Friday, April 16, 2021

Film Friday: Elliptical 100 (9)


It's been in the news a lot lately for the wrong reasons.  But once upon a time, New York City wasn't such a dumpster fire.  



Written and directed by Woody Allen.

Released in 1989.

-  Cameo appearance by Nora Ephron.

*  There's stuff with Allen.  Decide for yourself how that affects your viewing choices. 

Based on a novel by Avery Corman.

Directed by Robert Benton.

Released in 1979.

-  Kate Jackson was offered the role of Joanna, but couldn't do it because of scheduling conflicts with Charlie's Angels.  Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, and Ali MacGraw turned it down.

Based on La Femme Infidele.  

Directed by Adrian Lyne.

Released in 2002.

-  There were five different endings shot. 

Directed by Oliver Stone.

Released in 1987.

-  Stewart Copeland, of the Police, composed the score.   

If I could save only one:  Crimes and Misdemeanors

Last Week's Answer:  Wall Street

This Week's Question:  Two members of the Wall Street cast are in another Elliptical 100 film.  Which is it?  


Jon - 4

Brett Alan - 3

Note:  The Michael Douglas films that almost made the list are The Game, DisclosureBasic Instinct, and Fatal Attraction.   

Friday, April 9, 2021

Film Friday: Th Elliptical 100 (8)


Based on a novel by James Fogle.

Directed by Gus Van Sant.

Released in 1989.


Based on a novel by John O'Brien.

Directed by Mike Figgis.

Released in 1995.  


Based on the miniseries Traffik.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Released in 2000.


If I could save only one:  Drugstore Cowboy

Last week's answer:  Leaving Las Vegas

This week's question:  Michael Douglas is in Traffic.  Which other film of his is in the Elliptical 100?  (A few came close, but only one more made the final cut.)      


Jon - 4

Brett Alan -  3

Third place is wide open and is worth a token for the next auction. 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Weekly Clean-Up


-  So Opening Day in MLB happened and I sponsored a mini contest.  John Sharp won and has a PWE coming his way once I make it down to the post office.

-  Kerry from Cards on Cards sent me some free football cards:

-  I bought a couple singles from my dealer.  One was more expensive than the other:

-  Matt from Diamond Jesters sponsored a blog bat-around on April Fool's Day.  I did not participate because I was doing my own AFD post on the passing of the fictitious Max Keller.

-  Not thrilled about the 17th NFL game.  

-  I got a couple shipments from online dealers that I'll talk about in future posts. 

-  Found a free Scrabble site.  Something to do while I'm watching cable news and Murder, She Wrote re-runs.       

-   Jesus getting all this attention for coming back even though Lazarus did it first.  #SMH   

Friday, April 2, 2021

Film Friday: The Elliptical 100 (7)


Sadly, I don't have Sicilian blood.  So I can never be a made man.  

Based on a book by Nicholas Pileggi.

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Released in 1995.

-  Mafia lawyer (and later Mayor of Las Vegas) Oscar Goodman plays himself.

Based on a book by Joseph Pistone.

Directed by Mike Newell.

Released in 1997.

-  Nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar - Paul Attanasio. 

Based on a novel by Mario Puzo.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Released in 1972.

-  Twelve other directors were offered the job before Coppola. 

Partially based on The Godfather, by Mario Puzo.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Released in 1974.

-  Robert De Niro learned Sicilian for the role of youngish Vito Corleone.  

Based on Wiseguy, by Nicholas Pileggi.

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Released in 1990.

-  The "Funny how?" scene is based on something that actually happened to Joe Pesci when he was working as a waiter in New York City.

If I could save only one:  Casino

Last Week's Answer:  The American Mafia 

This week's question:  One of this week's directors had a nephew who became a famous actor.  Name the Elliptical 100 film in which he stars.  


Jon - 4

Brett Alan - 3

Thursday, April 1, 2021

RIP Max Keller

So yeah.  Director / screenwriter Max Keller passed last night.  Probably best known for Hiver (Winter), a Cold War spy flick set in Switzerland (where he was born) and Durand, about a woman who lives with her novelist husband in the countryside but is having an affair with a man in Paris.  But he directed several other films that were only significant in France.  Then he immigrated to the U.S. and did TV work.  Mostly cop dramas:  Kojak, Streets of San Francisco, Hill Street Blues, etc.  The Miami Vice episode  "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" was his, with the nutso ex-cop and "Brothers in Arms" playing at the end.  He had a drinking problem, so I'm kind of surprised he lasted this long.  Never married, though he lived with Crisitna Raines and Ann Reinking (after she broke up with Bob Fosse).  Not simultaneously.         

Cristina Raines


Ann Reinking


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Play Ball!

Tomorrow is Opening Day in MLB.  

U.S. and Canada only.

People who have previously commented on non-give away posts only.

PWE of baseball cards for the winner.

Predict the team that scores the most runs on Opening Day in an AL ballpark.

Predict the team that scores the most runs on Opening Day in an NL ballpark.

Deadline: First pitch of the first game. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Weekly Clean-Up


Combining last week and this week.  

-  I expected to have  a couple more singles from my dealer to show off, but I guess that will have to wait.  They're being held for me, but I keep putting off going down there. 

-  I did, however, land my first 2021 Topps baseball card in a Time Travel trade with Matt from Diamond Jesters.


That's a Jo Adell rookie card.  The name is tiny, but I only gave up a few traders.

-  The madre is talking about coming down in June, so the slow migration south of my childhood cards might make more progress.  

-  Nick, from Dime Boxes, flipped an Allen and Ginter non-sport card for several baseball cards, including a '56 Ernie Banks and a '57 Pee Wee Reese.

-  Johnny, from Johnny's Trading Spot, landed a stack of relic cards for 40 cents each.

-  Saw the new neighbor in the hall and she has a nice rack.  Wanted to blurt out "Cuomo let one get away!", but I behaved myself.