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If an earthquake hits Hollywood in late July, does anyone actually feel it?

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27 Responses to “BYOEarthquake”

  1. a1amoeba says:

    This is the third earthquake I’ve slept through. I’ve also slept through a few bombs too – like “Assassination of Jesse James”, “Lions for Lambs”…

  2. Kristopher Tapley says:

    I guess if you’re the sort of bloke that’s still asleep at 11:30, you were never meant for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”
    But hey! To each his own, eh…

  3. IOIOIOI says:

    SEE? FIGHTING! Do not hate this player for playing this game, and earthquakes are total and utter balls. Boo on them.

  4. doug r says:

    I got the shakes…now I need the fries….

  5. a1amoeba says:

    Hey KT – some of work best at night. You know, writers and prostitutes…

  6. I fancy myself both.

  7. sloanish says:

    I wish I had slept through Jesse James. Who cares what’s happening on the BYOB when that Mummy thread is still going? For the definition of smackdown, refer to the remains of petulamanamalamadingdong films…

  8. The Pope says:

    I enjoyed Jesse James quite a bit. Although I confess my eyes did slip closed but that could have been due to the rather heavy meal I had beforehand and the fact that the AC in the theatre was on the fritz.
    The thing that amazed me though was the as far as I read, not one single critic picked up on the fact that Dominick’s take on the legend was not a hundred miles away from what Sam Fuller did with it in 1951… right down to the sequence where Robert Ford is in a saloon and a musician starts singing a song about the assassination of Jesse James.

  9. Just watched In Bruges. What did people think? I can’t remember many people discussing it when it released in America. I liked it, thought Colin Farrell was great and the scenery was definitely top notch.
    Also saw Up the Yangtze. I don’t see too many documentaries (their releases are so haphazard in Australia, trust me) especially at the cinema, but this one was fantastic. Really devestating, but hauntingly gorgeous to look at and to listen to. Funny in spots, but always with a sad glow. Those final moments symbolising (I think, anyway) the Old Child closing and the New China beginning were just sublime and so moving.
    I really recommend it to you guys. Wholeheartedly.

  10. child = china. i’m going to bed now, so tired.

  11. Triple Option says:

    I did see In Bruges. I remember thinking the trailer made it look like it wasn’t going to be much but then months later I ended up seeing it. I had forgotten my initial impression of the trailer until the movie started but some comments/reviews I read for it made it seem like it was good just not for everybody. I’m thinking, ‘Cool! Laugh at some really inappropriate stuff!!’ But no, it just wasn’t that funny to me.

  12. IOIOIOI says:

    In Bruges is one of the better films ever about a European city, that actually turns out to be PURGATORY ever made.

  13. sloanish says:

    Saw American Teen. It’s good. Suffered a bit from reality-itis in that story won out over some truth. That said, it’s still worthy. Is there a reason why AT and the much superior Murderball didn’t make it? Besides the fact that mainstream America doesn’t like documentaries?

  14. IO, what are some other films about european cities that turn out to be pergatory. Surely the list isn’t that long?

  15. Hallick says:

    “Just watched In Bruges. What did people think? I can’t remember many people discussing it when it released in America. I liked it, thought Colin Farrell was great and the scenery was definitely top notch.”
    It was one of those films that changes from “this’ll be nice” to “this’ll be good” to “wow, maybe ‘good’ is selling it short” to “I think I’m in love with this movie”. I think it’s a genuine sleeper and the best work I’ve Colin Farrell do since Tigerland. Finally, a justification for the attention being paid to the guy.
    But of course, ironically, outside of people like us, nobody paid much attention to him here. Shitty world, great movie. And Brendan Gleeson is a GLOBAL treasure.

  16. Hallick says:

    “Saw American Teen. It’s good. Suffered a bit from reality-itis in that story won out over some truth. That said, it’s still worthy. Is there a reason why AT and the much superior Murderball didn’t make it? Besides the fact that mainstream America doesn’t like documentaries?”
    The title “American Teen” and the presumed aims of the filmmakers who would make THAT the title put me way way WAYYYYYYYY the hell off. Sorry, not commenting on the movie itself in any way, not having seen it, but that name itself just screams simple-minded piffle from the highest mountain tops. So much so, that I’d feel embarrassed to buy a ticket to it.

  17. IOIOIOI says:

    Camel: most European filmakers seem to make European cities appear to be like Purgatory. So the list may be higher than I originally thought. Nevertheless, I love In Bruges. It’s a little head trip of a movie, and it even did a guy falling from a building right. Gleeson also sold the hell out of that scene.

