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BYOB Friday

Will be posting soon… but here is some room to talk about the weekend to come…

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88 Responses to “BYOB Friday”

  1. LYT says:

    I finally saw FROZEN RIVER this weekend, and while Melissa Leo was good, I thought Misty Upham was even better. With no publicity push she won’t get anything, but I found her character to be by far the more interesting.

  2. jeffmcm says:

    I’ll be seeing Repo: The Genetic Opera tonight. Who’s jealous?

  3. hcat says:

    Newest Further horrible awful remake idea: Larry Clark directing Hayden Christianson in a remake of Mona Lisa.

  4. yancyskancy says:

    Might work if Christensen plays the Cathy Tyson role and they get Philip Seymour Hoffman or some such in the Hoskins part.

  5. Nick Rogers says:

    Jeff: Your eyes of our eyes after you get done watching it.

  6. LexG says:

    I might be there too.

  7. lazarus says:

    Well, Jeff, if you didn’t already have enough reasons to reconsider going…

  8. jeffmcm says:

    Too late, I’m committed. On the plus side, I know what Lex looks like (sort of) but he doesn’t know what I look like, unless he keeps his eyes open for someone staring daggers at every pudgy man-child at the theater.
    Lex, if you go to the Sunset 5 at 10 you can also meet the director of your favorite horror sequels (Saws).

  9. lazarus says:

    I’m guessing you’ll be able to identify Lex as he’ll probably sound a lot like the pre-reveal Jack Nicholson in The Departed when he’s at the adult theatre.

  10. scooterzz says:

    if i didn’t have to go to ‘twilight’ tonight, i’d show up at ‘repo’ just to watch the meet and greet between lex and mcmahon…….

  11. LexG says:

    HOLY SHIT WAIT A MINUTE TWILIGHT IS SCREENING TONIGHT?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!
    O W N A G E.

  12. LexG says:

    You know what would OWN?
    “Lunch with Dav– Er, Lunch With LexG: KRISTEN STEWART.”
    That would RULE.

  13. T. Holly says:

    Got reviews here anymore? “…at this point the best film of the year” is “Let The Right One In,”
    so I enjoyed reading Gary Drezka’s take on it.

  14. scooterzz says:

    i liked ‘let the right one in’ a lot but don’t think i’d consider it best film of the year…. ‘man on wire’, however…..

  15. leahnz says:

    ‘if i didn’t have to go to ‘twilight’ tonight, i’d show up at ‘repo’ just to watch the meet and greet between lex and mcmahon…….’
    you said it, scoot, oh to be a fly on the wall. (esp. if it’s only one guy who does different voices…)
    i’m really looking forward to ‘let the right one in’, i hope it gets released down here. care to elaborate a bit on your thoughts, scoot? i’m always keen to hear it

  16. I saw Rachel Getting Married today. A remarkable, intimate family portrait that really left me drained.
    The scene where Rackel won’t let go of her mother as she’s leaving the sedding is a killer, especially if you remember a similar scene in Terms of Endearment. The daughter is now the mother.
    On a sort-of related side note, I am surprised by Armond White’s rave of the the movie. I know he loves Demme, but I would’ve thought his unwillingness to accept the Sony HD “look” would be too much for him to handle.
    I can’t wait for Spielberg to finally try out the digital “look.”
    And the Spielberg-of-Munich will rock a remake of OldBoy.
    And I’m also down with Larry Clark doing a grunge version of Mona Lisa. Another Day in Paradise and Bully are two of the most underrated movies of the last decade.

  17. LexG says:

    Not sure if this is a relief or a disappointment for McDouche, but apparently I will not be in the house for Repo after all (I said “might” earlier.)
    Ah, well. Scoot can enjoy Twilight in peace now.

