read your Quentin Tarantino interview, that's funny
as hell. You said that you got in an argument with Quentin
and his girlfriend, what was the argument particularly
it was about "Die Hard" and John McTiernan,
which Quentin said was a great film and that McTiernan
was "the best director working," which I took
total exception to. Then it was about "The Fisher
King," which Quentin and his girlfriend at the
time were also purporting to be a great film, and I
didn't like it all. Nothing important, just movies.
I just heard the news about KEVIN SMITH. He will be
greatly missed. Wow life is to short. And we should
value every minute we have.
heart goes out to his wife Suzanne and his 3 sons.
was formulating a very simple premise for a script,
and as I thought about it, it has potential in many
genres. It could be a farce, an allegory, a romantic
comedy, and a thriller. I'm leaning toward romantic
comedy since it's one I haven't tried yet. But have
you ever had a general premise or an idea that could
go many different ways? What did you do?
specific is better than anything general. If your premise
is so non-specific that you think it will fit into anmy
genre, it's probably too general of an idea. Think more
specifically. Who is the lead character? Is it a cowboy,
a detective, a soldier? Who is it? That ought to help
lead you to your genre.
Michael Anthony Lee
have just heard that Kevin Smith has passed away. This
is a great loss and I was wondering if you could say
a few words about this great man.
an essay or something.
only worked with Kevin Smith once, on the very last
episode of "Xena" that I directed, "Soul
Possession." I had met him quite a few times before
that over the years and he was always friendly and pleasant
to me. When we finally worked together I found Kevin
to be a really terrific actor, loaded with energy, very
interested in all the scenes he was in, and always thinking
about how to improve his scenes. He continually came
up with absolutely wonderful improvised lines, several
of which made it into the show. For a guy that was ridiculously
handsome, he was also incredibly humble, sweet, and
kind -- an amazing combination I haven't run across
very often. In fact, Kevin was so wonderful to work
with that I called him before I left New Zealand to
tell him so. He said he'd never had a director do that
before. In this western movie idea Bruce Campbell and
I have been kicking around we were thinking of Kevin
for the other lead role. I never heard a negative or
unkind word spoken about Kevin Smith. He was an honest-to-God
terrific human being, as well as a fine, dedicated actor,
and he will be sadly missed. I'm glad I knew him.
just read that scientists in Texas have cloned a cat,
evidently in response to (I'm not joking) an enormous
demand for cloned pets. Where do you stand on the issue
of cloned pets?
there a shortage of cats I didn't hear about? It seems
to me that the Humane Society is overloaded with them,
why bother cloning them? BTW, what's red and white and
comes in a test tube? Bozo the Clone.
for your comment. I doubt I'll see CK again anytime
soon, but maybe, as far as the news reel, it was more
effective in the days when theatres showed news at the
I'd really like to hear your thoughts on comedy. I once
read a script and laughed two or three times out loud,
but the movie was very funny. Do you think that comedy
is harder to write?
is absolutely harder to write than drama. In a drama
if you know what the situation is you can just get people
talking and have a scene. In comedy you have to come
up with jokes and funny lines, which is a very specific
task that most people haven't got the slightest clue
how to do. And just because you think it's funny doesn't
mean anyone else will.
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hope you don't mind that I ask you this, but:
Has Ted Raimi or Bruce Campbell a girlfriend?
has a wife (his second) and grown children. Ted's single,
though. He generally has a girlfriend, but I don't know
about right now.
have you been doing lately? I just want to say that
I am a fan of your works and your beliefs involving
the film business. So, tell me, do you have anything
new that you are thinking about shooting? I am still
waiting to watch "If I Had A Hammer". From
what I heard, it sounds fascinating. I want to see it.
I will sooner or later. Josh, I am curious, why don't
you submit anything to festivals? Have you ever done
this? What is wrong with sending work to Sundance or
nothing wrong with it other than I've never gotten into
Sundance and I've submitted three different films. Whatever
it is they're looking for my films don't have -- I think
it's nonsensical artsy-fartsiness, combined with already
having a distribution deal, so I don't feel too bad.
