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BYOB – It's ONLY Tuesday?!?!?!

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  1. jeffmcm says:

    Seeing the full-length Che today or tomorrow. Any recommendations as to how to make it through four 1/2 hours of movie?

  2. chmoye says:

    This is the longest week of the year…
    On film-related news, why do I get the feeling that this project is going to be a huge flop?

  3. christian says:

    Do what the Bolivians do. Blow.

  4. storymark says:

    I don’t imagine TinTin will do terribly well domestically, but it’ll do okay on the names alone. But international is where this one is making it’s money.

  5. David Poland says:

    Stop psyching yourself out. It’s not a surgical procedure.

  6. hahahaha. Isn’t there going to be an intermission?
    We Indians are used to 3 hour long Bollywood films…

  7. I think TinTin will be a flop, too. It could be “The Flintstones Movie” of the 2000s.

  8. chris says:

    Four and a half hours of a great movie is a GOOD thing. But I would suggest that you think of them as two separate, closely-related movies, since they are. Almost like an exquisitely-programmed double feature.

  9. EthanG says:

    It seems like there is a real possilibity that there will be nine wide-released films…yes NINE films released this month that will not be screened for critics. January is known for major suckage, but this year is on track to set records. Aside from “Notorious” , maybe “New in Town” and two films already released in Europe (“Taken” and “Inkheart”) does anyone think any of the following films will have any screenings in advance?:
    Bride Wars
    The Unborn
    Not Easily Broken
    My Bloody Valentine
    Paul Blart: Mall Cop
    Hotel for Dogs
    Underworld 3
    The Uninvited

  10. jeffmcm says:

    Thanks for your warmth, sensitivity, and good humor, DP.
    I was really just asking to bump the oldest posting out of the Top Ten on the main page of the blog.
    On an unrelated subject, if I had extra money, I’d pay kids with spray paint to white out the ‘el’ from all Hotel for Dogs billboards in LA.

  11. Nick Rogers says:

    Ethan: Hotel for Dogs has been screening for a while near where I live. And I’m pretty sure that Paul Blart is, too. Of course, I’m going to make the drive for neither one.

  12. RE: Your headline. Tell me about it.

  13. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Ethan, why you so down? January looks great …
    This week: Clint (“Gran Torino” goes mainstream) + Chick Flick
    Next week: Jersey movie (the Mall Cop) + Biggie Smalls
    Following week: “Revolutionary Road” due to go mainstream
    (it’s already in arty theaters near me)
    Super Bowl week: Chick Flick
    Which would you rather see, good mainstream movies or name-checking/”Academy Award Winner” crap?

  14. jeffmcm says:

    Chucky, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
    You’re nuts.
    Yes, let’s all go see My Bloody Valentine 3-D over Doubt or Che. And isn’t Revolutionary Road (featuring an Oscar-winning director and two former nominees) a ‘crap’ movie in your schema?

  15. jeffmcm says:

    Let me emphasize: I don’t think Chucky is stupid, but rather irrational, bizarre. If he would ever explain what guides his thought process, we’d all be better off.

  16. frankbooth says:

    “Any recommendations as to how to make it through four 1/2 hours of movie?”

  17. EthanG says:

    I guess Northern VA is one of the few suburban areas where Torino has been in the major multiplexes since Christmas??? And Rev Road is here is well…otherwise it seems like the Winter Wasteland gets wastier every year.
    “Notorious” I’m kinda, sorta psyched for though. Ditto “Killshot” though it’s been moved a dozen times. But that’s it.

  18. Martin S says:

    Dave – any take on the Lionsgate/TV Guide move? It feels like a sweetner either before merging with MGM or going on the block. Who could use the space more? Fox or Sony?

  19. Martin S says:

    RE – Watchman J-trailer impressions.
    Nixon v. Rorshach.
    Manhattan Exploding Man. The way they juxtaposed his materialization among the people with the city detonation makes him looks like the cause.
    Totally different take on Comedian. Not a Plissken-wannabe but actually a victim.