  18. mysteryperfecta says:

    “And the Spielberg-of-Munich will rock a remake of OldBoy.”
    I love Spielberg, but I simply cannot picture what a Spielberg-Will Smith-Oldboy m

  19. THX5334 says:

    Who here has caught a screening of
    “TAKEN” with Liam Neeson?
    Holy SHIT did this movie kick my ass!!!
    It’s playing in Europe, why isn’t not coming to the States until next year??
    Not the best directed movie, but I think it’s a tighter and better shot and coregraphed action movie than any of the Bourne flicks.
    Liam Neeson is so furking awesome in this movie.
    If this movie for some reason ends up getting dumped on DVD or doesn’t open, then this industry is done.
    The film is “TAKEN”
    and it is a very, very good smart action movie.
    Poland? Leydon? Luke? Drew? Devin?
    Anyone else see it?
    Movie fucking rocks.

  20. Noah says:

    THX, I saw Taken on a trip to Europe. It’s unbelievably stupid but a lot of fun. It’s kind of like a remake of Commando with Liam Neeson in the Arnold role. He kills about a thousand people.

  21. THX5334 says:

    Oh my God, Noah.
    It wasn’t shakspere, but Commando??
    And stupid?? Maybe I saw a different cut than you.
    If not, than may I please try what you’re smoking?
    Or, without spoiling the movie for those that haven’t seen it, tell me how the narrative is more stupid than any of the Bourne or Bond films?
    Try again.

  22. THX5334 says:

    **Shakespeare, sorry.
    Also, I understand the Commando comparison in terms of plot –
    (And let’s be clear – Commando is all kinds of fucking awesome, for what it is)
    But while the Antagonists in the Commando narrative were made up, and composed from the highest of concepts-
    While the Antagonists in Taken are motivated by a very real, very horrible and often not discussed- real epidemic.
    Of course, they do take it to Bond like action levels (it was Produced and Co-written by Luc Besson) –
    But at least in this movie, the action all makes sense, is coherent, and you can follow the action in the shot…

  23. THX5334 says:

    I guess the other thing that blows my mind, is that the narrative is really tight and focused and not full of holes.
    It is a smart action movie, with strong performances which is rare nowadays,
    and to casually call it “Stupid” before it’s even opened here in the U.S. when you have a readership…I don’t know if it’s irresponsible, but it’s definitely not cool.
    (and not right either, but we’re all entitled to our opinions)
    Movies like this need championing in today’s marketplace and you just wrongly tossed it off.
    But we’re all entitled to our opinions, and I’d encourage you to take a second look at the film, and if you still think it’s any more stupid, than Bourne or Bond than I hope others choose to decide for themselves.
    You make it sound like this movie is of caliber of “The Transporter”
    and that’s not fair. It’s a much smarter, more focused, better written and better shot than those kind of films.
    And Liam Neeson is a true American James Bond badass in it.
    If anything, I’d liken to more a Hitchcock style narrative and composition. Although that would be more to do with Besson Producing, and probably more, the script by Robert Michael Kamen (great writer) than the direction.
    And I’m just saying, as a reviewer, you should consider your words more carefully, for films that haven’t opened here yet.
    If I read what you posted without having seen it, I’d have a much different impression of what the film really is, and might think differently opening weekend.

  24. Hallick says:

    Taken was also directed by Pierre Morel, who directed B13 (which was co-scripted by Luc Besson too). I’m assuming that would interest Dave highly.

  25. THX5334 says:

    Sorry, Noah. I just re-read your thing. I can tell you like it. Just the “stupid” part. But now I see, you probably meant it endearingly.
    This is wish we had edit buttons here.
    Break’s over, kids. Later.

  26. scooterzz says:

    twilight = total slownage
    horrible dialog, pretty bad direction, one decent action scene, laughable effects and make-up (if i didn’t already know edward was a vampire, i’d think bella had fallen in with a family of mimes)….
    i know it’ll make a crap-ton of money opening week-end but i can’t imagine even fans of the book giving it great word of mouth….
    now, i need a cocktail……

  27. yancyskancy says:

    Um, didn’t Besson and Kamen produce/write The Transporter?
    B13 is a fantastic movie, so I’m automatically interested in Taken.

