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thieves’ highway

Posted by jen on August 11, 2014

thieves highwayJules Dassin’s last completed film centers on World War II G.I. Nick Garcos (Richard Conte), who returns to San Francisco to find his trucker father crippled after a fight with crooked driver Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Garcos’s plans to marry his longtime girlfriend, Polly (Barbara Lawrence), fizzle as he becomes embroiled in his father’s feud with Figlia’s men and turns from good guy to bad. Valentina Cortesa and Morris Carnovsky also star. –Netflix

basically this guy returns from the war with presents galore for his family and fiancée and finds out his dad lost his legs in some freak robbery gone drunk driving accident. then he decides to get into the apple buying and selling business with some random dude. (golden delicious apples are super yummy and popular.) at the produce market this hot dame tries to rob him but they end up falling in love and he ditches his fiancée.

I saw street signs at the produce market saying it was Washington and Clay.


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if you’re lost, you can look, and you will find me…

Posted by jen on July 18, 2014

time after timeNotorious serial killer Jack the Ripper (David Warner) is back to continue his ghastly reign of terror. But this time, he’s found his way from Victorian times to the late 1970s, and he’s intent on taking care of unfinished business. Using a time machine to pursue Jack into the future, H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) meets Amy (Mary Steenburgen), a bank clerk who teaches Wells about life in the ’70s while helping him hunt for Jack. –Netflix

this movie starts off in merry old England where the coppers are closing in fast on Jack the Ripper. good thing he finds H.G. Wells’ time machine and just narrowly escapes the clutches of justice by traveling to 70s era San Francisco. unable to quit his Jack the Ripper ways he starts slicing up some modern day prostitutes with some modern day coppers on the case.

you heard me.


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Posted by jen on July 15, 2014

oh, hello friends. I decided to flip through a bunch of my ye olde tymey cookbooks the other day wondering if I should start cooking up some hilarity again. I dunno.. I think if I do it might be time for me to get hardcore with some tongue in jello, but figured I could test the waters with an easy to make single serving size breakfast. it’s from this book I’ve used before:

morning.. noon.. and night

morning.. noon.. and night

recipe and the results after the jump.

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Posted by jen on July 14, 2014

zodiacA serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970’s case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith’s book, the movie’s focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. —IMDB

Becca and I saw this in the theatre back in ’07 and were terrified. well, its not nearly as scary as I remember and the ending is super satisfying. just an overall fascinating true story about some gnarly murders that went on back in the day. and I do love a movie that’s got me all over the ‘net afterwards reading everything I can find on the subject. also, I heart me some Robert Downey Jr.

filmed around the city but not a ton.


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High Anxiety

Posted by jen on July 11, 2014

high anxietyDr. Richard Thorndyke arrives as new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous to discover some suspicious goings-on. When he’s framed for murder, Dr. Thorndyke must confront his own psychiatric condition, “high anxiety,” in order to clear his name. An homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock; contains many parodies of famous Hitchcock scenes from THE BIRDS, PSYCHO, and VERTIGO. —IMDB

this is a fun little flick starring Mel Brooks as a psychiatrist with a hearty dose of anxiety. half of the movie takes place at “the institute” in Los Angeles and the other half at the Hyatt Regency in Embarcadero 5. Mel also has a crippling fear of heights and I got a little chuckle when he’s preparing to sing in a piano bar and the pianist askes him “b flat?”

there are a load of super obvious Hitchcock references like this scene when he’s waiting for someone to meet him at the “north by northwest corner of the park”

spoiler alert: all the birds poop on him

spoiler alert: all the birds poop on him

all in all some harmless fun.


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The Longest 48 Hrs. of my Life

Posted by jen on July 10, 2014

longest 48 hours

(sigh) I watched an Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte doubleheader today. i.e. 191 minutes of my life gone forever.

here’s what I have to say about the whole 96 hours: it blows. Nick Nolte is overly Nick Nolte-ish (what the heck ever happened to him btw?) and Eddie Murphy is not funny.

in the first of the two, Nick is looking for some bad guys and springs Eddie from the joint (for.. wait for it.. 48 hours). he knows the cop-killers from his life of crime and with his help before you know it they are hot on the trail. wondering what cops these bad guys killed?

young mike

that’s right! it’s none other than #1 badass Mike Ehrmantraut of Breaking Bad fame:



I’d figured that sighting would be the highlight of the movie until oh-em-gee the bad guys steal a muni bus!!

pedal to the metal

pedal to the metal

the (really) dirty 30

the (really) dirty 30

in the second of the two flicks absolutely nothing of interest happens. plus it’s called Another 48 Hrs. and the whole story spans only a mere 24 hour period. there are also a lot of fake cable cars standing in for real ones which is a major peeve of mine.

so that’s that and to sum it all up:


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