1/31/14: Groundhog Day


My name is Paulie Marino & I’m a narcoleptic. I try to stay awake one day at a time. GHD - Me http://www.cellsea.com/ringtone/detail/RT49bf03bee52fa.htm [<=== Copy & paste into new tab, click play & close tab after 15 seconds] My name is Paulie Marino & I’m a narcoleptic. I try to stay awake one day at a time. GHD - Me http://www.cellsea.com/ringtone/detail/RT49bf03bee52fa.htm [<=== Copy & paste into new tab, click play & close tab after 15 seconds] My name is Paulie Marino & I’m a narcoleptic. I try to stay awake one day at a time. GHD - Me http://www.cellsea.com/ringtone/detail/RT49bf03bee52fa.htm [<=== Copy & paste into new tab, click play & close tab after 15 seconds] “People just don’t understand what is involved in Blogging these Classics. This an art form! You know, I think that most people just think that I sit down at my laptop & type stuff, but there is a heck of a lot more to it than just that. Well, today’s Classic Movie Blog is of Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day… again!! And that means we’re here on A Life Wasted on Jerry waiting for the trailer for the movie about the world’s most famous groundhog weatherman, Punxsutawney Phil, who saw his shadow again on February 2nd. There is no way that this winter is ever going to end as long as this stupid groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. You see how much snow there is out there now? I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him.”

 

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Actually, Groundhog Day is only tangentially about Punxsutawney Phil. It’s about Phil Connors (Bill Murray), a condescending, egotistical TV meteorologist who, already pissed that he has to go to Punxsutawney to cover the event for the 4th year in a row, must mysteriously repeat that February 2nd over & over & over again. The movie shows him reliving Groundhog Day 37 times but, in order to develop the skills he has by its conclusion – including becoming a doctor, concert pianist & ice sculptor – the Obsessed With Film Blog theorized that it would take 34 years. Phil falls in love with his producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell), but both she & cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) find him arrogant, mean & weird! Director Harold Ramis makes a cameo as Neurologist, and Groundhog Official Buster is played by Murray’s brother, Brian Doyle-Murray.

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Despite its almost legendary cult status, Groundhog Day did not receive incredibly positive reviews when it was released for Valentine’s Day in 1993. Positive, yes; just not overwhelming. It gained notoriety through grass roots support over the years, culminating with its selection by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry in 2006.

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Groundhog Day is a time loop film, meaning one of the characters is stuck in a repetition of time & can’t escape it. Though it’s the most well-known time loop film to date, it’s neither the first (probably Robert Jiras’ I Am the Cheese in ’83) nor the best. That distinction is shared by 2 complex pictures by Christopher Nolan which have elements of time loop, though it is not the central theme of either: Memento, about a man with short-term memory loss; and Inception, about dreaming as a separate reality. There are at least 8 more features & shorts either about or with elements of time loop in them; and Doug Liman’s futuristic Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise as a soldier in a time loop, is scheduled for release on 6/6. It’s thought that Danny Rubin, who wrote the story & co-wrote the screenplay with Ramis, got the idea from Frederick Nietzsche’s 1882 philosophical book The Gay Science, where, in part, a man lives the same day over and over. Rubin, however, claims his inspiration was William Dean Howells’ 1892 short story, Christmas Every Day.

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Now, are you ready to see the trailer for Harold Ramis’ 4-Star time loop, romantic comedy Groundhog Day & then add it to your Netflix Queue? http://www.cellsea.com/ringtone/detail/RT49bf03bee52fa.htm [<=== Copy & paste into new tab, click play & close tab after 15 seconds] Now, are you ready to see the trailer for Harold Ramis’ 4-Star time loop, romantic comedy Groundhog Day & then add it to your Netflix Queue? http://www.cellsea.com/ringtone/detail/RT49bf03bee52fa.htm [<=== Copy & paste into new tab, click play & close tab after 15 seconds] 4 Stars!

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