the cost of going to the movies back then and right now

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A WHILE AGO, I re­sponded to a post on my Face­book thread about go­ing the movies these days, in­clud­ing the price of tick­ets and con­ces­sions, ex­ces­sive sound sys­tems, rude view­ers, etc. I am now a se­nior, so the price of tick­ets seem too high, and I haven't shelled out a cent for ob­scenely over­priced candy, pop­corn, and soft-drinks in decades! CONTINUE READING

harry dean stanton made clint eastwood seem downright garrulous

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READING ABOUT MOVIES be­fore the In­ter­net, I of­ten came across de­scrip­tions of Gary Cooper as be­ing Hollywood's most la­conic ac­tor. That's not a com­mon word, nor one that was taught in the class­rooms of Amer­ica in the '60s. Ac­cord­ing to Merriam-Webster, Cooper was “us­ing or in­volv­ing the use of a min­i­mum of words,” which does sumCONTINUE READING

sometimes "alias" ain't no alias at all

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I LOGGED INTO my li­brary ac­count and in the Search field typed “alias.” I wanted to place a hold on the fourth and fifth sea­sons of the ABC tele­vi­sion se­ries Alias from ear­lier in this cen­tury, star­ring Jen­nifer Gar­ner. Aside from the five DVDs for the se­ries and per­haps a few books about the show, I wasn't ex­pect­ing CONTINUE READING

laughing with alan watts and the wild hogs

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WHO RECOMMENDED "WILD HOGS"? This fur­sh­lug­giner film is poorly con­ceived and pre­dictably point­less! It's a biker-comedy (?) with an im­pres­sive if mot­ley cast. There are four male leads, two roles filled by a cou­ple of se­ri­ous ac­tors that I en­joy see­ing in just about any­thing. Un­for­tu­nately, a pair of sup­pos­edly funny ac­tors that I rarely en­joy in any­thing CONTINUE READING

a black list and a northwest mallard

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THE REDMOND BRANCH of the King County Li­brary Sys­tem (KCLS) is a cou­ple of miles from our house. I headed there around two one af­ter­noon last week to pick up the first season’s worth of The Black­list, a tele­vi­sion se­ries that my sis­ter Mary Al­ice had been en­cour­ag­ing me to see. It was a beau­ti­ful day for a walk CONTINUE READING