that biography certainly does raise some questions about
the general integrity of IMBD. Not to mention Dandy's
seemingly sordid movie career. Who's in charge of that
you had a chance to see Ted's video for Fonda?, I thought
it was pretty cool. Looks like he employed some of his
TV pilot techniques with the green screen background.
What's the difference between a green screen and a blue
screen? or is there one?
really isn't a difference. It depends on what your foreground
colors are. If someone is wearing a blue outfit, you
need to use a green screen. Lucy Lawless's eyes are
so blue that it was better to work with a green screen
or her eyes would pick up the composite. That's just
what happened with the cockatoo in "Citizen Kane."
is a reply to Ben who set up an EZ Board to talk about
shitty movies. Look buddy, I think you are on the wrong
track there. The reason I like to read Josh's critiques
of bad films is because he is a pro at film history
and is a filmmaker and so he gives a perspective that
most filmmakers are too afraid to voice. If I wanted
to know what the average Joe thought about a movie I
would ask my friends, family and coworkers. And another
thing, it is knuckleheads who pay good money to see
films they know are going to be garbage who keep the
cycle of shit going. The best thing you can do is stay
out of the theaters and rent very very selectively.
Sorry that was a rant.
is the place for that sort of rant. I love movies, but
I don't love bad movies. When I used to live in a small
bungalow in Hollywood with two other guys, and folks
like Quentin Tarantino and his producer Lawrence Bender,
were coming over all the time (not to see me, they were
buds with my former partner, Scott Spiegel), the subject
was ALWAYS bad movies. "You think that was bad,
this was MUCH worse." I finally got furious and
yelled at everybody, "Why don't you talk about
good movies, for Christ sake!" They of course ignored
me. What we're getting now are movies made by people
who love bad movies and have seen very few good ones.
It's pathetic, I think.
we're talking horror... You list 'Texas Chainsaw' in
your favorite movies, and I agree its a classic. So
how come you didn't (or did you?) dig 'Halloween'? The
characters are about as thin in this as they are in
'Chainsaw', and it seems almost as creepy. Cheers for
is an honest-to-God scary film, "Halloween"
seemed to me like a well-trained film student showing
off. I also think there's a lot more film technique
worth paying attention to in TCM, like when Marilyn
Burns is tied in the chair at the end of the table and
it keeps cutting closer and closer to her until we're
in the bloodshot part of her eye. The moment when the
first boy goes in the house, turns around and Leatherface
bashes him in the head with a mallet, his body begins
flopping spasmodically, then Leatherface slams the metal
door is seriously scary stuff. Long POV shots with a
mask on to me are not scary. I believe TCM, I do not
To the adorable Josh~
you sooo much for answering my questions so quickly!
You are so sweet! I had to write once more to ask and
SAY just a few more things though and I will never bug
off, I read some of the recent q&a and laughed my
ass off. Josh, you are too insanely funny! Anyway, to
those of you who continue to write and bitch, moan and
be complete assholes. Get a life! It shows that you
truly don't have one by taking up YOURS and everyone
else's precious time by saying such stupid things. And
the dumbest part of all is you keep saying you aren't
a Josh fan anymore and you want nothing to do with him
(yadayadayada) but you dumb fucks keep logging on and
writing back! STUPID!
last few questions:
What is a film residual? Do you get any (residuals)?
Is it like, a couple of bucks or a lot of cash?
think I read where you said you didn't care too much
for acting...will you act again, if the offer comes
along? How does it pay comparitively to directing?
you interested in seeing SPIDERMAN when it is released?
to anyone who tries to email me in reference to what
I said earlier about them-I am just an innocent little
blonde young woman who will kick your ass, if you dare!!:)
love actors, I just don't happen to be one. I become
very self-conscious in front of the camera and my eyesight
has diminished sufficiently so that I can't see the
marks I'm supposed to hit. Plus, I'm not trained. Acting,
like directing, is based on having studied and learned
what you're doing. Anyway, residuals are paid whenever
they broadcast a TV show I've directed. The first couple
of residual checks are quite large, like five or six
thousand dollars, but they drop fast and end up at about
two or three hundred dollars a showing, then stay there.
Although the residuals are part of the initial deal,
they always seem like a windfall when they arrive. Regarding
"Spiderman," I don't like movies based on
comic books. I particularly don't like super heroes.
