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Not full of stars

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It's strange that I didn't already know this (or maybe it's one of those factoids that I've known and forgotten), but in the film version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dave Bowman never says "My God, it's full of stars!" I was sure he did. I couldn't understand why IMDB didn't consider it a memorable quote. Other web pages confirmed it was not in the movie, and I just verified it for myself, watching the DVD. Bowman's last line in the movie (assuming heavy breathing is not a line) is "I'd like to hear it HAL, sing it for me", which is cleverly reminiscent of Casablanca. Kubrick may have felt the line unnecessary, as he clearly demonstrates it's full of stars with his trippy slit scan effects.

The source of my confusion: The "stars" line is the last thing Bowman says in Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 novel, which I did read, and the line is repeated several times in the sequel (novel and film) 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

Some 3 word movie reviews


Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ***** Dehydrated myself laughing.

Scoop ** Woody losing it.

The Secret ** Just tell me.

Wordplay *** This nerd likes.

NFB Canadian vignettes


Someone has collected and posted all those old NFB Canadian vignettes on YouTube, including the soddies, the Norsemen, the Voyageurs, Bill Miner, Lady Simpson, that logger guy, and Flintabbatey Flonatin. Someone else was kind enough to upload the log driver's waltz. It strikes me that these are all very depressing (the first three), funny (the next three), or weird (Fin Flon), and maybe that's Canada in a nutshell. The log driver's waltz is Canada at its best. (via)

Top 101 Screenplays

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Here's another chance to play "How many of these movies have I seen?" The American Writers Guild has chosen the top 101 screenplays. (It's odd that these kind of lists seldom have films that were amazingly wonderful but nobody ever saw or heard of... OK, maybe not that odd.)

Experimental Film

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Here's a video for a song by They Might Be Giants, featuring Strong Sad, one of my favourite characters from (home of Trogdor the Burninator.) (Wow, lot of links in this post!)

Brokeback to the Future

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Doc and Marty in Back to the Future
I'm pretty sick of all the Brokeback Mountain jokes and parodies out there, but against my better judgement I clicked on a link to Brokeback to the Future (flash video). I actually liked this one. It's well executed, and I think it's true to the spirit of the film.

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