Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Appreciating A Movie

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I happened upon a movie yesterday titled Happy Accidents, a 2000 American film starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Although I do not often watch love stories, I noticed that the stars of the film were Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio... and since I've had for many years a somewhat lascivious lust affair with Marisa Tomei, and since I enjoyed Vincent D'onofrio's performance as the alien bug in the Edgar suit in Men In Black, I decided to give it a chance.

Happy Accidents is a 2000 American film starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio.

The plot:

Ruby Weaver (Marisa Tomei) is weary of her long history of failed relationships with men when she meets Sam Deed (Vincent D'Onofrio) in a park. But after the two fall in love, Ruby becomes suspicious of Sam's past, his obsession with a "Chrystie Delancey", and "causal effect." Under pressure from her, he finally explains that he is really from the year 2470 and is what he calls a "back traveler."

Happy Accidents was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2000 and received much praise from the audiences. Which means (to me) that it is not you run of the mill story.

However, in his review of the film Roger Ebert described Happy Accidents as being "essentially silliness crossed with science fiction."

So my praise for the film might be one of those 'just me' things.

Marisa Tomei


Did you know that . . . ?

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.


On this day, November 5, 1862 in Minnesota, more than 300 Santee Sioux were found guilty of raping and murdering Anglo settlers and were sentenced to hang. A month later, President Abraham Lincoln commuted all but 39 of the death sentences. One of the Indians was granted a last-minute reprieve, but the other 38 were hanged simultaneously on December 26 in a bizarre mass execution witnessed by a large crowd of approving Minnesotans.

The trials of the prisoners gave little attention to the injustices the Indians had suffered on the reservations and largely catered to the popular desire for revenge. However, President Lincoln's commutation of the majority of the death sentences clearly reflected his understanding that the Minnesota Uprising had been rooted in a long history of Anglo abuse of the Santee Sioux


1. Intense or unrestrained sexual craving.
a. An overwhelming desire or craving: a lust for power.
b. Intense eagerness or enthusiasm: a lust for life.



Roy Rogers
(Nov 5, 1911 - July 6, 1998)
Roy Rogers was an American singer and cowboy actor. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often Pat Brady (who drove a Jeep called "Nellybelle"), Andy Devine, or the crotchety George "Gabby" Hayes. Rogers's nickname was "King of the Cowboys" and Evans's nickname was "Queen of the West".

Vivien Leigh
(Nov 5 1913 – July 8 1967)
Vivien Leigh was a British stage and film actress. She won two Best Actress Academy Awards for her performances as  Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway version of Tovarich (1963).

Sam Shepard
(born November 5, 1943)
Sam Shepard is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.

Elke Sommer
(born November 5 1940)
Elke Sommer is a German actress, entertainer, and artist. She became one of the top movie actresses of the 1960s and made 99 movie and television appearances between 1959 and 2005, including A Shot in the Dark (1964) with Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, The Art of Love (1965) with James Garner and Dick Van Dyke, The Oscar (1966) with Stephen Boyd, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966) with Bob Hope, the Bulldog Drummond extravaganza Deadlier Than the Male (1966), and The Wrecking Crew (1969) with Dean Martin; Sommer was the leading lady in each of these films.


“Every time I think about that girl, my mind commits a sin.”
--Jake Vander Ark


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