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“Hey, They’re Playing Our Song”: A Personal Journey Through Cinematic School Dances

Dance like no one's watching-inspiredmommiedesignsCome on, admit it, when you were in school you loved the school dance.  You loved getting slightly dressed up, feeling even more awkward than usual, and spending all night debating whether you were going to ask your favorite girl to dance you, only to find yourself trying not to get aroused the moment she said yes.

Good times. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – The French Connection (1971)

Directed by William Friedkin

Screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, based upon the book by Robin Moore

Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey

The Oscars have been known to follow the latest trends, gleeefully heaping awards on the latest flash-in-the-pan – those films or filmmakers that show promise, or even brilliance, but who never rise to the same level again.  The earliest of the bunch that comes to mind is Delbert Mann for directing Marty.  Like any next best thing he shot to the ultimate top of his profession, winning an Oscar for directing the film, only to fall immediately back to earth.  Even if he wasn’t exactly never heard from again, it seemed pretty close to it. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – Rocky (1976)

Rocky (1976)

Directed by John G. Avildsen

Written By Sylvester Stallone

Starring Sylvester Stallon, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

It’s a normal human trait to procrastinate. Why do today what can be done tomorrow, the more unpleasant the better? Take out the garbage? Clean the litter box? Tell the kids you love them? There’s always tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, then the day after. This is the same quality that makes people engage in the intellectually-dishonest practice of picking out black jelly-beans from a bag of jelly-beans and throw them away, so they can avoid the putrid taste. Continue reading

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9 Costume Parties To Remember

In honor of Halloween I thought it best to search out the best costume party scenes from movies, but because this is my list I didn’t adhere to any traditional thinking about what constituted a ‘party’ and just figured that, any time a person put on a costume, a party was happening.  So here are the nine best in chronological order.

Enjoy.

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