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    Saturday, August 09, 2008

    On The Web: The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

    I can’t believe I didn’t mention this yesterday. More than one person told me about it, and Bill Crider even thinks I’m responsible. But The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three in its glorious entirety is now free on Hulu. Meaning you have no excuse not to have seen the greatest motion picture ever made.

    TV: The Olympics Opening Ceremonies

    Director Zhang Yimou did an extraordinary job with last night’s spectacle, even if the Death Star made an appearance and Lang Lang had Heat Miser’s hair.

    DVD: Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)

    Forget the Olympics. Nothing in recent memory has stirred my patriotism like this movie. USA! USA! USA!

    Miscellaneous: An Open Letter to Senator John Edwards

    Dear Senator Edwards:

    Jesus, man, you’re a trial lawyer! You of all people should know there’s no way to keep an affair secret during a Presidential bid, even if you didn’t father the woman’s child and then pay her off. What if you’d actually gotten the nomination? A laughable notion, I know, but lawyers should consider every angle. I hereby retract every positive statement I have ever made about you, your policy positions, or your hair.

    Vince Keenan

    PS. OK. I stand by my statements about the hair.

    Miscellaneous: An Open Letter to the Various Cable News Networks

    Dear Various Cable News Networks:

    I understand how difficult it is to resist the siren song of the aforementioned scandal, particularly when Edwards himself says, “If you want to beat me up – feel free.” But could you maybe backburner the story for a spell while Russia is attacking another country? I’d kinda like to know what the hell is going on.

    Vince Keenan

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    I agree that PELHAM is a very good movie. But what makes you continue to say it is the greatest movie ever? I recently rewatched it because I was curious about your obsession, but I came away from the viewing feeling the movie was short of the greatness of films like CHINATOWN, THE WILD BUNCH, THE SEVEN SAMURAI and a list that could go on a bit.

    I understand that all of this is personal taste, but I want to give you an excuse to elaborate on the blog about your love for this flick.

    You may have been more detailed in a previous post that I have forgotten about, so a link might get the job done. But I must KNOW. This movie seems to be your CATCHER IN THE RYE, the key to your ID, the movie people will be discussing when they speak of Vince Keenan fifty years from now.

    What is the secret of THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE?



    Damn, TL, when you throw a gauntlet, you throw it but good.

    So I exaggerate for comic effect. A more accurate statement would be that Pelham is my favorite movie of all time. In one of the many posts where I mention Pelham, I called it "a perfect thriller, a quintessential New York movie, and one of the most entertaining films ever made." That about sums it up. I went into more detail in this Mystery*File piece.

    You should know, though, that you're gonna need more than a single movie to unravel the fundamental mystery that is me.


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