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BYOB – Christmas Eve…. ahhhhh

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7 Responses to “BYOB – Christmas Eve…. ahhhhh”

  1. T. Holly says:

    T.Holly: Rev Rd, Milk, Wall E, House Bunny, Gomorrah, Defiance, Body of Lies, Taxi to the Dark Side, Operation Filmmaker and Stop-Loss.
    Ray Pride: 1 – Reprise, 2 – Silent Light, 3 – Happy-Go-Lucky, 4 – The Dark Knight, 5 – Of Time And The City, 6 – A Christmas Tale, 7 – My Winnipeg, 8 – Summer Palace, 9 – Edge of Heaven, 10 – Still Life
    David Poland (Note: NOT RANKED): 1 – A Christmas Tale, 2 – Battle For Haditha, 3 – Che, 4 – Hunger, 5 – Man On Wire, 6 – Milk, 7 – Rachel Getting Married, 8 – Slumdog Millionaire, 9 – WALL-E, 10 – Waltz with Bashir.
    I can make yours up. I do astrology and tarot card reading too.

  2. T. Holly says:

    Sorry, I missed Kim Voynar on first go round, but knew to look back. Go Frozen River!
    1 – Frozen River
    2 – A Christmas Tale
    3 – Happy-Go-Lucky
    4 – Slumdog Millionaire
    5 – Rachel Getting Married
    6 – Milk
    7 – The Visitor
    8 – In Bruges
    9 – Chop Shop
    10 – Adam Resurrected

  3. Triple Option says:

    Despite the fact that it’s been cloudy and cold, it really doesn’t seem like it’s Christmas Eve already. I’m not even close to sick of hearing carols. Although I will support any legislation that makes it a federal offense to cover “The Christmas Song.” Nat King Cole – ONLY!! Mel Torme, obviously since he wrote it but at this point I don’t know if we should even give Natalie a pass. I guess Nat would want it that way but apart from that NO MAS!

  4. Joe Leydon says:

    Merry Christmas to one and all!

  5. anghus says:

    Seeing Rachel Getting Married on any list just amazes me. Anne Hathaway was brilliant. Everything else was a meandering mess.
    Any love for that movie will do nothing but confuse me. Small, intimate story moments flanked between world music and long scenes where nothing happens.
    While i can understand respect for a failed experiment, it still failed.

  6. EOTW says:

    Just saw WENDY & LUCY. Can someone explain to me why someone would steal dog food when they have at least $50 on their person?

  7. Joe Leydon says:

    Very happy to see Valkyrie and Benjamin Button posting better Christmas Day numbers than many — most? — expected.

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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