In fact, I've never gotten into any major festival.
I have had films in many mid-level and minor festivals
and there are no deals to be gotten at those. People
seem to think that if you submit a film to a festival
you just get in. Not true.
you heard the news today that Kevin Smith(Ares) has
sustained serious head injuries whilst in China making
a new movie?It seems he was not injured on set but news
is very sporadic because of the Chinese New Year.Apparently
his family have flown to Beijing to be with him.
I knew. It's terrible. Kevin Smith is as nice and professional
of person as I've ever worked with. I wish him and his
family all the very best and I sincerely hope he fully
you think that people visualize comedy when they read
it? It seems like it would be hard to write comedy since
so much humor is the work of the actors (or, at least,
they enhance funny lines/situations), that a comedy
script wouldn't be as fun as the movie.
I went on another "old movie" stint just to
see what I could find in them, and, although no one
endorsed "Horse in a Grey Flannel Suit" on
this site, I'll still say it was boring. But "Citizen
Kane," however, is heavily endorsed and I found
it just as boring. Who was the main character that we
followed through the set-up, inciting moment, and the
climax? And most importantly, wasn't the ten-minute,
news reel exposition telling us that Kane was rich,
powerful, and eccentric just a bit over done? Isn't
good screenwriting concise screenwriting? Everything
they said could have been done in a LOT shorter time,
so why was that movie so good?
"The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" instead,
Disney films are for the birds. And if you don't get
"Citizen Kane," I'm not going to try and convince
you. I do have to say that since it's one of the most
beautifully photographed movies ever, if you didn't
see it in a theater then you didn't see it. The newsreel
isn't ten minutes long, either. Nor is it over done
-- it's just like a newsreel of the time. And had we
seen the film in the theater at the time, we may all
have been fooled into thinking it was an actual newsreel
-- as Welles intended -- since it goes directly into
the newsreel without titles in front of it and would
have come right after other actual newsreels. I also
don't understand your problem with the film being too
long, considering it's not even two hours. I don't hear
anyone bitching about the incredibly distended running
times of most recent movies, like "Magnolia"
or "Lord of the Rings," coming in at three
hours! I think you need to watch "Kane" again
and pay more attention this time.
you lament the end of the studio era & above all
the destruction of the MGM backlot?
don't lament the "destruction" of the MGM
backlot--when real estate prices skyrocketed in LA all
the studios dumped their backlots. I do lament the demise
of the studio system, though. Back then there was a
logical way to work your way up through the system,
and there also happened to be someone in charge that
actually took responsibility for the studio's product.
There's no out there now like Darryl Zancuck, Hal Wallis,
Sam Goldwyn, Irving Thalberg, or even Harry Cohen, people
that actually had taste in movies that could greenlight
pictures. That I do lament.
do you think about black comedies? Do you think that
they are worth writing? I have this idea for a black
comedy. Should I write it? Or are black comedies not
the thing to write these days? What do you think?
There's been too many of them lately? Nobody knows what
"the thing to write these days" is anyway.
Just write what you feel and then you've got a chance
of doing something good. If you write what you think
other people want, you're doomed from outset.
your distaste for the Oscars these days, I bet you were
nonetheless pleased to see Ngila Dickson nominated for
"Lord of the Rings." Did you have occasion
to work much with her, or were costumes pretty much
taken care of by the time you got to the set?
also noticed that one Grant Major was nominated for
Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, and I see he worked
on "Amazon Women." Any memories of him?
