Friday, April 30, 2021

Film Friday: Elliptical 100 (11)

After last week's sci-fi fun, I think it's time for a dose of reality.

Based on a book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.

Directed by Alan Pakula.

Released in 1976.

-  Dominic Chianese appears as a Watergate burglar.


Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.

Released in 2013.

-  Adam Dunn appears as a bartender.

Based on Proved Innocent, by Gerry Conlon.

Directed by Jim Sheridan.

Released in 1993.

-  The feature film debut of Saffron Burrows.

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner.

Directed by Michael Mann.

Released in 1999.

-  Crowe's transformation into the older Jeffrey Wigand included daily applications of wrinkles and liver spots.   


Based on The Death and Life of Dith Pran, by Sydney Schanberg.

Directed by Roland Joffe.

Released in 1984.

-  Haing Ngor (Pran) spent four years in a Khmer Rouge labor camp and had never acted before this film. 

Directed by Ramon Menendez.

Released in 1988.

-  Olmos and LDP had appeared together in a Miami Vice episode and the former helped the latter get cast in this film.

Directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel.

Released in 2002.

-  The son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, Chesa Boudin, is currently the District Attorney of San Francisco. He was raised mostly by Dohrn and Ayers due to his parents' prison terms.  

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Released in 2012.

-  Bigelow was married to James Cameron. 

If I could save only one:  In the Name of the Father

Last week's answer:  Stand and Deliver

This week's question:  There are eight films in the Elliptical 100 that I classified as biographical instead of true story.  Name the only woman who is a featured subject. 


Jon - 4

Brett Alan - 3

Fuji - 1

Monday, April 26, 2021

NFL Draft Contest (Winner Declared)


Second round pick Julie Ertz and her husband.

People who have commented on posts that weren't contests.  

U.S. and Canada only.  

Pick a team and give me five players you think they'll select.  

I don't care which round.   

The first three picks of the draft are ineligible though.  So for us, the draft starts with the Falcons at 4. 

Entry Deadline

When the first pick is announced on April 29.


Winner:  A PWE of football cards and 3 auction coins.  

Second Place:  If at least one correct pick - 2 auction coins.

Third Place:  If at least one correct pick - 1 auction coin.   

Sixth round pick Jason Kelce.  

Friday, April 23, 2021

Film Friday: Elliptical 100 (10)


Time to knock off another traditional genre.  

Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick.

Directed by Ridley Scott.

Released in 1982.

-  Rutger Hauer wasn't satisfied with the original "tears of rain" monologue, so he rewrote it himself.   


Based on a novel by Anthony Burgess.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Released in 1971. 

-  David Prowse appears, without a mask.

Written and directed by Alex Garland.

Released in 2014.

-  Six-person cast.  

Written and directed by George Lucas.

Released in 1977.

-  Alec Guiness negotiated a deal for 2.25 % of Lucas's royalties.   

If I could save only one:  Star Wars

Last week's answer:  Blade Runner (Daryl Hannah and Sean Young)

This week's question:  Edward James Olmos is in Blade Runner.  Which other Elliptical 100 movie is he in? 


Jon - 4

Brett Alan - 3

There are 16 weeks, but the last week has two points available.  So there are eight points left to obtain possibly. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Collector Strikes Again

Let's see what I got from Chris the Collector in a blind trade.  

-  Future Hall of Fame QB.

-  500 goals scorer.

-  Hall of Famer and former Flyer.  Apparently he's on the coaching staff of a minor league team in New Jersey now.  :)   

-  After struggling with Toronto, Halladay pitched a perfect game and a post-season no-hitter with the Phillies.  

-  10 Gold Gloves, 3-time MVP, 1980 World Series MVP, and a few home runs. 

-  A special nickname variant of the 2020 MLB walks leader.  

*  Not pictured:  A Claude Giroux and a Jakub Voracek. 

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