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Name: Noelle
E-mail: apple4pear@aol.com

Hey Josh,

Well 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 site anyway?

Have 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?

Dear Noelle:

There 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."

Josh

Name: fan x
E-mail:

Dear Josh:

This 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.

___Fan X___

Dear Fan X:

This 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.

Josh

Name: Danny Cork
E-mail:

Josh,

While 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 you're time,
Danny Cork

Dear Danny:

TCM 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 believe "Halloween."

Josh

Name: Stephanie
E-mail: stefsabigfanofkim@yahoo.com

To the adorable Josh~

Thank 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 you again:)

First 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!

My 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?

I 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?

Are you interested in seeing SPIDERMAN when it is released?

And 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!!:)

Stephanie

Dear Stephanie:

I 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.

Josh

Name: Ben
E-mail: ben@internetben.com

Dear Josh,

If 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.

His letter:
Name: Yakut
E-mail: Yakut@lycos.es

why 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!!

Edited:
Name: Yakut
E-mail: Yakut@lycos.es

Why are you so stupid, guy? You aren't anybody to say things about people
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!!

See, now that's a slam letter!

Hey 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?

Thanks.
Ben

Dear Ben:

Thank 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.

Josh

Name: Diana Hawkes
E-mail: upon request!

Dear Josh:

I don't post here for weeks, and all of a sudden I'm writing my third letter!

Sorry to hog the space, but I just came across this wacky tidbit I KNOW people will want to talk about.

This link claims you got married this year AND are expecting a child this month!

http://us.imdb.com/Bio?Becker,+Josh

SAY WHAT ?!
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, filming Daddy
smoking and reading a book...!)

Dear Diana:

Well, 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.

Josh

Name: Nathan Hull
E-mail: pkmy2@yahoo.com

Dear Josh:

Since the state of movies is at an all time low do you expect it to ever resurge?

I 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.

Also, 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 horror film.
JOSH 4 PREZ

Dear Nathan:

I'm 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.

Josh

Name: David
E-mail: david@dustdevil.com

Josh

I 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,
David

Dear David:

It 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.

Josh

Name: Unco
E-mail: yeahyeah@hotmail.com

Dear Josh:

Why are you staying at Bruce's house? Have you moved to Oregon already?

Dear Unco:

I'm 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.

Josh

Name: Stephanie
E-mail: stefsabigfanofkim@yahoo.com

Hi Josh~

I 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 in touch?
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?

Sorry so many questions!

Stephanie...by the way, I am such a fan of Lunatics & loooved your bit in MOSQUITO...you are such a cutie!

Dear Stephanie:

The 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."

Josh

Name: Diana Hawkes
E-mail: sdhawkes@penn.com

Dear Josh:

Well, this is an odd one.

I *somehow* got your mail.

The 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.

Or perhaps it was sent to me by mistakenly assuming I had a website because of the web-album I shared with your "Mosquito" pictures.

At 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?

Thanks, I want to continue to participate but am a bit irritated by solicitations!

This was what was sent to me:

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Dear Diana:

I 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.

Josh

 

Weird.
I keep getting Viagra spam. (as if!)

Shirley

Name: me
E-mail: grvtyman@hotmail.com

Dear Josh:

have you given up film reviews? surely you've seen SOMETHING in the last few months, good or bad.

Dear me:

I 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.

Josh

Name: Michael Mastrangelo
E-mail: mdm310sm@netscape.net

Dear Josh:

I 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...

Dear Michael:

Thank you. Your have the name of a film director.

Josh

Name: Yakut
E-mail: Yakut@lycos.es

why 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!!

Dear Yakut:

I'm rubber, you're glue, anything you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

Josh

Name: Remy
E-mail: lessthanzero@aol.com

Dear Josh:

I 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 you...Laterrr

Dear Remy:

People always said that Betamax was better than VHS, but I don't know.
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.

Josh

Name: Adam Aunt
E-mail: a66854@adamaunt.com

Dear Josh:

Why 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?

On a different note, did you ever see the Seventh Seal? If so, did you like it? I did but I feel it's overrated. Peace DUDE...

Dear Adam:

I 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."

Josh

Name: Ben
E-mail: ben@internetben.com

Dear Josh,

I 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 will.

So 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.

So 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 that doesn't?

Okay, I think that's enough for now.

Thanks.
Ben

Dear Ben:

After 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.