know Ngila and Grant, and I worked with both of them
quite a bit. Both of them are very nice, talented people
and a joy to work with. The way it worked on Xena was
that the director arrived in New Zealand two weeks before
they began shooting their episode so that they could
do all the prep work with the various departments, like
costume and art direction, as well as casting. I would
then meet with Ngila -- who does the best sketches of
any costume designer I've ever worked with -- right
away, then usually once or twice more, as well as all
the head of department meetings. I would meet with Grant
and the other art department folks many times before
we'd begin shooting. Grant wasn't the head of the department,
though, Rob Gillies was production designer. Once we
began shooting I wouldn't see any of those people again
until I came down for the next episode since they almost
never came out to the set. Lucy used to torture Nigla,
in a very friendly way mind you, by singing "Hava
Nagila" everytime she saw her.
was wondering what you thought of Roger Corman. He directed
the version of "Little Shop of Horrors" that
later inspired the musical, he's produced hundreds of
B movies, and in all the interviews I've seen him do,
he genuinely seems to like what he does. He also employed
Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Peter Bogdanovich
before their careers took off.
than the fact that he's an incredibly shitty filmmaker,
I guess he's okay. There isn't a single legitimately
good picture among all those hundreds of films he's
made. For a while there in the 70s he was releasing
top-quality foreign films, so he's got that going for
him. He's also good in his tiny part in the senate hearing
scenes of "The Godfather Part Two."
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ya know it. I post asking about the autograph, and it
comes in the mail that *same* afternoon.
So let's see, can I have a million dollars? heheh.
(You're life is WAY more than 6 photos, honey. I got
the flop sweats reading a passage in your Alaska Journal.
You're right, Julius is more blonde isn't he. I was
thinking more in terms of the tossled coiff. (I haven't
seen a recent shot of Rob.)
that 7 yr. old actress was more of a professional than
Tawny Katain in that regard now wasn't she!
"shipper" is a fan that enjoys and actively
rooted for the Xena/Ares dynamic once his character
was introduced on X:WP. As in "relationshipper".
We're a fun bunch.
glad you got the autograph.
have a passion for writing and directing. I am 14, and
I know this is my destiny. I don't know where to go
after High School to persue my driving destination.
I have some opportunities floating over my head at present,
yet if I take them, I won't have to go to college? I
don't know where I can get the education and 'requisites'
required for such jobs; please help.
requisites for being in the film business haven't got
a thing to do with college. No one in Hollywood cares
one iota whether you've gone to college or not. The
requisite is, do you have something they want? I'd say
start writing as much as you can now so that by the
time you're eighteen you know how to write a script
so you can come to Hollywood and duke it out with everyone
else. As a little note, just because you feel it's your
"destiny" doesn't mean you'll get it without
a lot of hard work.
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Toledo! You mean my name and all is popping up on Rob's
screen?...The big cheese himself?...oh crap...I feel
a case of the giggles comin' on...
a thousand things I'd ask you to pass on to him but
I'm drawing a blank in the haze of my ardor...I feel
know what, if you care to please let him know that a
great many Xena fans are relieved and happy he and Lucy's
current pregnancy is doing great. I saw Julius with
Lucy on her ET interview Monday, and he has hair just
saw you were slated for an interview at Whoosh! online.
I hope you reveal lots more fun shannagins esp. on the
set of Soul Poss. By the way, "If the Shoe Fits"
re-ran the other day, and we all had a nice long discussion
of it, and there was nothing but praise. We all kept
throwing in little comedic flairs we loved. I really
feel you were the Goldfinger of the comedy episodes
guess I have no question today! But please tell Rob
this "shipper" thinks he's terrific, sensational,
the bomb! Does he even know what a "shipper"
and P.S.-- Did you happen to get my autograph request
I sent to Shirley? It had a copy of your cats' pic at
the top. You raise some fiesty cats! Becker cats obviously
don't take any guff from man nor beast!
signed the picture and sent it off. It was an amusing
collage -- my life boiled down into six photos. What
do you mean Julius and Rob have the same hair? Rob's
hair is reddish brown and Julius is as blond as can
be. Of course, I was blond when I was little and it
turned brown eventually, so who knows? I don't know
what a "shipper" is, either. Wasn't that little
girl in "If the Shoe Fits . . ." terrific?