However, if there's anyone out there that can handle
such a thing, it's Sam Raimi. He's not pandering, he
really loves comic books and has collected them his
whole life. I wish him all the very best with it even
if it's not my kind of film.
I ever contemplated taking my own life, it would not
be because I am unhappy with mine, but because I share
the Earth with such idiots. It's frightening how dumb
people are, and it's pathetic when they manifest it
while A) telling you they want to be a writer, or B)
when they're berating you or someone else for his or
her idiocy. I know that this is not an online English
class, but Yakut's remark begged for enlightenment.
You're response was totally appropriate, as far as mentality,
but that guy needs serious help.
are so stupid guy!! You aren't nobody to say nothing
about people who
loved xena for all these years. If you don't know us
don't sad nothing from
us because you are an stupid person and nothing will
change this. your Fims
are horrible and you are a wouldbe. I wish your film
future goes wrong for
you goofbye budy, I wish you everybad thing could happen
are you so stupid, guy? You aren't anybody to say things
who loved Xena for all these years. If you don't know
us, then don't say
anything about us, because you are an ignorant person
and nothing will
change this. Your films are horrible and you are a wannabe.
I hope your
film future goes wrong for you. Good-bye, Buddy. I wish
upon you every bad
thing that could happen!!
now that's a slam letter!
Josh, how do you feel about free-verse poetry? It seems
that with your movie opinions, free verse, which is
essentially ignoring every rule that defines poetry
for the sake of art or the artist's vision, would be
as bad as a filmmaker who does the same for the filmmaking
rules? Free-verse poetry, to me, can be effective as
commentary, but isn't very challenging, nor is most
of it fun to read. What do you think?
you so much for editing Yakut's letter, I feel much
better now. And you are correct, I'm not a fan a free
verse. The restrictions of poetry are what interest
me, like meter and rhyme. Without that, I think it's
nothing but brain spewage.
E-mail: upon request!
don't post here for weeks, and all of a sudden I'm writing
my third letter!
to hog the space, but I just came across this wacky
tidbit I KNOW people will want to talk about.
link claims you got married this year AND are expecting
a child this month!
Is this an error on the imdb site, or are you really
off the market?
Let me be the first fan here to congratulate you on
the nuptuals if it is true!
(hmmm...a little Josh Jr. running around with a camcorder,
smoking and reading a book...!)
that's certainly amusing. Does anyone know who Amber
Thompson is? I don't. I'm not even seeing anyone at
the moment. Maybe it was during that drunken weekend
in Las Vegas I don't remember.
the state of movies is at an all time low do you expect
it to ever resurge?
believe the greatest decade for movies was simply the
80's. Flicks such as Back to the Future, Raiders of
the Lost Ark, The Breakfast Club and Night of the Demons
are light years better than the majority of so-called
"classic" films made in the 30's-60's.
anyone planning to see Jeepers Creepers - DO NOT! Don't
believe the hype that it's in the vein of a 70's film.
It feels more like left-over puke from a bad early 90's
JOSH 4 PREZ
glad you like the films of the 1980s, I think they blow.
I don't give a crap about "Back to the Future"
or "Raiders." In fact, "Back to the Future"
offended me. It's this stupid white person's rationale
that black people couldn't have possibly come up with
some as influential as rock & roll. No white kid
taught Chuck Berry how to rock. Just like no little
weasel like Forrest Gump taught Elvis how to dance.
It's stupid. And "Raiders" is the beginning
of the completely brainless action movie where the characters
don't mean anything. It's nothing but a mish-mosh of
stolen elements, with a particularly paranoid ending
that I hated. And if you think "Raiders" and
"Future" are better than "Casablanca,"
"The Best Years of Our Lives" or "From
Here to Eternity," you need your head examined.
just brought up Paradise Lost because you were talking
about Heaven in movies and Paradise Lost is indirectly
related. I just started reading it myself. It's kind
of a fictional extrapolation on why the Devil got kicked
out of heaven. It slows me down a little bit because
it's all in prose, but it's pretty interesting. Milton
seems to be trying to justify Satan instead of attacking
him, characterizing him as a soldier who questioned
his CO, instead of a man who is trying to corrupt all
that is good. Don't worry, I'm not trying to lead everyone
who visits your site into Satanism, I'm just trying
to piss off all the Christians. (kidding) By the way,
I still like Kevin Smith's first movie Clerks, but I
went to see Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back last week
and it made me want to drive 1500 miles to New York
and mug him.
