Today was my kid’s last day as a high school junior, which reminded me that they’ll be a senior soon and really freaking me out about college.  I calmed down by remembering my school days, where that last day usually involved gathering all of us in the gym for a viewing of comedy films, including The Three Stooges and that one where Laurel and Hardy try to move the piano.  That’s actually where the beginning of my appreciation for those legendary (but before my time) acts comes from, but i makes me wonder why we couldn’t watch, say, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ or Tod Browning’s ‘Freaks., leading to today’s cinematic graduation query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would have chosen ‘The Black Hole’, but it literally came out new when I was in fifth grade, asking: What movie would you like to see on your last day of school?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Something whacky fun and dumb, to be sure. You need that release at the end of the year. Today, that feels like Raising Arizona.

  2. The Lost Boys. That movie has always signaled the unofficial beginning of summer for me for some reason. The beach/boardwalk arcade/vacation town vibe, the cheesy teen romance, the music, the “team of kids on a scary, but not insurmountable adventure” thing….it’s everything you wish your summer was.

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