Movies

How Tall Is Jake Gyllenhaal?

David Rees over at Good posted a wonderful piece on our fascination with celebrities and how social networking on the internet interacts with it: How Tall Is Jake Gyllenhaal?.

I’m not the sort of person who thinks much about the height of celebrities. (I’ve always assumed most famous people are about seven feet tall.) The fact that I caught myself wondering about Gyllenhaal’s height suggested there was something uncanny about it, in the way an unsettlingly warm afternoon can bend one’s conversation toward the topic of global warming.

Beautifully written and my guess is that any of us who have ever used the web to get to the bottom of some obscure fact (pre-wikipedia) have experienced this sort of thing.

Note: wikipedia has nothing on Gyllenhaal’s height.

Cameron Crowe revisits “Say Anything”

Cameron Crowe revisits “Say Anything”

Susannah Gora at Salon has done a great job of describing what is so spectacular about the 1989 teen romance movie Say Anything which was Cameron Crowe’s debut as a director, he also wrote the film.

John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler is about as good as it gets: walking the fine line between loser and a young guy who feels okay about himself. Incredible performance by a young Cusack.

We love this movie and it sits alongside the teen movies of the late John Hughes as a classic.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is one of Rob Reiner’s early movies and while it didn’t do all that well in the box office when it came out in 1987 it has gathered a cult following over the years, including our family. The movie is entertaining for both kids and adults and that’s part of its appeal.

Complete script of The Princess Bride

“Anybody want a peanut?”

“MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, when the mutton is nice and lean, and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky.”

“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”

Mark Knopfler did the soundtrack and picking him was another act of genius by Rob Reiner, the music is a huge piece of the success of the movie.

DVD Extra on the Princess Bride sword fighting

Casting The Princess Bride

Billy Crystal on Miracle Max

The Princess Bride: Battle of Wits

The Princess Bride: Anybody want a peanut

Various clips from The Princess Bride on YouTube

Better yet, see the movie if you haven’t or even if you have, see it again, it’s a classic: The Princess Bride on Amazon.

Tetris Masters

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters Full Trailer from Adam Cornelius on Vimeo.

I loved Tetris and watching this preview makes me want to go out and get it for my iPhone and iPad. Yes, I think I’ll do that. Tetris and it’s Macintosh offspring Columns was the only game that really caught my fancy and got me addicted.

Here’s a great documentary on the history of Tetris in multiple parts of youTube: Tetris: From Russia with Love.

The story of the making of the movie All the President’s Men

Washington Monument

This is a fantastic piece in Vanity Fair by Michael Feeney Callan about how Robert Redford, Alan J. Pakula, and others made this still incredibly good movie. It’s still one of my favorite political thrillers. What’s great about this piece is that it illustrates just how tough it is to get a movie made, it took Redford’s push over many years to get it done.

All the President’s Men at Wikipedia
All the President’s Men at IMDB
All the President’s Men at Rotten Tomatoes
All the President’s Men at Netflix