Thanks for your time,
sounds like an intelligent argument, maybe can lead
everybody to satanism. Just like I don't believe in
heaven, I don't believe in hell either. Hell is the
condition most of us put ourselves through while we're
alive. That's how I felt while I sat watching "Clerks,"
which seemed like it was made by a retarded high school
kid without any clue how films are made. Nothing in
that film interested me at all, including the sex talk,
and I finally walked out. Sitting on a hard cement step
waiting for my friends was far more preferable to sitting
through one more second of that inept film.
are you staying at Bruce's house? Have you moved to
back now, but I was up there hanging out with my buddy.
Is that so odd? I was also looking for a house, but
didn't find one.
have a few questions.
1) How did you guys ever find or come up with TIM QUILL
for TSNKE? What was he like to work with? Do you keep
2) Who actually pays YOU when you complete directing
on a tv show or film and how is an amount agreed on?
(Like for example-you know how Tom Cruis makes like,
25 Million per film?) - How do you "measure"
what you think you should make? And what do you think
about the fact that actors and directors, etc. make
that kind of cash?
so many questions!
the way, I am such a fan of Lunatics & loooved your
bit in MOSQUITO...you are such a cutie!
Director's Guild has a rate card for all the different
kinds of TV shows and films stating the minimums that
guild members can be paid. That's basically what people
work for, unless they're big shots, in which case they
get what they can negotiate. As for Tim Quill, we all
went to high school with him. I haven't heard from him
in years. The last time I saw him was on the set of
"Army of Darkness."
this is an odd one.
*somehow* got your mail.
only way I can think of is that the following is a spam-type
offer that someone paroosing your Q & A section
just sent to every e-mail shown there.
perhaps it was sent to me by mistakenly assuming I had
a website because of the web-album I shared with your
any rate, is there a specific security reason our e-mail
addys are shown?
Is it possible you could keep it "unshown"
(but still required for whatever reason you need it)
so that this kind of spamming doesn't happen?
I want to continue to participate but am a bit irritated
was what was sent to me:
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hate spam mail and I certainly had nothing to do with
this. I like having addresses just to know I'm dealing
with real people. But many people don't include them.
I don't know what to say.
I keep getting Viagra spam. (as if!)
you given up film reviews? surely you've seen SOMETHING
in the last few months, good or bad.
really haven't seen anything lately, I've been traveling.
I just got back from Oregon today. I didn't see one
movie while I was there, and it was just fine.
just came across your site by accident - and you are
incredible!!! I have read about 6 of your reviews and
observations are brilliant-please keep up the good work...
you. Your have the name of a film director.
are so stupid guy!! You aren't nobody to say nothing
about people who loved xena for all these years. If
you don't know us don't sad nothing from us because
you are an stupid person and nothing will change this.
your Fims are horrible and you are a wouldbe. I wish
your film future goes wrong for you goofbye budy, I
wish you everybad thing could happen to you!!
rubber, you're glue, anything you say bounces off me
and sticks to you.
am an 80's enthusiastic but I'm too young to remember
the decade. Recently, I learned about the ill-fated
Betamax VCR's. Do you know if they're better than VHS?
Does a Beta camcorder have anything to do with the Beta
used for broadcasting? And was Thou Shall Not Kill...Except
or Lunatics released on the beta video format? Thank
always said that Betamax was better than VHS, but I
BetaCam is yet a whole other thing, it's a professional
format and the tapes
are twice as big as VHS tapes. There's also Digital
Beta, which is the top
end right now. When your film is transfered from 35mm
it goes to Digital
Beta now, then to DVD.
are you dissing the horror genre? Many of those films
have intriguing stories. I admit Slashers, for the most
part, suck the big one (except INTRUDER, that is). Isn't
Dark of the Moon a horror, anyways?
a different note, did you ever see the Seventh Seal?
If so, did you like it? I did but I feel it's overrated.
wasn't dissing horror films, I was dissing slasher films.
