Looking back at 11905 HE*, A look back at 1905

*The Human era calendar, first proposed by Cesare Emiliani in 1993 was an attempt to eliminate the confusing distinction of BC and BCE in the Common Era calendar. 11905 HE is the Common Era equivalent of 1905.

In 1905:

The Russo-Japanese War ended,

The Trans-Siberian Railway opened,

Las Vegas was founded,

Albert Einstein published his ideas regarding the special theory of relativity,

The Irish political party, Sinn Féin, was established,

Ayn Rand, Albert Speer, Henry Fonda, Jean-Paul Sarte, and Greta Garbo were born, while Jules Verne died.

Theodore Roosevelt was the President of the United States.

The New York Giants won the 2nd World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics.

The first edition of what would become the Australian Open was won by amateur Rodney Health.

This is a list of my top ten movies released in 1905:

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The Quest – Episode 2

The Quest

Welcome back to episode two of The Quest, the supplemental podcast to my ambitious project.

Last time in our premiere episode, Ben and I spent some time talking about firsts, our first memory of going to the movies, and my top five movies with “First” in the title.

In our second episode, we’ll spend some time discussing sequels. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for future topics, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

On our next episode, we’ll be discussing top five time films dealing with time travel, with a side conversation about genre definitions and genre bending films.

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The Eagle (1925)

The Eagle (1925)

After Vladimir Dubrovsky (Rudolph Valentino) rescues Mascha, the Czarina (Catherine the Great) notices his bravery and offers to make him a general. However, when the insatiable Catherine attempts a seduction, he flees.

After a letter informs him an evil nobleman, Kyrilla Troekouriff, is harassing his family, Dubrovsky returns home to find his father has died. He dons a mask and becomes the Black Eagle to avenge his father’s death, but his plans are complicated when he falls in love with Kyrilla’s daughter, Mascha, the girl he rescued earlier.

I enjoyed the film’s depiction of the ravenous sexual appetite of Catherine the Great, but it’s too convoluted, and the story of love complicating revenge has become commonplace. The reason this film is worth watching is Rudolph Valentino. He exudes charisma and his raw sexuality elevates the flimsy premise of a Russian Robin Hood into something interesting.

A brief look back at 3171, Year of Our Lady of Discord*, A look back at 2005

* 3171 in the Discordian calendar was 2005 in the Gregorian calendar.

In 2005:

Saddam Hussein was tried for crimes committed against humanity during his time in power;

YouTube launched;

Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles;

Former FBI agent Mark Felt publicly identified himself as Deep Throat;

Terrorists attacked the public transport system in London;

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans;

The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published twelve controversial drawings of the prophet Muhammad;

Angela Merkel was elected Chancellor of Germany;

Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize in Literature;

Dan Rather retired as anchor of the CBS Evening News;

After sixteen years, Doctor Who returned to television;

Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol;

Logo debuted;

Lost won the Emmy for Best Dramatic Series;

Weeds, Battlestar Galactica, Prison BreakBones, Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, Criminal MindsThe Colbert Report, and Deal or No Deal debuted on American television;

NYPD BlueThe OsbournesStar Trek: Enterprise, and Six Feet Under aired their final episodes.

And Johnny Carson, Arthur Miller, Hunter S. Thompson, Teresa Wright, Johnnie Cochran, Terri Schiavo, Pope John Paul II, Saul Bellow, Anne Bancroft, Luther Vandross, James Doohan, Peter Jennings, William Rehnquist, Robert Wise, Rosa Parks, Eddie Guerrero, Pat Morita, and Richard Pryor died.

This is a list of my top ten movies released in 2005: Continue reading “A brief look back at 3171, Year of Our Lady of Discord*, A look back at 2005”