  28. mutinyco says:

    Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?…

  29. Hallick says:

    I noticed the make-up problems in a lot of the publicity stills. That must’ve been one happy Dollar Store when the PAs came and swept up the entire Halloween endcap.

  30. THX5334 says:

    Yes Yancy, they did.
    But Taken is sooooo much better.
    (And I say that, having like the first Transporter. The one they were involved with)
    I didn’t know the director had some hot shit work under his belt..
    I should clarify, it’s not that the direction is bad per say (in fact, like I said above, I like how they shot much of the action) –
    But more that, you can tell there wasn’t much money for the film, and it shows in places.
    All the more reason to support it..

  31. Noah says:

    Yes, THX, I enjoyed the hell out of every dumb second of it. It’s a tight narrative that has an important issue that is taken very very lightly – and his daughter gets, let’s say, a few VERY lucky breaks along the way for rather contrived reasons – but this is not Shakespeare and it’s not a Bourne film either.
    It’s a throwback, in my opinion, to the action films I grew up loving in the 80’s, especially Commando – which had the missing daughter, the government trained father and a mountain of dead bodies. I don’t think I was as taken with it as you, but it’s definitely a fun time at the theater and if you know what you’re getting in advance, then you definitely get your money’s worth.

  32. THX5334 says:

    Yes! But I disagree that it was dumb.
    Hmmm….I’m curious to see where you felt it was contrived, as I was looking for that, but didn’t see it.
    Maybe the differences on each of our takes on the film is, unlike Commando and any of those other 80’s Golan Globus type High Concept films
    (Unlike Aliens say, a really truly great film)
    In Taken, there isn’t a wasted moment. Not one ounce of cheese or cornball in Neeson’s performance. No big movie moment throwaway lines, no unrealistic or stupid action… H
    In fact, it’s straight badass.
    Where are the contrivances?
    Perhaps, when you have time to waste, you’ll hit me with an email explaining where you felt it was contrived. Since, the movie isn’t out yet and we cannot discuss it openly without spoiling.
    My email is the same as the name here, @gmail.
    And I think you’re either giving those movies from the 80’s too much credit, or this one not enough.
    It’s just such a better script than those films. It really is. Better writing, better plotting, Smarter action, I could go on and on…
    But I do appreciate the clarification.
    Thank You for that.
    Again; Neeson’s been great in just about everything. But here, he shows more action chops than we’ve ever seen from him, and he is completely badass.
    Keep an eye out for this one.
    Hopefully it doesn’t get buried.
    Anyone else around here seen the film?

  33. yancyskancy says:

    Pierre Morel started as a cameraman. He was DP on, yep, The Transporter, and also Letterier’s Unleashed (aka Danny the Dog), another movie I liked quite a bit.

  34. LexG says:

    “Slownage”???? This is very disappointing.
    Did THE STEW at least OWN???
    On an unrelated note, does anyone watch TRUE BLOOD? Holy shit is their a lot of fucking on this show. I thought that Lizzy Caplan chick was some gawky comedic sitcom goody-goody, but she is getting. fucked. hard. on this show, and is extensively naked for minutes on end. Maybe I’m the only one in America who mostly remembers her from THE CLASS, but this is like seeing one of those How I Met Your Mother sitcom chicks like on Skinemax blowing some motherfucker while they’re full frontal for an hour or something.
    Now fucking CATHOUSE is on, with that AWESOME TOM LEYKIS-LOOKING GRAVY-STUFFED MOTHERFUCKER who runs the BUNNY RANCH. GodDAMN this show is depressing, but at the end of the day these sadsack pricks are getting their POLE SMOKED, so more power to them.
    If going to that dive didn’t mean tapping a chick that 56 guys had already taxed that day, I’d be on my way to fucking Nevada blasting P.E. right now. KNOW THAT.

