of all, my compliments to your sensible and balanced
comments in response to all the nutcase Xenites bombarding
you with hate mail best intended for Sharky(my new nickname
for Rob Tapert)himself.
I ask you a question, let me make a comment about something
said by Lindsay, a previous poster: <rob
is truly a hated man, and many folks who looked up to
Lucy are looking down on her>
Actually, it's not Lucy's fault Rob chose to kill Xena
off. I didn't agree with that, but hey-it's his show,
and we can either watch or not. I chose not to watch
anymore thanks to his treatment of the subtexters.
Actually Renee is the one who folks are praising and
looking to at this point>
That's not a surprise, Renee is the better actress,
not to mention the better looking of the two. Hopefully,
Renee will go forward in her career instead of putting
up with typecasting.
Lucy and Rob has lost the fans who respected them the
I had no respect for a producer that would make such
lowest common denominator crap in the first place(no
offense to you-the episodes you directed were actually
the GOOD ones). As for Lucy, well...face it, she's not
that great. A good actress, yes, but she's not on a
par with Kathy Bates.
point is, I understand why William Shatner tells the
Trekkies to get a life. Good Goddess, TWO SUICIDES over
a jiggle show with swordplay? That's ridiculous!
now time for the question. What is your opinion of Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon? I thought it was wonderful, and
beat the hell out of Gladiator. Hollywood needs more
people like yourself and Ang Lee, not less.
Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was a martial arts movie
for my mother. I didn't give a shit for one single second.
The relationship between the two leads bored me, I didn't
care at all about the Green destiny sword, I didn't
like the pretty young ninja girl, and I just hated the
wire work -- people don't fly. Period.
Interesting to hear that Vonnegut wrote about this idea
of anti-intellectualism, I'll have to check that out.
And yea, I do think 'pride in ignorance' is a huge problem
in this country right now, and the film world is no
exception. It seems to me that alot of these hot young
directors have very little interest in film history,
or in history in general (US, world, etc.). Chopped
Nuts mentioned that filmmakers these days are disinterested
in creating films that will have a long shelf life.
I don't think thats exactly it. I think its more that
many of these filmmakers are so lazy/willfully ignorant
in life in general that they don't even realize their
works are completely disposable. I think that Michael
Bay truly felt that Pearl Harbor would be a movie that
would be regarded amongst the classic war movies. Hell,
the director of Tomb Raider has claimed (with a perfectly
straight face) in some interviews that he used films
by Bergman, Kubrick, and David Lean as references for
making his film. The fact that Tomb Raider bears absolutely
no resemblance to any of the works of those filmmakers
kind of proves my theory: younger directors just don't
have a clue.
They watch a couple old movies, completely misunderstand
them, then go on to make their worthless films. There
was a hilarious piece in the New York Times recently
that was basically about Michael Bay and his infatuation
with the film West Side Story. He started going into
why he loves the film, and it basically came down to
his love for the way the film was cut. He said that
he had no interest in any of the characters or the story
at all, he simply loves the film because of how the
edits kept the audience energized. So I don't know if
its really that modern directors have little interest
in making substantive works, its rather that what they
see as substance is not what directors of 50 years ago,
or even 20 years ago, considered to be substance. I
think that alot of these guys are perfectly happy to
ignore any movies made earlier than Star Wars.
Having gone to film school myself, its almost considered
'uncool' nowadays to be familiar with older movies.
Its like you're a nerd or a snob if you think the latest
big comic-book movie sucks. I think there's this blind
acceptance among many young filmmakers that what is
new is good, and that what is old should be viewed with
the same eyes that you would view a newer film. Pop
in a tape of Casablanca: Does the film have cool edits?
Were there some cool songs in the background? Was there
some really cool dialogue between the lead actors? All
this stuff that has little to do with the actual story
is what many young filmmakers seem intent on analyzing.
Whether a movie is about anything is beside the point.
To many young filmmakers, it seems like eliciting a
gut-reaction from the audience is what gives a movie
substance. Whether it holds up for 2 hours, who cares.
As long as there's some really cool scenes and shots
set to emotional music, and some dialog you can quote
when you leave the theater, you've got a top notch movie.
If it doesn't have this kind of stuff, why bother making
it? Who would want to see a movie that just tries to
tell a story without intrusive technical elements? I
mean, then the audience wouldn't actively take note
of how aweseome the filmmaker is, and whats the point
buy that for a dollar.
can't believe that we'll be saying Goodbye to Xena,
Ganbrielle, and Joxer too. I loved watching Xena's
you please tell me what will happen to Xena, Gabrielle
and Joxer. Will
they get killed off or Xena's child Eve? Will Xena and
her friends live
happily ever after? I hope that Xena meets up with Hercules
again and marry
would like to know what will happen, since I don't get
cable here, and do
miss the TV show.
reply in the affirmative.
Thank you very much for your time.
Respectfully Yours, Vicki.
absolutely right, that all happens. They all live happily
ever after and Xena marries Hercules. How did you know?
thought the final ep of "Xena" was good in
its own right, but lousy for a series finale. It just
left all the loose ends of the "Xena" series
dangling, like an umcompleted arc. No 3rd act. No resolution.
It seemed like the focus was too much on special effects,
and not enough on story. What do you honestly think?
Was the final "Xena" episode a good series
finale? Did Robert consider ending it any other way?
Or is the real ending going to be a made-for-tv movie
sometime down the road so that Ren Pictures can rake
in even more moolah? Not that that's a bad thing, mind
ya. LOL! :-)
I really liked "Running Time" and "Lunatics."
You are a great storyteller.
least it's an end. They were never going to make more
sense out of it than was there. I thought it was perfectly
is a Wanker and Other Facts of Life
You and the Agent You Rode In On
Was a Teenage Super 8 Director
Manning Hated My Movies
Tied a Video Camera to My Dog's Back and He Makes Better
Movies Than 99.98% of You
P. L. :
think you're onto something with the last one. How about:
Tied a Video Camera to My Dog's Back and Made a Better
Film Than This Year's Best Picture."
a little wordy, maybe.
about "Throw Shit at the Screen: Why Modern Filmmaking
Sucks", or "Pride in Ignorance: Why New Movies
Suck So Much", or how about "The Last Good
Picture Show: Can Anyone Recall?". Speaking of
books, have you read If Chins Could Kill yet? I saw
Bruce on Kilborn a couple weeks ago. Man, Kilborn came
off as a total ass (even more so than normal). Kind
of strange that someone in the entertainment business
would be so unfamiliar with Campbell. Or maybe I'm just
in my own world thinking that Bruce is a fairly well
you can't use "shit" in the title, but I can
probably get away with "suck," since Bart
Simpson says it, for goodness sake. I still like "Why
I Hate Your Movie." Your "Pride in Ignorance"
is certainly a disccussion topic if nothing else. I
hear there's a good essay on anti-intellectualism by
Kurt Vonnegut, but I haven't read it. It's a real thing,
though. Pride in ignorance. Hmmm? You think that's the
about, "Why I Hate Your Movie", or, "The
Disposable Society". The thing to me is it's not
just a matter of people not doing a good job, or just
worrying about the money end of things with the wham-bam
approach to movies and music. It seems people want only
the fifteen minutes of fame at a time. Nobody is even
TRYING to achieve something that will be considered
a classic twenty years from now. Or fifty years. Or
this asking you folks out there for title suggestions
really works. "Why I Hate Your Movie" isn't
Josh Becker book? You're probably kidding around but
here are my suggestions...
Towards Hollywood: The Widening Gyre of Filmmaking Ineptitude"
Beards Could Kill: Confessions of a Indie Film Director"
Why Your Screenplays, Films, Acting, and Directing Suck:
An Overview of Modern Film"
Don't Want to Read Your Screenplay and Neither Does
Anyone Else": A Film Industry Field Guide
like your last suggestion. The others, I take it, are
supposed to be humorous. My sides are splitting.
want to call your book of essays "Modern Movies
Suck!"? I think that's too subtle for most of today's
filmmaker and moviegoers. Call it something like "Tom
Cruise Sucks and He's Stupid" or "Kiss My
Ass, Hollywood". Then some dimwit will want to
buy the movie rights.
the subject of guilty pleasures, I confess that I went
to see "Swordfish" and enjoyed it, even if
it is a big, dumb lug of a movie. But John Travolta
and Halle Berry (she earned that extra 500 grand) were
fun to watch. Hugh Jackman ... he was OK, they shoulda
hired Bruce Campbell.
your titles indicate that it's just Hollywood films
to blame, whereas I think it's all movies everywhere.
Nevertheless, I'd be happy to hear any other titles
suggestions anyone has. Meanwhile, you couldn't get
me to see "Swordfish" with a gun against my
web site is awesome!!!! Anyway I love your essays and
short stories. Keep them coming!
I'm just sitting here trying to package a collection
of essays and reviews to be culled from this site. My
working title is: "Modern Movies Suck! The Decline
of Film as an Art Form." What do we think?
you're having a good weekend.
saw Sean Penn's "The Pledge" last night. Not
bad. I'll bet you haven't seen it yet so I'll just say
it. I think S. Penn wants to become the next John Cassavettes.
His wife Robin was also in "She's So Lovely"
which, of course, was the last script that Cassavettes
wrote. I think Penn thinks of her as the new Gena Rowlands.
(Nope, she ain't that good, but ya know, she ain't bad
either) I didn't really "get" the ending,
but I did think Nicholson gave a good performance and
the Nevada locations were used wonderfully. What do
you think of Penn as a director? I don't think he's
too dern bad. Good actor too.
I just saw a movie called "The Wife". This
picture, directed by Tom Noonan (the killer in "Manhunter"
and "Last Action Hero"), and it was so boring
and dull that I got mad at the movie for tying me up
for so long. And this movie had all kinds of quotes
on the box!
and by the way, ever watch Northern Exposure? I have
to take my lunch break everyday at 1:00 just so I can
catch reruns of it on A&E.
new movies in your routine?
a good one.
only picture I've seen that Mr. Penn wrote and directed
was "The Indian Runner," which I thought was
utterly inept in both the script and direction. I'd
say Penn doesn't know how to write at all, not even
a little. John Cassavettes he ain't. No, I don't watch
Hey Josh Becker,
suggested in your essays that one of the best ways to
get experience in filmmaking is to make short films,
but what is the best way to go about shooting a short
film? How should the story be structured, and what sort
of guidelines and suggestions do you have? I think that
it would be helpful for a lot of people, or at least
me, if you could write an essay on writing/directing/producing
short films. Thank you.
I should. Nevertheless, I shot my features the same
way I shot my shorts, which is the same way I shot the
Xenas -- very fast! As far as story structure goes,
when you get down to 20 minutes or below, I think you
can kind of do whatever you want, just like s short
story. You can certainly still use the three-act structure,
but you don't have to. My best short film is probably
"Cleveland Smith Bounty Hunter" and it's nothing
more than 9 minutes of gags.
it's certainly been, er, *lively* here lately. As always,
a great place to read either interesting or utterly
hare-brained opinions. And, my praise and sympathy to
you for fielding so many "dear god, now that 'Xena'
is gone, someone must pay!" comments from the lunatic
fringe. They did make for entertaining reading, in that
"wow, people really ARE weird!" way.
question: Last weekend, the local PBS station aired
a wartime version of "Jane Eyre" (1942? 1943?
can't remember). It seemed very promising -- Orson Welles,
Joan Fontaine, and, in the "prologue," Peggy
Ann Garner and a really youthful Elizabeth Taylor. In
smaller roles, lots of Mercury Theater people -- Agnes
Moorehead, etc. The production credits were truly amazing
-- adapted by Aldous Huxley (!), John Houseman and Robert
Stevenson, directed by Robert Stevenson.
