Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hail Affleck

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Random thoughts suggested by the reference in the
previous post to Aegean Park Press and to stencils

"Stencil’s entire existence is focused on the hunt for V.,
a classic novelistic quest-without-resolution (in fact, V.
might be fiction’s greatest example of a MacGuffin). V.
may be a person, or may be a place, though it could
also be neither: Pynchon calls it, at one point,
'a remarkably scattered concept' and, at another,
'the ultimate Plot Which Has No Name.' "

— Alexander Nazaryan in The New Yorker ,
    article dated March 29, 2013

How about a date ?

From this  journal on Good Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday, May 8, 2015

Bar Game* for Affleck

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:31 AM

    The above video frame reads "From Mastermind George Miller."

    Click here to enlarge. See also another George Miller in this journal.

    * Reference:  A review of Gone Girl 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Latinx Critique

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:52 PM

Ben Affleck Slammed for Playing Mexican-American Character in Argo

Perhaps Affleck’s rendition of “Aquellos Ojos Verdes ” will help.
See Hollywood Moment (January 22, 2018).

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Spectral Evidence

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM

See the recent post “On the Spectrum” and

See also The Matthias Defense.

Monday, October 8, 2018


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:38 AM

IMAGE-- Matt Damon stands where a door opens in 'Hereafter'

Note that some have to stop and some don't.

This  journal on the above date, 5 July 2008 —

"Review by Charles Isherwood in today’s New York Times :

A god deserves a great entrance. And Dionysus, the god of wine
and party boy of Mount Olympus, whose celebratory rituals got
the whole drama thing rolling in the first place, surely merits a
spectacular one….”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bar or Club?

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:37 AM

The title is from an Instagram caption yesterday.

Related material —


See as well "Alcoholic Club" in this  journal.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:10 AM

See as well the previous post and a search here for McGrath + 162.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Annals of Entertainment

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Sounds like a film set for Affleck

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hollywood Moment

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Matt B. Roscoe and Joe Zephyrs, both of Missoula, Montana, authors of article on quilt block symmetries

A death on the date of the above symmetry chat,
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

'Love Story' director dies

An Hispanic Hollywood moment:

Ojo de Dios —

Click for related material.

For further Hispanic entertainment,
see Ben Affleck sing 
"Aquellos Ojos Verdes "
in "Hollywoodland."

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Comic Con

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

From The Hollywood Reporter  today

" Jeremy Irons' dry Alfred Pennyworth:
'One misses the days when one's biggest concerns
were exploding wind-up penguins.' "

See as well the today's 9 AM (ET) post and

The author —

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:02 PM

Mark Zuckerberg in a commencement speech
at Harvard on May 25 —

"Movies and pop culture get this all wrong.
The idea of a single eureka moment
is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate
since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people
with seeds of good ideas from getting started.
Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about
innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass.
That’s not a thing."

THE ACCOUNTANT (2016) 8 p.m. on HBO. 
Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff, an enigmatic mathematics savant
with special-ops-caliber skills who moonlights as a numbers cruncher ….

The New York Times  today,  What's on TV Saturday

In other news today —

“You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way
without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind
that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange.”

The late Adam West, according to The Hollywood Reporter  

Update of 2:42 PM ET Saturday —

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dem Bones

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:15 PM

A note at the end of an article on architecture historian
Christopher Gray in the current online New Yorker  —

This article appears in other versions
of the April 10, 2017, issue, with
the headline “Dem Bones.”

"Defeated, you will rise to your feet as is said of Dry Bones .
These bones will rise again." — Agnes Martin, 1973

Accounting for Taste —

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty at the Oscars:

Ben Affleck, star of "The Accountant," at the Oscars:

See also Prisoner + Bones in this  journal.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Night at the Museum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:36 PM

"Do you know what he called this place? A museum."

Update of 11:06 PM ET —
A search for background on the "Holiday" screenplay leads, 
via a useful historical website, to

Other Hollywood material —

Hail, Caesar!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Raiders of the Inarticulate

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:01 PM

 Shades of green: eau-de-nil

Friday, December 30, 2016

ZZZ Accounting

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Or:  Lost in Conversion

The main title is the name of Ben Affleck's firm in "The Accountant."
The subtitle was suggested by religious remarks in the previous post.