  18. LexG says:

    MY (LA-centric)AMERICAN TEEN anecdote:
    I was at the “world-famous” Arclight Cinemas, which ostensibly caters to the UPSCALE FILMGOER, perusing the posters opposite the concession stand downstairs. One of them is the one-sheet for AT, which is OBVIOUSLY an HOMAGE to Breakfast Club’s very recognizable artwork.
    Some gruff, profane, unpleasant woman, toting at least two SMALL CHILDREN, scans the American Teen poster, and LOUDLY proclaims, “That’s BULLSHIT! That’s the BREAKFAST CLUB POSTER! They RIPPED IT OFF!”
    No one in the vicinity acknowledges this, beyond kind of cringing and inching away. Again: “That’s BULLSHIT! That’s the BREAKFAST CLUB POSTER! THAT’S BULLLLLLLLLSHIT!” Like, she’s actually SHOUTING this in the lobby.
    All of the adults nearby kind of shuffle looking at their feet, so desperate for SOME validation, she starts badgering her KIDS, who couldn’t have been born within a DECADE of Breakfast Club: “THAT’S BULLSHIT! THEY RIPPED THAT SHIT OFF!”
    Then the headed off to see whatever they were seeing, sure to ANNOY THE LIVING MOTHERFUCK out of whoever they were ASSIGNED-SEATED NEXT TO, which is why RESERVED SEATING BLOWS, because the ‘Light can’t keep out the riff-raff anymore.

  19. sloanish says:

    Embarrassed to buy a ticket to a movie called American Teen? What about Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Fuck Whatever? Or American Movie? Was that one below your standards, too? Murderball? Honestly, if you haven’t seen American Teen you don’t know what the filmmakers were aspiring to. Lame.
    To Lex: I slagged you off on another thread but that post I likey. Now I have to go check and see if you went APESHIT on me.

  20. Cadavra says:

    It isn’t the first time. Anyone remember the original one-sheet for TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2?

  21. christian says:

    Just think, somebody actually shouted in ALL CAPS right in front of LexG! Reaping what you sow and all that…

  22. LexG says:

    This comment is dedicated to Joe and christian…
    HOLY SHIT. Some 1970 shit all being the hottest thing I saw all week. BRITT EKLAND COMMANDS YOUR ASS. I already knew this chick OWNED because in GOLDEN GUN she rocks that bikini, and because CHARLIZE THEROWN played her, but FUCK YES that shit OWNED and they totally paid homage to that in Layer Cake and my dumb ass didn’t get it at the time.
    THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER is how CAINE *points* at people he knows he’s going to own, and even though I could just barely follow the plot and had to rewind each scene ten times because it was so convoluted and I had had a few Pabsts, that shit OWNED. I can’t believe that shit was from 1970, a FULL YEAR before the first official year of cinematic OWNAGE, or so I thought (Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, French Connection.)
    An awesome sidenote that only a cinematography dork like myself would notice, there is a shot at a racetrack near the beginning where Caine meets up with that weasel villain prick, and the shots look exactly like the lensing in one scene with the RED COAT CHICK in DAMIEN OMEN 2, so I have to assume that was some of the shit Hodges shot before they switch directors of record.

  23. Joe Leydon says:

    Michael Caine OWNS your sorry ass, LexG. And guess what? He told me that in Get Carter he was playing “the ghost of Michael Caine” — that is, the guy he could have easily grown up to be had he gone ten minutes in the wrong direction, because he grew up with guys like that. On this blog, you read a lot of guys posing as bad boys. But trust me: Caine in his prime (and, hell, for all I know, even now) could kick major ass and not work up a sweat.

  24. LexG says:

    That rules. How hardcore was it when he banged that awesome ’70s chick in her swingin’ flat then watches the porn reel and gets all pissed off and flips out when she’s in the tub? FUCK YEAH. Paging Aaron Eckhart in WACK DAHLIA, THAT’S how you play that scene, sir.
    Also awesome was that BLONDE WILLIAM FRIEDKIN LOOKING DOUCHE WITH THE ASCOT who Carter kept owning.
    I have to wonder what Caine was thinking when he was on the set of the remake; I’m a huge Stallone fan and even quite enjoyed that take on it, but it looks so generic and whitewashed compared to the real deal. Again, this movie is from 1970?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I mean, obviously it’s of its time and washed-out and depressing as hell, but it’s more hardcore and bad-ass than 99% of what comes out today.

  25. Joe Leydon says:

    And remember what he told that chick: HER NAME WAS CARTER! LIKE MY NAME! (Because he was asking her the name of the babe in the porno film — his niece, possibly his daughter.)
    You know, I joked with Caine once that, throughout his entire career but especially in the ’70s, he was VERY convincing at appearing extremely pissed off on screen. He agreed. Even into this decade: Look how pissed he is when he finds out in The Ugly American that Brendan Fraser is porking his woman.

  26. Joe Leydon says:

    Er, excuse me: I meant: The Quiet American.

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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?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon