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Thousand Movie Project
Watching those "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die". All of em. In chronological order. And writing about each one.
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thousandmovieproject · 19 days ago
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the first full patron-only episode!
There’s a 48 hour window after completing a new episode of the podcast where I’m still proud of it, still find it funny, where I can skip around and listen to certain portions while driving to work and experience something akin to what I think Ben Stiller was once describing in a Rolling Stone interview when he said there was something weirdly transcendent about going to his kid’s karate practice…
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thousandmovieproject · 23 days ago
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comic books kinda settled into my routine
I’ve been working on the podcast pretty much nonstop lately, which has been a huge delight, and since the biggest task apart from scripting and recording new episodes is that of securing guests, all of whom are authors, the “work” has mostly been reading their books. I’m hoping to have Jonathan Alter on the show next week, so I’m reading his terrific biography of President Jimmy Carter, as well…
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thousandmovieproject · 24 days ago
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apparently jimmy carter avoided a war over the panama canal
I’m reading and loving Jonathan Alter’s biography of President Jimmy Carter, His Very Best, and yesterday zipped through what I think is the best chapter so far, about Jimmy Carter relinquishing the Panama Canal to the people of Panama. Panamanians were instrumental in digging it, alongside Americans, but for seventy years or so it was claimed as a U.S. holding. Or property.  Something…
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thousandmovieproject · 27 days ago
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how to get politically savvy in a few easy steps
Today’s podcast, which actually came out last night, is a July 4th Address that’s hopefully still pertinent as your holiday weekend extends into its third day.  For the past few months I’ve been reading about politics and American history for the first time in my life, biographies too, and these are exactly the sorts of books that I always avoided because I thought they’d be too intimidating,…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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the guy at table 51 ruined my day
This is about more than just the guy himself but my Tuesday afternoon and evening were seriously hampered at the restaurant by having served a man who’s enough of a regular at this point to know the menu by heart but who still, with a troubled impatient brow, sighs after giving the menu a furtive glance and asking things like, “You guys got specialty pizzas. What kind ya got?” Hasty and…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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my big leap
So far I’ve only mentioned it to a handful of close friends but here’s the plan: next week I’ll be leaving a job I’ve held for seven years, as a tutor in the English department at Miami-Dade College, but instead of doubling down at the bar, and picking up enough shifts to make it full-time, I’ll be trying, for at least a month, to make a part-time job out of Thousand Movie Project…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#340. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
#340. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The copy of Anatomy of a Murder that I got from the library was old and had the awkward packaging of early-generation DVDs of classic movies, with cover art forged out of colorized movie stills; this one also featured, next to Jimmy Stewart’s crudely pastel-colored face, a blurb from Variety, or maybe it was Vanity Fair, declaring it, simply, “one of the greatest movies of all time,” and since…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#339. Ben Hur (1959)
#339. Ben Hur (1959)
So I might be pretty fucked here: I appear to’ve lost a blue-covered notebook in which I wrote response pieces for seven or eight movies from the late-’50s, early ‘60s, and Ben Hur is one of the entries in that notebook. The other entries, like about The Hole or Jerry Lewis’s Nutty Professor or To Kill a Mockingbird, I can re-write, no problem, but the issue with having lost the Ben–Hur piece is…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#338. Black Orpheus (1959)
#338. Black Orpheus (1959)
There’s a certain kind of partying that I simply cannot do, no matter how much I drink or try, and that kind of extraordinary partying, that proud and relinquishing of self, is on display here in Black Orpheus, whose real action takes place during Carnival in San Pablo, Brazil, which not only makes this the first Brazilian feature on the List (with the exception of the experimental film Limite,…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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this week's podcast is about two of my favorite topics: sex and aliens
this week’s podcast is about two of my favorite topics: sex and aliens