I thought so. She always knew her dialog and never blew
a line. Incredible for a seven-year-old.
Sam really wear a suit and tie on set like Hitchcock?
When did he start doing this?
Just curious, which one of his movies do you personally
like the best?
Sam does where a tie on the set, but not a jacket (except
possibly a crew jacket). He didn't do that on "Evil
Dead," so I guess he must have started on "Crimewave."
Personally, I like "Evil Dead" the best because
of its rawness.
really enjoy your website,with its thoughtful articles(and
essays)and heavily honest film reviews(I feel the same
way about the current state of Tinseltown movies as
you do,and I won't even ask you about your thoughts
on "Scream","Blair Witch Project","Titanic",
and "Star Wars(Episode 1):The Phantom Menace",since
your FAQ pages openly answers those for me),as well
as your hurtingly truthful insight of the Hollywood
filmmaking business(something that both William Lustig
and Tom DeSimone strongly feel the same about).You're
also a helpful,positive guide to many aspiring writers/
filmmakers(such as myself)with your experienced view
of the Tinseltown industry and business,and I'm proud
of you for sticking to your filmmaking vision and not
changing it to applease the corporate industry suits.
You're a wonderful filmmaker,and I hope to see you back
behind the camera again real soon(and your current movie
getting a release of some sort),and I wish you all the
best on your future projects.
for all the nice comments. Bill Lustig has problems
with modern Hollywood? Does that mean he can't get "Maniac
Cop 5" financed? Or is it some other movie with
maniac in the title? One of the few positive things
that can be said of contemporary Hollywood is that they
aren't making needlessly violent films like "Maniac"
or "Maniac Cop."
loved the movie "If I Had A Hammer"! I think
it's your best work ever. I thought the music was great.
It's not a mainstream movie. I can imagine it showing
in the artsy theaters like the Maple Theatre in Birmingham.
If u know what I mean. My favorite part was a scene
only one of my friends and I understood...when u realize
the girl slept with the club owner. Music has such and
impact in everyone's lives. Anyway, I want to see it
to absorb the whole thing again since so much time has
past. Please try to push for the big screen. There is
I always thought of u as a highly intelligent guy. Maybe
Just try to relax and enjoy the movies instead of critiquing
so harshly. I know it must be hard for u to do. Some
movies are meant to be thought provoking and other mindless.
I wish u great luck and I'm always looking for your
name in the credits.
By the way, I thought ur answer to Kunal was so funny!
subtlety! Not everyone got that idea as you did. A friend
of mine actually got a bit angry at me for not having
any resolution to Lorraine and the club owner's relationship,
which is there -- you got it -- but doesn't club you
over the head. Anyway, I didn't defend myself and point
it out, I just let it go. If you don't see it then it's
not there. As far as being a harsh critic, that's who
I am, I can't turn it off or on, it just is. Thanks
for the nice review. By the way, are you the Jackie
that works for Mrs. Raimi?
am going to write a screen-play that I want to be written
in real time. I know it is a hard thing to pull off,
but I intend to make it work. I am confident that this
story would work down on paper. There is a problem.
I was asking screenwriters on Project Greenlight what
they thought. Some of them liked the story, but they
didnt like the idea of it being in real time. They think
it was used too much which I do not think. I think it
has been used two times effectively, with films: Running
Time and Rope. Anyway, most of them thought that if
it is just a spec script, then I wouldnt be "allowed"
to write a script in real time because the director
would not allow it. Is this true? Do I have to shoot
it myself? What is your advice?
say write what you want to write and write the way you
want to. The chances of selling a spec script are so
slim I wouldn't let that influence you. And if it turns
out really good it will be because you stuck to your
original concept, not because you listened to wannabe
screenwriters on a silly website based on a silly TV
show. Rob Tapert's theory about "Project Greenlight,"
which he and I just watched the other day, is that Damon
and Affleck found a poor schmuck that absolutely couldn't
handle what was being thrown at him and was being set
up to fail so we could all watch it. I personally found
the show pathetic and aggravating. And maybe you ought
to consider shooting your script yourself, that way
it'll get made. Good luck.
