Untethered Dog

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Movies

Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner

The other day I, um, watched “Dirty Dancing.”
Yes — the whole movie. Of course, the original. What kind of question is that? The only version that should be allowed by law. The one with Swayze. And Jennifer Grey’s old nose.

Swing, Batter Batter

While watching the 2007 Sean Astin vehicle The Final Season this weekend I was surprised to hear Chief Bender quoted — and by none other than Rachael Leigh Cook. From Bender’s Ten Commandments of Baseball: “You will never be a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.” Have truer words been been […]

It Just Doesn’t Matter

In these troubled times, everyone needs a hero, someone they can look up to, a person who knows what it’s like to face adversity, a figure who shows us that we, too, can prove all the doubters wrong. I speak, yes, most certainly I do, of the great Rudy Gerner. Rudy, of course, is the […]

Distant Replay

If you could do it all over again, would you? That is the question posed in Touchback, a movie I watched last night because, well, I’m a sucker for sports movies in which the good guys win in the end. I will confess to not being aware the film had been made until two minutes […]

Great Moments are Born from Great Opportunity

I rewatched Miracle last night. What I appreciate about that movie is not the games — we have live footage of those and you can’t mimic the intensity, and especially not the joy — but rather the moments, which are no doubt composites, that took place behind-the-scenes and before, frankly, there were scenes, as in […]

‘Blood’ Complicated

After I saw the first film by the Brothers Cohen at the Trylon the other night people asked what I thought. That is a decidedly simple question that I found surprisingly difficult to answer. While watching that film, Blood Simple, I squirmed in my chair. I picked at my fingers — a clear sign that […]

The Old Man and the Smile

The beauty of living near a movie theater is that you can decide minutes before a show starts to walk down the road, hand over a few bills, and have a seat in the calm dark, popcorn-stench that Netflix could never duplicate.[1] In recent years, I have watched far fewer movies than I did when […]