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By David Poland

Is this okay?

Welcome to the new page… but already one person said they liked the old one better.
There are limits to what we can – or will – do, but please let us know what we can do to make this blog page the best possible for you. Your input matters… almost as much as your output.

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14 Responses to “Is this okay?”

  1. L&DB says:

    Many of us loved hot blog. This being the Hot Blog
    VERSION 2: ELECTRIC BOGGOLOO! It will just take
    some time to readjust. After that, it should be
    all good in the hood. That remember ME does sort
    of rock.

  2. bicycle bob says:

    i’m sure we’ll grow to like the sequel. fear change…

  3. Mike says:

    But does the sequel have to be fuchsia? 🙂

  4. Terence D says:

    The other page is easier on the eyes.

  5. TheBrotherhoodOfTheLostSkeletonOfCadavra says:

    But when you click on the link on the MCN home page, it takes you to the old one.

  6. Chester says:

    Thumbs way down, Dave. Sorry, but the vertical tombstone effect of the new pages looks like it was pieced together by a complete amateur. None of the link features work like they did on the old page, including the placement of links within comments. It’s impossible to just jump down to the most recent comments from anywhere on the site like everyone could before.
    And, frankly, if you were moving and overhauling the site, I’m sure many of us would like to know why you didn’t use the opportunity to implement the registration process you promised months ago. Look at the nasty personal fights that have already cluttered up space on the “More on Sin City” thread.
    A really, really poor job in every respect. Some of the best features are gone, while the worst most certainly remain.

  7. Joe Leydon says:

    Jeez, Chester! You’re so…. critical.

  8. jeffrey boam's doctor says:

    off topic.. was thinking about directors who shone with a first film and then disappeared. The guy who did THE WOMAN CHASER [rent it now] has finally appeared with POLICE BEAT which got favourable nods at Sundance. But whatever happened to Jamie Thraves who did THE LOW DOWN, a fantastic UK number a few years back? Back to making commercials?

  9. Joe Leydon says:

    Jeff: The scary thing is, you can go through catalogues from past Sundnace Film Festivals, and find literally dozens of promising films by filmmakers who have never been heard from again. In a few cases, alas, there’s good reason: They died. (I mean no disrespect.) In other cases… Who knows? Maybe some people just have one good film in them. Still, there is nothing sadder than a promise unfulfilled.

  10. jeffrey boam's doctor says:

    Really sad when you think how easy it is for Brett Ratner to keep working. Oy vey. That Thraves guy knocked it out of the park but no one saw THE LOW DOWN.. well Ebert loved it but that’s about it for the US.

  11. Comment says:

    Seriously, the other page was better. This one is too techy. At least change the font so it’s not grey…

  12. KamikazeCamel says:

    er… it seems pretty easy to me.

  13. Chester says:

    Sorry if you thought I was being harsh, Joe, but this redesign really is an unexpected let-down. As a regular contributor checking this out for the first time yesterday, it felt like I came home and found that one of the kids wrecked the den. In fact, all it has now are the most basic features from the old site in a far less user-friendly format. It seems like it was a rush job to vacate the old site as fast as possible for reasons unknown. That is, unless Dave tells us this is just the beta version.

  14. David Poland says:

    Well, it isn’t a redesign. The other blog was on TypePad, which makes all the bells & whistles easily available. This page is built from the ground up, which has its tech challenges, considering our tech team is not really a tech team but a very smart person who is trying to figure it out.
    Everything brought up her will be addressed as best we can.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

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