got a couple of questions for ya. I just picked up "The
Shootist" on DVD and am once again obsessed with
John Wayne movies. So I was wondering, what's your favorite
I recently saw Omar Sharif walking around in a crappy
little mall up here In Ontario, Canada!!! I heard rumours
that he had a son that lived in my city, Ottawa, but
I never thought anything of it. I asked around and I
heard that he was always in this mall and that he was
a bit of a nut job. I never approached him because I'm
a star struck ,shy ass guy. So... for my second question,
did you ever approach any Jimmy Stewarts or Chuck Hestons
when you were in LA? I remember hearing that you met
Scorsese and De Niro once...is that true or am I just
really like "The Shootist," I think it's an
excellent film all around. And from Dino De Laurentiis
no less. My favorite would have to be "True Grit,"
I simply love that film. It has a great sense of period
and the Duke just couldn't be better. Robert Duvall
as the bad guy, "Lucky" Ned Pepper, is terrific,
and Dennis Hopper's death scene is harrowing--"He
never done me wrong 'til he killed me." I like
all Wayne's pictures with John Ford, particularly "The
Quiet Man" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon."
If you want to see a really odd, interesting Ford/Wayne
picture, check out "The Long Voyage Home,"
beautifully photographed by the great Gregg Toland.
Anyway . . . I never met James Stewart, but I did very
briefly meet Charlton Heston. And I also met Robert
DeNiro and Martin Scorsese, who came and spoke for a
class I took at Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in
1977, which was located above a shoe store on Hollywood
Blvd. Other speakers for that class were: Mel Brooks,
Gene Wilder, Francois Truffaut, Robert Wise, and Robert
Aldrich. It was pretty cool. I've met a bunch of other
celebrities in passing: I worked on a music video with
Mariah Carey when she was quite young (like 1990-91),
and with Ted Nugent, and I directed Anthony Quinn in
that Hercules TV movie. And I know Lucy Lawless pretty
well. I knew Jean-Claude Van Damme slightly at the beginning
of his career and actually spent a few days working
on script with him (he would stand up occasionally and
proclaim, "Arnold and sly, they fear me! I'm coming
to take their place!"). At Sam Raimi's stag party
I hung out with Bill Paxton and John Woo for the evening,
which was fun. John Woo and I were both developing films
for Sam and Rob in 1988-89 (he was doing "Hard
Target" and I was doing "Lunatics") and
I'd see him everyday at the office. I met Liam Neeson
on the "Darkman" set. I've met Joel and Ethan
Coen several times at parties. I met Holly Hunter and
Francis McDormand when they were living in Sam's old
house, with Joel and Ethan Coen. I met Emile Sitka on
the "Crimewave" set. I used to be good friends
with a guy who was good friends with Christopher Isherwood
and we all went to the movies together a number of times.
That was impressive to me. Bruce, Sam, and Rob, however,
have met way more celebrities than me.
ghurkas in Argentina. They were yes, in 1982, in Falklands
(Islas Malvinas). We were under a dictatorship that
did send troops to the isles and Thatcher take the chance
for became more popular in England. Well, much of the
troops that our drunk dictator send to the south were
young men of 18 or 19 years making the obligatory military
service. These kids meets the ghurkas, the most hard
warriors of the britanic history (I think). I hear terrible
stories about they, noticed not from the media of course,
but from people with sons or brothers in the war. Ghurka
is a word that inspires fear in argentine people who
suffered these times. Nonetheless, one must say that
the failed war from the dictatorship open the doors
to the demochracy... Are the winds of the fate, I suppose...