  20. LYT says: also has a new Watchmen featurette on the Minutemen, and their deliberately cheesy retro costumes.
    Paul Blart, Unborn, and Bride Wars are screening. I wouldn’t be surprised if My Bloody Valentine does too, since they showed the whole thing at Butt-Numb-A-Thon and every fan report seemed to be pretty positive on it. Not the most unbiased reactions, obviously, but a whole lot more positive than a January horror film usually gets, even among fanboys.

  21. LYT says:

    “Any recommendations as to how to make it through four 1/2 hours of movie?”
    Don’t order the extra-large Coke.

  22. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Second that — I did that for the last re-release of “Gone with the Wind” and had to fight off a major need to take a whizz before the intermission.

  23. chris says:

    “Bride Wars” and “Hotel for Dogs” have already screened in my neck of the woods. “Not Easily Broken” and “Paul Blart” are tomorrow.

  24. I saw Spike Lee’s Before the Levees Broke in a cinema (it hasn’t received a TV or DVD release due to rights issues so I took up the chance to see it theatrically during a Lee retrospective) and with intermission it was 4.5 hrs. I made it through relatively unscathed. A bit exhausted (but that was a mix of pshyical and emotional) but otherwise good. I got sushi during intermission and it got me through the second half.

  25. BTW, why is it alright for TinTin to not to well in America but great guns internationally when the same thing happened to, for instance, The Golden Compass and people claim it as a huge giant flop?
    I’d also like to ask if anybody else is suspicious of the numbers Gran Torino is posting. On a monday (a MONDAY!) – it’s it’s per theatre average was $3747. The only titles that can compare are The Wrestler ($2790 after 20 days in release) Revolutionary Road ($2164 after 11 days). And Defiance ($5001, but it’s only been out for a week so not really comparable).
    It’s not like Gran Torino is only only on 10 or 20 screens either. It’s on 84! Perhaps it’s my aversion to Eastwood kicking in, but something doesn’t seem right about that.

  26. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    MY BLOODY VALENTINE will open much bigger than predictions. Unlike BEOWULF this thing is perfect date fodder like when Friday 3 opened in 83. This thing will take some major coin.

  27. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    TIN TIN will work if they accurately reflect Herge’s sensibilities and vision. The cartoon series was enjoyable but there’s something so precise about the artwork and the feeling it conveys in the reader I’m not so sure it can be reproduced. It will be an interesting and expensive experiment.

  28. leahnz says:

    ‘Do what the Bolivians do. Blow.’
    christian: scandalous!
    frankbooth: priceless 😀 (that’s me, laughing. i have hair in real life, tho)
    ‘It will be an interesting and expensive experiment’
    you got that right, jbd

  29. Wasn’t the idea behind Tin Tin that it was charmingly old fashioned (from the storylines to the animation – both the books and the TV series). How 3D motion capture whatever cgi is going to reflect that I don’t know.
    JBM, my only concern would be whether the teens are willing to fork over the extra cash because it’s in 3D when they know they’re just going to be making out and eating popcorn anyway. Right?

  30. LYT says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily call Tintin old-fashioned — the characters went to the moon using advanced technology, for instance, and Herge criticized communism before it was fashionable.
    Granted, nowadays they may seem charmingly old-fashioned (and in some cases, appallingly un-PC, to put it mildly), but for the time, they weren’t.
    I’ll be fascinated to see if a motion-capture movie can work. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thompson and Thomson doesn’t seem quite right, though.

  31. chris says:

    Not sure about rights problems elsewhere, but “When the Levees Broke” is widely available on DVD in the U.S. HBO video, I think.

  32. I’m in Australia and before the screening the curator said that she put Lee and HBO through a lot of paperwork to get clearance for the mountains of news footage that Levees features. Which probably explains why it hasn’t been shown on TV here or released on DVD.
    I generally don’t buy DVDs from American when I’ve never seen the product.