Josh

Name: dustin
E-mail: dustglas@hotmail.com

bryan 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

Dear Dustin:

I very intentionally did not see "X-Men."

Josh

Name: fan x
E-mail:

Hi all.

I 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.

Dear fan X:

I 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 same way.

Josh

Name: David
E-mail: david@dustdevil.com

Josh,

I have two simple questions:
First, did the "Hollywood" sign ever actually say "Hollywoodland"?
And secondly, have you ever read John Milton's "Paradise Lost"?

Thanks,
David

Dear David:

Yes, 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?

Josh

Name: Ellie Debyk
E-mail: elliedebyk@lycos.es

Dear Josh,

Two 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 listening to"
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 else.
Hope you can change that, just think about it.
Yours truly,
Ellie.

Dear Ellie:

I stand by my words. Adios, amiga.

Josh

Name: gameover70
E-mail: gameover70@hotmail.com

Dear Josh,

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?

Dear Gameover70:

No, I never thought about it because I don't like films with crappy stories.

Josh

Name: Robert Kaufman
E-mail:

Dear Josh:

I 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 library stuff."

Dear Robert:

Wow! They do dumber things than the rest of us could ever dream of.

Josh

Name:
E-mail: Hunky Ares@aol.com

For 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 leave!
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,
BRYAN SINGER

Dear Bryan:

Bye. As Walt Disney said to Orson Welles, "This lot ain't big enough for two geniuses."

Josh

Name: mary again
E-mail: adenine@aolcom

Dear Josh:

My 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

Dear Mary:

Thanks. 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 a rebel.

Josh

Name: Ben
E-mail: ben@internetben.com

Dear Josh,

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?

Thanks.
Ben

Dear Ben:

I 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.

Josh

Name: Noelle
E-mail: apple4pear@aol.com

Dear Josh:

As 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.

Dear Noelle:

That's 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.

Josh

Name: Kevin Mills
E-mail: thespythatshagsu@home.com

I'll strike you a deal Josh....the day I have about 50-100,000 dollars of disposable income I'll finance Cleveland Smith.

Bruce would still be good for it in another 20 years or so. (just need some hair dye ala Robert Vaughn)

---Kevin Mills

Dear Kevin:

If 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.

Josh

Name: Cynthia E. Jones
E-mail: cynthiaejones@hotmail.com

Dear Josh,

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...

cindy

Dear Cindy:

I 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.

Josh

Name: Diana Hawkes
E-mail: sdhawkes@penn.com

Well,

I caught the little gem "Mosquito" for the first time and taped it this weekend off the Sci/Fi channel.

Oh......my.......god.

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 Josh--no cops!

p.s. I loved Shemp too, much more than Curly. Isn't it said that Shemp is the thinking man's Stooge?

Dear Diana:

Hey, 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.

Josh

Name: John Walters, a 15 year old fan, whatever nxt
E-mail: Hunky Ares@aol.com

Hi my lovelies,

Listen 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!

Dear Hunky Ares:

I 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.

Josh

Name: Chopped Nuts
E-mail: danjfox@home.com

Dear Josh:

I'm 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 based?

Unfortunately I'm having no luck finding his movies to rent anywhere around me so I'm wondering if they're worth hunting down.

Dear Dan:

I 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
conviction.

Josh

Name: Ray-The Screenwriter!
E-mail: ray3259@excite.com

Dear Josh:

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 WWII script.

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,
Ray Rantuccio

Dear Ray:

If 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, G.I.

Josh

Name: Kevin Mills
E-mail: thespythatshagsu@home.com

Hey Josh,

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 soon.

--Kevin Mills

PS: Any plans of releasing Stryker's War (short film version) in any format? I really want to see it.

Dear Kevin:

I'm 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 War."

Josh

Name: fan x
E-mail:

Dear Josh:

Ok 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.

Dear Fan X:

I feel so influential. The power is going to my head.

Josh

Name: Danny Cork
E-mail:

Josh,

Hey 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.

Dan Cork

Dear Danny:

It's 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!

Josh

Name: Mary
E-mail: adenine@aol.com

Dear Josh:

Hey 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.

Love, Mary

Dear Mary:

I 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.

Josh

Name: August
E-mail: joxerfan@hotmail.com

Dear Josh:

" 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.

Regards,

"Mr. Heller"

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.

Dear August:

That 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.

Josh


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