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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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The Free Flicks at the Open Space

Jane Louise Boursaw - July 27th, 2006
JURASSIC PARK (PG-13, 1993) – Tues, 8/1

The Gist: An eccentric billionaire (Richard Attenborough) with way too much money on his hands decides to play God and clone dinosaurs using prehistoric DNA. Not only that, he creates a high-tech theme park on an exotic island, inviting his grandkids, lawyer, and a few scientists in for a look. As is usually the case, there’s a greedy person in the mix. This time, it’s nerdy computer expert (Wayne Knight, aka “Newman”), who decides to disable the security system so he can escape with some stolen embryos. Well, it’s just one big party when the raptors figure out the juice is off on the electric fences.

Why We Love It: The folks over at Industrial Light and Magic really earned their paychecks on this one. We have no problem believing these dinos and this place really exists. When scientists Sam Neill and Laura Dern come over that hill and catch a first glimpse of the herd, they’re awestruck and so are we.



MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL (PG, 1975) – Wed., 8/2

The Gist: Grab your coconuts, mates, and settle in as King Arthur (the late great Graham Chapman) gathers a band of knights and sets out to find the Holy Grail. But you won’t find Richard Harris singing “Camelot” in this movie. It’s a madcap series of sketches with each knight facing his own dangers: Sir Lancelot (John Cleese) slaughters a group of wedding guests; Sir Galahad (Michael Palin) falls into the clutches of sex-starved maidens; and Sir Robin (Eric Idle) flees danger while his minstrel buddies sing of his cowardice. Throw in Arthur’s manservant, Patsy (Terry Gilliam), some quirky townsfolk, homicidal rabbits, and catapulting cows, and you’ve got the makings of a cult classic that takes hits at everything from Marxist rhetoric to religious doctrine.

Why We Love It: Because, Alice, it’s smart, silly, irreverent, and one
longstream-of-consciousness insanity
from the best minds in the biz. Don’t try and understand it. Just go with the flow.


NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (PG, 2004) – Thurs., 8/3

The Gist: Jon Heder plays a high-school nerd who’s tall, gangly, and spends his life drawing pictures of made-up creatures. He lives on the outskirts of a small, dusty town in Idaho with his equally nerdy brother, Kip (Aaron Ruell), whose waking life is spent in online chat rooms. After a dune buggy accident lays up their grandma, the boys’ Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) comes to live with them. He’s stuck in 1982, where he supposedly was a big high school sports star. He keeps videotaping himself throwing a football over and over. Napoleon finally makes a friend at school, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), and what follows is a series of misadventures involving the prom, a campaign for class president, disco dancing, and oh yes, a delicious bass.

Why We Love It: Because we’d vote for Pedro, and it’s always fun to see the geeks come out on top. Sweet!

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) – Fri., 8/4

The Gist: You know the story: Dorothy (Judy Garland) lives on a farm in Kansas with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. But when a twister picks up her, her house, and her dog, and deposits them in the colorful land of Oz, it’s clear they’re “not in Kansas anymore.” To get back home, she’s gotta go down that yellow-brick road and seek the wise counsel of the Wizard of Oz, all without being killed by the Wicked Witch of the West, who vows to “get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” Rest assured that Dorothy gets some help along the way.

Why We Love It: A rag-tag bunch
of misfits, a girl who just wants to go

home, a good witch and a bad witch, and all those munchkins. What’s not to love? It’s the movie that launched a thousand ruby slippers into our collective consciousness.

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (PG, 1985) – Sat., 8/5

The Gist: It’s the story of a rebel and his bike. When Pee-wee’s beloved red bike is stolen, he interrogates his friends and assaults his spoiled neighbor Francis (Mark “I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I” Holton). Pee-wee consults a fortune-teller, who tells him the bike is, in fact, in the basement of the Alamo. And so begins a road movie like no other, as the P-Man encounters escaped convicts, biker gangs, wistful waitresses (and their jealous boyfriends), mysterious female truckers, even a few Warner Bros. studio execs.

Why We Love It: Because we all remember our first bike. And because we’ll never listen to “Tequila” the same way again. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. Tell ‘em Large Marge sent ya.

DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) – Sun., 8/6
The Gist: U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden) goes completely and utterly mad, MAD, I SAY! and sends his bombers to destroy the U.S.S.R. He suspects the communists are conspiring to pollute the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people. Peter Sellers plays the three men who might avert this tragedy: British Captain Lionel Mandrake (the only person with access to the demented Ripper); U.S. President Merkin Muffley (whose best attempts to divert disaster rest on placating a drunken Soviet Premier); and Dr. Strangelove (former Nazi genius who believes that “such a device would not be a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious”). Will the bombers be stopped in time?

Why We Love It: Because 42 years later, this movie is more frighteningly relevant than ever before. It doesn’t flinch from staring nuclear war in the face. The question is, should we?

Jane Louise Boursaw is a freelance writer specializing in the movie and television industries. Visit her online at www.ReelLifeWithJane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.
 
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