Michael Anthony Lee
always wanted to ask this and always forget to.
few years back when I was learning my craft as a writer,
(Something I am still doing, and always will,) I heard
about your 8mm early films.
after I discovered the price for 8mm film was very close
to $100 for 3 mins worth in my little city. I was just
wondering how much teh film cost back in the day when
you and the guys were making magic and loved doing it?
other words, can you remember some of the budgets you
had when making some of the shorts? Or any other fun
facts for other filmmakers?
always, thank you for taking the time.
seems to me when we all started shooting Super-8, you
could purchase a roll of Kodachrome 40 or Ektachrome
160 for $4.99 and it was another $2.99 for processing.
If you were even lower-budget than that you could buy
a roll of K-Mart Super-8 film for $4.99, with processing
included. Sam Raimi and I purchased , shot and processed
so many rolls of Super-8 between 1970 and 1980 that
we both were allowed to go in K-Mart's backroom, dump
out the big canvas bag of processed film and dig our's
out. Sam would pick up my film and I would pick up his
film. Both of us would always get outside K-Mart and
unspool one roll just to see if there was an image on
the film. If I recall correctly, "The Blind Waiter"
cost $300. Sam's Super-8 opus, "It's Murder!" cost $4000-5000
and my big Super-8 film, "Stryker's War," cost $5000.
By that time we were buying old cars and wrecking them.
That was the en! d of Super-8, then we moved to 16mm.
different kind of question. Where were you 20 years
ago today? When John Lennon was shot? Was that something
that impacted you at all? Were you a Beatles or Lennon
fan at all?
was and still am a big Beatles fan and John Lennon getting
killed affected me greatly. I was living in Hollywood
at the time and saw the headline on my way out for coffee
in the morning--I didn't have a TV at that time. It
depressed me then and still depresses me. About a week
after Lennon was shot, the Pope was shot. When I saw
that headline in the exact same way as the previous
one, I honestly thought the world was falling to pieces.
Maybe I was right, too.
about the two questions, but I just forgot to ask this
the first time. ...Have you seen "Johnny Got His Gun"?
If so, what did you think of it? It was years ago when
I saw it, and was thinking of renting it, again. I remember
it being very long (and rambling, somewhat), but very
gripping and eerie.
About Your Opinion,
saw "Johnny Got His Gun" when it came out in 1971 and
I clearly remember being very disappointed. It's an
interesting idea that did not adapt to film very well.
Also, Dalton Trumbo, the writer/director (and one of
the blacklisted Hollywood 10) doesn't really know how
to direct, this being his one and only directorial effort.
I did rather like the depiction of Jesus, as a big burly
strong carpenter, well-played by young Donald Sutherland.
If you ever get a chance, check out Dalton Trumbo's
first film, "Five Came Back" (1939).
know if you've seen this or not, but I thought it was
an interesting review. ...There are some blatant name
mis-matches, though (Jackson is reffered to as "Walker"):
I hadn't seen that review. Maybe I'm spoiled from having
watched the crappy video tape for years, but I think
this transfer looks damn good. As to their comment that
the film ought to be in widescreen--hello!--it wasn't
shot that way. It never functioned properly at 1:1.85
in the theater and full-frame on the video was wrong,
too. This is how the film is supposed to look, and you
can't change that in the lab.
Josh: Wow! You really DO reply to all these messages
- and quick too! Thanks!
question I wanted to ask last time, but forgot, was
about the last scene in Evil Dead...
you were there (I think) or at least very close to the
production at the time, could you tell me if the Sam
Raimi/Bruce Campbell/camera accident rumour is true?
rumour goes like this: Sam Raimi rides a motorcycle
(with camera) through the woods and cabin towards Bruce
Campbell: Except Sam doesn't stop when he's supposed
to and hits Bruce with the camera/bike trying to get
the best effect for the film. Bruce was knocked out/broke
have heard this so many places but don't believe its
true. For one: the 'Evil Presence' stuff was done carrying
a 2by4 not by riding a bike. Two: It looks to me like
a post production zoom into Bruces mouth.
you finally set this rumour to rest for an old ED fan,
from what you heard/saw?
