for the BOTD diary... True, unabashed history..I just
returned from Morristown, TN - I've been working there
recently & found myself wondering about the old
cabin. Where was it? I would love to know. I'm going
back next week. Thanks,,
I don't know where we were in Morristown, that was 22
years ago. I do remember that there were trees all over
channel surfing the other night, I came across "Falling
Down". In the scene where Michael Douglas is confronted
by the pushy beggar in the park, I saw what looked like
a familiar tunnel in the background. Is that the same
tunnel Bruce Campbell staggered through in "Running
Time"? If so, please give me a brief L.A. geography
lesson on where it's located.
as long as I'm on the subject of Michael Douglas, what's
your opinion of his work as an actor and producer?
don't think it's the same location. I saw "Falling
Down" and nothing jumped out me like, "Hey,
that's the same location I used!" I'm sure there's
any number of those tunnels all over town. The one I
used is two blocks from where I presently sit here in
Santa Monica. Regarding Michael Douglas, I'm still totally
impressed he didn't fuck up "One flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest," which would have been so easy to
do. It looks great, the casting couldn't be better,
and the score is unique and wonderful. It's a great
film. I just saw him on "Inside the Actor's Studio"
and enjoyed his interview a lot. Most of his films don't
mean shit to me, but he was perfect as Gordon Gecko
in "Wall Street."
you feel film is dead? The current state of quality
films and movies has been drastically going downhill
for a long time now. Do you think the film industry
will eventually go to shit?
don't think it will go to shit; I think it already has.
But everything moves in cycles, and this too shall pass.
Cynthia E. Jones
too, liked the film "The Sixth Sense," and
went to see "Unbreakable" with much delight
and anticipation. I will be interested to hear what
you think. Personally, I'm appalled that it was only
Act I of a trilogy. In my humble opinion, M. Night Shyamalan
is suffering from the "sophomore slump," as
they say. While most of the film, say, until the last
twenty minutes or so, is excellent, the ending is horrible
and feels forced. It feels like a producer or someone
asked Mr. Shyamalan to change it. I don't know what
happened. I won't give anything more away to you...
but if you do love it, I'd love to know why. I was extremely
an entirely different topic, do you know anything about
"The Man Who Wasn't There?" I'm hearing nothing
but wonderful things. Have a great day.
know nothing, I see nothing. I did just see "October
Sky," which I thought was a nice film. Well-made,
knew what it was about, though not particularly surprising.
Still, not bad.
sound a little jittery about this book thing. Well who
wouldn't be? The following is from Richard Feynman's
1974 CalTech Commencement Address and it's my way of
wishing you luck on your book since he is a thousand
times more eloquent than me.
I wish to you--I have no more time, so I have just one
wish for you--the good luck to be somewhere where you
are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described,
and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain
your position in the organization, or financial support,
or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that
freedom. May I also give you one last bit of advice:
Never say that you'll give talk unless you know clearly
what you're going to talk about and more or less what
you're going to say."
a big Feynman fan, so I particularly thank you for the
quote. I even liked the Matthew Broderick film, "Infinity."
Did you see it?
book is all put together, under the title "Film:
The Lost Art," and it goes out to the same publisher
this week. Cross your fingers."
yeah, but cross your damn fingers. As I go back over
it I think that perhaps I just sound like a lunatic.
It's pretty fat, though, it feels like a book.
just wanna say i really enjoy your films and was wondering
which of your projects will you be working on next or
is coming out in the near future. P.S. if you have already
answered this and i some how did not find the info,
feel free to call me any explitive in the book for wasting
I really that scary? Jeez, I thought I was sort of a
nice guy. Fuck you! How dare you like my movies! Just
kidding. I'm trying to get my film "If I Had a
Hammer" to come out in some way, shape or form.
No luck as yet.
just wanted to let you know that I saw Running Time,
and enjoyed a lot. It is nice to see some good solid
storytelling in a film again, especially since the one
shot gimmick could have become a crutch for not bothering
to tell a good story.
been poking around your website, and since you liked
Apocalypse Now, I was wondering if your are looking
forward to "Apocalypse Now Redux" with any
sense of eagerness, trepidation, or indifference?
do you feel about filmmakers in general going back to
previous work and releasing "new, improved versions"?