And I have slightly recanted. But only slightly. Yes,
I saw "The Seventh Seal," and I always thought
it was OK in a rather obvious sort of way. I much prefer
later Bergman, like "Scenes From a Marriage"
and "Autumn Sonata."
am writing to inform you that you are the father of
my bastard child. What the hell? you ask? Well, it's
nice that we have your opinion that movies nowadays
suck and all, but how about we get something out of
the bad ones? I know you and Shirley are talking about
a message board, but I started one at http://pub95.ezboard.com/bthebeckerinstitute
so that your fans can talk about what went wrong with
today's new releases so that we can all become better
movie fans and screenwriters. Since you don't see most
of the movies, we who do can, using your essays and
teachings as a guideline, dissect these films for the
benefit of mankind. I saw "The Others" tonight,
and, with the seeds of knowledge that you have planted,
I have birthed unto the world the message board, because
I just had to talk about what I saw in the movie. I
know you won't see it, but I'm sure a lot of the fans
anyway, I'm nearly ruined of Hollywood films. I was
watching "The Others" and about four hours
into the movie (or so it seemed), my ass was on fire.
I was thinking, "This movie is pretty scary, but
I can barely sit through it." Yesteryear, I could
have considered the fear sufficient for a thriller,
but this time, I grew impatient since there was no structure.
Although, I must say, in this case my wait was, to me,
rewarded, because the end was totally surprising to
me, and I thought it was clever. I guess I'm not totally
broke yet. Incidentally, it seems that ever since "Scream"
and "The Sixth Sense," that all of the thriller
movies are trying for a big surprise ending. No more,
Here's Freddy, you have to kill him.
you say that you aren't interested in crappy stories?
Is it possible for a genre to be inherently bad? Can't
you have a slasher flick where the structure is good,
the dialogue is good, and the slashing is necessary
to the story? When you say, Slasher flicks all have
crappy stories, does that challenge you to write one
I think that's enough for now.
writing that answer, that's just what I thought about
afterward -- could there be a good slasher film? I "Henry:
Portrait of a Serial Killer," "M" and
"The Boston Strangler" are pretty good examples.
So it can be done, but it doesn't interest me very much.
A story about killing that I do like very much is "Unforgiven"
because I think it's realistically approaching the subject
within its story. Every time someone gets killed it's
absolutely awful, as it is and ought to be.
singer sucks, he ruined x-men, not that anyone thought
it would be any good, but there was no action. he freaked
out about how big a production he had because he knew
he was in over his head and the bottom line is he had
a Baldwin in one of his films. good riddance
very intentionally did not see "X-Men."
have some crappy news that will turn the stomachs of
all the Stooge fans out there. The Farrely Brothers
are set to write and produce maybe direct a modern day
Three Stooges movie, not a biographical thing like Mel
Gibson did, but a regular movie. So sorry Stooge fans
but the Farrelly brothers are about to sully the good
name of Stooge.
am reminded of the absolutely horrible cartoon from
many years ago, "Robo-Stooges," where the
Three Stooges, strangely with Curley Joe DeRita, were
like the Fantastic Four and could stretch their arms
and stuff. I'm sure this film will be remembered the
have two simple questions:
First, did the "Hollywood" sign ever actually
And secondly, have you ever read John Milton's "Paradise
the Hollywood sign did used to say Hollywoodland, which
was the housing development right below it financed
by Will Rogers. No, I haven't read "Paradise Lost."
Did you enjoy it?
minutes ago, I called myself a fan of yours. Now I'm
not sure anymore. I'll explain you why, if you wanna
listen. I'm from Spain, you can bet that's far from
where you come from. However, look how wonderful cinema
and specially TV are, that your work arrived to this
lands. Isn't it wonderful? Yeah, I think so. That's
why I study cinema. But now, my idea of harmony between
a creator and his/her audience has died, thanks to you.
At least, that's what you said, you have understimate
the minds of millions of people. Such a person doesn't
deserve my interest not even my respect: "What
the online Xena fans think of the show is of no meaning
or value to the making of the show. Writing long analysis
of plots, "fan fiction" and poems about the
characters of a TV show is a silly, stupid waste of
time, and the people that do such things are not worth
Tell you what, you're not worth listening to... You've
lost a fan. You don't mind? OK. Neither do I, but I
think you can't call yourself a director. In my classes
they tell us: first goes the person, then everything
Hope you can change that, just think about it.
stand by my words. Adios, amiga.
