["For me, like most other Americans, Memorial Day is a time for barbecuing, playing Frisbee, loading up coolers with iced beer, and getting out of town. I usually don't think about America's war dead on the last weekend of May any more than I think about our nation's independence on the Fourth of July, or about the birth of Jesus on Christmas."]
["Before I get to handicapping the awards (in a separate post to follow), a few regrettably quick notes on the Competition films I didn't have the time/stamina/inclination to address earlier, mostly because none of them exactly blew me away."]
["The United States told Iran on Monday its support for militias fighting in Iraq needs to cease, said Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Crocker spoke at a news conference after a meeting with Iranian diplomats in Baghdad—the first public and formal meeting between U.S. and Iranian representatives since the United States cut off diplomatic relations 27 years ago."]
["I have a problem with the phrase "film noir," for I'm not sure what it really is. Maybe in Japan and France, people can talk about this genre more precisely, but in America film noir became more of a marketing tool—and a very important one—because it was one of the ways that repertory movie theaters in the United States managed to stay alive. They found that audiences were drawn to these so-called film noir, crime or mystery thrillers, films with actors like Humphrey Bogart. Actually, Bogart was one of the stars most strongly associated with the American repertory-theater movement, since the Brattle Theater in Cambridge was the place where they revived "Casablanca" in the 1960s and thereby helped that film become well known again. So, for me as an American, the phrase "film noir" has a certain association with marketing."]
Clip of the Day: In honor of Charles Nelson Reilly, the opening sequence to the Millennium episode "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense".
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