A Twice-Told Musical Cue: “The Princess Bride” & “Tosca”

I had a late-night revelation during my drive home last night.  This four-note cue from the score of The Princess Bride (specifically the track, "Guide My Sword") is the same as the opening four notes of "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's Tosca.  And now I'm reading The Princess Bride completely differently than I did before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK8gSdKqIyoContinue reading A Twice-Told Musical Cue: “The Princess Bride” & “Tosca”

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Video Store Valentine: 1997 – Her

Six years ago, I wrote “Video Store Valentine,” a short story about a young woman (Alyssa) who goes to a video rental store and reconnects with an old classmate (Jimmy).  Over the years, I’ve toyed with the idea of retelling the story from Jimmy’s point of view, finally getting around to doing it this year.  … Continue reading Video Store Valentine: 1997 – Her

Three Backsides Over Northern Italy: “Call Me By Your Name” (2017)

Timothée Chalamet's backside will go down in history as one of the greatest actors of his generation.  When Elio meets Oliver for the first time in 2017's Call Me By Your Name, we see his face but briefly in the mirror.  As they separate from their handshake, Oliver's reflection obscures Elio.  Thus begins the first … Continue reading Three Backsides Over Northern Italy: “Call Me By Your Name” (2017)

2017 Film Viewing Log: July to December

Some time ago on a tweet I thought was brilliant at the time but now seems kind of silly, I equated buying movies with buying clothes.  It was not my greatest moment on the silly social media app, but it did accurately depict my thought process when I am browsing a film aisle. https://twitter.com/Escapay/status/942644626342768640 Shopping … Continue reading 2017 Film Viewing Log: July to December

Let Me Call You Sweetheart: Memories Suddenly Blossom That Faded Long Ago

I come from a big family. No, really, I often lose count if I try to list my many cousins, aunts, uncles, second cousins, great-aunts, half-uncles, random-relative-twice-removeds.  It makes remembering who each of them are rather difficult, especially during reunions where I might get introduced to someone I only met once, a dozen years ago, … Continue reading Let Me Call You Sweetheart: Memories Suddenly Blossom That Faded Long Ago