What do you think of writing and directing Horror Flicks,
whether being Slasher Flicks? Would you ever write one?
Did you ever think about writing one?
I never thought about it because I don't like films
with crappy stories.
thought this might be of interest to the movie geeks
out there and maybe yourself. It explains why alot of
good movies are still not out on DVD, because monkeys
are running these studios.
Bob Gale: "When Mr. Bronfman was running Universal,
he did a really dumb thing. He sold all the foreign
DVD rights of Universal's product to Columbia for a
three year window. He didn't believe in the DVD format.
So when Jaws is sold in France, Columbia makes the money.
Well, Universal has lost a ton of potential money on
this, so they decided to hold back the release of some
of their best stuff until that deal expires. I'm not
sure when that is, but it may be at the end of the year.
Once that happens, you can expect some high profile
They do dumber things than the rest of us could ever
E-mail: Hunky Ares@aol.com
you information, Josh, I have more braincells in my
little toe than you have in your whole body. Secondly,
none of my letters have been silly... all with a purpose.
But obviously I am too much of a burden here so I'll
YUP THIS IS THE LAST TIME YOU WILL HERE FROM ME, PROMISE!
I'M SO SORRY I WAS SO TIRING. ALL I CAN SAY IS I DID
ASK SENSIBLE QUESTIONS... AND THAT I WANT TO APOLOGISE
TO MY FANS... JUST BLAME JOSH... NOW, I WANT YOU TO
BE STRONG AND I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU, GUYS!
*** PLEASE PRINT THIS FOR MY FANS, LOVE U MUCH,
As Walt Disney said to Orson Welles, "This lot
ain't big enough for two geniuses."
favorite Stooge shorts are the ones when Larry steals
the scenes, "All the World's a Stooge" (Larry
passing himself off as a little girl), "Malice
in the Palace" (Everyone thinks Larry is butchering
a cat and dog for dinner). Obvious choices I know, but
these ones are evergreen.Thanks for the response to
the question about IndianSummer. I don't suppose you
could tell us why you got the heave-ho from Tamakwa?
lol. You can plead the fifth on that one.
Bye, you have the coolest website around--Mary
I like Larry Fine a lot, too. If you just watch him
in any scene, he's always funny. There's one where they're
fixing a flat tire and the jack gives out and comes
down on Moe's foot. Only Larry's hands are in frame
and he snaps his fingers wide out reacting to Moe's
predicament. Regarding my getting kicked out of camp,
once was for smoking cigarettes, once for smoking dope,
and once more was for refusing to particiapte in the
final, 3-day relay rally event called Color War. I was
Do you still shop around your screenplays, or are you
committed to make them yourself? And what about fund
raising? You say that you don't have a financier for
Cleveland, but do you have an ongoing bank account where
people can make donations? I'm sure it would take some
time, but don't you think you could get a nice chunk
of change that way?
appreciate your sentiments, but film finance doesn't
work that way. It's a business, and one must have appropriate
legal work to take money from people. I still do shop
my scripts around a bit, but I don't do pitch meetings
anymore. And I'm still out quite a bit of money on "Hammer"
to start planning the next film.
a long time fan of Thou Shalt not Kill I was readingabout
some of the actors on IMDB.com and I stumbled across
something that made me laugh. If you link onto Dandy's
name on the credits it lists the dog as having been
in another film in 1996, a hardcore porno film called
Herz-Lust. Apparantly there is a porn actor who goes
by that name, I wonder if they are aware that they are
sharing acting credits with a dog.
pretty funny. Dandy belonged to my older sister, but
has since died at a ripe old age. Dandy also played
Whiskey in the super-8 version starring Bruce Campbell
(who just walked out of the room--I'm staying at his
house right now) four years earlier, so she did have
two film credits before she made the porn film.
I'll strike you a deal Josh....the day I have about
50-100,000 dollars of disposable income I'll finance
Bruce would still be good for it in another 20 years
or so. (just need some hair dye ala Robert Vaughn)
I could do CS for 50 to 100 grand I'd have done it already.
There's too many miniatures, plate shots, and effects.
But thanks for the offer.
