15 movies I want to see

Posted December 24th, 2009. Filed under Uncategorized

These films seemed to be on every “best of the decade” list I looked at.  As I was browsing around, I jotted them down and I’ll hopefully get around to watching them in very short order.  I don’t really have anything to say about these films since I haven’t seen them yet.

In alphabetical order, all pictured above

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Directed by Steven Spielberg, 2001


Directed by Michael Haneke, 2005

Capturing the Friedmans

Directed by Andrew Jarecki, 2003


Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, 2005


Directed by Gus Van Sant, 2002

Grizzly Man

Directed by Werner Herzog, 2005

Gegen die Wan (Head-On)

Directed by Fatih Akin, 2004

A History of Violence

Directed by David Cronenberg, 2005

I’m Not There.

Directed by Todd Haynes, 2007

Inglourious Basterds

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, 2009

Morvern Callar

Directed by Lynne Ramsay, 2002

Mulholland Dr.

Directed by David Lynch, 2001

The New World

Directed by Terrence Malick, 2005

Sang sattawat (Syndromes and a Century)

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006

Sud pralad (Tropical Malady)

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004

This is the reason for the SEPTA strike???

Posted November 3rd, 2009. Filed under Uncategorized

Concerning the SEPTA strike (in the middle of which I unexpectedly find myself):

According to a source close to the negotiations, the union was willing to accept SEPTA’s economic package of raises totaling 11 percent over five years with zero increase and a $1,250 signing bonus in the first year, a 120 percent (six percntage points, from 5 to 11 percent) in contributions to the employee pension fund, and no increase in employee contributions to the healthcare plan. The main sticking point, the source said, was proposed changes in longstanding work rules that allow maintenance employees to pick the equipment they will work on based on seniority.

So, wait…  300,000 commuters and daily riders have no reasonable way to get around America’s 6th most populous city because SEPTA wants the dudes that have been maintenance workers for 6 years to have the right to make the dudes that have been maintenance workers for 4 years fix the toilets?  Am I reading that right? They’ve agreed on the money but have gone on strike over this?

An open letter to the MythBusters

Posted June 17th, 2009. Filed under Uncategorized