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DP/30 @ LA Film Festival: Hot Coffee, director Susan Saladoff

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4 Responses to “DP/30 @ LA Film Festival: Hot Coffee, director Susan Saladoff”

  1. scooterzz says:

    i guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that a documentary about tort reform and forced arbitration wouldn’t get a lot of attention but this was a pretty entertaining eye-opener….
    i was also pretty impressed with ‘gloria: in her own words’ and ‘harry belafonte: sing your song’….great season for hbo docs…

  2. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    Very interesting documentary. I was surprised by how little I actually knew about poor Stella Liebeck. I didn’t know how severely she was burned (I’ll never forget those images), I didn’t know all she asked was for McDonald’s to cover the costs Medicare didn’t and they offered her like $800 and treated it like a joke, I didn’t know McDonald’s had internal records of 700+ incidents where a customer was burned by their coffee and did nothing about it. Somewhat ironic too that for all the complaints from the right about frivolous lawsuits, the same day I watched this those idiots Jerome Corsi and Joseph Farah sued Esquire for some $200 million over a piece of satire.

  3. movielocke says:

    an amazing doc. I had no idea about any of these issues before.

    Between this, The Last Mountain, and Gasland I’m more ticked off at Republicans than ever. :/

  4. movielocke says:

    And now I am tempted to sign my upcoming cell phone contract with ‘no fucking way’ instead of my signature. 😀

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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.

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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.

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