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The Movie 21, Variable Change, and Monty Hall

variable-change-movie-21The movie 21 introduced many to the concept of variable change. But what is variable change? Stay tuned for a lively discussion!

During the movie 21 (read my 21 movie review here), we are introduced to a seemingly simple example of probability often referred to by three different names: Variable change, the Monty Hall Problem, and/or conditional probability.  The scenario is this:

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Richard CummingsThe Movie 21, Variable Change, and Monty Hall
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What Do You Think of This Man?

reflections-on-a-manI am going to describe a man to you and I just want to know what your thoughts of him are.

This man is 38 years old, has a terrific job, and many friends.  On top of all that, he has an attractive loving wife who has faithfully been by his side for the last 11 years.  Together, they have recently decided to have their first baby together.

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Richard CummingsWhat Do You Think of This Man?
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Top Movies Of Kevin Bacon

Top-Movies-Of-Kevin-BaconMany out there want to know the Top Movies Of Kevin Bacon

Why? 

Well, many of you probably like Kevin Bacon and simply have an interest in his films while the others want to get good at the game “6 Degrees From Kevin Bacon“. 

If you have lived on another planet, this game is a variation on the notion of 6 Degrees of Separation whereby you can connect yourself to anybody in the world within 6 people. 

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Richard CummingsTop Movies Of Kevin Bacon
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Top Actresses Of The 1980’s

top-actresses-of-the-80sAh, I love this topic.  The 80’s are my growing up time.  Take a walk down memory lane with me as we review the Top Actresses Of The 1980’s.

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Richard CummingsTop Actresses Of The 1980’s
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A Star is Born Review: Did Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Make a Great Movie?

star-is-born-reviewIn a Star is Born, we have the actor Bradley Cooper playing a singer and the singer Lady Gaga acting.  Did this role reversal work?  Were they able to pull off a great movie?  Read on to find out!

First, a disclaimer:  I’m not impartial — I am a huge fan of both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.  I’ve always respected Lady Gaga’s independent spirit and enjoyed her music.  And, Bradley Cooper  has an equally interesting backstory.    Did you know he speaks fluent French and wanted to be Ninja?

And then, I watched the preview for the movie, and BOOM – there’s Dave Chappelle acting.  A singer, an actor, a comedian?  All my favorites!  What’s not to love?  I’m so in.

But, viewer beware, high expectations are often the death knell for a movie.  Even if it’s good, you’re disappointed as you expected great.

I went to see A Star is Born the first day I could.

So what did I think?

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Richard CummingsA Star is Born Review: Did Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Make a Great Movie?
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He’s Just Not That Into You (Review): Does the Movie Speak the Truth? | A Couple By Couple Reality Check

hes-just-not-that-into-you-reviewA marginal movie can become a really good movie if you enjoy the topic.

This was the case when I watched He’s Just Not That Into You.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie because the topic is compelling:  Do women realize when a guy is just not into them?  The movie is more than that as well…it’s about relationships between men and women.

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Richard CummingsHe’s Just Not That Into You (Review): Does the Movie Speak the Truth? | A Couple By Couple Reality Check
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The Book of Eli: Is Eli Blind?

book-of-eli-reviewI just noticed that the Book of Eli is number one on the latest list of DVD Movies New Releases.

I saw this movie in the theaters when it came out and remember a discussion that ensued afterward: Is Eli blind in the movie? After visiting the Book of Eli IMDB page, I realize that many people have this question.

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Richard CummingsThe Book of Eli: Is Eli Blind?
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Funny People is Deadly Serious…And Funny Too

funny-people-reviewLast night, I watched the movie Funny People with Adam Sandler and many other great young comedians.

20 years ago, you knew what to expect with an Adam Sandler movie; now you don’t.  I like that.

20 years ago, all was simply slapstick and often very funny.  Now, we still get slapstick but with serious, and sometimes slightly demented, undertones.  It is often said that great comedians and great comedy comes from the darkest of places where the only means of survival is through comedy.  In the recent career of Adam Sandler, he seems more comfortable exposing some of those dark places.

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Richard CummingsFunny People is Deadly Serious…And Funny Too
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21 Movie Review: No BlackJack but It’s Not a Bad Hand

21-movie-reviewIf you’re a fan of gambling (and seeing people bring down the house), you’ll enjoy the movie 21. I certainly did…here is my review of the movie 21!

I was anxious to see the movie 21 as I had read the book Bringing Down the House, the book on which the movie is based.  However, aside from the idea of a bunch of MIT kids taking on Vegas, there are few similarities between the book and the movie.

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Richard Cummings21 Movie Review: No BlackJack but It’s Not a Bad Hand