only was I there, I thought up the silly shot. Sam had
the camera on the Shaky-Cam, which was a two-foot 2X4
with the Arri-S mounted in the center. Sam is simply
running full-blast--I was controlling the second door
from the rafters--and ran smack into Bruce, but did
not seriously injure him. The final push into Bruce's
mouth was in fact an optical zoom. Tim Philo, the cameraman,
and I had storyboarded the shot a few weeks earlier,
convinced it was the proper ending, but Sam didn't like
a little point of fact, Sam didn't even want to do the
shot, but since he had no other ending and hadn't shot
anything, Rob demanded that we shoot something, and
that's all there was. It was the very last thing we
shot before leaving Tennessee.
There's an old Danny Kay song ("The Fox" with Jud Conlong
Singers, from "Danny Kaye for Children", MCA Records,
1958) that, except for the main "character" The Fox,
sounded like an exceptional song that seemed very suitable/tailorable
for your program.
was partly the voice in that song (reminded me of "Jack's"
voice) and partly the melody & tempo (swashbuckling)
and the words.
The Fox, the Fox, they'll never outfox the Fox.
him a fight to fight,
a wrong to right,
at any time of the day or night.
They'll never outfox the Fox.
(They'll never outfox the Fox.)
him a stream to ford, a ship to board,
always there with his cape and sword.
never outfox the Fox. Heh!
(They'll never outfox the Fox.)
daring pirate chief once up and robbered him.
And what do you think the Fox did? He clobbered him!
(With great finesse, he more or less clobbered him!)
a giant, who, was 12 feet 2,
would run away if the Fox said 'boo!'
They'll never outfox the Fox.
(They'll never outfox the Fox.)
you try to find him,
you'll find him where he is not, (is not!)
He's hither and yon, he's there and gone,
He's Johnny not on the spot (the spot!).
as a locomotive, faster than a plane,
You think he's here, you find he's there,
You search for him in vain!
enemies say 'Gadzooks! It spooks!'
Shivering in their socks,
They know that they'll never - he's far too clever -
they'll never outfox the Fox!
Fox, the Fox, they'll never outfox the Fox.
you could name could match his fame
or ever beat him at his game!
They'll never outfox the Fox.
(They'll never outfox the Fox.)
even Buffalo Bill with all his skill
Or Superman with any plan
could ever outfox the Fox.
(They'll never outfox the Fox.)
your Davy Crocketts you can chat away
The Fox once made a hurricane go thatta way!
(With one big blow he made it go thatta way!)
even jets that race could give him chase
or even men from outer space
could ever outfox the Fox.
never never never never never never never never never
never never never never never outfox the Fox,
never outfox the Fox,
never outfox the Fox,
never outfox the Fox.
It's worth tracking down. If you do, let me know what
you think. And while you are at it, please consider
tweaking his role to be slightly more of a serious contender,
and less of a dufus. I enjoy the humor, but you are
missing a great angle that would make it a an even better
the way, could you please consider putting Jack at the
beginning of your line-up and Xena later? In fact, could
you consider bringing back Hercules? He was so male,
so cool, so understatedly sexy. At least release the
show for rebroadcast from the beginning on some other
channel. That was the best program you ever made!
is too obvious/blatant/ violent and I'm now heartily
tired of the male-dismissive, not-so-subtle 'she could
be lesbian' slant. The other girls show is only fair
(also too male-dismissive). I wouldn't even know they
were there if I weren't waiting up for 'Jack'.
then what you're saying is, you can never outfox
the Fox, is that correct?
A.) I didn't write the song, Joe LoDuca did (it's his
B.) Both songs are clearly and obviously parodies of
Gilbert & Sullivan, which pre-dates them both by 80
years. However, I did particularly enjoy the 1958 outer
space and jet references in the Fox song. Also, Marcy,
I'm sorry to be one to inform you, but "Jack of All
Trades" was cancelled quite some time ago, as was "Cleopatra
2525," as was "Xena," for that matter. Battle on!
read your review of "Sixth Sense" and wondered if when
a filmmaker comes out of nowhere and produces one of
the few films of current release that you can actually
enjoy, do you get excited about a sopmore film? Or do
you assume it was a fluke of some sort.
obvious reason I'm asking is because "Unbreakable" came
out recently, and I think it was better than "The Sixth
Sense." I'm hope, if you get around to seeing it, that
you'll post a few words.
watching it, I noticed that besides being able to make
a good film, Shaymalan also takes a lot of time to make
colors, names, locations, angles, props, etc. significant
to the story. Either it foreshadows something or it
explains something better (for those who notice it).
