Look! My old skate key!

Moving this blog has been analogous to moving a house in which you’ve lived for a number of years. You find yourself stopping to paw through some old box of junk/treasure you had forgotten about, trying to recall why you saved some of it in the first place.

You find a few things you want to drag back out and put on the mantle or, at least, somewhere you can find it again. Which brings me to tagging.

In seven-plus years, I’ve accumulated more than four thousand posts and it’s already a challenge to find thing things I know I’ve written and/or linked to. In another seven years…

Google search helps but the key it tagging and I’ve done a reasonable job of putting my posts into a couple of dozen categories. But going forward, I plan to get more granular. For example, Blade Runner would go in the MOVIE category but I’ll add tags: science fiction; Harrison Ford; Ridley Scott.

I’m sliding into librarian mode here but as more of our lives happen online, taxonomy becomes increasingly important. Fortunately, my new blogging platform (WordPress) makes this much easier to do.

If you look to the right and scroll up or down, you’ll see my category and tag “clouds.” The larger the font, the more posts linked to that word.

It’s pretty much the difference between a library with the Dewey Decimal System and one without. Tag those posts, kids.

30 movies I can watch again

Alien
Aliens
Black Hawk Down
Blade Runner
Jeremiah Johnson
Last of the Mohicans
Manhunter
Marathon Man
Midnight Cowboy
Mississippi Burning
No Way Out
Platoon
Pulp Fiction
Saving Private Ryan
Speed
Terminator
Terminator II
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The Commitments 
The Getaway
The Matrix
Three Musketeers
Four Musketeers
The Professional
The Road Warrior
The Verdict
Three Days of the Condor
Time Bandits
True Romance
WarGames

Minority Report

I really wanted Minority Report to be a good movie. Directed by Steven Spielberg…based on short story by Philip K. Dick (as was Blade Runner). What I came away with were some very good scenes that –somehow– just didn’t add up to a great movie.

The doctor that replaced John Anderton’s eyes (“Don’t scratch!”). The scene in the green house with the co-creator of Pre-Crime was fine (the actress also played Helen Hunt’s “Aunt Meg” in Twister). Did you recognize Gideon, the wheel-chair bound jailer? Tim Blake Nelson from O’ Brother Where Art Thou?

Just help me with this… after living in the pool for all those years, why weren’t Agatha’s fingers all wrinkled? I’m gonna rent the DVD in hopes it includes the behind-the-scene I really want to see. When they bring in the chair for Tom Cruise to stand on so he can be eye-to-eye with Max Von Sydow (“Somebody give Mr. Curise a boost up there, will you please?”) Surely they didn’t make Max Von Sydow get on his knees or stand in a hole or something.

I think it’s just very hard to make a good science fiction movie which might be why it’s rarely attempted. Go see Minority Report but stop by Block Buster on the way home and pick up 12 Monkeys.

“I want more life, fucker.”

I had my 54th birthday a week or so back and this line (from Ridley Scott’s 1982 scil-fi classic, Blade Runner) kept running through my head. Replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) goes to see Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), the scientist that “designed” the not-quite-human Roy. Tyrell attempts to comfort Roy:

“The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy.”

But Roy’s not having any of it and proceeds to poke Tyrell’s eyes out. As Roy observes,

“It’s not an easy thing to meet your maker”

…but I thought he handled himself pretty well. He came for some answers –if not a solution to his problem– and he was damn well gonna get them.

The replicants of Blade Runner only got four years (I think Sean Young’s character got more than that) but it wasn’t so much how many years they got as that they knew when they were going to die. Maybe in the end, Pris (played by Daryl Hannah) got it right:

“Then we’re stupid and we’ll die.”

We are and we will.