Sunday, June 07, 2009
Speaking of tigers...no I'm not going harangue anyone about habitat threats and real tigers. This may warm your neo-wingnut heart, even toast it. Went to a BBQ last night with a few FOM (Friends of Michelle'85) in attendance. After many Miller Genuine Drafts somehow the conversation shifted to movies...and Princeton. There are many films with Princeton as some sort of backdrop, back story or context, but none are positive. Closest we came was "A Beautiful Mind" which was pretty much neutral. I mention George Clooney's "Leatherheads," but that positive strand was the first 2 minutes of the film.
My lovely wife, who as you know is now well immersed in this stuff, added "The Talented mr. Ripley," but Jude Law and Phillip Seymour Hoffman who were supposedly Class of '57 (thus make believe classmates of the dads of more than a few folk I know) were degenerates.
Our host did have a regal tiger-in-repose poster resembling the one you posted hanging in his den. And a banner. He remarked that we'll have to wait for the Michelle biopic, starring Kerry Washington. Likely not long...
I.Q., with the late Walter Matthau as Albert Einstein, Meg Ryan (his fictional niece) and Tim Robbins as the love story. It's true that Einstein was at the Institute for Advanced Study, and not the University, but he would go on campus quite a bit. (While an undergrad, my father met him and spoke with him on campus in the 1930s -- Einstein had a heavy German accent and his spoken English was not so good.) There are lots of interior and exterior shots of the campus, as well as great shots of the Princeton Elm (before it died) at the Battlefield State Park along Princeton Pike.
Kerry Washington? How about Sanaa Lathan -- don't you think she projects more lawyerly intelligence, and has better arms?
Agreed re: Sanaa, but hey, Kerry is a FOB & M, sort of like Kal Penn. She she's not such bad choice--versatile, very smart girl. Political casting.
Princeton needs a "We Are Marshall" (w/o the plane crash) or "Rudy." "I.Q" can't be the only one.