(I know everybody's thinking of George Lucas here, but
I have more in mind guys like the Coen Bros., Michael
Mann, James Cameron, and the like.)
C, who still thinks its funny that the director's cut
of Tom Jones is is shorter than the original version.
was one of very few people that saw the very first inter-lock
screening of "Apocolypse Now" in Westwood
on its very first showing. It was nearly an hour longer
than it presently is, and every second that was cut
out deserved to be cut out. If it was up to me I would
have cut about 10-15 minutes more. That's the shit he's
putting back in. No thanks.
was just wondering if Renaissance Pictures has any upcoming
shows planned for television now that Xena, Herc, and
their other ones are gone.
BTW, That picture of you in the blue shirt is pretty
having nothing else at the moment that I know of, but
I'm sure Rob is scheming and dreaming. Thanks about
the blue shirt comment.
a world of bad movies, when you see a Hollywood film
that is surprisingly good like "The Sixth Sense,"
do you look forward to the filmmaker's follow-ups? I'm
a big M. Night Shaymalan fan, and I think "Unbreakable"
was even better than "Sixth." Did you see
it yet? The movie itself fits into the three-act structure,
as far as I can tell, but what's more interesting is
that the entire movie is intended to be just Act I of
a bigger story. They're planning a sequel to be Act
II and a third to be Act III. Just interested in your
thoughts on this guy.
liked "The Sixth Sense." After I saw it a
second time, however, I must say it's a film I never
need to see again. I haven't seen "Unbreakable"
yet, but I will.
Josh and other movie geeks.
book as a film?
No, I don't see that at all -- the book's not that long
just read it folks. I won't spoil the book for those
who haven't read it yet, but I think he anticipates
this sort of laziness -- he repeats himself during one
anecdote to catch the attention of those "skimming."
Well I'm glad I bought a first edition early, I had
no idea it was already onto that many printings. I was
so happy for him when he got to the LA Times and New
York Times Best Sellers lists!!!
happy for him, too. My book is all put together, under
the title "Film: The Lost Art," and it goes
out to the same publisher this week. Cross your fingers.
you tell me what i should do to get started directing.
Also 4 curiosity what is the funniest line flub that
Renee or Lucy has done and do either of them swear (curse)?
ps please dont show my e-mail address
a digital video camera and start directing. The more
things you shoot, then attempt to cut together, the
better. And watch as many movies as possible. Regarding
line flubs, I think all actors swear when they occur.
What's amusing working with Lucy is that she if she
goofs up she immediately turns back into a Kiwi, and
says things like, "Schite, mate." That rhymes
with "kite," BTW, and New Zealanders say it
when they mean "shit." The problem I kept
facing was that any actor working with Ted would tend
to get the giggles, particularly Lucy and Renee. In
that last ep I did, "Soul Possession," it
begins with Ted and Lucy on top of a cliff and they
got into a giggle-fest that went on for a while. In
"Kindred Spirits," with Ted shackled in the
amazon village, Ted and Renee got into a giggle thing
that was hysterical.
was wondering what you think of bruce campbell's new
book if chins could kill, and do you think it would
make a good movie?
have not read the published version yet. I read the
first draft and gave notes, but my good buddy, Bruce,
has not yet sent me a new, signed copy. Admittedly,
he's been a on a book-signing tour across America, but
I want my damn book (he says he saved a 1st edition
for me -- the book is on it's 4th printing already,
BTW). It doesn't sound like appropriate material for
a movie, but who knows?
Dr. Mr. Becker,
am currently reading some old Asimov stories and stumbled
across one that I had completely forgotten about called
"Time Pussy." An odd story with an equally
odd title. One interesting thing about it is the fact
that Asimov wrote it on the exact day that Pearl Harbor
was bombed and didn't write again for two months because
of all the turmoil. I don't know why but all that struck
me as very interesting but maybe it's just me.
enjoyed your Humans in Chains screenplay...Dr. Ivan?
Very cute. Maybe the heyday of the post-apocalytic film
has passed. Or Costner killed it with Postman and Waterworld.
hope your next film stars Ted Raimi again. He is one
maybe Spielberg is killing it now with "A. I."
