2018: The Year of the Film

2018: The Year of the Film

In 2018, I'll be watching the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time, according to AFI's 10th anniversary list compiled in 2007. Or rewatching, as the case may be, though I've only seen 27 of the movies on the list ... and my memory of some of those is shaky. 

I'm starting Wednesday with number 100, the 212-minute epic Ben-Hur, which I know next to nothing about. 

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Offbeat LA #21: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Offbeat LA #21: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Today I logged the 21st location in my quest to explore 100 unusual places in LA: Hollywood Forever Cemetery. I was prepared for the lush landscaping and the famous graves, but there were some discoveries I didn't expect.

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On reading (and not reading) Hugo's "Les Misérables": A tortured love story

On reading (and not reading) Hugo's "Les Misérables": A tortured love story

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I've been "reading" Les Misérables for more than a year now. This isn't because I'm a slow reader (although I usually am) or because my life is unbelievably busy. It's because I've constantly picked it up, only to set it aside again when things get slow -- and yeah, things can get slow

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