  33. jeff-
    Although you’re likely 1/4 way through now….just relax and let it wash over you. It’s a movie going *experience*. However, through all the respect I have for it and the love of the idea, it left me cold.
    I dunno if you guys have seen what “they’ve” been doing with 3D, but if the horrendous “Fly Me to the Moon” had amazing 3D, “My Bloody Valentine” shall OWN. Not saying it will be a good “movie,” But a crowded theater full of talking, involved, freaked out people will make for some great movie going experiences across the U.S. It’s gonna be BIG I say…BIG!! (but not good)

  34. Ray_Pride says:

    In one large metro market: Bride Wars, screened on Tuesday. The Unborn, screening Thursday. Not Easily Broken, screened a while ago. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, screening Monday. Hotel for Dogs, Tuesday.

  35. sky_capitan says:

    I’ve seen the commercial/trailer for Gran Torino.
    goto the trailer plays automatically and CLOSE YOUR EYES as Eastwood says near the beginning…
    “ever notice how you come across somebody once in awhile you shouldn’t have messed with? That’s me.”
    Doesn’t that sound like he’s Christian Bale’s The Batman? Or at least The Batman’s grandfather??
    it’s kinda funny
    someone should mash this up with The Dark Knight.

  36. Rothchild says:

    New Line sold off all their foreign territories for Golden Compass. There’s your explanation.

  37. LexG says:

    January, as usual = A FISTFUL OF OWNAGE.
    UNBORN, MY BLOODY VALENTINE and UNINVITED will rule all. And UNDERWORLD 3, fuck yeah!
    But looking into February: Am I the only one who was only sort of, vaguely, tangentially aware they were even MAKING a second Steve Martin PINK PANTHER, never mind that it comes out in like a month?
    To repeat something I said elsewhere, I’ve had to sit through the HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU TRAILER ****FIVE HUNDRED**** TIMES. I think the ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD shows it BEFORE EVERY SINGLE MOVIE, even things like GRAN TORINO and CHANGELING.
    I’ve never seen a trailer for PINK PANTHER 2 until I just now IMDB’d it. Who decides what movies get nonstop trailer attachment and TV ads and which ones go relatively un-promoted (….then of course still open to some insane amount, meaning it’s maybe just off my Spike TV viewing radar.)

  38. jeffmcm says:

    Lex, I think it’s fair to say that you don’t see a lot of family-oriented movies. I saw the Pink Panther trailer in front of Bolt a couple of months ago.
    I hated Underworld 1, avoided Underworld 2, have no interest in U3.

  39. LexG says:

    Hey, is Beyonce in PP2? (I doubt it, though I like Mortimer fine. Is there another hot chick for old man Martin to hit on?)

  40. LexG says:

    OK long as I’m sober enough to remember, I’ve been promising T. Holly and all my other fans my TOP TEN HOT CINEMATIC CHICKS OF 2008. You will bask in the following list and BOW:
    10: Odette Yustman, CLOVERFIELD.
    9: Emmanuelle Chriqui: YOU DON’T MESS WITH ZOHAN
    8: Natalya Rudakova: TRANSPORTER 3
    7: Anne Hathaway: GET SMART
    5: Olga Kurylenko: QUANTUM, MAX PAYNE
    4: Scarlett Johansson and Paz Vega: THE SPIRIT (tie)
    3: Jessica Alba: THE EYE/LOVE GURU
    1: TAKE A GUESS.

  41. PastePotPete says:

    The number of people doubting Tintin is a bit bizarre imo. Spielberg and Jackson need to prove their commercial instincts? Spielberg only really fails when he does straight-up comedies.
    And the guy who compared it to the Flintstones movie? You mean the one that grossed $130mil in 1994? Tintin would be profitable at that number, with foreign factored in.