Cynthia E. Jones
Are you fond of Powell and Pressburger? I thought for
some reason that you were. Well, if you didn't like
"Stairway to Heaven" for its dogmatic principles,
did you like "The Red Shoes?" I loved it,
and Powell's "Peeping Tom," although it ruined
his career. It amazes me how daring directors can be
blacklisted by evolving their storytelling or changing
their subject matter. I would love to see Chris Columbus
direct a slasher flick, or have Wes Craven's "Pride
and Prejudice." Eh? Speilberg's porn...
Oh, well, it was just a thought. I can't wait to see
"Hammer." Of course, I'll have to...
do like Powell and Pressburger a lot, I just don't like
"Stairway to Heaven." I honestly don't like
any of those heaven movies, both versions of "Heaven
Can Wait" included, as well as "Here Comes
Mr. Jordan." I just don't like them, that's all.
But "Black Narcissus" by Powell and Pressburger
is one of my very favorites, and I like "The Red
Shoes" a lot, too. I also like "The 49th Parallel."
I really don't think they should have used that German
guy in the lead of "Peeping Tom," I think
it undermines the film. It's also a sluggish, old man's
movie. The same with "The Age of Consent."
I'd be perfectly happy to never see anything again by
Chris Columbus, Wes Craven or Spielberg.
caught the little gem "Mosquito" for the first
time and taped it this weekend off the Sci/Fi channel.
That was hilarious.
I couldn't resist the urge to screengrab you ("camper
Steve") for your fans here, http://photos.lycos.com/s.asp?r=9ftsh08f08447fn4oc7rpr1csc_254241
Let it be known that Josh Becker was the first to perform
on screen the "Ben Stiller--There's Something About
Mary / American Pie 2" act of catching your penis
in your zipper and the wonderfully awful moment of actually
taking a hit off your beer can **as you are running
to a screaming girlfriend** !!!
She is likely being horribly murdered but please, Josh,
by all means, finish your beer first, wouldn't want
you to be thirsty rescuing her.
Oh that was worth the price of admission, folks. I wanted
to know if you added that swig of beer yourself while
filming, or if you were directed to do that.
And now we come to the bribery portion of this letter.
If you want these pictures eliminated from the net,
please send one new Ted Raimi/Kevin Smith anecdote from
the set of Soul Poss. in a plain brown paper bag, and
p.s. I loved Shemp too, much more than Curly. Isn't
it said that Shemp is the thinking man's Stooge?
post the pictures, it's one of my best (and only) performances.
I believe all of my business, like drinking the beer,
zipping myself, and scratching my butt are all my doing.
Luckily for everybody, most of the scene in the tent
was cut. As to another anecdote about Kevin Smith and
Ted Raimi, in the scene where Joxer demands Ares's presence
in the pub and says, "Hey, blubber-butt,"
Ares appears and Joxer says, "I meant, buns of
steel," Kevin improvised in one take, "Why
are you talking about my ass?" But it wasn't used.
John Walters, a 15 year old fan, whatever nxt
E-mail: Hunky Ares@aol.com
Hi my lovelies,
its great to know you're all making guesses as to who
I am. Some rather intelligent, others a pile of monkey
ass shit! At the moment, I'm so many different people...
but you know what? I'm just PLAIN tired of nobody taking
me seriously... not here...but in life, in general.
Just because I'm not as old as some directors, doesn't
mean that I'm arrogant when I take control! Does it?
And Josh don't you ever call my emails uninteresting!
Now, finally thinking of something interesting to say...
um, right! Let's see! Josh, when you were a kid, did
you just want to be a film director OR did you want
to be a FAMOUS film director? And also do you feel pissed
off that the IMDB has a photo gallery for me and not
of you? And also I love myself very much! Bye bye bye!
have a good friend named John Walters, but I don't think
it's really him.
The John Walters I know is much too smart to write such
a long series of
silly letters. I grow fatigued by the whole thing.
currently reading Cassavetes on Cassavetes and I'm a-wonderin'
what you think of his movies (I think I recall you had
"Faces" on your favourites list).
What do you think of his approach to films in that they
shouldn't be intellectual but should be emotionally
Unfortunately I'm having no luck finding his movies
to rent anywhere around me so I'm wondering if they're
worth hunting down.
really admire how Cassavettes ran his career and what
he stood for. I
think that most of his films are rather difficult, although
I've enjoyed most
of them. I particularly like "Faces" and "A
Woman Under the Influence."