I don't remember "Time Pussy," I'll have to
look it up and check it out. I'm sure I read it as a
kid, as I read all of Asimov's sci-fi between the ages
of 14 and 18. I was a big fan (although I never wrote
to him or anything).
held a gun to my head and I went to see "A.I."
Next time, I'll let 'em pull the trigger. It's a Kubrick-Spielberg
mutant movie baby and it's very creepy if you think
about the plot. Not that you would bother. I never believed
or cared about any of the characters. The whole thing
left me a little cold, frankly. Yes, Kubrick was a film
genius, but I think the guy was more than a little greedy.
Otherwise, why would he have wanted a hit so badly that
he asked Spielberg to direct "A.I. to begin with?
I doubt "A.I." would make Kubrick roll over
in his grave, however. He was thoroughly buried by "Eyes
progress on "If I Had a Hammer"?
I." wasn't good? I'm so surprised. I'm telling
you, the one and only really good Spielberg film is
"Jaws," mainly because it wasn't a Spielberg
film, it was a Zanuck/Brown film. Kubrick's last good
film was "A Clockwork Orange" in 1970. Between
Spielberg and Kubrick, neither one made a good film
in past 25 years. But I guess hope springs eternal.
still trying to get this film rep in NY to handle "Hammer."
His assistant liked it. It's better than a sharp stick
in the eye.
stayed up until 2 p.m. last night watching for the first
time The Godfather and The Godfather II back to back.
I would like your thoughts on two things:
took particular notice of, in the first film, of the
infants/children crying quite loudly in the scenes with
"family". Now maybe its just my disdain for
cranky children but I interpreted this detail as intentional,
symbolically representing "innocence" crying
out. It just seemed so prominent in the audio.
taking into account the two films together, what would
you say is the point?
Is it to tell a tale of IRONY, that through the criminality
of "the business", Micheal Corleone has slip
through his fingers (despite himself) "the family"
--both the closest crime family members and his actual
family, his brothers, father, mother, two wives and
is left with a mute son and the memory of an aborted
son (and a daughter).
Any comment on this?
understanding is it was for charity in London!)
think you get the point. As you do everything within
your means to guard your family, you end up destroying
it. I think the babies all over the place in "The
Godfather" is to reinforce the family concept.
As I was thinking last night, I honestly don't think
there has been a film released since "The Godfather
Part Two" in 1974 that's anywhere near as sophisticated,
well-made and well-acted. Nothing comes close.
kind of advice would you give to a young writer/director
doing her first big screenplay?
my six "Structure" essays. As William Goldman
says, "tattoo the
information behind your eyelids."
Angela L. Wheaton
Thanks again for donating an autographed photo for my
charity auction! Due to computer problems, I haven't
been able to have the charity auction online until now.
If you'd like to check it out, it's at: http://alwheaties.com/Auction.html
Charity auction will run from July 2-August 3. I truly
appreciate your participation! :)
pleasure. I hope it all works out great.
Dialogue: "Hello, ladies and gentlemen. This is
Mrs. Norman Maine"
picture is this from, Can't be a Star Is Born as that
dialogue was "Hello Everybody" Can you help
believe you're referring to the 1937 version of "A
Star is Born" with Frederic March and Janet Gaynor.
liked the movie. I thought it was cool. I didn't look
for some great epic movie. I just wanted to see a cool
you failed to include the subject of your letter, I'm
not sure what you're talking about. However, since you
are saying you liked something that I didn't, I'll guess
it's "Pearl Harbor." And if you liked it,
God bless you.
Cynthia E. Jones
didn't mean to suggest that Jack Lemmon was the only
reason I love "The Apartment." The screenplay
by I.A.L. Diamond, the direction by Billy Wilder, the
cinematography (thank god it's available letterboxed),
Shirley MacLaine (who I like from time to time, but
love in this movie), Walston, MacMurray, hell. I even
love the woman who plays the secretary..."I'd like
"Pink Flamingoes" again, did you hear about
what Divine did after the final dog-poo eating scene?