  42. The Pope says:

    Re: Tin-Tin
    Unless Spielberg and Jackson have decided to CGI the dog, Snowy, I reckon a real life pooch will be extremely weirded out on the set, what with all those motion capture dots on Andy Serkis, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
    Still, it would be funny if the dog were the only “real” being in the picture.

  43. LexG says:

    PPP, for the record, *36 years old* here, from THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AMERICA OWNS FUCK YEAH… and until the last few months, have NEVER EVER EEEEEEVER heard of “TINTIN,” whatever the FUCK that is, in my entire life, outside of RIN TIN TIN, which I assume is something different.
    And I have conducted informal polls amongst friends both real and online: NO ONE in America knows what the hell TINTIN is. NOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOONE.
    Now back up a post or two and bow to my ten chick list.

  44. yancyskancy says:

    Lex, I’m guessing K-Stew, so does that mean that Evan Rachel Wood didn’t quite OWN in The Wrestler, or simply that you didn’t see it? 🙂
    I’m tellin’ ya though — Teresa Palmer. Bedtime Stories. Trust me. And Keri Russell’s nothing to sneeze at either.
    I also liked Anita Briem in Journey to the Center of the Earth and Laura Ramsey in The Ruins.
    Okay, testosterone surge over. Carry on.

  45. LexG says:

    ‘Skancy, I saw all of those except Bedtime Stories, which I’ll get to FORTHWITH (Good word.) I need to see this PALMer chick, and of course RUSSELL is the hotness.
    To put it into perspective, keep in mind that this was such a good year in CINEMATIC HOTNESS that LEXIAN FAVES Ricci, Hilton, WOOD, Beckinhotness, Dawson, Watts, Bilson, and Deschanel all appeared in movies and still may or may not have missed out on the TOP TEN.

  46. Bennett says:

    I agree that My Bloody Valentine will be huge…especially if the theaters are charging 2 or 3 dollars more for the 3D experience. Also, there is not any NFL football on Saturday which will help will all the men.
    A totally random subject….I rented The Happening last night….By Far the funniest film of 2008…Wasn’t bored for a second…I laughed so hard at this film that my face was sore after it was over…..I just cannot believe that people went to work everyday thinking that this was going to be a good movie…I loved the “let’s run from the wind” scenes….all of Marky Mark’s line readings(cannnot take that acting seriously) were so serious that it was hysterical……so funny….so funny…..

  47. My Bloody Valentine will definitely be a hit because not only it is a fantasy-esque horror movie, it’s also in 3-D, which will take people’s minds off economic troubles. It’s an adventure, sort of.
    It’s a way to escape reality.

  48. chris says:

    Just lettin’ you know, Kamikaze. And, since your post didn’t mention Australia, letting others know that it is, in fact, available. (And, at least in the case of the first three parts, a must-see.)

  49. Joe Straat says:

    Well, I’m American and I watched a lot of Tintin when I was a kid whenever it was on Nickelodeon (Which wasn’t often). It was good stuff. It didn’t coddle the audience or treat them like they were idiots and the adventures were mad eof fun, thoughtful stuff. Then again, I am often the the exception to the rule. Plus, I play video games and love WALL-E, so I probably don’t even count under Lex’s rules.

  50. lazarus says:

    I’m also American, and the same age as Lex (it makes me sick to my stomach that we have anything in common, but it’s the truth), and I grew up reading the English translation of all the Tintin books, readily available at my local library.
    Perhaps if Lex spent his childhood reading instead of being jacked into every new video game system that came out, or peeking at his dad’s Playboy stash, he wouldn’t have the cinematic taste of a fifteen year-old.

  51. christian says:

    Lex, one could guarantee that an acolyte of Tom Leykis, Spike TV, bad metal and too much gut-rot would be ignorant of a shitload of cool things. Your lack of knowledge doesn’t negate that of others. I guess you represent the most average and mediocre mentality of Americans, the one who think Bush “owns”…in the greatest country ever where you can brag about how clueless you are…

  52. jeffmcm says:

    Lex, did you fall off the wagon last night? You were doing so well for the last several weeks.

