Ron Reed

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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. 

Edited by Ron Reed

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The article that broke the story ran on Epiphany? Damn, that's cold.

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Re: Silence - I feel like there was at least one other date mentioned in VO; I'm going to try to make sure to catch it when I see it again next week.

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Hidden Figures

February 20, 1962-- John Glenn orbits the earth, after relying on Katherine Johnson’s mathematical expertise.  

A historical drama that doesn’t generate much critical analysis…but in these troubled times it sure felt uplifting.

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On 1/9/2017 at 4:06 AM, phlox said:

Hidden Figures

February 20, 1962-- John Glenn orbits the earth, after relying on Katherine Johnson’s mathematical expertise.  

A historical drama that doesn’t generate much critical analysis…but in these troubled times it sure felt uplifting.

Good catch. Thanks for prompting me to see it.

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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.

 

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A couple more dates for Hidden Figures...

April 21, 1961 - Yuri Gargarin becomes the first human to orbit the earth.

May 5th, 1961 - Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.

July 21st, 1961 - Gus Grissom becomes the second American in space, but his capsule (Liberty Bell 7) sinks after splash down.

Edited by John Drew

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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!

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10 hours ago, Ron Reed said:

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!

 

Directed by Mario Van Peebles, no less.  Yeah, this was out for about a week in L.A., and got scathing reviews.

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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.

 

 

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A couple from Oscar nominated shorts:

Pear Cider and Cigarettes (animated short) - early on it shows a date on screen (perhaps a chapter title) April 17. (Ron, the guys from Vancouver, you can get this from him, right?)

Timecode (live action) - involves a bunch of security cameras with time codes (and imputs of dates into the computer to see film from those camera.). starts with 5/14/16, also 5/15, 5/16, 5/30

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13 minutes ago, Darrel Manson said:

A couple from Oscar nominated shorts:

Pear Cider and Cigarettes (animated short) - early on it shows a date on screen (perhaps a chapter title) April 17. (Ron, the guys from Vancouver, you can get this from him, right?)

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?

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Paterson

June 6, 1976—a poster in the corner bar says Allen Ginsberg appeared then at the Paterson Masonic Temple.

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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 

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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.

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Blades of Glory

 

March 14th, 1987 - date of the tragic car crash that takes the lives of the parents of Stranz, Fairchild, and Katie Van Waldenberg.

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A couple of dates caught on messages received on iPhones or Android's...

 

John Wick: Chapter 2

December 1 - Date that Santino D'Antonio takes out the $7mm contract on John Wick.  Winston receives the notification on his phone.

La La Land

January 25th - Mia gets a call regarding an audition.  The date is kind of odd, considering later that same day she attends the party with her roommates, and ends up wandering into the restaurant where Sebastian is playing a set list of Christmas songs, a month after Christmas.  Stranger still, Sebastian tries to appeal to JK Simmons' sense of decency by playing the "It's Christmas" card when Simmons fires him.


 

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On 2/8/2017 at 1:56 PM, phlox said:

Paterson

June 6, 1976—a poster in the corner bar says Allen Ginsberg appeared then at the Paterson Masonic Temple.

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?).

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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)

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A Cure for Wellness - a letter is dated July 18th.

A photo also has a date on it, but I didn't see anything beyond the year.

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Let Me In (2010)

March 8, 1983 - Opening scene in the hospital.  There is a television at the nurses station which is showing Ronald Reagan deliver his "Evil Empire" speech to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida.  The story then flashes back to two weeks earlier.

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Life Feels Good:

June 4: TV news report on elections in Poland (in the chapter entitled "Wizard"

Aug. 11 - near the end.

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LION (2016)

February 12, 2012 - title card near the end.

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Before I Fall - takes place (over and over) on Feb 12 and 13. The date comes up on Sam's phone often throughout the movie at 6:30 am Feb 12, and 12:38,39 Feb 13

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Straw Dogs (1971)

Sept 17th - written on a placard in the town square (seen in the opening credits).

 

Lenny (1974)

Nov. 7th - birth of Lenny's daughter, Kitty.

Oct 10th, 1961 - an arrest date

Dec. 16th - date of a court continuance hearing.

Aug 3rd, 1966 - Death of Lenny Bruce

 

lenny.jpg

Edited by John Drew

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