedro's gonna be out until September 1st..." Computer screen: "A Familiar Pattern" published 0722 2001 microfilm: SEP 22 August 23 date on report When the September 11 attacks occur, the team is forced to deprioritize the story. Newspaper dateline: Dec 9, 1993. Stamped in red: Apr 7 1995. date on a letter: Dec 7, 1984 Then there's a sequence of shots of a computer screen while one of the writers is writing the story, which refer to how much time remains until the deadline. The last such reference is verbal: "We're going to press in 6 hours." It's a snowy winter day, still light outside: at the latest, it's late afternoon of January 5, but not as late as 6pm (not in January, in Boston: it would be darker), so the deadline must be sometime in the evening of January 5. So that means... "You have 41 days and 3 hours until deadline" occurs on November 25, 2001 "You have 21 days and 4 hours until deadline" is December 15, 2001 "You have 8 days and 2 hours until deadline" must be December 28, 2001 In between "21 days" and "8 days" the body of article on a computer screen mentions Feb. 9, 1980 In that sunny afternoon scene mentioned above, a reporter says "Sunday's the Feast of the Epiphany" – he is referring to the next day, January 6, 2002. Soon after we see the presses running for the January 6, 2002 article that broke the case, followed by the front page of the newspaper with that date.
  14. SILENCE Early in the film, the voiceover cites the date May 25, as well as the year (which I forget). I believe it's the date on which the two priests arrive in China before heading to Japan. The novel is a fictionalized account of historic events, so if one were willing to conflate fiction and history (which I, and the movies, are quite willing to do), other events could likely be dated. For now, I know that Giuseppe Chiara, who is the equivalent of Rodrigues in the film, died August 24, 1685. For other events the internet yields only years. Terrific film.
  15. Ergo, the film doesn't take place in a year divisible by four! I love those date references that are sideways - a different name for a month, or something that has to be deduced. Also love the marked calendars, and page-a-day calendars. This one is a winner all round!