  53. Chucky in Jersey says:

    “Watchmen” update: A federal judge will decide on 1/20 who gets to distribute the movie.

  54. leahnz says:

    can i ask what may be a dumb question re: the WGA best adapted screenplay noms: what is ‘the dark knight’ adapted from, exactly? is there some specific ‘dark knight’ comic i’ve not heard of, or is the screenplay considered ‘adapted’ simply by virtue of the characters having originated from the DC comics source material? if so, is that a true adaptation? seems iffy

  55. a_loco says:

    leahnz, if the characters aren’t original, the screenplay isn’t original. Remember when Before Sunset got nominated for adapted?

  56. EOTW says:

    So I had a strange double feature today of two films I’ve never seen before: HUNGER and then HANCOCK.
    I don’t know who Steven McQueen is, but the guy is going to be HUGE. No question,. HUNGER came outta nowhere for me and just blew me away. It is so amazing, intense, grim and beautiful. I don’t know where to begin, so I guess it doesn’t matter. The film is easily in my top 10 of 08 or 09 or whatever. that 17 minute scene is really audacious without being so.
    On to HANCOCK. I guess i missed a lot of the talk and flack this film got. But, why? Am I an idiot for seeing it as the genrebusting popcorn flick it is? I wished I’d seen it in a theater, though BR more than sufficed. I duf everything about it and I ain’t no Will Smith fan. I had no probelm with the CT thing, but I saw it coming a mile off. The effects weren’t perfect, but at least give the folks credit for doing something new and different.

  57. jeffmcm says:

    If Hancock had just consisted of the first hour – the adventures of Malt Liquor Man – I would be putting it in my top ten for the year. But the CT stuff, good as both actors are, is just too bizarre and emotionally convoluted to make for a really successful movie.

  58. EOTW says:

    Jeff: Having just caught up on some of the flack the flick got on its release, clearly, you ain’t alone. But i gotta say, I dug the CT, I think, because it worked for it being so vague. I found myself wanting to know more about how these beings came to be. I wouldn’t disagree when folks say they don’t buy it, but i found it only made it more interesting for me. I don’t know. I really dug it and I relaize that Will Smith is pretty good when he isn’t being Will Smith.

  59. LexG says:

    Charlize is the only one who can give the public what it wants.

  60. EOTW-agree re; HUNGER.
    But how is HANCOCK a “genre buster?” I’ve heard others say it but I don’t get it. I also liked the film somewhat but the Theron thing was lame and obvious.

  61. leahnz says:

    thanks a_loco, that’s what i was wondering, whether pre-existing characters necessitate the tag of ‘adapted’ even if there isn’t an actual story adapted for the screen from another format like a book or play.
    (re: ‘hancock’, which i kinda liked because it’s weird and different, i think it slots into the more serious end of the ‘superhero comedy’ genre with the likes of ‘mystery men’ somewhere in the middle and the flat-out spoof ‘superhero movie’ at the opposite, silly end)

  62. leahnz says:

    thanks a_loco, that’s what i was wondering, whether pre-existing characters necessitate the tag of ‘adapted’ even if there isn’t an actual story adapted for the screen from another format like a book or play.
    (re: ‘hancock’, which i kinda liked because it’s weird and different, i think it slots into the more serious end of the ‘superhero comedy’ genre with the likes of ‘mystery men’ somewhere in the middle and the flat-out spoof ‘superhero movie’ at the opposite, silly end)

  63. leahnz says:

    no idea how i managed to do that

  64. EOTW says:

    Don: For me, it was genre busting because, I know this sounds dumb, it deals with something closer to reality. I know it’s small, but this is the first superhero flick (ok, LIVe action super hero flick cause THE INCREDIBLES dabbled in this, too) where you see the cost of their feats of awe. Everytihng the man does cost millions of dollars. How would that affect a city, a country? Taxes would skyrocket simply to fix their clean up. It’s small, but it works.
    Strangely enough, as I watched it, I also was reminded that, supposedly, Tim Burton’s Superman reboot was going to focus mostly on what it was like to be an alien, one of a kind. I thk that HANCOCK does that quite efficiently.

