“Diner” (1982)

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments

Change is difficult.  In the movie, “Diner,” a group of close friends is figuring that out.  When we meet them, the time and place is Baltimore, late December, 1959.  They gather every evening at the local diner to eat French fries in brown gravy, smoke cigarettes and talk deep into the night.  When I say, “talk […]

Thank you, Sir Elton

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments, Pop Music!

In the film, “Almost Famous,” there is a completely famous scene where the fictional rock band, Stillwater, sings along to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” and makes everything okay.  In the middle of a U.S. tour, their lead guitar player (played by Billy Crudup), during a drug-induced tantrum, has told off the rest of the band, […]

Defending “The Best of Times”

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments

In the days following the death of Robin Williams, I read many of his obituaries and career overviews, and they all featured a list of the “Top 10 Robin Williams Movies.”  I read every list, certain that somebody would mention a specific title I was looking for.  Instead, I found the same ten movies, more […]

“Miller’s Crossing”

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments

There is not a lot I can say about this scene from “Miller’s Crossing” (1990) that it doesn’t already say for itself.  The dialogue is fast and furious, and it doesn’t stop.  And it’s not just in this scene, either.  The whole movie is like this.  The script must have been four inches thick! This will be one […]

Buckaroo Banzai: “No matter where you go…”

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments

When I saw “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension” in 1984, there were about three other people in the theater.  One of them was my friend who turned to me at the halfway point and demanded, “What is going on in this movie?”  I answered, “I’m not sure; I’m just trying to […]

Chow With Geisler

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments

Have you seen “Barton Fink?”  If you haven’t, don’t worry…there are no spoilers in this post.  In order for me to include a spoiler, I would have to understand this movie, so, trust me, you are safe.  I confess, “Barton Fink” has me stymied; it is an elusive movie.  It provides just enough imagery, metaphors and frustrating clues to […]