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BYOB Moonday for Movies

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12 Responses to “BYOB Moonday for Movies”

  1. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Actuals are up and Transformers 2 wins the weekend.

  2. matro says:

    One of the best movie trailer remixes I’ve seen in a while:

  3. 555 says:

    Moonday? Saw Mountains of the Moon for the first time over the weekend. Pretty badass. Especially when Richard Francis Burton takes a spear through the face and still gets away.

  4. Had the pleasure of watching Wake in Fright on the big screen yesterday. Great movie. Made in 1970, played in competition at Cannes in ’71 and then flopped on release. All prints vanished and it was considered lost until a rare set of prints appeared in a Pittsburgh storage room in a box marked “FOR DESTRUCTION”. It was then shipped back to Australia, restored and not only played in the Cannes Classics sidebar this year, but has now received a re-release, which has seen it become the box office hit it should have been 40 odd years ago.
    Fascinating story, fascinating movie. Directed by a Canadian too!

  5. LexG says:

    555: Is that the Rafelson adventure picture from 1990 with Patrick Bergin (or whoever)? I’ve always wanted to see that — hell, I’d kinda forgotten about it — because Rafelson is such a precise director of moody, small-scale character studies, I always wondered what he’d do with some giant spectacle flick. I think that dropped around the very same time as “The Sheltering Sky,” and for whatever reason I get them mixed up.
    Hey, that “Orphan” thing is going to be the next “sleeper,” I think. The ads are RELENTLESS suddenly… But isn’t it the EXACT same movie as “Joshua”?
    Also, once you’ve seen “Hurt Locker” and “Public Enemies,” go see “Moon.” I liked it fine when it was over but also one of those things that kinda sticks with you a day or two later.

  6. LexG says:

    Katherine Heigl looks SMOKING hot in those Ugly Truth ads. How long til she starts dissing it in the press though?
    And Penetentiary is on FLIX right now. AWESOME. Now where’s the second one, which has MR. T and as such was a source of endless unseen fascination throughout my youth?
    What happened to Leon Isaac Kennedy? Hell, who WAS Leon Isaac Kennedy? Leydon? Interview anecdote?

  7. LexG says:

    HOLY SHIT the CASUAL ENCOUNTERS section of Craigslist, SAN FERNANDO VALLEY edition, is a veritable VAGAPALOOZA!!!!
    Did we all know about this? There are chicks in here who actually look HOT and say they will DO THINGS.
    What is the downside here?

  8. Joe Leydon says:

    LexG: Sorry, never met Mr. Kennedy. Kami: Wasn’t that one released as Outback here in the States? I vaguely recall seeing it — and being impressed by it — during its fleeting early 70s run at the downtown Loews State theater in N.O. Years later, when I interviewed director Ted Kotcheff for First Blood and Split Image — which were released virtually simultaneously — he was impressed that I’d ever seen Outback/Wake in Fright. Oh, and LexG: Kotcheff also directed Two Gentlemen Sharing.

  9. 555 says:

    Yes, I was referring to the Rafelson flick, and it’s pretty sweet. An epic film, and apparently a dream project of his. It is an adventure story but the heart is the Burton and Speke. Refelson obviously cared more for these people than he did the adventure itself. And Bergin reminded me a lot of ole Viggo.

  10. jeffmcm says:

    Lex, for the most part you’re seeing a bunch of veiled ads for hookers and websites and identity thieves.

  11. christian says:

    You say that like it’s a bad thing, Jeff.

  12. Cadavra says:

    Leon’s still around and still in good shape. I see him occasionally at a friend’s house.

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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