Today is the very special Day 121 recap of what’s been going on in The Groundhog Day Project since the Day 62 recap.
Day 63: kindest, sweetest, prettiest was a piece about love.
Day 64: there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb was the time I talked about the comic book Daytripper and explained how Groundhog Day leads to nuclear war.
Day 65: it’s all one big crapshoot anyhoo is the entry in which I deal with the hypothetical days after some of the various February 2nds we see in the film.
Day 66: not my kind of fun is the entry in which I describe some details of the behind-the-scenes extra, The Weight of Time that’s on the DVD.
Day 67: going out on a limb here involves google maps and locations used in the movie.
Day 68: the people and the fun is an entry about some background extras and how they amuse me.
Day 69: i don’t even have to floss is actually one of the more “important” entries, I think, starting with Phil’s lack of a need to eat and getting into how vital the “Bronco” scene is to the entire film and what Phil Connors represents.
Day 70: the first time i saw you deals with Phil’s insanity and the moment he “falls in love” with Rita… also this is when I trademarked the phrase “time loop date rape.”
Day 72: i know that’s what i said involves my second listen to the director’s commentary track, but I don’t learn anything new, so I don’t say much.
Day 73: nothing to be too scared about is the first of several “impromptu” entries in which I take a sheet full of impromptu speech quotations and link them all to Groundhog Day. I do it again on Day 87: bundle up warm of course, Day 101: you can leave your galoshes at home, Day 102: I’m gonna stay here and finish (which completes the list from the day before), and then the latest was split over two days again, Day 119: let’s just do this and Day 120: then we’ll talk.
Day 74: basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts is a cheesy little entry about how my life is worth living and this blog is worth doing.
Day 75: only god can make a tree involves Joyce Kilmer’s poem “Trees” and gets into the idea of confirmation bias (in case you’re not keeping up, one of my final papers this fall quarter involves a test of confirmation bias in relation to Groundhog Day. I’d probably share the paper on this blog but it’s primarily not about the film but about the theory, with a proposed study at the end involving the film.
Day 76: you could always use a little more deals with modernism and whether or not Phil Connors is a good person.
Day 77: you are new, aren’t you? is a sort of jumping on point for new readers, referencing a few in-jokes (but not explaining them, because that would be too easy) and explaining a bit of what I’ve been doing and why.
Day 78: when you stand in the snow deals with angels in Groundhog Day and the prevalence of the number 3 as the blog starts to get attached to religion.
Day 79: most of my work is with couples, families deals with Groundhog Day as therapy.
Day 80: i have an alcoholic now has nothing to do with its title but instead deals with gender roles in the film.
Day 81: are you drunk or something? explores the perspective of Rita for a change.
Day 82: i’ve always loved you deals with love (or the lack thereof) and, ultimately meaning in Groundhog Day.
Day 83: we made love like sea otters counters the previous couple entries in suggesting that Groundhog Day is all about love.
Day 84: close call folks deals with a few little things that bug me, like Rita being a robot.
Day 85: did you want to talk about the weather… deals with my obsessive tendencies and how life is busy, busy, busy.
Day 86: or were you just making chitchat? deals briefly with the idea that the longer the time loop, the harder it would be to get back to normalcy afterward.
Day 88: maybe read hustler or something deals with pooping. Really. And I will lament forever that I didn’t think to make the title “does he have to use the word, ‘poopy’?”
Day 89: i am an immortal deals with legacies, including what happens to our online social presence after death.
Day 90: i hope you enjoy the festivities deals with holidays and why this story could only take place on Groundhog Day.
Day 91: does this mean you’re gonna leave? is my shortest entry yet. I want to say shortest entry ever, but, well, I’ve got to leave my options open.
Day 93: twelve years of catholic school talking and Day 94: gosh, i should have known are my exploration of Phil Connors as Christ-Figure per Kozlovic’s (2009) scale. This will become a recurring topic as another one of my finals papers for the fall quarter involves the cinematic Christ-Figure.
Day 95: there is a heck of a lot more to it than that is the entry in which I don’t manage to deal with Phil’s possible Christ-complex (as a counterpoint to Phil as a Christ-Figure), but instead recap the short film Time Freak and deal with Andie MacDowell’s name and how Phil and Rita are my parents.
Day 96: about a million miles from where i started off in college gets into some of my personal history and where this blog fits into it.
Day 97: it is so good to see you deals with screencaps from Time Freak, Phil’s itinerary for the last day of the time loop, and some screencaps from Groundhog Day.
Day 98: i’ve spent a lot of time here explains how Groundhog Day might actually just be a lost episode of Doctor Who.
Day 99: one long setup deals with parenting roles in the film.
Day 100: i’ve seen it over a hundred times deals with the film-within-the-film Heidi II, the transience of ice sculpting as an artform, the meaning of a minivan, and a celebratory cake.
Day 103: i’m repeating the same day over and over again recalculates my old day count to see if I can get it to 40.
Day 104: none that i can see details new things found while watching my new blu-ray copy of the film.
Day 105: people like blood sausage, too. people are morons deals with weird food before getting into the role of food within the film.
Day 106: because i love you explores the film About Time and what I might or might not want to do if I could travel in time… and of course it connects to Phil Connors.
Day 107: he tried to swallow a whole cow returns to the topic of Phil as Christ-Figure.
Day 108: it’s hard down there at the bottom explains how Phil’s interactions with the old homeless man, O’Reilly, link to the four visions of Siddhartha Gautama.
Day 109: another step in the cycle of life counters the Christ-Figure stuff (and builds on the previous entry) by suggesting Phil is instead (or additionally) a Bodhisattva.
Day 110: here’s the report is mostly just a copy-and-paste sharing of the incomplete rough draft of my Christ-Figure paper, which is actually more about Superman than Phil Connors at this point.
Day 111: how do you know these people? involves a lot of screencaps and some labels for what I call various unnamed characters and background extras.
Day 112: the same old schtick deals with subtitles.
Day 113: not today was supposed to be another “impromptu” day but instead turned into me attempting to answer why I am doing this.
Day 117: you’re missing all the fun deals with a few crazy ideas, including one rather blasphemous one.
Day 118: what are you looking for? involves an old speech of mine and an old novel of mine and something about the brotherhood of man.