-- who's Robert Stevenson? Was this a pseudonym for
Welles? I mean, the film started out *great*, with lots
of deep shadows and huge sets and long takes that seemed
reminiscent of "Citizen Kane" and "The
Magnificent Ambersons," and I was really getting
psyched -- but then it shifted to the "adult"
Jane, and the film turned very ordinary. Big close-ups
of everyone, soft filter on Joan, laughable "swarthy"
make-up on Welles, and a real over-the-top performance
by him. It seemed as though this part of the film wasn't
even related to the first, or maybe it was just directed
by someone else.
you familiar with this film, and what might explain
the shift from "edgy/mysterious" to "Hollywood
standard"? What happened to Welles after "Ambersons,"
anyway (both artistically and career-wise?
in any case, I hope that you are *not* indeed feeling
"breakdown-y," and that in fact you're fine
and productive. I am currently using your ordeal with
"If I Had A Hammer" as an illustration to
my friends and family of how the film business can ignore
really interesting, high-quality films just because
there's a female lead, or because the film's about "feelings
and ideas," rather than "crap blowing up after
high-speed chases with 'cool' insane people" (I
just saw "Swordfish," that has to be the worst
film ever made -- but, then again, I haven't seen "Evolution".
take care, keep up the good fight,
to hear from you as always. That version of "Jane
Eyre" is mainly listed as 1944, although I've got
it as 1943 also. The director, Robert Louis Stevenson,
was a real guy from England that ended up directing
many Disney films into his late 70s, like "Darby
O'Gill and the Little People" and "The Love
Bug." Why the film starts off as well as it does
may just be from Welles' presence, but it certainly
does fall flat when Joan Fontaine takes over. I think
it's my favorite Elizabeth Taylor performance; she really
was an exquisite child.
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 5:25 PM
Subject: Questions, Looking for Answers....
My name is Rance D. Reed and I am attending Eastern
Washington University. I am double majoring in Business
Law and Mass Communications. My dream job is to be a
Film Director, Producer, and Recording Producer (music).
The reason I am writing you today is becasue I have
been writing screen plays since I was very young. I
am twenty years old now and I have a few I would like
for somone who is the in the business or film making
that is doing good in film making to read them. My question
is how hard is it to get someone to read my screen play
or they might call it a story that would be able to
be turned into a movie. I have a wild imagination and
some of the screenplays are wild and might never not
face reality, but I also have touched issues like single
parents homes, school shootings, teens being different,
ambious young people, changing times, and the underworld
I have never directed a movie and I wouldnt know the
first step to directing a movie, but I just want someone
to point me into the right direction on where I need
to go from here to help me with my dream.
for your time,
I'll be your first real contact with Hollywood. No,
I don't want to read your script. If you want anyone
else to read it, you better get your butt out here and
attempt to convince somebody. Remember, there's only
about a million people running around with scripts.
you need a Sidney Poitier double I look exactly like
him without the extra price tag. Please contact me at
the above e-mail address.
I have no use at this time for a Sidney Poitier double,
but I'll post
this in case someone else does.
know someone who very possibly may be using your artwork
and that of FXM INC and selling it without your permission
you have FXM's contact information? If so, could you
email me with it? I'd like to warn FXM that they are
using his material.
don't know who or what FXM is, although one of the intrepid
webmasters here might. As to taking artwork from Beckerfilms
and selling it on eBay, I can't imagine what that would
be? I know that photo of me must be worth a lot.
who did a couple paintings bought by FXM, would like
you to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
was at the Beverly Hills event last night and I thought
that the final of Xena was excellent. Rob did well and
it was just to bad that some folks don't get it and
have a life outside of this. It was an awesome 6 years
and Lucy,Rob,Renee and Steve and of course R.J. Stewart
were so wonderful to be there and take the time to speak.