I am reading Devils Dogs now, and Sgt. Dan Daly touched
to know about the Ghurkas. They are indeed the toughest
warriors ever to serve with the British Army and may
well be the toughest soldiers in the world. They have
been very highly decorated and have distiguished themselves
in many wars. I don't think any soldiers in the world
want to come up against those guys. I'm glad you're
enjoying "Devil Dogs." I just hope that I
do the memory of Gunnery Sgt. Dan Daly honor.
got to see Cleveland Smith, boffo short!
I haven't laughed harder at anything in quite some time.
"Dear God, a towering oak!!" Too funny. Is
Tim Quill still in the acting biz? He's great in TSNKE
and all his other Becker/Raimi appearances.
to view Black Narcissus on your recommendation,
hope you're watching the DVD because it's one of the
really great-looking movie. As a little note, the director
of photography, Jack Cardiff, one of the great DPs of
all time and about 97 years old, supervised the DVD
transfer. I haven't seen Tim Quill in quite a few years,
but he never was really an actor. I think he's actually
a salesman. He was the star swimmer in our high school.
name is amber. I understand that you wont read any scripts,
i am only 14 years of age. Me and my friend are going
to make a movie but we need a director and i know you
probably wont be it, cause you have a lot to do and
so i was wondering if you can email me some stuff about
other directors or or stuff about you. Iam asking this
because we need a lot of help to do this movie. Some
adults have to be in it and some other kids. The mian
charecters are me and my friends danielle davis. So
if you can please just please send us an email or just
give us some advice we'd really like it a lot. Oh and
by the way are movie is called " Lost child of
Leadville ". It will take place in Leadville Colorado.
So will you please please help us . Thankyou for reading
this. (we can use a lot of help and advice!!!!!!!)
was making movies when I was fourteen, so can you. Go
make the movie. Have fun doing it. My advice is get
coverage -- meaning you shoot the whole scene in a wide
shot, then you shoot the whole scen again in one actor's
close-up, then you shoot the whole scene again in the
other actor's close-up, etc. This way you can then edit.
was Evil dead filmed exactly?
photography was in Morristown, Tennesee from Nov. 1979
through January 1980. There was then extensive pick-up
shooting back in Michigan for the greater part of 1980.
a lebanese girl, studying travel and tourism at university.
it's my last year and i have to present my senior project
by the end of the year. i have chosen to create a beirut
walk of fame in lebanon where actors and singers from
the middle east will be honoured with a star. but it's
really a hard project and i need the help of too many
people. i would really appreciate it if you tried to
help me giving me some information about how to create
such a project, how to choose which stars must get a
star, how much does it cost, the ceremonies undertaken
and all the information that i could really need.
the hollywood walk of fame is a very important project
and that's why i'm really interested in learning more
about it in order to make a project similar to it.
Your urgent reply will be highly appreciated.
Hollywood Walk of Fame is run by the city of Hollywood.
I think you'd need the city of Beirut to help and finance
such a project. Doesn't Beirut get bombed all the time?
Is it really the best spot for such thing? I don't think
I'd go to the Hollywood Walk of Fame if I thought I
might get bombed (although I have gone there when I
was bombed, har har). Personally, it sounds like too
big of a deal for a school project. Maybe you should
just draw up the plans and idea and who you think should
be there. I'm not an expert on this, I simply wrote
an article about it ten years ago.
is sort of a different question. After years of traveling
and working, I´ve grown a big passion for writing
(film scripts and books).
I consider myself a beginner on both areas and I´m
going to take six months to learn more in every aspect
of film making (yes, I know I can´t learn THAT
much in six months).
What´s this, you´re probably thinking, another
jobseeker?. The good part is that I get everything paid
by EU and will be of no cost for my "employer".
Are you, or people in your organisation (,friends etc.),
interested in an assistent?
I´ll send you more info on myself if you are.
Thank you \ Marcus.
than Sam, we're all unemployed. I've never had an assistant,
other than assistant directors, and that's a whole different
issue. I don't even live in LA anymore. Good luck on
is kunal . ijust want to know the songs
used in french movie "le cousin".pleeeese
i am trying to get those songs but i'm unable .so
sir pleease send me lyrics or something.
thanks thanks thanks thanks !