I took Folk Tales in high school and we spent a year
picking apart stories looking for motifs and symbolism.
Most movies don't give you anything to anaylyze, but
Night doesn't seem to be the same.
much do you appreciate/look for/include this type of
subtle technique in your films? I can imagine that when
filmmakers do that, most people don't see it, but when
someone does, it makes them happy. (On the other hand,
I have a suspicion that if Robert Frost stood in my
English classes and listened to my teacher, he would
be hearing things he didn't intend.)
any case, I like to look for that stuff because I think
it improves the quality of the movie, and in the case
of "Unbreakable," it certainly did. (There was only
one shot that made me nauseous, which would've been
okay if we were watching a grizzly murder.)
for you time and your insight.
got no insight to share as I've not seen "Unbreakable."
I liked "Sixth Sense," but I don't think it's a particularly
significant film. Having watched it a second time, it's
a film I never need to see again. As opposed to color
motifs or shapes, which are fine, I'm more interested
in depth of character and dramatic themes.
Michael Anthony Lee
Hollywood, I just saw the preview for a new film. I
have four words for ya, "Dude, Where's my car?"
this what rock bottom looks like? Your comments?
thought movies couldn't get any worse than they were
in the 1980s, but they managed to get even worse in
the 1990s. I see no reason for much more hope in the
new millenium. My sense is that no one really wants
to make good movies, they just want to make money, and
with that motivation you will NEVER make a good film.
Also, I don't think the Hollywood system will allow
a good movie to slip through the cracks. If a movie
costs $50 million or more too many people have had their
fingers in the mix. Not to mention that with that much
money, just to spend it all everyone has to work so
slowly that they end up over-producing and over-directing
every scene. On these really big pictures they shoot
a quarter to a half a page a day.
you're not shooting at least two script pages a day
you're jerking off.
1. Can you update us on the progress of "If I Had a
2. What's your opinion of the work of writer/director
John Milius ("Red Dawn," "Conan," etc.)?
came very close to finishing "If I Had a Hammer," except
that when I saw everything put together, I sent some
things back to be fixed. Everything is now fixed and
I'm just waiting for my three new digital effects to
be finished--I had them done, then had them redone.
That ought to be this week. Next week I'll have my new
pieces of negative cut in, then I will be able to make
the final answer print. I'm seriously hoping to be completely
done before Christmas, then I'll start screening for
distributors in January. Regarding John Milius, he was
once an OK writer, but he's never had the first clue
how to direct. His scripts for "The Wind and the Lion"
and "Return of the King" are both pretty good, but his
direction and camera placement are just awful. Now he
doesn't seem to be able to write anymore, either. His
"Rough Riders" TV movie was a total embarrassment and
a complete misunderstanding of Teddy Roosevelt, who
comes off as a moronic oaf. TR may well have been our
smartest president; he was certainly the most prolific,
having written 28 books.
I just read your Evil Dead journal! Wow! It was very
interesting and inspirational. I totally related to
how you felt on set, but I'm glad it worked out in the
end (after you stayed on)!
said in it that Sam promised you could edit Evil Dead
with him (and 'shook on it') - but were still skeptical
about wether he'd follow through and let you help him...
Since your journal ends with 'Back in Detroit' I was
wondering if it ever happened?
see that Joel Coen in credited as Assistant Editor though
(how did that happen?), did he take your place?
know it's tough in those situations (like I said, I
really related to your Journal), feeling you have things
to offer to the production but being overlooked despite
being good friends with those in charge.
glad to see you pulled through in the end, and got your
own career off the ground (I see Sam, Bruce and Scott
DID help you with 'Thou Shalt Not Kill...' which is
a lot for any comments/advice!
