Category Archives: Meditations on Movies

The Blubber Files – Movie Endings Guaranteed to Turn You Into A Blubberin’ Mess

Herein lie my top seven movie selections that are guaranteed to grease the ol’ tear ducts (at least they greased MY tear ducts and this is MY blog, so….). Unless you are made of stone, there’s a pretty darn good chance that whether you are old or young, male or female, emotion will take over and the blubbering will begin. Of course, if you’re anything like me, blubbering will turn to downright water works in no time.

DISCLAIMER: This post contains pretty explicit spoilers (we are talking about movie endings here, duh!). As much as I would love to link to the videos of these particular scenes themselves, alas, I am not the copyright owner to any of these movies. Do you think if I held the copyright to ‘Titanic’ I’d be sitting in a coffee shop writing a blog post and not livin’ large in Ibiza?!?! The good news is a cursory search online will turn up these scenes with little to no difficulty.

Why Mariska Hargitay Is The Patron Saint Of My Apartment


If you’ve ever watched “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit,” you know Mariska Hargitay. She’s been on the show since its inception in 1999, one of several spin-offs from Dick Wolf’s wildly popular and NYC-based “Law & Order” franchise (the original and its other spin-offs, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order: Trial By Jury” are no longer on the air). It’s an especially gritty show, following a team of special victim detectives (among them, Hargitay, master hunk Christopher Meloni (replaced by super hot Danny Pino later in the show’s run), Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, and Richard Belzer, an original “L&O” cast member) as they investigate sex crimes in New York City.

One of the hallmarks of the show, for that matter, all “L&O” shows, is the wonderful use they make of New York City locations. Whether a story takes place in rush hour traffic in Manhattan or in the middle of the night in Red Hook, these are quintessential NYC shows and if you live here, they’re sort of a part of your life. You’ve seen them filming and probably, if you travel in artistic circles, know someone who’s been on one of the shows at some point.

At the heart of “SVU” though, is Mariska Hargitay, the daughter of 50’s icon Jayne Mansfield and former Mr. Universe/actor Mickey Hargitay. A tall, striking but not traditionally beautiful actress, Mariska possesses an innate strength and power that makes her a natural for the role of Detective Olivia Benson. Benson is one tough, yet versatile broad. She can pull a gun on a hardened criminal with as much ease as coaxing a murder confession out of a 16-year-old girl. Of course, it helps that Mariska has had over a decade now to grow into the role of Benson, but it still takes a rare talent to play simultaneously and convincingly tough and caring. It is her no-nonsense approach to Benson’s work and the “don’t bullshit me” attitude Hargitay brings to the role that makes Mariska Hargitay, in the opinion of my housemates, the patron saint of our apartment. Continue reading

Meditations on Movies: James Cameron and ‘Titanic’

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Release Date: December 19, 1997
Runtime: 194 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox / Paramount Pictures
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio; Kate Winslet; Billy Zane; Kathy Bates; Frances Fisher; Victor Garber; Gloria Stuart

In the spirit of Oscar season, I thought I would revisit some previous Academy Award winners in the days leading up to the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. This won’t be so much of a “review,” since this particular film has ingrained itself so thoroughly in the public consciousness, but more of a treatise on the merits of James Cameron’s 1997 disaster epic-cum-love story. Continue reading