January 12, 2015

There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen.

"Good evening, Clarice."
— Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

All major weaknesses have been exposed, analyzed, and replaced with new weaknesses.
Bruce Leverett

Diner (1982) (part 5 of 6)
  • Debut feature film directed by Barry Levinson.
  • A short half hour documentary about the making of this movie, Diner: On the Flip Side (2000), was made for video in 2000, and is included on the DVD for the film.
  • According to Allmovie, "Diner (1982) was the first part of [Barry] Levinson's 'Baltimore Trilogy', followed by Tin Men (1987) and Avalon (1990)'. It has also been said that Diner (1982) is the first film in writer-director Barry Levinson's series of four "Baltimore Films" . The others being Tin Men (1987) , Avalon (1990) and Liberty Heights (1999).
  • The movie's two opening title cards read "Baltimore, 1959" and "Christmas Night".
  • Actor Ralph Tabakin appeared in every Barry Levinson film starting with this movie right up to Liberty Heights (1999).
  • First of two movies that actor Kevin Bacon has made with director Barry Levinson. The second and final movie [to date, August 2013] was 1996's Sleepers (1996). According to the TCMDb, "In a 1990s interview with TCM about the picture, Kevin Bacon said he always wanted to work with [Barry] Levinson after Diner (1982) but that he thought he was too identified as Fenwick in the director's mind to ever get another shot at a role. He did, however...".

  • My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.
    Hedy Lamarr

  • The word "puppy" comes from the French poupee, meaning "doll."
  • Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'
  • The abbreviation for 1 pound, lb., comes from the astrological sign Libra, meaning balance.
  • "Jump the shark" is a phrase that came from Happy Days where Fronzie jumped on a shark.

  • A bus driver was heading down a street in Colorado. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, he turned left where there was a "no left turn" sign, and he went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a cop car. Still - he didn't break any traffic laws. Why not?

    Yogi Berra
    I liked George Weiss when he was with the Yankees. He loved the Old Timers' Day. He loved it. And he invited all these people to come, all these players to come.
    Yogi Berra

    “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”

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