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1. Great Moments in Movie History. Clips from mediocre-to-bad films, removed from context, presented without commentary. Funny stuff.

["In essence, this section has been created as a means to archive the finest scenes from cinema's lengthy history. Sure, the Critereon Collection collects the finest films in their entirety - but who wants to sit through an entire film? Why slog through all two hours of Citizen Kane when you only need to see the Rosebud scene. So we here at The Offline, along with our friends at the North American Council for the Preservation of Exceptional Media, have taken it upon ourselves to collect the very best moments and post them here for all to admire. However, we can't do this alone. Send your favorite great moment to sup@theoffline.com"]

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2. What happens when you try to do an unauthorized pseudo-sequel to Catcher in the Rye almost 60 years later? Well, J.D. Salinger comes out of reclusion just long enough to sue you. Some interesting thoughts about intellectual property here.

[""60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye," by J. D. California, a 33-year-old humor writer from Sweden who uses that gimmicky nom de plume, might be read as an update of sorts to Mr. Salinger's 1951 classic, "The Catcher in the Rye," which has sold more than 35 million copies. The new work centers on a 76-year-old "Mr. C," the creation of a writer named Mr. Salinger. Although the name Holden Caulfield does not appear in the book, Mr. C is clearly Holden, one of the most enduring adolescent figures in American literature, as an old man."]

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3. The Guardian profiles Brooklyn-based actor and filmmaker Zachary Oberzan, star of a one-man retelling of the film First Blood, Flooding with Love for the Kid, and editor emeritus' Matt Zoller Seitz's film Home.

["'Thank you for coming out on a rainy night,' Zachary Oberzan told the back room of Monkey Town, a bar-restaurant-art-space in Brooklyn's Williamsburg, last Thursday. Dressed in a camouflage-print T-shirt, jeans and black leather boots, he was addressing two dozen people slumped on low beige sofas arranged around the room's four walls, on each of which was mounted a video-projection screen. 'I know it's hard to leave your apartment,' he continued. 'In fact, no one knows that better than I.'"]

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4. Jason Bellamy and The Cooler celebrate Pauline Kael week all week long. Here's a link to the index post.

["Pauline Kael Week rolls on here at The Cooler! For archival purposes, and in case any bloggers provide submissions, I'll be using this page to highlight all of the week's discussions. Please jump in, read and react! Though it's always a treat to read Kael samplings, this exercise doesn't work without you! Please spread the word to those who might be interested."]

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5. Finally, today, ComingSoon.net passes on a BBC report that says that Shia LaBeouf has said work on a fifth Indiana Jones movie continues apace. As one of about five people on Earth who liked the majority of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this ... still fills me with trepidation. (Also, from the comments: "This just in the film will be titled Indiana Jones and the Golden Walker.")

["'Steven [Spielberg] just said that he cracked the story on it before I left and I think they're gearing that up,' LaBeouf said. Last summer's blockbuster was made for about $185 million and earned $786.6 million worldwide. It was the second-highest earner of 2008, behind just The Dark Knight."]

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Quote of the Day:

"If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
-Abraham Lincoln

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Image of the Day (click to enlarge): Let's continue our presidential theme with this look at Chester Arthur, known in his time as "the Gentleman Boss" and "Elegant Arthur." (Actually, we refer to Keith Uhlich as "The Gentleman Boss" all the time.)

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Clip of the Day: There's more wrong in this ad for Comfort Wipe than I know what to do with.


"Links for the Day": A selection of Links that will hopefully spark discussion. Comments encouraged. Suggestions for links are also welcome. Please send to todd@vanderwerff.us.

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