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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 16, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Off for a week — and, a bit of “Annie Hall”

After a busy week (go see “Inception”; it’s terrific), I’m clearing the decks for a week of furlough starting Monday, which is basically the same as a week of vacation except that you try desperately not to spend any money. Actually I’ll be at a friend’s lake cabin having a reunion with two of my best pals from college; sort of a mini-“Big Chill” except that Kevin Costner didn’t die first. Should be lovely, despite the fact that I’m the sort who rarely leaves the city and gets anxious when not within easy walking distance of movie theaters and bookstores. Which brought me to “Annie Hall,” which has in it the line — I wasn’t sure if I was remembering it right, so I looked it up — “The country makes me nervous. There’s … You got crickets and it-it’s quiet … there’s no place to walk after dinner, and… uh, there’s the screens with the dead moths behind them, and… uh, yuh got the-the Manson family possibly, yuh got Dick and Terry . . .” (For the record, I have never understood the “Dick and Terry” reference, thinking it was some New York thing that we West Coasters couldn’t possibly understand, but I just Googled it up and found this very helpful reference, which says that Allen misspoke and he meant Dick and Perry, the killers from “In Cold Blood” — and now it all makes sense, right?)
Anyway, I’m anticipating having a delightful time at the cabin, despite the screens and the dead moths, and if some wild creature gobbles me up and I never return, it’s been a pleasure blogging for you all. But I do intend to be back on Monday, July 26th, when we’ll talk “Mad Men.” In the meantime, here’s a bit of summer lobster from “Annie Hall.” Have a lovely week!

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