- I guess my question is (in case you were wondering),
how did things go with you Sam, Bruce, Rob etc after
your Journal ended (although any more comments on about
what I've said are extremely welcomed - and hoped for!
did not end up helping with the editing. I did help
out with the special effects, though. They hired an
editor named Edna Paul in New York City and her assistant
was Joel Coen. Since then, Sam, Rob, Bruce and I have
worked on quite few things together: Sam co-starred
in TSNKE, Sam and Rob executive produced my film "Lunatics:
A Love Story," I directed one of the pilot TV films
for "Hercules," as well as nine "Xena" episodes, and
the first two episodes of "Jack of All Trades." That's
quite a bit of stuff.
just read your piece on the need for structure, I've
been compelled to write a quick note.
a failing author, I recently decided to attempt a script
and thus took it upon myself to read as much on scriptwriting
as possible. Your piece on structure tied in perfectly
with my thoughts since I finished my first, poorly-structured
novel. It would seem to me that, unfortunately, scriptwriters
can often get away with such a naive approach to writing;
to avoid falling into such a trap again, I'm now planning
to mull over your words as I prepare my script.
for your words of wisdom and all the best with your
pleased you got something out of it. Hopefully, though,
you read all six of them.
quick question. Just watched your favorite director
William Wyler's film The Big Country. Just wondering
by the way, I just received my Dvd of Thou Shalt Not
Kill... Except and I really love it! It's been a big
help to me. I've been reading the script (from your
site), and watching the movie nonstop for a week. It's
really very helpful. Anyway, thanks again.
completely love "The Big Country," it's one of my favorite
films. I also think it's Charlton Heston's best film,
and one of Gregory Peck's best, too. And what a terrific
supporting cast: Burl Ives, who deservedly won the Oscar,
Charles Bickford, Caroll Baker, Jean Simmons, and a
very young Chuck Conners. It also has one of my favorite
music scores, by Jerome Moros. The script is really
great. I'm glad you're enjoying my film, as well.
Michael Anthony Lee
really has nothing to do with anything important, but
I've always wondered where the little pictures on the
site come from? I mean, what point in your life or what
is the story behind them?
one of you on this page, behind the camera, I asume
is from, Running Time. But what about the one with you
in the chair writing and some of the others?
as a writer, actor (when they need someone with no talent)
and producer of sorts with my own site, what do you
feel having Beckerfilms.com has done for you, and would
you do it again, even after some of the crazy email
you have gotten?
up the good work, Josh. You have my support.
photo of me in profile with the baseball cap that's
part of the "Directing From the Edge" logo is from the
set of "Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur," the shot
of me sitting, looking serious, with the checked flannel
shirt is from the set of "Lunatics." The half-lit close-up
of me on the front page is a digital photo I took of
myself. Regarding Beckerfilms.com, it's strictly an
amusement for me. Although I do view it as sort of a
cyber-resume, I've never gotten any work through it.
I do particularly like having a place to post my essays,
reviews and stories, since no one else seems to want
them. And I rather enjoy playing Dr. Science or Cappy
Dick regarding filmmaking.
me again. The only reason I said anything was, there
were people talking about Ted, that he got a peice of
metal in his eye or ear or something. And was wandering
how he was doing and if the rumor was true. I figured
since you were close to Ted you would be the logical
one to ask. By the way thanks for answering my e-mail!
You truly are the GREATEST!!
never called me back, which isn't surprising. I hope
he's OK, too.
Hi Josh, I was just wandering if you've seen Ted Raimi
lately? Rumor has it the he hurt himself. I know this
has nothing to do with anything but just wandering if
you'd send him our well wishes!! And let him know his
fans are thinking about him!
so sappy!! LOL! Miss you on Xena! And can't wait for
your next project!
me, Rhonda. I just put in a call to Ted and left a message
asking if he was OK? I haven't heard anything about
him getting hurt, but he's such a klutz it wouldn't
be surprising. There's some talk right now of me going
back to New Zealand for one more zany comedy episode
of "Xena" with Ted and Bruce.
wondering what you think of Ed Burns and what you think
of his films, particularly "The Brothers McMullen".
Brothers McMullen" was OK, particularly for no budget.
