there was a time when i was young when right and wrong were black and white and all the world was cut and dry. girls on the left boys on the right and everyone knew where they stood and there was no middle in the road. and all my toys lay scattered on the floor. the yellow brick road was just another place i hadnt been to yet but would go to eventually. and i knew i would find it because my father told me so. and i knew that when i found it i would know because nobody told me i wouldnt. and if there was ever a ceiling i couldnt touch or a question i couldnt answer it was only because i wasn't a grown-up. Yet. and nothing was ever unreachable and nothing was ever unknowable and nothing was ever impossible as long as i was a kid -- Matthew Jacobs Originally published December 1996
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Friday, March 15, 2013
The best use of....
- an umbrella: (#1)
In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Indiana and Henry Jones are being attacked by a Nazi fighter pilot. Seeing some birds on the beach, Henry uses an umbrella to intentionally startle the birds into flight, causing the airplane to crash a la "Miracle on the Hudson."
- an umbrella: (#2)
A man protecting his cello from the rain while getting wet himself.
While doing research for this article I learned that the photograph was staged. How disappointing. But it's still a great image.
- a bicycle:
That scene in "The Transporter" where Jason Statham pours grease all over himself and then uses sharp bicycle pedals for traction.
(The good part starts at 3:07.)
- a "Speak and Spell":
Used by ET to "phone home."
- a book:
In "The Relic" (trailer), someone uses a really thick textbook to squash a monster-sized bug. I know that telling people not to use e-readers is like asking the tide not to come in, but seriously, what are you going to do if you get attacked by an insect the size of a watermelon and all you have to defend yourself with is a Kindle?
- the Bible:
"The Shawshank Redemption"
If you've seen the movie you know exactly what I mean, and if you haven't seen the movie I'm not telling....
- a cellphone:
In "Jurassic Park 3," the characters have to reach into a pile of manure to answer a cell phone. (At least I think it was #3 in the series...) (A related scene.)
- a passport:
Scene: Liz says, slowly and seductively, "I would really like to hear you say the word 'passport.' "