  35. jeffmcm says:

    So Scooter, how many Oscars are you predicting for Twilight? I think Lex is down for 14.
    Back from Repo. I’ll say that it’s better than anything Darren Bousman has ever previously directed. Is that faint enough praise?

  36. LexG says:

    1) How crowded was it?
    2) Was the audience all annoying and ironic, trying to bring some participation/camp vibe to the proceedings, or did people just kind of watch it bemused?
    3) Were you eyeballing patrons thinking I showed up after all?
    4) Is Paris a cameo or an extended role?
    5) Did you go up and tell Bousman he fucking OWNS?

  37. jeffmcm says:

    1) I believe the 7, 10, and 12 shows were all sold-out.
    2) Since most of the audience was made of people who had been involved with the film’s production, or were serious fans of the stage show it’s based on or the Saw movies, they were mostly fully engaged.
    3) No, I knew you hadn’t bought tickets in time.
    4) Extended cameo, but she has one really good moment.
    5) I avoided him. I have a hard time not being honest when people ask me what I think.

  38. leahnz says:

    i seen ‘taken’, thx, it’s been and gone. hard-out ‘executioner with a cause’ action…a bit like denzel’s ‘angel of death’ in ‘man on fire’, only in france, obviously. the two flicks would make a good revenge thriller dvd box set. ‘the executioners’

  39. Yeah, Taken was out here earlier in the year. Was a solid earner too, not sure why it’s not out in America until 2009 though.
    Speaking of Twilight – is anybody’s directing career been as bizarre as Catherine Hardwicke’s? Her first two movies felt connected but has since made The Nativity Story and now Twilight WTF?

  40. jeffmcm says:

    Oh, fuck – Catherine Hardwicke is the director of Twilight? It’s going to be ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. I can’t believe otherwise.

  41. PastePotPete says:

    “Speaking of Twilight – is anybody’s directing career been as bizarre as Catherine Hardwicke’s? Her first two movies felt connected but has since made The Nativity Story and now Twilight WTF?”
    All her movies are about teenagers doing things they shouldn’t(skateboarding, stealing, dating cheesy vampires, getting pregnant young). Although I guess with Nativity Story it wasn’t really Mary’s fault that she got knocked up.

  42. mutinyco says:

    So God raped her is what you’re saying…

  43. Joe Straat says:

    So, if I see Taken, would it be safe to assume I DON’T NEED THE GUN?!?!?!

  44. Blackcloud says:

    “twilight = total slownage”
    Best line of the week. Works on so many levels. Also biggest non-surprise of the week. Even bigger than Obama’s victory.

  45. Mr. Rostan says:

    I work at a Barnes & Noble, and there were people lined up at 6 a.m. the day “Breaking Dawn” was released. The majority of my female co-workers are very geared up for “Twilight,” and I detect a simmering, slow burn everywhere I go. I think it will just edge out “Quantum” for the number-one spot its opening weekend, and $100 million is a possibility…apparently Summit is confident, since “EW” reported they’re moving ahead with “New Moon” and this one needs $150 mill worldwide to make that happen. My friends and I ask, though…where was all this love when “Buffy” was still on the air?

  46. yancyskancy says:

    So wait, what’s “the biggest surprise of the week?” That scooterzz didn’t like Twilight? Or that his opinion can be taken as the final word on the film? 🙂
    I think the film will be huge. Maybe not Lex huge, but huge.

  47. yancyskancy says:

    “non-surprise” is the quote I meant. duh.

  48. I saw the trailer for Taken in from of RocknRolla. It’s a pretty awesome trailer. I especially like it when Neeson tells his daughter, “This next part is very important. (Pause) They’re going to take you.”
    It’s too bad Keifer is on 24. He would’ve kicked ass in Taken.
    I saw the teaser for Notorious in fromt of Miracle at St. Anna. I saw the full trailer in fromt of RocknRolla. I’m actually really excited to see it. I think it could be a hip-hop Ray. Derek Luke looks pretty good Sean Combs. And hearing “Juicy” and “Hypnotize” blasting in a theater was surprisingly emotional. If we’re lucky it’ll have some of the same pop vitalit of Hustle & Flow.
    Did anyone see Entourage? They need to make Jason Patric a regular on that show. And I loved the riffing on Werner Hertzog. This season has been really underrated. It’s exciting to see Vince unsure of himself. It’ll make his return to the top all that much sweeter when it happens. It’s kind of like my San Antonio Spurs.