I think he shot his wad with the one film, though.
a 20 year old film student and I have about 2 years
left before I get out of this hell called school. I
have one screenplay written and hope to have at least
one more done by the time I graduate. I hope to produce
this films independently. What is your advice on how
to go about doing this. Thanks. Keep up the great work.
the money. Without the money you can't make the movie.
I seriously recommend reading all of my structure essays
and making very sure your script is structurally sound.
Plus, get the very best actors available.
am trying to get a VHS video of "One Foot in Heaven".
Do you know how I might obtain a copy?
liked "One Foot in Heaven," I thought Fredric March
and Martha Scott were both very good. I just saw another
picture that reminded me a lot of it, "Stars in My Crown"
with Joel McCrea as a smalltown preacher. It was also
quite good. Anyway, you might try Movies Unlimited,
which seems to have most everything--however I just
checked for you and they don't have it. I do see it
pop on TV now and then. Keep your eyes peeled and tape
Howdy, Mr. Becker.
on DVD: Thank you Lord! I am deriving extreme pleasure
from DVD TSNKE. A TSNKE friend of mine told me something
about an address I can mail my DVD TSNKE cover to for
you to autograph. Does such a place exist?
the way, you mention in your audio commentary that if
you close your eyes and just listen to the soundtrack,
you can picture a real good movie. Although I think
TSNKE is a good movie I still have a tip for the day:
watch G.I. Jane with the sound off but with TSNKE playing
in the background. It's actually almost watchable, then.
go clean 'em up!
pleased you're enjoying it. It's a pretty good transfer,
I think. The address to send in your DVD slipcover for
an autograph is further back in the Q&A, but perhaps
the kindly webmaster here, Shirley, will include it
say, "Wise man compliment webmaster." Here's
the address from which I'll forward it to Josh: Shirley
Robbins, P.O. Box 86, East Vassalboro, ME 04935
finally saw "American Beauty," which was the topic of
much debate here some time ago. I really must thank
you, because having read your essays on structure, etc.
I think I understand why I enjoyed individual parts
of it, but somehow felt unsatisfied once it was over.
Clearly, some good characterizations by talented performers,
and some individual vignettes that were fairly compelling
and/or funny, just didn't add up to a good movie.
me, the "What if" premise that you describe was a good
one: what if a middle-aged guy essentially "woke up"
one day and began taking a look at what and where his
life really was?
my question is - do you think that that premise and
those perfomers could have been developed into a good
movie? In true Monday morning quarterback style, what
might you have done had someone handed you that script
and said "whip this thing into shape?" Would you have
left the funny parts? Would you have dropped the subplot
with the family next door?
first thing I would do is decide what point I'm making
and what's my theme? If the "What if . . ." really was
what if the father in the average American family quit
his job one day and decided to work at McDonald's, what
would his wife and kid do? How would they handle it?
Then the point might be: everyone has to pull their
own weight. Then you'd have no use for the neighbors,
the pot subplot, the neighbor's father thinking his
son is homosexual subplot, nor the "Lolita" infatuation
with the underage girl subplot. How you rewrite it all
depends on what point you're trying to make. As it is,
there is no point. Or, perhaps, the point is: if you
quit your job you will be murdered. Or, if you make
your neighbor's father think his son is a homosexual,
then you'll get murdered. Or, if you're infatuated with
an underage girl and don't have sex with her, then you'll
just found out that express.com is the only dealer who
does not have the TSNKE-DVD yet. I ordered it somewhere
I'm glad we worked that out.
wonder why noone else asked this question before...
what happened to the TSNKE-DVD? It should have been
released on October 24th, but the people at express.com
told me, it has not been released yet and they donīt
know when it will be. Do you have any information about
someone else beside express.com. It did come out and
people have been buying it. Try Amazon or Reel.com or
election is just too bizarre for words. I share your
frustrations, and am one of those who would NOT rather
"just get it over with;" I'm interested in seeing who
really got more votes, fair & square. I mean, aren't
we supposed to be living under "the rule of law," and
isn't Florida legally entitled to recount until they
get it right? Still...what a mess!