  65. Joe Leydon says:

    EOTW: Roger Ebert agrees with you. In his original review, he wrote: “I have been waiting for this for years: a superhero movie where the actions of the superheroes have consequences in the real world. They always leave a wake of crashed cars, bursting fire hydrants, exploding gas stations and toppling bridges behind them and never go back to clean up. But John Hancock, the hero of Hancock, doesn

  66. LexG says:

    This is unrelated to anything at hand and I shouldn’t give away my brilliant ideas as a blog post, but it’s pretty general and needs to be said:
    Much as I liked Milk and Frost/Nixon, I can’t help but keep wondering when we’re going to move on from discoed-out ’70s period pieces. Look, FUNNY HAIR! Sleazy MUSTACHES! DISCO! Usually made by smart but admittedly Boomer-era directors making the by-now somewhat easy parallel between that tumultuous era and our modern-day situations.
    By now, after over a DECADE ’70s nostalgia/period flicks– Boogie Nights, Summer of Sam, 54, Last Days of Disco… on up to this year’s films and TV’s Swingtown– isn’t it time some of the younger directors of my (and most of your) generation to move on a decade or so and turn their attention to the late ’80s-early ’90s?
    I know some older critics scoffed at the idea of a ’90s period piece with The Wackness, and yes, compared to the flamboyant disco and New Wave years, it might seem like kind of a black hole of an era.
    But trust me: Throw on some Arsenio clips or a 90210 rerun or Juice or New Jack City. Dated, flamboyant, colorful, awesomely representative of a time that was still pretty tumultuous and exciting in its own right– hip-hop taking over the suburbs, early grunge, the beginnings of the P.C. movement, the early Clinton years, the L.A. riots. And INSANE fashions: I watched Mo’ Better Blues last year, and that shit was MORE DATED THAN THE FUCKING OLD WEST. Enough with the disco nostalgia and bring on an epic scored by Hammer and Nirvana and Vanilla Ice and “The Humpty Dance,” black dudes rockin’ awesome fades and white guys mulleting it up wearing Cross Colours and shit.
    All of this would seem to be perfectly cinematic, I just think there are too many older execs who don’t recognize it as an “era” of any sort, in the same, unfortunate way that my inevitably aging ass couldn’t discern a damn bit of stylistic or pop cultural difference between 2003 and 2008, but for some young kid it represents an eternity of varying colors and moods and images.

  67. EOTW says:

    Lex, a couple of things:
    1) As usual, your posts are great. I’m your #1 fan here. I mean that completely. Greta post.
    2) Don’t you think it’s still a little too soon for a 90s period piece? 80s, maybe. 90s seems to soon and i say this as a young adult of the 90s. I turned 18 in 1990 and lived through the whole decade. Hell, I even got to see Kurt Cobain open up for SY at some shithole in Chicago before anyone knew who he was. I LIVED the 90s, I just think it might be too soon. Distance is a good thing, especially, I think, in this case.
    Joe: I never read that review of Ebert’s. I really zoned out on the flick when it was in theaters cause I’m not a Will Smith guy and the reviews seemed to bash it so much.

  68. LexG says:

    EOTW, first off, thanks for the kind words, plus always great to hear formative anecdotes from children of the AWESOME late 80s/early 90s.
    But think about it: Boogie Nights is a classic now and it depicts an age that was only 13-20 years prior; Wedding Singer, a huge hit about the synthed-out early ’80s, was a mere 15 years after the time it depicts. 54, Lasr Days of Disco, Summer of Sam: all around 18-22 years later.
    Hard to believe though it might be, that very BUFFALO STANCE, POP GOES THE WEASEL, ALICE IN CHAINS, Silent Lucidity, USE YOUR ILLUSION, BLACK album, Cross Colours, L.A. riots, Arsenio, Juice, Nino Brown, Limbaugh tanking on the Sajak show, Marlins-are-a-new-team, Violator, EPMD, NO MORE TEARS, RUMPSHAKER, etc., era is no an astonishing *17-20 years ago.*
    BRING IT, I say.