On the new episode of Thousand Movie Project Podcast we talk about some New Yorker articles from the past few months. The first one is about space debris, mostly deriving from the several thousand satellites we’ve abandoned in space (and which are now zipping around at 7,000 mph, waiting to crash into something), and there was another article, by Elizabeth Kolbert, about a suspicious sail-shaped…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#336. Hiroshima mon amour
#336. Hiroshima mon amour
Hiroshima mon amour is a structurally and emotionally shattered love story and it’s one of my favorite from the List because, like Luciano Visconti’s Senso or, to a milder degree, Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, it’s a portrait of how, by accepting a lover into your life and falling very deeply in love with them, you’re embarking on a process of self-effacement, of becoming both more and…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#337. Ride Lonesome (1959)
Ride Lonesome, whose title is poetic if nothing more, might be the last of these movies to pop up on the List that’s made by a studio, it’s a legit feature with Hollywood actors, and yet it’s just barely over an hour long; about 75 minutes, in this case (same as with the very wonderful Cairo Station–which, like this movie, is available on YouTube for free); so it feels, in that respect, like an…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#335. Pickpocket
It’s easy to see how Robert Bresson could become one of the intellectual lighthouses for angsty young men, college-age or thereabouts, because although I did feel a weighty resonance with Diary of a Country Priest, his portrait of a spiritually conflicted young man who broods over a notebook, I think I was mostly moved by that movie because it’s one of the better portraits of a writer’s life I’ve…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#334. The 400 Blows (1959)
This is my third time watching The 400 Blows since college. Something brings me back to it every couple years. And while all of these viewings, spaced out over a thousand or so days, have resonated with my feeling of youth, of having lots of new agitated feelings that I don’t quite know how to express, I went into it this time after watching the memoirist Mary Karr talk about how she loves it for…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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bernardin's new book hits me with a personal failing
bernardin’s new book hits me with a personal failing
This week saw the release of Marc Bernardin’s graphic novel Adora and the Distance, a fifteen-years-in-the-making adventure story about a young girl running away from an amorphous monster called The Distance, and the first thing to say about the book is that it’s good, almost transcendently good, and that it leaves you with an emotionally stirring lightness of foot that I think is unique to…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#333. North by Northwest (1959)
I’ve never personally liked North by Northwest, mainly cuz it feels a little endless, but, as I’ve now seen it three times with a couple years between each viewing (same rate of exposure I had to Truffaut’s 400 Blows (which is fitting, since Truffaut is largely responsible for Hitchcock’s canonization in academia)), I’m more and more appreciative of how fun North by Northwest is, how…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#332. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like it Hot is delightful as a comedy and surprisingly gripping as a thriller (surprisingly violent for its era) and but I’ve had a weird reaction to it because somehow, despite having heard the title a million times and having seen clips of the last big joke, where Jack Benny reveals to his fiancé that he’s been a man in drag this whole time, I still never learned–prior to sitting down and…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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#330. Some Came Running (1958)
#330. Some Came Running (1958)
I either really like this movie or feel nothing for it at all, I can’t decide, because even though it doesn’t quite dawdle, and the story unfolds at a steady-enough clip, there’s something that feels overlong and ponderous about it, even though it’s just a little over two hours long – and as a result of this it came as no surprise to learn, when looking at the Wikipedia page afterward (I was…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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got sick sick from too much burger but put out a new podcast
got sick sick from too much burger but put out a new podcast
A couple nights ago I stopped at McDonald’s on my way home because I had a coupon, 1 large fry for $1, but while waiting in line and smelling the food I realized I was actually hungrier than I’d thought, and decided to add a McDouble to the order, which seemed adequate for a couple minutes until, as customer after customer seemed not to know there was a menu directly in front of them this whole…
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thousandmovieproject · a month ago
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gaslight's on at the new tobacco road
gaslight’s on at the new tobacco road
You might’ve heard, if you live in Miami, that there’s a new bar on South Miami Avenue called Tobacco Road.  Except it’s not totally new.  Because Tobacco Road is also the name of a bar that was there, in almost that exact same spot (two doors down, to be exact), for 99 years, until it closed in 2014.  The original Tobacco Road was a dive bar with cheap food and loyal regulars.  More Cheers-y…
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