I digress. Here's what I wanted to ask: I have the opportunity
to see a 65mm print of "Lawrence of Arabia" at the main
theatre on the Paramount lot later this month, intermission
and all. Frankly, I'd go to see Roumanian farming documentaries
at that theatre, because I think it's about the best
in the universe, but, with your interest in classic
films, I thought I'd ask you: should I drop everything
and run right out to see this showing? If so, what are
the qualities you like most about "Lawrence"?
what informed viewers like you enjoy about a film like
this will, I think, enhance the pleasure of seeing it
for the first time.
holiday & other wishes,
of Arabia" is one of my very favorite movies and that's
the way to see it. BTW, it's a 70mm print, it's a 65mm
negative--the extra 5mm on the print is for the soundtrack.
This is something Hollywood can't do under any circumstances
now and what I miss most in movies--a big, expensive,
action spectacle that's intelligent. And it's not that
it's not stupid, it's smart. The casting is brilliant,
the score is great, the photography couldn't be better,
it's all shot on location, and it has a terrific script,
what else could you want? The second half is a little
lumpy, but I forgive it. Have a wonderful time.
I've just watched the DVD of TSNKE for the 2nd time
in a row, now. ...What do I have to do to get a copy
of "Strykers' War"? I will do just about anything to
don't know what to suggest. I wish it were on the DVD.
you think that being an independent filmmaker with a
DGA card hurts your chances for entrance into Independent
I honestly don't think it means anything. It's not like
a festival knows this information anyway. I would much
rather be a DGA member then get into festivals anyway.
My interest in film festivals, however, has completely
dwindled over the years.
, I'm a student in the 9th grade and we are doing research
projects. My friend and I are doing The History Of Movies
and we would like to interview a tv director. We could
do the interview on email if you would allow us to.
If you are available for the interview please email
me back at: email@example.com , Thanks.
all due respect to you and all students everywhere,
I don't give a crap about your school papers. If you
have a question to ask, ask it.
graduated in English last June and am writing my postgraduate
project on the film adaptation of The Collector, but
I have hardly found anything valuable. What a pity,
such a fascinating film. I am desperately looking for
criticism of this film in order to support my research.
Do you know any film magazine that may have this information?
Thanks a lot.
just checked all six of Pauline Kael's books of reviews
that I own, and not a single reference to "The Collector."
There's the little blurb review in Leonard Maltin's
book. He gives the film three stars and says, "Chilling,
if not altogether believable." There is also Jan Herman's
very good biography of William Wyler called "A Talent
for Trouble," that has a chapter on the film. I personally
think it's lesser Wyler, which still makes it a very
it be possible to include the dates when you posted
your essays/short stories/film reviews with the titles
on your "From the Pen" main pages?
all dated at the top of the opening page.
it unusual for a fan-fiction writer to get a break as
a TV writer with no prior credits? How did Melissa Good
get so lucky on "Xena"? What made Rob Tapert take a
chance with her? Is he normally pretty liberal with
regards to taking chances on unknowns?
like desperation to me.
you might find this interesting. I've become aware of
two films that seem to mirror each other. Yet, I don't
think they have ever been compared by any critic or
filmmaker. I'm talking about Orson Welles' TOUCH OF
EVIL and the Coen bros. BLOOD SIMPLE.
films are about corruption in a small town and have
many double and triple crosses that add up to murder.
The low angle "bizzare" shots from "Touch" are all over
"Blood" and most obviously, the Frances McDormand and
M. Emmet Wash characters seem to be direct recreations
of the Janet Leigh and Orson Welles roles. McDormand
plays the pretty blonde who never knows what's going
on. Infact, in both films the gals are assulted in hotel
rooms. And then there's Walsh's sleazy private eye.