She rushed to the hospital, convinced that eating poo
would have killed her. She hated doing it. John had
convinced her to, much to her disgust, but "anything
for cinema!" Luckily, she survived. He. Whatever.
all right. I love the scene in "The Apartment"
where Lemmon is at the bar, wearing his new bowler hat,
getting plastered and the woman is shooting straw wrappers
at him. She finally sits down beside him and asks, "What
do you think about Castro?" Lemmon takes her to
his apartment, she goes into the kitchen to make drinks
and he spots the unconscious Shirley MacLaine in his
bedroom, just as the woman from the bar says, "You
ought to get a new refrigerator," Lemmon goes running
out the door and she says, "I didn't mean right
Cynthia E. Jones
happy to see that you're a John Waters fan, or at least
a "Pink Flamingos" fan. "Female Trouble"
is the best. Edith Massey in bondage gear...it doesn't
get any better than her. I agree with you that Waters'
films have since gone downhill; I shudder to think what
newcomers to Waters thought of "Cecil B. DeMented,"
which barely passed for cinema at all, despite the Otto
speaking from my brief Baltimore experience, I can say,
no, everyone in Baltimore isn't like that.
of curiosity, how do you feel about Gus Van Sant? Try
to forget the "Psycho" remake, I'm talking
"Drugstore Cowboy," "My Own Private Idaho,"
and "To Die For."
I'm upset about Jack Lemmon's death. I was hoping to
someday meet him. "The Apartment" is one of
my all-time favorite movies. It never fails to cheer
me up when I'm down. Mostly because of Jack.
careful about "The Apartment." Jack lemmon
is great, but so everything else. I think it's Shirley
MacLaine's best film, too. The script and direction
couldn't be better, and the same with Fred MacMurray
and Ray Walston. I love that film. I really like "Drugstore
Cowboy," but I can easily live without everything
else Mr. Van Zandt has done. Meanwhile, after answering
that earlier John Waters inquiry, I thought of the scene
where the postman arrives at Divine's trailer and says,
"Package for Divine." Divine opens the door
looking flabbergasted and says, "A Package? We
don't even have a fucking address." She opens the
box and it's a turd. She begins lamenting, "Who?
Who would send me a turd?" and Edie chimes in from
her crib, "I'm sure it wasn't the Egg Man."
Divine sighs wearily and says, "Oh, I'm sure it
wasn't the Egg Man, either, mother. But who? Who would
send a turd?"
there. JUst dropping by to say I liked your last two
screenplays you put up. The Dr. Seuss collection in
Jessica's room immediately put me in mind of Hank's
apartment in Lunatics. And oddly I was also reminded
of Member of the Wedding when Jonathan punches Raggedy
Andy in the face, like John Henry does to Belle. (now
i sound like a game of six degrees of separation.)
may well have been my influence for that scene. I love
the fact that John Henry looks under the doll's skirt
first, then says, "I will name you Belle,"
then punches it in the face. Just BTW, this was Brandon
DeWilde's first film, before "Shane." He had
played John Henry on Broadway.
does one go about finding the agent for a particular
actor? Is there a directory somewhere or a compiled
list or something?
p.s. by the way, have you ever been to the alamo drafthouse
theater down here in austin? I know thats sort of a
wierd question, but it's a really cool hole-in-the-wall
theater that serves beer & pizza and plays a lot
of cult/art/off-the-beaten-path film fare. Bruce is
going to be there tonight hyping up his book... I think
he comes in once a year or so for the evildead-a-thon.
You should come sometime, since your scriptwriting seminar
down here was cancelled last year.
think you can just call the Screen Actor's Guild and
get agent info for actors. Bruce has told me of the
Alamo Drafthouse Theater and suggested that I show my
movies there. he likes the place and the people that
was scanning through your list of favorite movies to
compare the movies that you've reviewed to them. On
the list of movies you liked was "Pink Flamingos".
I personally enjoyed the movie, but I was curioius about
your reasons (being that the story is not the best).
What do you think of John Waters other films?
a fan of "Pink Flamingos" and "Female
Trouble," both of which I think are rather exceptional
in creating a self-contained world of bad taste (although
all of Baltimore may be like that, I don't know). I
don't really care for any of Waters' other films, which
really seem weak and tame in comparison. I actually
prefer "Female Trouble," but "Pink Flamingos"
made me laugh pretty hard. Zany comedies can get away
with a lot as long as they're funny.