  69. leahnz says:

    ‘hancock’ isn’t the first superhero to get in trouble for wanton destruction:
    (myself i’m not a comic geek but i actually know a guy who has this in his frighteningly extensive collection, this thread made me think of it)

  70. LexG says:

    EOTW: Oh, yeah, I forget: And THEN I want to do a 1997-SET sequel scored entirely by all the mid-90s post-grunge alt-rock acts: Space, Spacehog, Sponge, Failure, Cracker, Seven Mary Three, Live, Candlebox, Collective Soul, Silverchair, Tracey Bondham, Dishwalla, Bush, Better Than Ezra and Third Eye Blind, with selected tracks from Metallica’s LOAD album.

  71. jeffmcm says:

    In order to make sure I don’t get the taint of being a ‘hater’, I’ll agree that Lex has been on a pretty good streak lately.

  72. I guess I can see that re; Hancock and genre busting. Then again, he’s a frigging drunk so his superheroing isn’t really at fault as much as his boozing is I would say. I mean, him and Theron TRASH shit in that battle sequence and no one says a peep.
    And isn’t “The Wackness” a 90’s period piece? I haven’t seen it yet…but that’s what I gathered…

  73. christian says:

    To quote Randy The Ram: “The 90’s sucked.”

  74. Joe Leydon says:

    LexG: Nothing by Rob Zombie? I always thought “Superbeast” would be a great tune for a movie soundtrack.

  75. IOIOIOI says:

    Lex loves a sound that does not exist anymore. Awww. How cute.

  76. EOTW says:

    Hey, speaking of great 90s stuff, Gov’t Mule did a “Seattle” set during their NYC NYE show that you can DL everywhere, nothing but songs from PJ, Nirvana, AIC and Soundgarden (Temple of the Dog, too). Good stuff.
    And Lex, like anything, I’d have to see that 90s flick when it happens. I don’t know, for me I guess the 90s just feel too close at the moment. But that’s me.
    Hey, this is off topic, but is anyone else freaked by the possibility that the series creator of MAD MEN ain’t coming back for the 3rd season? I love that show and hope it doesn’t happen. It’d be a disaster for anyone who loves good TV. I can’t imagine what THE WIRE would be like sans David Simon or LOST without those 2 of the 3 guys who got the story in their heads and know the ending already. Hope they nip this in the bud ASAP.

  77. jeffmcm says:

    So I went and saw Che tonight. I enjoyed it, although I definitely couldn’t avoid the thought “If Nicol D. hadn’t fled The Hot Blog, he would be pooping all over this movie and how openly warm it is towards socialism and Che-the-person.” And yeah, what’s the worst thing Che does in this movie, smoke?

  78. Joe Straat says:

    I’d put more Oasis, Garbage, and earlier, more raw Foo Fighters into that mix, but I’m more of a mid-90’s person. Oh, and throw in some Propellerheads, too. When the hell are they releasing another album, anyway? Decksanddrumsandrockandroll is one of the best albums ever and they never followed it up. A song from that album was on every other movie soundtrack at the time, it seemed.

  79. Blackcloud says:

    Jeff, it’s almost as if you think that if Nicol did criticize “Che” for “slurping” Che, he’d have a point. I know it’s cold here in the Mid-Atlantic, but I didn’t think it was because Hell froze over!

  80. jeffmcm says:

    “Slurping”? Is that some kind of Canadian slang I’m not familiar with?

  81. Blackcloud says:

    Haha, no, it’s what Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon accuse each other of doing if they’re being overly enthusiastic about some athlete or other. I guess you don’t watch “Pardon the Interruption.”

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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