Just like detective Quinlin: fat, cigar smoker, cold
blooded, and with that feeling that at one time, long
ago, they were someone good. Both men are also shot
suddenly at the films conclusions.
you ever noticed these similarities? I wonder if the
Coen bros. did?
never thought about "Blood Simple" in that light, but
I do see what you're saying. On a more basic plot level,
however, "Blood Simple" is one more variation of James
M. Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice" or "Double
Indeminity." In both of those films, though, you have
a woman worth killing for. Although Frances McDormand
is a good actress, she ain't Lana Turner, or Janet Leigh,
for that matter.
first, politics second.
the whole process of making a film and having a production
company, what are some of the more important legal issues
that I should address? I told someone I was going to
do this, and he said that I HAVE to be incorporated
to avoid litigation, because eventually, someone WILL
sue me. He ranted off several legal services (and the
appropriate and intimidating price tags) that I cannot
do without. How much, I'm asking, of filmmaking IS filmmaking,
and how much is all of the other stuff?
the election, I think someone (you or a previous question
asker) asked why they don't revote. Wouldn't that be
because now that the public knows how well Nader did,
and in a revote, might very well change their vote to
Gore. A revote is not the answer, in my opinion, but
for sure the recount is called for. However, I don't
really have a problem with the electoral system, nor
do I believe that people who don't understand the ballot
and choose not to step out of the booth and ask someone,
only to complain about it later should not be dealt
with lightly. I don't doubt the dishonest nature of
any human, Democrat or Republican, and would not be
surprised to see this sort of thing happening every
election year as a result of softening the process due
to ballot confusion. The election system could potentially
become a mockery -- people will flub their ballot just
to see how their non-mainstream, first choice fared,
and then ch! ange their vote accordingly.
know this is an exaggeration, but I don't doubt that
if they allowed a revote, or made some other unprecedented
allowance for the ballot, that it would DEFINITELY be
noticed by many unscrupulous people and would be taken
I'm just a "ludicrous sodomite," whatever the hell that
I think they should be able to revote in W. Palm Beach
County due to their poorly designed ballots, which caused
several voters to file suit that day. Regarding movies,
however, you don't need to incorporate if you don't
want to--it's rather expensive, particularly here in
California--but you must create a legal entity so that
you can take money from people. There are limited partnerships
(which I always use) and there are limited liability
coporations, which I'm not as up on as I should be.
It really shouldn't be more than about $500 for a lawyer
to create a simple limited partnership for you. If they
try to charge much more than that, they are a rip-off.
see your point on the electoral college. Initially,
(when polls showed Bush ahead) all the Republicans bitched
about it. Now Gore's ahead in the popular vote, and
these arguments are brushed under the carpet. What's
really irritating is Bush's "just give it up Al" attitude.
Its right down to the line, and he wants us to ignore
missing votes, illegal ballots and ballots that are
CLEARLY dimpled but not TOTALLY punched. He'd be doing
the same damn thing if he was in Gore's position. People
who complain about how long this is taking just want
to rush this process so Bush can swipe the victory.
Those who say "well we can't argue with the tradition
of this and that" are partisan assholes. Traditions
were created BY people to get what they want. And now,
when they are useless, and the people of Palm Beach
aren't getting what THEY want, surely some of these
traditions need changing!! Blind faith to systems like
this, is responsible for countless acts of racism, bigotry
and religious wars. I lived in Britain for most of my
life, and since living in America I've seen more bigotry
and narrow-mindedness than I'd like to have. People
such as Bush, are those who support ludicrous sodomy,
and anti - marijuana laws. They are afraid of change,
of those who are different, and favor more 'sane' actions
like starting wars and screwing the environment (being
close to the oil companies ensures this).
envy anyone who lived through the '60s, and would like
your opinion on the way society has gone since then.
Better? Worse? I think we've been going backwards for
the last thirty years, resulting in tolerance of all
kinds of shit. It was rebelled back then, why not now?
People my age (20) have quit voting drastically. And
I am CERTAIN, that if ALL of the US voted, Al Gore would
now be the president.
sorry to rant on like this. I'm just seizing this oppurtunity
to vent some rage. More people TRIED to vote Gore in
Florida than Bush, that's what needs to be looked at.
The idea of Bush representing and ruling our country,
just scares the hell outta me.
for your time,
you had to write that like I just had to write my little
essay. Just to feel like you've done something. BTW,
Gore hasn't quite got the 250,000 popular vote lead
I predicted yesterday, it's still at about 215,000.
Anyway, Are things better or worse than the 1960s? As
I've said before, they were making significantly better
movies back then. Civil rights, however, are much more
fair now. We're not involved in a conflict like Vietnam,
which is a very good thing. Culture and the arts are
pretty boring now, which is a sad, dull thing.