Josh: Dear Josh,
actually have seen the original "Member of the
Wedding," although it was long ago. I wonder if
you saw the live TV version in 1982 with Pearl Bailey,
directed by your man Delbert Mann? I thought it was
well done, but basically a videotape of a stage play.
questions - for the Xena finale, do you know if Rob
was making any conscious nods either to Kurosawa's "Throne
of Blood" (which I love) or "A Chinese Ghost
Story" (which I've never seen, but I'm told has
some similarities) ?
also, I wonder if you have any reflections on the career
(and any impact or legacy) of Jack Lemmon?
doubt that Kurosawa was much of an influence on Rob,
but I know for a fact he's seen and likes "A Chinese
Ghost Story." Regarding the TV version of "Member,"
as I recall, Pearl Bailey was fine, it was the pudgy-faced
girl that stunk up the joint. And as for Jack Lemmon,
I thought he was great in "Mr. Roberts" and
"The Apartment." I thought he was darn good
in "Glengarry Glen Ross," too, as well as
many other things.
Full-Metal Jacket: The reasoning behind all of the movie
is that the war makes a big machine out of men. The
photographer is the guy who tries to stand outside the
machine, but becomes part of it when he kills the sniper.
So he joins in singing at the end with everyone else.
The only one who actually gets out is the guy who kills
not like I didn't understand it (I even read Gustav
Hasford's book "The Short-Timers" years before
seeing the movie), but let me restate my position --
I think FMJ falls flat on its dramatic face, and Matthew
Modine is a painfully weak choice for the lead part.
I also think it's a structural mess.
I may hijack your question to Cynthia about Member of
the Wedding. I think it's a good movie. I particularly
like the actress who plays Berenice the cook, the acting
is so natural and believable. It's always interesting
to see a film that comes out of a play (which of course
came out of a novel) and to see the story come out intact
after all that is wonderful. Harris plays a great angsty
girl. McCullers does a good job of providing Frankie's
mixed-up angsty perspective yet making her likeable,
while also showing us the bigger problems around her
like racism, but she has always been able to pull of
those strange balances.
I suppose I should comment since I was addressed directly...
My dear Blake, I think you must have fallen asleep at
some point and the Bodysnatchers got to you. You failed
to bring up any points that I found valid. And you are
mistaken when you say that there were no independant
reviews of AI at that time. There were quite a few including
a very lengthy one on ainc.com, various newpapers, etc.
I like you're latest title. Simple and to the point.
so glad someone else has seen "The Member of the
Wedding." Bernice was played by the great jazz/blues
singer Ethel Waters. I've seen the film so many times
I think I know every line in it. When John Henry asks
Bernice which eye she can see better out of, her real
eye or her glass eye? She says, "Oh, this glass
eye don't do me no seein' good at all." And then
John Henry asks, "Which eye is your mind's eye?"
have a few questions to ask. First I want to see AI
because it looks semi-interesting to me. It does however
seem to be foreshadowing a bad movie. Anyway Josh you
said that Clockwork was Kubericks last good movie, I
was wondering what you thought about Full Metal Jacket.
Another thing I was wondering was what you thought of
Episode One. Idon't know if you've been asked that or
not. Also, it's a ways off the subject, but I was wondering
what you though of Kevin Smith's film. Clerks, Chasing
Amy, Dogma? Thanks for your time.
think "Full Metal Jacket" is a pretty half-assed
movie. It's OK for the first half-hour of the basic
training sequence, but that goes on yet another unnecessary
half hour, then everything in Vietnam just seems bogus.
I didn't believe a word of it, and I was never sure
why I was following a photographer instead of a grunt.
