“I do twenty minutes every time the refrigerator door opens and the light comes on.”


This one really hurts. I can remember the first time I saw Debbie Reynolds. I was five. I was supposed to be in bed, but I had sneaked into my parents bedroom to watch TV while they were in the basement watching their own show. I didn’t know what was on, I didn’t care. I … More “I do twenty minutes every time the refrigerator door opens and the light comes on.”

“I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.”


I have never seen Star Wars as a complete movie. I fall asleep, usually within half an hour, or I enter some bizarre trance and cannot recall seeing it at all. I’m aware of it, of course. My brothers are both fanatics, as most guys born between 1960 and 1985 are. I’d rather watch Star Trek. So … More “I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.”

Soundtrack of my Life: “God Give Me Strength” by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach


There is a delightful and underlooked gem of a film called Grace of My Heart, directed by Allison Anders and starring the incomparable Illeana Douglas. Anders is a highly acclaimed independent film maker responsible for the amazing Gas Food Lodging and Mi Vida Loca, but my favourite is the still Grace, a film of warmth and tenderness filled with incredible … More Soundtrack of my Life: “God Give Me Strength” by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach

Alan Rickman- “There’s a voice inside you that tells you what you should do.”


The hits just keep on coming. In my house, Snape is king, more so than any other Harry Potter character. Not just because he’s a misunderstood misfit. It’s because Alan Rickman played him, and Alan Rickman is this household’s favourite actor. It goes beyond Snape, trust me. I still love Hans Gruber, with his Euro … More Alan Rickman- “There’s a voice inside you that tells you what you should do.”

Soundtrack of my Life: “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel


I remember having a conversation with a guy about Say Anything (my real favourite movie- well, tied with High Fidelity and Love, Actually). He ended up finally ranting and raving ( I don’t remember how it got there), but he finally just exploded. “Fucking Lloyd Dobler ruined everything for us, man. Fucking EVERYTHING!” Well, Lloyd Dobler is sweet and … More Soundtrack of my Life: “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

Soundtrack of my Life: “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes


Dirty Dancing. That monster hit film with an even bigger soundtrack. For girls my age, it was a somewhat scandalous thing to watch. I mean- PREMARITAL SEX! NAUGHTY ROCK N’ ROLL! ABORTION! It was my parents worse nightmare, and it starred Patrick Swayze, who was one of my first crushes. A guy who could really … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes

Soundtrack of My Life: “Never Gonna Dance” by Fred Astaire


This has a two-fold meaning. The top is the dance sequence from the 1936 Astaire-Rogers film Swing Time. To be perfectly blunt- I love every single thing Astaire and Rogers did together, even The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle and Barkleys of Broadway. But Swing Time remains my favourite of their films, if only because … More Soundtrack of My Life: “Never Gonna Dance” by Fred Astaire

Soundtrack of My Life: “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” by Fess Parker


My dad was (and is) obsessed with the Disney Davy Crockett TV series/butchered films. As a result, I am all too familiar with this song. It’s here to remind me that not all music speaks to your heart. Sometimes you just want to hit the television or stereo with a baseball bat to stop the horror. I’m … More Soundtrack of My Life: “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” by Fess Parker

It Was Always About the Movies: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)


I don’t talk or write about film much because I knew I could never write about film as well as Roger Ebert. I’m not talking about his ability to give quick blurbs and four stars. I’m talking about his ability to express, pretty accurately, how I felt about these films. He was a far, far … More It Was Always About the Movies: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)