  49. LexG says:

    PastePotPete’s throwaway inclusion of “dating cheesy vampires” among things the kids shouldn’t be doing was really funny! Ha!

  50. movieman says:

    I agree with you about “Bully” and “Another Day in Paradise” being underrated (I’d even add Larry Clark’s still-unreleased-in-the-US “Ken Park” to that bunch), Jimmy.
    But a Clark-directed, Hayden Christensen-starring remake of “Mona Lisa” sounds like an even stupider idea than the Herzog/Cage “Bad Lieutenant” re-do.
    And the thought of Christensen–who’s only given two decent performances (“Shattered Glass” and “Life as a House”) in his entire career–stepping into one of Bob Hoskins’ most iconic roles is downright perverse.

  51. leahnz says:

    when people rubbish melanie griffith as a complete no-talent, ‘another day in paradise’ is one of the movies i cite in her defense as a capable actress once upon a time. i don’t know what happened with melanie but you can’t take away some appealing performances in her career

  52. True Fact: Ken Park is banned in Australia and one of our most famous movie critics was nearly arrested for illegally screening a DVD copy of the film to an audience in Sydney. The cops raided the joint! hah.

  53. leahnz says:

    i’m afraid i’m completely unfamiliar with ‘ken park’, why is it banned?

  54. PastePotPete says:

    Ken Park is pretty sexually explicit. Onscreen masturbation, etc.
    I think Clark in general is underrated, Bully in particular was a really well done movie imo.

  55. leahnz says:

    i see! (about ‘ken park’ that is) not much of a shock coming from larry clark, really. ‘bully’ is one disturbing little glimpse of the teenage underbelly (frightening realistic), renfro and stahl are perfect.

  56. frankbooth says:

    Would anyone care to say a few words comparing Bully to Mean Creek? I’ve seen neither, and based on what little I know, they appear to be the exact same movie.

  57. IOIOIOI says:

    Mean Creek is more innocent in comparison to Bully. Bully is just a movie with unrealistic dickhead teenagers that just happen to fuck and kill someone. While Mean Creek has this entire fucking subtext beneath it all, that makes it a much more REAL film.

  58. LexG says:

    All I know is that MEAN FAT KID bully in “Mean Creek” was fucking awesome.
    But it’s certainly not very Clark-esque… definitely doesn’t have the Clark quease factor, and is probably more akin to, say, a moody three-way cross between “Stand By Me,” “River’s Edge,” and “Undertow.”
    Speaking of Clark, “Wassup Rockers” was fairly tame and innocuous. Beyond it being another youth picture where a middle-aged intellectual director seems overly sympathetic to and envious of a pretty dumb bunch of kids, I don’t remember a thing about it.

  59. leahnz says:

    i’ve not seen ‘mean creek’ so i can’t pontificate

  60. leahnz says:

    no doubt everyone is burnt out on politics but i had to say, is this one badass psycho-looking dude or what? reminds me of a anton chigurgh with a swept-back ‘do. don’t fuck with obama

  61. leahnz says:

    (the first photo, obviously, no need to scroll)

  62. Leah, Wiki states Ken Park as including “graphic scenes of explicit sexual behavior, and portrays suicide, murder, parental violence, alcoholism, smoking cannabis, incestuous sexual assault by a homophobic father of his sleeping son, BDSM, erotic asphyxiation, religious fanaticism, a fake marriage of a father with his daughter, a boy having sex with his girlfriend’s mother, and at the end an idyllic sex scene between Shawn, Claude and Peaches.”
    So… yeah…

  63. frankbooth says:

    That’s not Chigurgh — it’s Mola Rahm. Tears the still-beating hearts out of Republicans!