The big finale with the girl sniper means nothing. Oh
my God, it's a girl. So what? She's shot a half dozen
guys by then. Regarding that other Kevin Smith, I think
he is clueless. "Clerks" and "Dogma"
are two of the worst films I've ever seen in my life,
clearly made by someone that's utterly inept at screenwriting
and film direction. As to "Episode One," I
don't know what that is.
what the hell.
in the world can anyone call anyone a sucker for wanting
to see a movie that nobody has seen, including you,
as far as what S. Kubrick did on "A.I.", look
Julie, it doesn't sound like you're much of a Kubrick
fan as it is... or maybe it should be "Mr Have
It His Way". Yes, it's now a Spielberg picture,
and I understand that it's probably miles away from
what it once was. But, I still want to see what Kubrick
was working on from the early 90's untill his death.
Apparently, you've reserved yourself from liking this
picture since it's conception as a film? How do you
know that he did any "damage" to the original
story? I suppose you're also one of the people that
went psycho over what Kubrick did to "The Shining"?
Kubrick made movies. Who cares what happens to a book
or short story when made into a picture...It's a completely
a science fiction story with certain fairy tale overtones
sounds interesting to me...But, I guess I'd be a sucker
for thinking that.
enough of this shit. Back to normal Becker questions?
a good one, everybody.
read and enjoyed Stephen King's book long before seeing
Kubrick's film, I'd say Kubrick pretty seriously fucked-up
King's book, then made a lousy film on top it (admittedly,
that TV thing was way worse). When I originally saw
the film, I was fairly certain that Kubrick had screwed-up
King's book just for the sake of messing with it, to
prove that he had the power, not King. That's why King
had it remade. I will restate my position which I stated
in my review of "Eyes Wide Shut" -- Stanley
Kubrick's career was over after "A Clockwork Orange"
in 1970. Everything he did after that was junk, and
I have no doubt that "A.I." continues the
comments about Asimov were very enlightening. I hadn't
known that there *was* a book from which "Bicentennial
Man" came. That's movies for you, always "changing
history" -- just think of all the extremely crappy
period films lately ("Patriot," "Knight's
Tale," etc.) -- and messing around with the source
material so much that you can barely recognize it any
more. If Data *did* come from the ideas of Asimov (and
I've heard that before), then it would make sense that,
oddly, "Bicentennial Man" was a return to
Asimov, since the movie certainly seemed like (a really
sappy, sentimental) version of Data to me.
I've just never read Asimov, even though of course I
know he was a great influence, etc. Which of his many,
many books would you recommend to a (gulp!) virgin reader
I like the "Film: The Lost Art" title. Simple,
but intriguing -- "hey, what do you mean, 'lost'?"
"It's the 'art' part that's lost, stupid -- buy
the book and you'll see!"
you want to know about Asimov's robot stories, the first
collection is, "I, Robot." However, as first
book I would recommend "Nightfall," which
is just a good short story collection.
love this discussion about a title for a book of your
essays! (And, to paraphrase "Robocop," I'd
certainly pay a buck for *that*!) It has to include
your structure essays, of course, because they will
establish the whole premise of "why your movie
sucks" and "why I hate your movie" (both
titles I liked). I seem to like the idea of a subtitle,
such as "The Decline of the Auteur and the Rise
of the Suits," or "Suffering through Films
in a Post-Logical Age," or "Why Car Chases
and Explosions are Not an Adequate Substitute for Plot
and Character." Oops, a bit wordy. . . oh, well.
also have to dispute one more of the Xena posters ("Samantha,"
I think). She contends Xena *didn't* go out in "a
blaze of glory"?!? The character single-handedly
fought three armies of Samurai warriors -- if that's
not "glory," for heaven's sake, what *is*?!
And, guess what, our friends and loved ones die before
us, and we must go on -- it's sad, but that's literally
*life*! Besides, I thought it was great that the producers
and writers found a way to bring full circle two ongoing
threads of the series: one, that Xena could never find
for herself a sense of "redemption" for all
the suffering she inflicted, and, two, that Gabrielle
wanted to become a strong warrior like Xena (and, I
guess, continue her writing as a side-project?). The
concluding episodes gave both of these subplots closure:
Xena chose the ultimate self-sacrifice to redeem others
and thus redeem herself, and Gabrielle took on all the
warrior characteristics of Xena without the burden of
a history of wanton killing of innocents. *Pretty damn
good wrap-up,* if you ask me.
anyway. I also fear the worst from "A.I."