They're not the sort of films I want to make, but I
admire his vision and
I need to reply by thanking you for what advice you
gave me. It might of been a little but it did motivate
me more. I've went through research on the internet,
stuggling to find stories. And I did. I found a lot
of stories for a WWII script.
I haven't had a chance to reply sooner because I was
away for a little while, with no access to a computer.
I just got back the other day and after I read your
response, I went straight to the bookstore for WWII
books. I got a few that would help me to start a firm
Yesterday, I finished a treatment for the script that
I am going to write as soon as I can. A matter of fact,
I've written a few scenes already and I have possible
scenes mapped out. Settings, etc.
You have motivated me already and I am just wondering
what would you do if you were me and you have gotten
a treatment done or a real efficient idea for a script
done. Would you begin writing right away or are there
some more steps that you would do?
Thanks for you help again,
you feel like you have the whole story and understand
the characters and their motivations, go ahead and write
it. Remember, writing is really rewriting, so the sooner
it's written, the sooner you can rewrite it. Good luck,
I've been a huge fan for a whil although I've never
seen Lunatics or Running Time. I just love Thou Shalt
Not Kill....I must watch it at least 20 times a year.
I recently obtained a tape of various short films by
you, Sam, Scott and Bruce (as well as the host of others
you guys involved in your work). I find myself obsessivly
watching Cleveland Smith, Bounty Hunter and I was wondering
if you've thought of taking another stab at getting
the full length script produced?
We need more stupid Airplane-esque comedies out there
and after reading the full length script it's perfect.
In closing, I just want to say that I'm a huge fan of
Thou Shall Not Kill and I will be seeing Running Time
PS: Any plans of releasing Stryker's War (short film
version) in any format? I really want to see it.
glad you enjoy TSNKE. I hope you like RT. Write in after
you've seen it. Bruce and I would be more than happy
to do the feature verson of CSBH, but no one has offered
to finance it. Sorry, no plans for the super-8 "Stryker's
you got me there. If pretension is the main qualification
I will gladly swap in Star Wars: Phantom Menace or Dogma
in place of Night of the Lepus.
feel so influential. The power is going to my head.
didn't you like that one film about heaven where David
Niven (I think) is a WW2 pilot and mistakenly goes to
heaven early? I think its called 'A Matter of Life and
Death', though I could be wrong. Anyway, I reckon as
films on heaven go, its the best.
called "Stairway to Heaven" or "A Matter
of Life and Death," written and directed by Michael
Powell and Emric Pressburger, and no, I didn't like
that one either. I just think that whole Christian concept
of heaven with clouds and St. Peter is nonsense. Regarding
Muslim heaven, I've been thinking that irony for these
dumb Islamic asshole suicide bombers, who are told that
they will go to directly to heaven where 100 virgins
are waiting for them, is that it's the same 100 virgins
for all of them and they have to stay virgins, so you
can't touch them. Nobody said they could defile the
virgins. Plus, they can't jerk off. So they have to
run around for all of eternity with big woodies and
blue balls. Ha ha!
there. I looked around for you and here you are. I was
reading an article about "Running Time" at
the Couch Potato Critic site and the writer mentioned
that you had some stories about the making of Indian
Summer. I was wondering if you could share any of these
tales with your readers here, if not that's OK I understand.
didn't work on that film. I know Mike Binder, who wrote
and directed it. We were in the same cabin at Camp Tamakwa
a number of different years. I'd say the Bill Paxton
character is somewhat based on me, being the guy that
got kicked out of camp more than anyone else, then subsequently
moved to L.A. That's all I know about it.
" I basically don't give a damn about any movies
about heaven, they all seem stupid. I do like when the
Three Stooges go to heaven, though."
Yeah, but I bet you're still looking forward to seeing
a fountain pen that writes under whipped cream. "Things
are looking up, Uncle Mortimer!"
God you crack me up sometimes.
PS - if we haven't figured out "Hunky_Ares"
is not a famous director, but rather a 15-year old fan
boy by now, we are in major trouble.
was a very good Stooges short, I think. My favorite
is still "Hula La La" with Shemp, where they
go to a South Sea island to teach the natives to dance.
As to Hunky Ares, I haven't responded to his last several
inquiries since they're not very interesting.