I never saw it. I do know all the lyrics to the songs
in "Gigi," though, will that help?
heaven for little girls
For little girls get bigger everyday
Thank heaven for little girls
They grow up in the most delightful way, etc.
Michael Anthony Lee
have been coming to this site for the past three years
now. Bruce Campbell sent me the link in an email (maybe
to get rid of me and my constant questions) and I have
managed to get a half-assed career rolling as a writer,
thanks to you and your essays. Anyway, I notice about
one in every five messages you get are one of these.
a) Someone wanting an IN into this biz.
b) A friend you didn't know you had.
c) Someone who has no clue and wants to know if you
would like to film their Oscar winning idea.
imagine Bruce, Sam, Rob, Ted and all the other guys
have met similar people who are new friends once they
started to build a name for themselves.
did this start happening to you guys? I mean, when did
it all change from just a bunch of guys trying to make
it in the biz, to a bunch of guys being harrassed by
people wanting to use you to get into the biz? After
Evil Dead? ED2?
don't get me wrong, I came looking for free advice and
I thank you and Bruce for giving it. That is different.
I mean when did the leeches start showing up wanting
to be in your next film or work on it or hey... want
to read my script?
am starting to get this now that I have a few things
published and I was just wondering how you handle it.
being yourself, Josh. Honesty kicks ass in a world full
I will keep being myself since I've got nothing to lose
(as Bob Dylan said, "When you ain't got nothin',
you ain't got nothin' to lose"). I suppose we all
started to get a bit hassled when we opened our offices
in Ferndale, MI in 1980. We had those offices for about
seven years and people used to just wander in all the
time, many with "great ideas," some even with
scripts. Since I haven't had any real successes, I haven't
been hassled like Sam, Bruce, and Rob have been, though.
I do my best to stay friendly about the whole thing,
unless people get obnoxious or pushy. And I actually
read all scripts sent to me for quite a long time. However,
since they all sucked, I stopped reading people's scripts
and my life improved a bit. Good luck to you and congrats
on your successes.
I ever going to see "If I Had A Hammer" on
the big screen? I was there for the Detroit premiere
but I want to see it again!!!!
are one of the very few people on the planet Earth that
has seen it, and on the big screen no less. I'm still
discussing the film's fate with Anchor Bay, but that
wouldn't be for the big screen, that would be for video/DVD.
I honestly can't imagine a theatrical distributor handling
this film at this time. Since you have seen the film,
why not write in and tell us what you thought.
was just curious: Did you happen to catch the original
"Diabolique" on Turner Classic Movies on Friday?
I didn't see it actually on Friday night. I was too
tired. So, I taped it and I just got finished watching
it. I don't know yet if you have seen it or not, but
SEE IT. It totally should be on a film buff's list,
if they haven't seen it. I don't want to give anything
away, but I really enjoyed it. It blew me away. I think
you would like it if you liked "Wages of Fear".
I didn't catch it on Friday -- I was on an airplane
-- but I will someday. And yes, I did like "Wages
of Fear." For me it's nice to know there are still
highly regarded films out there I haven't seen. But
is now reporting that rob tapert has announced he is
getting his detroit buddies sam raimi and bruce campbell
together to do a low budget genre film. Will you be
involved in this project too? I would have thought sam
too busy with big budget projects to do low budget genre
happen to be writing from Rob Tapert's computer at this
very moment and, although they (and I) are discussing
many different projects, there isn't anything specific
there any chance that the Cleveland Smith movie could
get made or is it totally dead? I feel extremely lucky
to own a copy of Wadders of the Lost Park.Every time
I watch it I just wish there were more and more episodes.
