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A dirty job

I joked today on Facebook that I was going to commemorate Earth Day by posting a list of great movies that had the word “earth” in the title.

Turns out there are none.

Good movies, maybe. Kitschy films, definitely.  But nothing that I would label a classic.

DirtyDancingThe word ‘dirt?’

A completely different story.

There’s Dirty Dancing, of course.  And Dirty Harry.  The Dirty Dozen.  Even Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, to name just a few.

In the movie biz, it appears ‘dirt’ beats ‘earth’ by a mile.

 

 

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What a character

I saw two movies today.  It was a double feature Saturday —

My favorite kind.

The films were The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, and Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.

Obviously the latter had the big name stars.  But I would argue the former featured more interesting acting choices.

Clint Eastwood harumphed his way through Curve, playing an ol’ curmudgeon that appears to be the extent of his repertoire.  It’s just an older version of Dirty Harry.  Or the Outlaw Josey Wales.  Or any role he’s ever played.

‘Cause he’s only got the one.

In Perks, Ezra Miller plays a lovable, gay, sometimes cross-dressing stepbrother to Harry Potter’s Emma Watson.  It took me to the end credits to realize that he was the same actor who played the title character in last year’s award-winning We Need to Talk about Kevin,  a sinister teenager who used a bow-and-arrow to orchestrate a massacre at his high school.

He was unrecognizable in Perks.  And it’s not like he had dyed his hair or changed his physique.  He simply committed to a different character choice so completely, it almost changed the contours of his face.

Something tells me Clint could never lose the squint.