Amtrak is only in a few movies:
The Italian Job
Breaking All The Rules
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The best Amtrak scene is in Trading Spaces
Trading places train scene
The scene takes place mostly in an Amtrak cafe car. And just as in any cafe car you’re served a smorgasbord of Americana:
– an African
– Catholic Priest
– European Coed
– Bumbling unintentionally racist white American
– Pets (ie the monkeys)
– Inept Amtrak employees
– Drunk passengers
And, just like Amtrak as a whole, the scene is a beautiful developing cluster chaos. It’s just perfect!!
the anti-TED Talk, because inspiration isn't enough.
The Legend of John Henry [HQ]
John Henry was a mighty man. He was inspired, he worked so hard, and it killed him.
Where is the modern John Henry? Where is the song about the guy who did most things right, attended 2 years college on debt, but finds himself a diabetic Walmart Associate? Does it ends on his suicide, the second leading cause of death for Americans 25-341?
Why is a Disney re-creation of a 19th century folktale more true than so much of what we call non-fiction? (more…)