  64. SJRubinstein says:

    Just saw “Last Chance Harvey” at the AFI Fest last night. For the first two-thirds of it, I found Hoffman’s portrayal of Harvey surprisingly effective. Really measured look at a guy that has kind of let it slip by without realizing it.

  65. leahnz says:

    ‘…Ken Park as including “graphic scenes of explicit sexual behavior, and portrays suicide, murder, parental violence, alcoholism, smoking cannabis, incestuous sexual assault by a homophobic father of his sleeping son, BDSM, erotic asphyxiation, religious fanaticism, a fake marriage of a father with his daughter, a boy having sex with his girlfriend’s mother, and at the end an idyllic sex scene…”
    so, just another night in the ‘burbs, then, kam? 😀 (wow, sounds pretty hard-core)
    (i’ve heard a bit about rahm now, he sounds a bit hard-core, too…maybe he’s chig’s long lost twin. i hope he carries around an air compressor in case anyone gets uppity with obama)

  66. LexG says:

    Plus the multi-page interview OWNED.

  67. jeffmcm says:

    Keep it to yourself, Lex. Please.

  68. LexG says:

    Keep what to myself?
    One of my favorite actresses is (rightfully) having a moment and I was just saying it owns. And the interview reveals that she’s as cool as one would hope.

  69. jeffmcm says:

    You’re a real-life version of that wolf whose eyes a-OOGA out while he whistles and pounds the table in the Tex Avery cartoon.
    Oh yeah, YOU DON’T WATCH CARTOONS so you came up with it all by yourself.

  70. LexG says:

    a) What are you talking about?
    b) Why aren’t you on the STEW TRAIN?

  71. jeffmcm says:

    A) I just told you, it’s a cultural reference, google it.
    B) I know of no reason to do so, although next year I expect to be eating hobo stew on a freight train, so that’s kind of similar.

  72. LexG says:

    HEY JEFF I have a question…
    but first, for all my fans, in the interest of full disclosure, I have a cartoon I like: That one where the frog sings but won’t do it in front of an audience. It’s a WB thing I think.
    Also, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD is one of my favorite shows. But I don’t watch Simpsons or South Park.
    Ok, now my issue for Jeff; Like on MANK and LYONS (God) tonight, they said REPO was one of the worst of the year, but I don’t know I thought the clips looked kind of cool. So do a lot of people get fucked up in it? Does it looked exactly like SAW 2-4?
    You don’t have to answer acknowledge this, but I think you’ve hinted at it, so let me just say if one of your pals is really Bousman’s DP or in his camera department, in ALL seriousness, MAJOR props to your pal/acquaintance on his work, if it was some Saw shit. If it’s on Repo, I’ll sheck it out but I’m sure it owns.
    (This coming from a cinematography aficionado.)

  73. yancyskancy says:

    I just read it a few hours ago over dinner, Lex. Have to admit I thought of you – especially when “K-Stew” mentioned doing research for her next role as young New Orleans stripper. Did you pass out when you read that? 🙂

  74. jeffmcm says:

    It’s not super gory, if that’s what you’re asking. Closer to what happens in Sweeney Todd than to what happens in Saw I-IV.
    And I think I can say, in all honest objectivity (yes my friend was involved), that Repo looks a thousand times better than Saw I-IV, although it’s still held back by Bousman mucking it up in post with too many digital filters and whatnot. But that’s different from the cinematography in the Saw movies, which had to be rescued in post via their DIs to not look crappy.

  75. jeffmcm says:

    In case that didn’t make sense – Saw 1-5 had a different DP than Repo.

