March 2009


Richard Brooks

Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster as The Professionals (1966)

Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster as The Professionals (1966)

  • Born: 1912
  • Died: 1992
  • Rank: 88
  • Score: 500.20
  • Feature Films: 24
  • Awards: NBR
  • Nominations: 3 Oscars / 6 DGA / 2 Golden Globes
  • Awards Note: Won WGA and screenwriting Oscar
  • Best Film: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Worst Film: The Happy Ending

Top 5 Films:

  1. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – 1958
  2. In Cold Blood – 1967
  3. The Professionals – 1966
  4. Elmer Gantry – 1960
  5. Sweet Bird of Youth – 1962

Top 10 Director finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1958 – 3rd – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • 1966 – 2nd – The Professionals
  • 1967 – 5th – In Cold Blood

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Rob Reiner

Stand by Me (1986)

Stand by Me (1986)

  • Born:  1947
  • Rank:  89
  • Score:  500.15
  • Nominations:  3 DGA / 4 Golden Globes
  • Feature Films:  14
  • Best:  The Princess Bride
  • Worst:  North

Top 5 Films:

  1. The Princess Bride – 1987
  2. Stand by Me – 1986
  3. When Harry Met Sally – 1989
  4. This is Spinal Tap – 1984
  5. A Few Good Men – 1992

Top 10 Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1984 -9th – This is Spinal Tap
  • 1986 – 6th – Stand by Me
  • 1987 – 6th – The Princess Bride
  • 1989 – 8th – When Harry Met Sally

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We are moved . . . mostly. The last little bit will be finished up on Sunday. Unfortunately I have a New England Archivist conference on Saturday, so that day is shot for moving/clean up work. But Erik isn’t working on Sunday, so we will wrap things up then. On the whole, the move went as well as could be expected. The highlight was that we assumed the worst and put Thomas in a pull-up all day, and he totally surprised us by asking to use the potty three times and didn’t wet his pull-up at all. On the whole potty training is going very well for the last two weeks, although we still need to work on going poo in the potty.

In other great news, we met with Thomas’ teacher and the special ed coordinator earlier this week and they are recommending that he be promoted to kindergarten! Plus, the summer session will be six weeks rather than four like it was last year and it’s moving to the early childhood center were he is going to preschool currently (all of three blocks from the apartment!) So he won’t have much of a break this summer, but the consistency really helps him stay focused so it should be really good for him.

In work news, I’ve been asked to be an alternate board member on the newly restarted Massachusetts State Historical Records Review Board. Admittedly I’m a little unclear about exactly what a SHRRB does, but it definitely seems like a pretty big honor, so I accepted the appointment. More details as things progress. And my involvement with the CoSTEP (Coordinated State Emergency Preparedness) group from cultural and historical institutions got me an invite to the official opening of the Commonwealth Museum display of the state’s founding documents. I actually got a sneak peak at the set-up last month at the meeting at the Archives, and it was AWESOME!! It’s not every day you get to see documents from the early 1600s. :-) And my co-worker Jen and I have been plugging through solutions for preservation of digital materials that is really exciting. (Okay, it’s really exciting to me and it’s the basis of a workshop we’re going to teach in the fall at a conference, and I think we might get a publication out of it too).

I’ve got a really cute picture of Thomas reading in his new room, but I have to find the camera cord to upload it, so that will be coming soon.

Wes Anderson

Yes, Hotel Chevalier (2007) had Natalie Portman's first nude scene, but it's brilliant for other reasons.

Yes, Hotel Chevalier (2007) had Natalie Portman's first nude scene, but it's brilliant for other reasons.

  • Born:  1969
  • Rank:  90
  • Feature Films:  5
  • Best:  The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Worst:  Bottle Rocket

Films (in rank order)

  1. The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001
  2. The Darjeeling Limited – 2007
  3. Rushmore – 1998
  4. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – 2004
  5. Bottle Rocket – 1996

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James Whale

Ian McKellen as James Whale directing Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Ian McKellen as James Whale directing Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in Gods and Monsters (1998)

  • Born: 1889
  • Died: 1957
  • Rank: 91
  • Score: 495.50
  • Feature Films: 20
  • Best: Bride of Frankenstein
  • Worst: The Man in the Iron Mask

Top 5 Films:

  1. Bride of Frankenstein – 1935
  2. Frankenstein – 1931
  3. The Invisible Man – 1932
  4. Waterloo Bridge – 1931
  5. Show Boat – 1936

Top 10 Director finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1930-31 – 7th – Waterloo Bridge
  • 1931-32 – 3rd – Frankenstein
  • 1931-32 – 9th – The Old Dark House
  • 1932-33 – 2nd – The Invisible Man
  • 1935 – 2nd – Bride of Frankenstein

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David W. Griffith

Broken Blossoms (1919)

Lilian Gish, Griffith's constant star, in Broken Blossoms (1919)

  • Born: 1875
  • Died: 1948
  • Rank: 92
  • Score: 489.90
  • Feature-Length Films: 26
  • Best: The Birth of a Nation
  • Worst: The Idol Dancer

Top 5 Films:

  1. The Birth of a Nation – 1915
  2. Intolerance – 1916
  3. Broken Blossoms – 1919
  4. The Avenging Conscience – 1914
  5. Orphans of the Storm – 1921

Top 10 Director finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • pre-1927 – 4th – The Birth of a Nation
  • pre-1927 – 8th – Intolerance
  • pre-1927 – 10th – Broken Blossoms
  • 1929-30 – 6th – Abraham Lincoln

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Gus Van Sant

Milk (2008)

Milk (2008)

  • Born: 1952
  • Rank: 93
  • Score: 488.35
  • Awards: BSFC / NSFC
  • Nominations: 2 Oscars / 2 DGA
  • Feature Films: 12
  • Best: Milk
  • Worst: Last Days

Top 5 Films

  1. Milk – 2008
  2. Good Will Hunting – 1997
  3. To Die For – 1995
  4. Drugstore Cowboy – 1989
  5. Paranoid Park – 2007

Top 10 Director finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1989 – 1oth – Drugstore Cowboy
  • 1995 – 9th – To Die For
  • 1997 – 9th – Good Will Hunting
  • 2008 – 3rd – Milk

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Thomas has discovered Erik’s storm trooper helmet. He was so excited to play with it on Saturday that he wore it in the car to pick Erik up from work. I can only imagine what the people in the other cars must have thought!

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In other news, we move on Saturday. I’m not looking forward to moving the boxes and bookcases, but I think all and all it was a good decision to find a new place. Our apartment has smelled of cigarette smoke all weekend from our neighbor’s guests smoking in the hallway.

Bernardo Bertolucci

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

  • Born: 1940
  • Rank: 94
  • Score: 485.35
  • Awards: Oscar / DGA / Golden Globe / NSFC
  • Nominations: 2 Oscars / 2 DGA / 3 Golden Globes
  • Feature Films: 16
  • Best: Last Tango in Paris
  • Worst: Besieged

Top 5 Films:

  1. Last Tango in Paris – 1972
  2. The Last Emperor – 1987
  3. Sheltering Sky – 1990
  4. The Conformist – 1970
  5. The Grim Reaper – 1962

Top 10 Director finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1973 – 4th – Last Tango in Paris
  • 1987 – 2nd – The Last Emperor

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Jean Cocteau

La belle et la bette (1946)

La belle et la bette (1946)

  • Born: 1889
  • Died: 1963
  • Rank: 95
  • Score: 484.10
  • Feature Films: 6
  • Best: La belle et la bette
  • Worst: Les Parents Terribles
  • Top 5 Films:
  1. La belle et la bette – 1946
  2. Blood of a Poet – 1930
  3. The Eagle Has Two Heads – 1948
  4. Orpheus – 1949
  5. The Testament of Orpheus – 1960

Top 10 Director finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1933 – 5th – Blood of a Poet
  • 1947 – 1st – La belle et la bette
  • 1948 – 6th – The Eagle Has Two Heads

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