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July 14, 2006

WhiskyPrajer's 15 Faves

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

DarkoV issues the challenge and WhiskyPrajer steps up to the plate! WP is currently reviewing his 15 favorite movies. It's a good, idiosyncratic list -- "Star Wars" is right there, but it's next to "The Filth and the Fury," which is next to "Gidget." (If 'fessing up to loving "Gidget" doesn't take some courage, I don't know what does.) And it's a list that makes no boring pretence to be a best-of list -- we've had enough of those for a while, no? WhiskyPrajer keeps his writing modest and personal. "My only criteria for these fifteen," writes WP, "is their watchability factor -- in other words, these will be movies I don't hesitate to turn on and watch yet again." Which means that reading his postings isn't another wade through someone's opinions; it's more like reading a memoir, or maybe a passage from Nick Hornby. Great sentence (re "Gidget"!): "Think of those heady, crazy days when the two of you were so insanely in love, you were convinced you weren't just beating the odds but breaking the law."



posted by Michael at July 14, 2006


Very nice straightforward account of the "real" Gidget in the newest Vanity Fair mag. A short history of Malibu culture and lots of then-and-now photos, which I always appreciate.

For a mag that's supposed to be full of slag, VF often comes up unexpectedly with very useful and courageous pieces.

Prairie Mary

Posted by: Mary Scriver on July 14, 2006 5:24 PM

"Nick Hornby" - wow: high praise, indeed. Thanks for the mention. And thanks for the VF heads-up, Mary. One of the ironies I enjoy re: Gidget is the Jewish background of this thoroughly WASPish icon.

Posted by: Whisky Prajer on July 15, 2006 7:34 AM

That was by far the most interesting thing I have yet to read about a Pixar film. I thought "Cars" was five times as thoughtful and engaging as any of the others, maybe even the second-best film I've seen this year. "Monsters Inc." had its cute and clever moments, but it mostly felt tedious since all of the plot points were so thoroughly predictable and the advanced references seemed far more random than (as in "Cars") integrated into the theme.

Posted by: J. Goard on July 16, 2006 4:39 PM

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