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    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
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    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. THE DRESSER (1983) At the opening of the movie, the title character polishes a silver plate commemorating a performance of Hamlet, 21st March, 1929
  2. Hotel Artemis (2018) "On June 21, 2028, a riot breaks out in Los Angeles over the city's water privatization..."
  3. ROMA New Year's Eve, 1970 June 10, 1971 - the Corpus Christi massacre
  4. Seems to me it would be difficult to come up with a more obscure film than this, and it's a documentary, so not quite on target for the project. Still, it's a film entirely concerned with a single day, so... I heard about it on the Film Comment podcast (where they specialize in out-obscuring each other). One fellow saw this at a documentary festival in Amsterdam where they screen something like 400 films a year? And this was one of the entries. Wednesday 19.7.1961 (dir. Victor Kossakovsky) At the heart of this film lies the notion that life is a lottery. For an entire year, Victor Kossakovsky searched for inhabitants of St. Petersburg who were born on Wednesday, July 19, 1961, his own birthday, in former Leningrad. He found that this particular day saw the birth of 51 women and 50 men. Some of them were no longer living, while others had moved to another city or abroad. But in 1995, Kossakovsky managed to capture 74 remaining residents on film, in the streets, at work, behind the wheel of their cars or in cramped apartments. He meets doctors and patients, entertainers and businessmen, construction workers and homeless people. He films some merely in passing, but spends considerable time with others. A couple in recovery that’s about to have a baby constitutes a form of leitmotif. In his own unorthodox style, Kossakovsky has produced a beautiful portrait of a random group of thirtysomethings in St. Petersburg in the first decade after the collapse of Communism.
  5. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1:21:30 ) Aug 17, 1956 Adlai Stevenson accepts Democratic nomination
  6. READY PLAYER ONE Jan 7, 2040 Death of James Halliday Feb 11, 2045 Date on flux capacitor at the start of the race July 4 Fourth of July ball at the Overlook Aug 12, 2027 Birth of Wade Owen Watts "Curator, can we see November 22 to November 27, 2025... The week he went out with Kira?" November 25, 2025 The date James Halliday watched The Shining Dec 2 "It's six days before OASIS went live."
  7. The 15:17 To Paris In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris...
  8. HOSTILES When the Captain is given the orders that set the story in motion, there's the date of July 27. It may be the date of the letter, or it may be the date on a newspaper. There's also some scripture read at a graveside, fairly early in the film; amazingly enough, not one of the two or three Bible passages screenwriters seem to know. I forget which. But that's for another list...
  9. LOGAN LUCKY Jun 4 - date originally planned for the heist (21:00) they have to move it up (earlier) one week (42:00) "Memorial Day" (1:05:50) the day of the heist "April 15" (1:38:20) mentioned, but I don't remember what they said happened that day. It's mentioned when the FBI agents are figuring out the timing leading up to the event. "May 28" (mentioned soon after 1:38:20) - the date of the heist, which was Memorial Day. So the movie takes place in 2012 or 2018. There's also mention early on of Christmas, and it turns out that's the entry code for the tunnels: 1225
  10. OPERATION PETTICOAT Adm. Matt Sherman: "19 December 1941: Repairs progressing. Crew morale high, except for their concern that our supply officer might be caught and shot. My emotions about this are mixed...." According to Wikipedia, the story begins December 10, 1941.
  11. COMRADES: A LOVE STORY The final sequence takes place on the streets of NYC, when the news breaks of the death of Chinese pop star Teresa Teng - May 8, 1995.
  12. THE SQUARE "May 30/31" mentioned in interview Exhibition will open September 15 (dialogue, after pickpocket sequence)
  13. BATTLE OF THE SEXES Oct 4, 1971 – President Nixon congratulates Billie Jean King by telephone Then a sequence of events that are hard to pin down: There's a radio news item about a tennis match (I forget which one) that also mentions the Yankees going on the road with an 0-3 record after being swept by the Red Sox. Those losses were Apr 6/7/8, 1973 - so the broadcast would have been April 8 or 9. Then there's some Billie Jean King tennis in San Diego - difficult to date, but it didn't happen in April 1973. Then Margaret Court defeats Billie Jean King in Los Angeles. If that could be dated, we'd have two dates, because it's preceded by an "If you beat her tomorrow" sequence. But I can't find any evidence of Margaret Court playing BJK in Los Angeles. Then an easy date, May 13, 1973: Bobby Riggs defeats Margaret Court in the "Mothers Day Massacre" Then the announcement of the Billie Jean King vs Bobby Riggs "Battle Of The Sexes" match Then Sep 19, 1973: Houston, day before match Sep 20, 1973: King vs Riggs
  14. THE DISASTER ARTIST Shown onscreen as titles: Jul 13, 1998 (first acting class) Nov 9, 1998 (moving to L.A.) May 19, 2001 (completed script for "The Room") June 27, 2003 (premiere of "The Room") August 20 is also shown in a newspaper casting notice for the film Okay, now here's where my note-taking takes a confounding turn. The date is also given for the first day of shooting but, unfortunately, I wasn't certain if it was June 12 or June 22, 2002. An imprecision which compounds itself, as many scenes that follow are titled according to the shooting day. Grrr. So I'll give the alternate possible dates, and someday someone will be able to confirm the actual "Day One" of shooting. Jun 12 or 22: Day 1 Jun 19 or 29: Day 8 Jul 6 or 16: Day 25 Jul 17 or 27: Day 36 Aug 2 or 12: Day 52 Aug 8 or 18: Day 58 I'm reading the book "The Disaster Artist," but I'm afraid it doesn't provide shooting dates. It does provide one date. On page 83 he describes the day he and Tommy first move to Los Angeles. "...we hit the highway. It was August 31, 1998. I had known Tommy Wiseau less than a month." The movie decides that the date is November 9. WHY DO THEY DO THAT?!??!!! And if Sestero is correct in the book, then the movie is also wrong in dating their "meet cute" at the acting class as July 13, which would of course be more than a month earlier than either Aug 31 or Nov 9. So what's with these movie people? More exhaustive research revealed Sistero to be wrong? Or they just didn't give a rip? After years of paying attention to historical dates shown in movies, I'm betting on the latter.
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