Sean Penn as Who

I subscribed to a Google News Alert that searches for the words classics and blu-ray. What it finds and shows me isn’t always about classics, but it occasionally is.

Occasionally, in the search engine’s desire to give you a title and your search words in context, you can get an odd juxtaposition, such as:

Sean Penn shines in affecting, nuanced film Milk
Winston-Salem Journal – Winston-Salem,NC,USA
classic — about a puppet who wants to be a real boy, his pal the cricket, and assorted other characters — returns to DVD and makes its Blu-ray debut

I don’t remember that story line in Milk.

You Know You’re Spending Too Much Time at a Film Festival When…

  • You start every conversation with “Seen anything good?”
  • Your spouse asks what you want for dinner, and you answer “The usual–popcorn.”
  • You step outside on a beautiful afternoon and run immediately back into the theater.
  • You see people on the street talking in a foreign language, and your eyes automatically drop down for the subtitles.
  • You have an irresistible urge to see a big-budget Hollywood flick with lots of explosions and special effects.

Top Ten Insurance Films

I just received the strangest press release. It was from the Insurance Information Institute, “a nonprofit, communications organization supported by the insurance industry.” Not really my kind of organization.

But the subject was movies. The release proudly announced the “top ten insurance films of all time.” And no, these aren’t educational shorts with titles like “Why You Need Whole Life.”

In fact, the list is downright open-minded. Sicko makes the grade. I’d expect the insurance industry would list it as one of the worst films of all time.

Anyway, here’s the list:

  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Memento (2000)
  • The Fortune Cookie (1966)
  • The Killers (1946)
  • Save the Tiger (1973)
  • The Rainmaker (1997)
  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1968, 1999)
  • Sicko (2007)
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
  • Along Came Polly (2004)