  76. LexG says:

    If I had to start a list of HBers who fucking know their shit, rest assured you’d be fucking sky high on that shit. FUCK YEAH, this dude OWNS. Yeah, the N.O. stripper possibilities definitely caused a triple-take, but hard as it might be to believe, I really just think THE STEW fucking OWNS so hard she could be dressed in a GRIMACE costume from the neck down and I’d still be like HOLY SHIT this chick is like the female 1973 DeNiro.
    Jeff, that’s cool. I like filters and processed shit (obviously), but I hope to scheck out the REPO soon enough and bow to the lensing; Even though you and I pretend to dislike each other immensely, that’s a pretty fucking rad contact and much props to anyone who gets within six degrees of the power of the Bousman. Also some rare props for your fair shake re: Paris both in your review of the flick and in anecdotes beforehand. Sounds like she was cool and professional and does a good job here, and it’s truly fucked up how so many people have to take a shot. Like, does that make the haters feel better about themselves, to diss some chick who doesn’t affect their lives whatsoever?
    Paris owns, Bousman owns, and cinematography fucking owns. I’d take a night class if that F-STOP shit wasn’t the most complicated shit ever.
    Hey I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION, and I shouldn’t share my BRILLIANT IDEAS on a public forum, but do you think any agents would entertain a screenplay (hopefully by me) that’s like THE MAGNOLIA OF OWNAGE, or the NASHVILLE OF OWNAGE, with multiple interlocking stories of PEOPLE OWNING?
    FUCK YEAH, make it happen MARTIN S.

  77. jeffmcm says:

    You mean, like a cross between Pulp Fiction and the two parts of Kill Bill? I’d see that, make it happen.
    It’s probably bad for me to say this, but even though Repo is better than Saw II-IV, it’s still a fairly poorly directed movie, in terms of narrative coherence or knowing-where-to-put-the-camera, and he really deserves no credit except knowing just enough about how to make a movie that’ll make a shitload of money (no small feat itself, and one I wish I knew).

  78. jeffmcm says:

    I mean, making money with Saw II-IV – Repo is aspiring to cult classic status and nothing else.

  79. LexG says:

    Does anyone know how I could get my screenplay to the agents of K-STEW, EVAN RACHEL WOOD, RAY WINSTONE, AND JASON STATHAM?
    It would own if I wrote a movie that would be the ultimate LexG experience and everyone could see what I meant when I talked about OWNAGE. I want to be the Ray Carver of multi-story shortform OWNAGE.
    ALSO, I saw THE DUCHESS Friday night and HOLY SHIT, I have discovered that HAYLEY ATWELL is the motherfucking OWWWWWWWWWNAGE, yeah we all know KEIRA is the Lexinest chick around but I didn’t expect it from the other chick. Also fucking OWNED how Ralph Fiennes was RUNNING SHIT in that movie.

  80. LexG says:

    If it makes it sound like I’m selling out by seeing chickflick bullshit like that, I took some chick I’m trying to bang FUCK YEAH

  81. jeffmcm says:

    “I want to be the Ray Carver of multi-story shortform OWNAGE.”
    This has to be the apotheosis of, uh, something. A weird melding of highbrow literary knowledge and lowbrow aspirations, like someone wanting to be the Jorge Luis Borges of anal porn.

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  85. Cadavra says:

    Morbid curiosity makes me wonder why Lex is so obsessed with The Stew, since, to judge by her EW photos, she is utterly lacking in the gigantic-melons department that seems de rigueur for the likes of Lex.

  86. yancyskancy says:

    Thanks, Lex. I try to OWN in my own modest way whenever possible (if there’s even such a thing as modest ownage).
    Guess I switched from the HBO package to the Showtime package a little too soon, so I haven’t seen True Blood. Lizzy Caplan had a small recurring role is my fave TV show, Freaks and Geeks, and she was memorable in Mean Girls.
    You know, Lex, I wonder if they still make those videos of bikini girls firing machine guns, like the one Samuel L. Jackson and De Niro watch in Jackie Brown. You should find out and send them a writing sample. Might be a foot in the door for you.

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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