I don,t know if you where around but the best to all
and to the future. Thanks for all your time on this
site and please take care.
asked me to go, but, being in the middle of a nervous
breakdown, I declined. I'm kidding. Really.
have to confess that I actually paid to see Evolution
last weekend. The David Duchovny alien movie. And it
was so so so very awful. Reitman is all washed up. No
of these folks mentioned films or Tv that are really
bad but they actually become guilty pleasures. mine
is the Renny Harlin movie, Deep Blue Sea. When Samuel
L Jackson makes that speech about sticking together
as a team and then the shark jumps up and eats him is
a guaranteed laugh. Not sure if it supposed to be a
comedy but somehow it is so sick and stupid that it
all have that one undefendable awful movie or show that
we like. I know an otherwise reasonable and intelligent
man who watched Married with Children...and laughed.
washed up? The man that made "Junior"? Come
on. I can't even sit anywhere through "Deep Blue
Sea" to even comment. I watched Soderberg's "The
Limey" last night and that was meaningless drivel.
My most recent favorite guilty pleasure is "Point
Break" and it's not very recent. Here's one that
was just crap, but I didn't mind sitting through it
because the girls are babes is "Where the Heart
is" with Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd.
suppose since you've been so kind as to make yourself
available to your audience online, it only makes a kind
of twisted sense that you're being made to suffer the
slings and arrows of...no, wait...the steaming piles
of gorilla shit being haphazardly flung at you by disgruntled
fanatics. That they're now trying to assign blame for
some senseless deaths to you, to your buddy Rob, or
to anyone else besides the poor sick people who killed
themselves is nothing short of stunning. I know you're
a fully-grown curmudgeon who is capable of defending
himself, but it makes me uncomfortable that you're being
treated this way.
guess it all goes back to the distinction between fans
and fanatics, which Dick alluded to earlier. It's really
unfortunate that an unbalanced (and vocal) minority
could taint the perception of the show's entire audience.
And these people are definitely in the minority. I assure
you, most Xena fans are not psychotic, man-hating computer
nerds who spend their days hunched over their laptops
in dank, unabomber-style shacks while reading fanfiction
and obsessively collecting autographed bronzings of
Lucy's eyebrow hair on E-bay. The vast majority of fans
consider Xena a campy guilty pleasure, not a reason
for living (or dying, for that matter).
like "Soul Possession." Some people got wound
up over specifics and completely missed the fun. Most
people saw the continuity errors and just laughed, because
it's symbolic of the slapdash scrappiness inherent to
the show. As for plot discrepancies, well, shit. I thought
SP was supposed to be convoluted, rather like a parody
of some of the earlier episodes with their gaping plot
holes and questionable logic. You know, high comedy
amid the one-liners and slapstick. Of course, I could
be completely wrong, and it wouldn't matter a bit to
me, because that was how I perceived it. One of the
cool things about Xena is that it always works on multiple
levels, whether the creators intended it to or not.
was a bold, scrappy little show that was as inventive
as it was erratic. I'll probably miss it, but it was
time for it to go. I'm not sure I'll like the finale
(which looks like a rehash of better episodes in which
Xena went to China to settle a debt of honor), but what
the fuck does that matter? It's just a TV show. The
point (and I do have one somewhere amid the rambling)
is that most people who have seen your work don't feel
the way these few unstable people do. I don't know if
that matters to you at all, but I felt like it would
be nice to provide an antidote to all the unfocused
negativity coming from the Xenites. Most fans really
liked your comedies, and were delighted to see that
you were reuniting with Lucy, Renee, and Ted one last
time before the show ended. They just didn't write you.
of which reminds me that the end of "Seinfeld"
really sucked! And, personally, I blame you, Josh. Kidding,
kidding. Now that I'm done rambling about fanatics,
I'd like to thank you for your comedy recommendations.
I'm a big fan of classic comedies, and yet I've only
seen one of the films you listed, the fabulous "Monkey
Business." I'm looking forward to hitting the video
store and working my way through the list. Speaking
of Howard Hawks (who is probably the best American director
who is not a household name), I just saw "Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes" today on AMC--pure, unadulterated
cheese. I loved it! (And Tommy Noonan reminded me a
lot of Ted Raimi for some reason.) Now, you don't seem
like the musical type, but do you have any favorites
in that genre you'd care to recommend? And speaking
of guilty pleasures, do you have any favorite movies
(or TV shows, for that matter) that you loved even though
you knew intellectually that you shouldn't like them?
Jason, I was really sorry to read about your daughter's
accident. On behalf of all non-psycho Xena fans (and
my boyfriend watches, too, so there are at least two
of us), tell her we hope she recovers soon and to "battle
love musicals. I'm the guy that was always shoving songs
into my Xena eps (Ted and I had a Sinatra parody in
SP that bit the dust). The best movie musical that most
people have never heard of is "Love Me Tonight"
with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette McDonald, with a
terrific score by Rogers and Hart (including the classic
song, "Isn't it Romantic"). I also love: "Gigi,"
"The Sound of Music," "West Side Story,"
"An American in Paris," "Cabaret."
Many of them. I also love the stage show of "My
Fair Lady," but I'm not crazy about the movie (why
shoot an entire expensive movie in 70mm all on a sound
think Mr. Marx was not too keen on the films himself,
"During our years in the movies we made fourteen
pictures. Two were far above average. Some of the others
were pretty good. Some were deplorable." --That's
a pretty fair self-evaluation.
for the nice chats, I'll be on vacation for awhile.
Aren't you due for one yourself??
fond farewell from noelle
but I kind of think that all the Marx Bros. movies stink.
For me, Harpo and Chico are basically unbrearable unless
they're playing their instruments. I personally will
take The Three Stooges any day.
Cynthia E. Jones
film "Stroszek," when watched by Joy Division's
lead singer, Ian Curtis, allegedly caused his suicide.
"The Deer Hunter" had idiots copying the famous
Russian Roulette sequence, remember? Even Disney had
a fun time re-editing the football drama "The Program,"
to remove a scene where boys lay down in the freeway
playing "chicken," because of moronic movie
is being sued by the parents of a 14-year-old boy who
was stupid enough to have his friend hit him with a
car at 40 mph because he saw Johnny Knoxville do it
on TV. Of course, Knoxville's car was only going 15
mph at the time, and he suffered extensive injuries.
Diana's death forced many a royal fanatic out their
high-rise windows. James Dean's car crash. And, lest
we forget, the Kurt Cobain "copycat" suicides.
do you have to do with this, now?
New York is fascinating, by the way. No traffic, no
smog, no Starbucks, no Gap...no Californians. I passed
by your "Vietnam" area (Michigan) on the way
here, briefly. But I was mostly in Ohio, which sucked.
Of course, I'm just basing it on the racist loser guy
I met there. I'm sure Michigan's much cooler.
all goes much further back than that. There were a number
of female suicides after Rudolph Valentino's death in
1926. I remember asking Dr. Ivan Raimi about the anti-depressant
Prozac and that a number of people taking it had committed
suicide. Ivan's response was, "Look who they're
giving it to." The people that kill themselves
over TV shows or movie stars are just waiting for their
reason, and it could just as easily be that dinner is
cold or mud got tracked across the floor.
did Rob and Lucy sit when they dropped by? I thought
you lived in a studio apartment with books and videos
stacked ceiling high? Wasn't that your apartment in
I tricked you. Yes, that is my apartment in RT, but
it's actually a one-bedroom that I made look like a
studio. We took almost everything I own and jammed it
into the bedroom so we could re-dress the apartment
to look different. So, to answer your question, Lucy
sat on the easy chair and Rob sat on the couch, both
of which can be found in the living room.
I am sorry Josh, but I just cannot stand seeing some
of the dumbass remarks without saying something. They
are coming out of the woodwork again. What is wrong
with some of these weird- ass Xenites?! I mean, some
of them are worse than Trekkies/Trekkers. That's right,
I think people whom take a tv show seriously like that...
cannot be taken serious.
kind of people kill themselves over a stupid tv show?
Suicide is a tragedy, period! But no one, but the person
who acts out the suicide is at fault. People off-ing
themselves over an insipid commercial tv program?! That
is just crazy talk.
Like its Rob's or anyone's fault involved with the show
that some fans... and I should use the full word here
of fanatics... took a an insipid show so serious that
they lost sight of reality, and killed themselves?
loved Hill Street Blues... I never missed an episode.
I was sad when it was cancelled. I moved on. There was
a HUGE following for Newhart. I didn't see any fans
off-ing themselves when that show ended in a way that
the fans didn't like. Nor St. Elsewhere, either. Both
programs ended with fans disappointed. What about Seinfeld.
Fans wrote in tons of letters about disliking the series
ending, that it was weak. But, I don't recall reports
of suicides. This supports what I have said all along...
many fans of Xena are emotionally unstable and have
a poor sense of reality. And the ones I have dealt with
were nuttier than squirrel turds.
know that you can handle the crap from these nuts, Josh.
But, I still feel a need to jump in and really state
just how weird the stuff they say is. That it's not
just the bulk of your readers' imaginations. These people
are just plain loopy.
takes all kinds.
are you? Thanks in advance for letting me post my true
the hell do you "xena" fans post your crap
about every little thing that doesn't go your way. The
decision was made, the script written, and the episode
filmed as planned.
do you get off putting Josh in the middle. So he read
the script and was happy with it. Everybody is entitled
to their opinions. Like, Josh said it's just a t.v.
show. And all you fans that didn't get your happy ending.
"GROW UP"...LEAVE JOSH ALONE.
what if Rob knows what you guys are saying or how many
stupid people are killing themselves. geez, over a show.
common, my daughter was struck by a car recently and
almost died. She is 11 years old and is a huge "xena"
fan. But she realizes how precious life is as she is
recovering from her injuries.
sorry Josh, I just got sick and tired of these rabid
xena fans hasseling you. And I agree with you that it
was only a t.v. show. nothing more, nothing less..thanks
for defending me, but I can take it.
E-mail: apple4pear @ aol.com
didn't know that. It must have been a hell of a good
of movie history, I'm reading Groucho and Me, Groucho's
autobiography. The writing is so sharp and funny, and
his insights about show business are still true. His
strange little touches really make the book. Like after
he uses the phrase "Pray tell" he explains
that he "cribbed that from Little Women."
It's hard to believe that he didn't actually write the
dialogue that made them all so famous in the movies.
whole Xena thing is way out of hand. I had no idea people
were sooooo into it. It kind of worries me that the
actors and producers actually meet these people in person
much prefer Groucho on "You Bet Your Life"
where he did come up with all the funny lines himself.
I have to say that I don't really care for any of the
Marx Bros. movies anymore.
That is one of the all time great SNL skits...I love
their use of the dummy for Mr Potter when they pull
him out of the wheelchair and just start heaving him
around the room.
Potter. That was Lionel Barrymore's name. And the script
for "It's a Wonderful Life" was based on a
**Yes, I speak to Rob. He and Lucy dropped by the
day before yesterday (seeing how the other half lives).
So, you say two people have committed suicide due to
Xena ending? I wonder how many people killed themselves
when "Gilligan's Island" ended? I know it
shook me up. Hey! I read the final Xena scripts and
I thought they were good and pretty clever. Then again,
Rob did direct these episodes, so maybe after seeing
what he did to them I'll want to commit suicide, too.
you still didn't say if you would pass on the news to
them that people have killed themselves, NOT just because
Xena ended, but rather HOW Rob ended it. Not to mention
threats against Rob and pure hatred by the shows most
die-hard fans towards both Rob and Lucy.
is truly a hated man, and many folks who looked up to
Lucy are looking down on her. Actually Renee is the
one who folks are praising and looking to at this point
and Lucy and Rob has lost the fans who respected them
will you pass the news to them(if they don't already
know). How will they respond to that; knowing some folks
killed themseves because of the story Rob wrote for
would just like Rob and Lucy to be told strait up about
the fan reaction; without the sugarcoating that the
talk shows will provide and see what they think; if
they have any regrets.
all due respect, who gives a shit what you think? I
read the script and I liked it. Other people don't like
it, so what? If they want to kill themselves over a
TV show then I say, do it. Quick. We certainly don't
need them in the gene pool.
wrote you a while back about being in school and doing
a project on budgetting any film we choose and i did
Thou Shalt Not Kill, Exept. It went well and i got an
A in the class but i think it was because i got the
teacher a cappucino on the way to get colored pencils
to highlight what was needed in the script. Anyways,
i just wanted to let you know that in response to the
question, "why aren't there more people like you
teaching filmschool classes?" i have to say, i'm
glad there aren't. I enjoy reading your reviews on crap
movies and you find a way to sum up everything i've
been fighting for in this school with my friends and
enemies since i've been here. So you are teaching. It's
just like anything else, in our culture people will
always love and buy into crap, but a few and very few
will see the light and one day be remembered for seeing
that light way before their time. So thanks for being
an inspiration to someone that does want to make films
and do so in a way that does not end up producing more
crap in our crap society. Keep doing what your doing
and have faith that someone is taking note of your work
and seeing the light.
what I'm saying here is getting through to one person,
then it's worth it. Movies can be great, and can also
reach the level of great art, but not under these circumstances.
We need an artistic revolution, where shit like "Pearl
Harbor" and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider"
are boycotted from day one.
was wondering what is instore for Lucy Lawless and Renee
O`Conner now that the Xena episodes are through....are
ther going to be any spin offs.
spin-offs. Xena was canceled due to lack of interest,
why do any spin-offs?
besides yourself is associated with Panoramic Pictures?
it's a huge organization, with offices in Los Angeles,
London, Rome and Berlin. Actually, the whole deal is
me. It's my company and it's a sole proprietorship.
curious if you still speak to Rob.
was over at the nutforum for Xena and apparently the
killed of Xena and it seems there are two reported suicides
from folks who were obviously suffering from depression
and the ending drove them over the edge.
you can pass the message along if it doesn;t come out
in the mainstream media first.
do you have any idea why he decided to kill Xena? sorry,
but from what I've seen, everybody is angry and Rob
seems to be the most hated man on the planet. For something
that was supposed to be his great baby; it's being met
with 2 thumbs down and a spur of hatred and already
2 reported deaths.
wondering if you knew any of his thinking here because
it seems as if he may have made a costly error of judgement.
I speak to Rob. He and Lucy dropped by the day before
yesterday (seeing how the other half lives). So, you
say two people have committed suicide due to Xena ending?
I wonder how many people killed themselves when "Gilligan's
Island" ended? I know it shook me up. Hey! I read
the final Xena scripts and I thought they were good
and pretty clever. Then again, Rob did direct these
episodes, so maybe after seeing what he did to them
I'll want to commit suicide, too.
photo of Ivan. I've never seen him either.
Interesting script, Happiest Guy...sort of Falling Down,
Lost Weekend, Glengarry Glen Ross, Its a Wonderful Life
all rolled up into one. I'm not sure I was sold on the
ending, seemed too tidy or maybe I'm just getting that
jaded. Although it does seem necessary after all the
depressing stuff that happens. If only Todd had found
a 99 cent store.
Thx for the new stuff you've been posting.
Later gater, Noelle.
am reminded of that brilliant "Saturday Night Live"
skit about the missing ending of "It's a Wonderful
Life," when everybody's coming to his house and
giving him money and somebody yells, "The old man's
got the money!" and they suddenly turn into a mob
and go after the Lionel Barrymore character. Jimmy Stewart
begins to beat him up, knocks him out of his wheelchair,
then turns to Donna Reed and says, "You want some