Nov

09

When This Baby Hits 88

“I’m sure that in 1985 plutonium is available in every corner drug store, but in 1955 it’s a little hard to come by.”  - Doctor Emmett Brown The 1980s were truly a time of miracle and wonder when it came to cinema (and music).  And the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future was no exception. […]

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Nov

02

The Natural Politician

“I guess some mistakes you never stop paying for.” – Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs in The Natural I’ve never really understood sports. I mean I simply do not understand why people watch them on television.  I get the live game, but that is more about community then the sport itself.  For me, watching any […]

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Oct

19

Cross the Streams or Get Slimed

Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.  Peter Venkman: What? Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.  Venkman: Why?  Spengler: It would be bad.  Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?  Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in […]

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Sep

28

The Loquacious Orations of the Political Class

You shouldn’t have to order a decoder ring to be able to understand our politicians.  Here’s my second attempt at a VPR commentary.

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Sep

21

To Boldly Go. No. Shut them ALL down, hurry!

“Will you shut up and listen to me! Shut down all the garbage smashers on the detention level, will ya? Do you copy? Shut down all the garbage smashers on the detention level! Shut down all the garbage mashers on the detention level!”  - Luke Skywalker You remember the trash compactor scene from Star Wars […]

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Sep

14

Back to Bacon

“Thank you, sir! May I have another?” – Kevin Bacon as Chip Diller in Animal House Kevin Bacon is omnipresent.  Who among us has not played “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?”  So popular is the game that Google even has a special “Bacon Number” function.  That’s right, type “Bacon Number” and then the name of an […]

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Sep

05

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Watching the Watchers

The 2009 Film Watchmen is based on a graphic novel from the mid-80s and takes place in a semi-dystopian future/past.  The Watchmen are a group of super/anti-heros who with the exception of the god-like “Dr. Manhattan” (photo at bottom) have no actual superpowers. They are merely humans trying to make sense of a often nonsensical […]

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Aug

25

Treif Feud In the Noosk

I was thinking of getting really cute and somehow linking seven Kevin Bacon movies together and somehow winding up in Winooski, but I am not sure I have the strength. You know what?

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Aug

24

The Needs of the Many…….

Spock:  Don’t grieve, Admiral.  It’s logical.  The needs of the many outweigh ….. Kirk: …..the needs of the few….. Spock: …..or the one.   Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan You know that when I pull out one of the greatest movies of all time for the blog it must be an important issue.  For […]

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Jul

28

VPR Commentary Debut

My VPR commentary debut airs today at 5:55 PM with a piece on Vermont’s recent changes to the Open Meetings Law.  If you miss the broadcast, you can always listen to the audio file on the VPR website here - Adrian VPR Commentary on Transparency And because I know you have been missing the film tie-ins, […]

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