Cleveland Smith is a perfect role for Bruce (I can't
take another Assault on Dome 4 or the Love Bug.The fans
will probably never get Evil Dead 4 but they Need Cleveland
don't have the money to make it, if that's what you
mean. I don't have the money to make any movies right
now. That doesn't mean someone still might not cough
in the unforseen future. I'm not planning on it, but
it could happen.
just have a couple questions. Have you ever seen the
film Suspiria, and if so, what did you think of it?
only one question and the answer is no.
of your favorite quotes goes something like "In
art, if everybody likes it, then it's probably bad."
I just had a thought that kind of fits that quote.
instance, let's look at the new movie "A Walk to
Remember." I watched it and it was *really* sappy,
but it left me feeling satisfied and I guess I could
say I actually enjoyed it and so did many others. But
if I imagine myself in your shoes or somebody elses
in a critical viewpoint I could probably criticize this
movie down to the nit-picky details and say that it
encompasses everything wrong with a movie. But tell
me, when it gets down to it as a whole, who really cares?
As long as the audience was moved by what they watched,
or felt something, or had taken a break from reality
for awhile, then the filmmaker succeeded in adding to
one of america's favorite past times--movies.
of the Rings, another example, that I did not enjoy
- Probably because unaware I had slowly entered "critic
mode" the whole time. I even wrote a whole page
or two about WHY the movie was just plain bad (perfunctory
characters, shallow plot, etc.)--but what's my oppinion
worth compared to the millions of audiences who actually
an oldie myself. I like old movies and am appreciative
of it. But I bet you that most viewers today would rather
sit through a showing of "a walk to remember,"
"lord of the rings," or "black hawk down"
rather than a showing of "Citizen Kane," "Ben
Hur," or "The Bridge on the River Kwai."
had been said many'a times before. "There's always
I'm quite fond of your thoughts here in this site, so
don't think i'm bashing you or anything like that ~
just sharing my thoughts.
my two cents :)
your two cents are worth exactly as much as my two cents.
If the point is simply pleasing the masses, then just
give them bread and circuses. If one is trying to elevate
film to a higher level, which I believe it can be, then
who cares what the masses like? Those are the folks
buying Britney Spears records and watching "Survivor."
I don't give a damn about them. All movies don't have
to be big crowd-pleasing ordeals.
is the only good thing of live in country with a govern
in crisis? Well, no money for t.v. shows in the official
channell, and then a lot of classic movies. In these
past days, I see Casablanca (two times), M.Verdoux,
Suspicion, Arsenic and Old Lace, Grand Hotel, well a
Today was Shangai Express, from Von Sternberg. I never
see so beautiful to Marlene Dietrich, so dinamic on
a character... Later I see Dirty Harry again from years...
Beyond I did enjoy a lot, I liked the details of the
last death resembling the first, so the identical speech
of Callahan to the bank robber and to the killer.
By the way, I read some days ago The Winds of Fate,
and I like very very much. For an argentine is hard
say I liked a ghurka, but that is. I was thinking in
scenes of that script for days...
Von Sternberg's pictures really are worth watching,
and no one ever made Marlene Dietrich look as beautiful.
He paid so much attention to the photography that by
"The Devil is a Woman" in 1936 he began taking
the Director of Photography credit, too. I also really
like "Morocco" and "The Scarlet Empress."
What's the problem with an Argentinian liking a Ghurka?
Are there Ghurkas there? Please explain.
Mr. Becker, I'm really curious to know if Anchor Bay
gave you a reason or any info as to why they are now
not releasing "If I Had a Hammer." I've always
respected their commitment to high quality releases
of independent and underground films. Of course I don't
know what kind of people they are to deal with, and
I was very dismayed to hear that they've decided to
pass on "Hammer." I really enjoyed their "TSNKE"
and "Running Time" releases. Your commentaries
are worth the inflated price : )
is not a dead issue at Anchor Bay, it only seemed like
it for a moment. Yes, the do a good job with their releases,
and they're nice people to deal with, too. I really
hope this deal goes through now. Cross your fingers.