Looks totally Spielberg-hokey-fied to me. In fact, it
looks like a remake of the execrable "Bicentennial
Man." Which, in turn, is a rip-off of Data in "Star
Trek Next Generation," but now I digress.
a groovy day,
an old Isaac Asimov fan I must take exception to your
final comment. The book "The Bicentential Man"
came out in 1975, long, long before there was a "Star
Trek, The Next Generation." Also, everything that
Data is comes from Asimov's robot stories. Data is an
here's one I'm seriously thinking about: "Film:
The Lost Art."
Cynthia E. Jones
living five miles away from Dryden, a creepy town in
upstate New York where apparently some guy killed two
cheerleaders recently. There is an incredibly high domestic
violence rate around here. Good movies are the only
you could recommend some Desert Island VHS films (preferably
1:33 to 1 aspect ratio) from the 30s and 40s I would
be very appreciative. I tried to watch "Executive
Suite" last night but it didn't do anything for
me. William Holden, Shelley Winters, Barbara Stanwyck...it
felt like an all-star excuse for a film to me. Any thoughts?
for hating Speilberg,
have my list of favorite films here and I stand behind
it. I'm sure there are at least a hundred films you
haven't seen on the list that are very much worth seeing.
Here's a film I love to death that not everybody likes,
"The Member of the Wedding" (1953) with Julie
Harris, Ethel Waters and Brandon DeWilde, directed by
the great Fred Zinnemann. If you see it, let me know
what you think.
trying to pin this film on Kubrick is sad. The guy's
dead leave him out of this. Yes he worked on it for
awhile. He pissed of the author of "Supertoys Last
All Summer Long" by turning it into Pinnochio,
which the author said was silly because he would never
rewrite a fairy tale. But Mr. Have It My Way insisted.
That's the extent of the damage done by Kubrick. Speilberg
screwed this one up all by himself and his insistence
that Kubrick's spirit was "with him all during
the making of the film" is cowardly.
I got that off my chest. Feeling better now, really.
who spends a dime on this flick is a sucker.
on! You go, girlfriend.
won't go to see "A.I." but you went to watch
"Perl Harbor"...I don't understand. Isn't
it worth viewing just to see not only what Spielberg
has done, but also to gain some sort of an impression
of what Kubrick was working on for all those years?
once said you would like to see Orson Welles' last (unreleased\unfinished)
film "The Other Side Of The Wind" just to
see it, even though you felt it wouldn't be any good...Doesn't
this fall into the same type of situation?
how can you give Bay a chance over Spielberg? Spielberg,
after all has made a good many more great films than
Bay...Bay has done three movies that are all absolutely
corrupt and boring. Where's the reasoning?
a good one.
reasoning is simple -- Sam Raimi called me the day after
he wrapped "Spiderman" and asked if I wanted
to see PH with him. This was so utterly unexpected --
I think the last film Sam and I saw together was "Robocop
2" (his selection again) in 1990 -- that I had
to take him up on it. Left to my own accord I never
would have seen it. Nevertheless, regarding your reasons
for seeing "A.I.", here are mine for not seeing
it: 1.) Spielberg's saccharine sentimentality creeps
me out far worse than Michael Bay's knuckleheaded stupidity,
2.) "Eyes Wide Shut" proves that Kubrick's
idea of a good story in his latter years was completely
bogus, and 3.) "A.I." looks to me like "E.T."
without the Carlo Rambaldi rubber suit.
definately think "The Last Good Picture Show: Can
Anyone Recall?" is the best proposed title for
your book so far. Hits the nail on the head.
have you been approached to write it, or just trying
to get interest? Are there any essays in it that aren't
on this web site?
you going to go see A.I.? I hope it's a good one. It
looks like it could be. I'm still waiting for a positive
review from J. Becker.
a good one.
looks good to you? You couldn't drag me kicking and
screaming to see it. All the essays and reviews are
I am working with are all posted on the site, and no,
no one approached me, this is my idea.
I was just wodering how many people did not like the
ending to Xena? Speeking from one fan who was a little
up set with the way it ended, Thought at least Gabby
would die with out her...It was not a blaze of glory
how xena died...I thought her and gabby would go together,
and die like true worriors....
guess you were wrong.