From "The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic" —

"The following June, 1945, von Neumann penned
what would become a historic document entitled
'First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC,' the first published
description of a stored-program binary computing machine—
the modern computer."

Image from von Neumann's report

Version converted to text —

See also "Turing + Dyson" in this journal . . . 

For a character  that "spans both worlds,"
see posts tagged "Oscar Day 2007."

Related image data —

" 'No views' is good." — Christian Wolff

For the Accountant*

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From "The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic" —

"To store the programs as data, the computer would need
something newa memory. That’s where Pitts’ loops 
came into play.  'An element which stimulates itself
will hold a stimulus indefinitely,' von Neumann wrote
in his report . . . ."

Amanda Gefter, Nautilus , Feb. 5, 2015

Related material —

"Here we go loop de loop" — Johnny Thunder, 1962

* I.e., Ben Affleck in his new film.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Bookkeeper

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Against Dryness

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"July 5, 2012, begins normally enough —
Ben Affleck’s character goes for a drink
at the bar he co-owns with his hilariously
sarcastic twin sister Margo …."

Margo Dunne: Well, the Irish prince graces us
with his presence. [she flicks water in his face]
Nick Dunne: His majesty prefers not to be moistened.

Margo and Nick go on to discuss what Nick should get
his wife as a fifth ("wood") anniversary present.

One possibility, from the German website EinsteinSpiele.de —

(Suggested by the word Legespiel  in yesterday's link Tribute.)

See also the above date — July 5, 2012 — in this journal.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Amy’s Shadow

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:18 PM

Why knows what evil lurks…? — The Shadow

Backstory: "Amy Adams" + Shadow in this journal.

Related material —

Amy Adams as Lois Lane:

In the new Amy Adams version, Superman's Smallville mom
is played by Diane  Lane.

Lane also played George Reeves's sugar mommy
in the 2006 film Hollywoodland .

Ben Affleck and Diane Lane at the 2006 Venice Film Festival
premiere of  Hollywoodland :

See, too, today's previous post, and Amy Adams as Lacey Yeager
in the yet-to-be-made film version of An Object of Beauty .

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bling Ring

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

Click images for details.

Seth and Stefon, eat your hearts out.

Related material: Diamond Girl and the following ad
for Eliza Doolittle Day:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Language Game

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 AM

The above images are from a prequel (March 29, 2013)
to 'Nauts  (March 26, 2006.)

See also Spider Mother,  Gamer Post,  and Spider Tale.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Where Credit Is Due

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 PM

Ape to Affleck:

Score by Boston Pops.

Backstory credit— Boston Moms:

IMAGE- Christopher Ann Boldt and Patricia Collinge in 'A Liberal Education'

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Thursday September 30, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:25 PM

Out for Blood

Dedication added on
Oct. 4, 2004, 2:10 PM:
To Jacques Levy,
who died on Sept. 30, 2004.
Levy directed “Red Cross,”
a Sam Shepard play that is
said to be about
the vampire quality
of language

Kerry “shouldn’t be looking to score
technical points like this is
Harvard-Yale debate society.”

— Chris Lehane, quoted in
today’s Washington Post

From today’s Harvard Crimson:

Ben and Jerry:



“I know I’m in the minority,
but I like Bush.”

Jerry Bruckheimer,
quoted in the
New York Daily News
of April 11, 2004

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Tuesday January 14, 2003

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:28 AM

Long Winter Evening

Humphrey Bogart took The Big Sleep on this date in 1957.  As his character said in that film,

“I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. I don’t like them myself. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them long winter evenings.”

He may at times have been short on manners, but never on style.  Perhaps his spirit will revisit the City of Angels on this long winter evening, as the film industry seems to need a refresher course in that subject. Here is a scene that seems tailor-made for his reappearance.

Yale Club of Southern California

January 14, 2003
Yale in Hollywood:
Entertainment Mixer
Beverly Hills, 7-10 p.m.

“We’re kicking off the new year with our first
Yale in Hollywood entertainment mixer.”


“Meet other Yalies
in – or interested
in – entertainment
at this informal
casual mixer at
the Continental.”


“It’s rumored Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were investors in this hipster minimalist-decor bar. If you want their Tuesday night all-you-can-eat sushi for $9.95, call to make a reservation. The Continental is located at 8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, (323) 782-9717.”

Mmmm… Blue booze and sushi!

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