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Inglourious Masterpiece

To be quite honest, I walked into Quentin Tarantino’s latest film wanting desperately to hate it. Like a lot of cinephiles of my generation, I actually have Tarantino to thank for deepening my love of movies; his films were a catalyst for me to go and seek out everything I could find.  It was Clockwork Orange that…

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Summer Frenzies

At the end of last year I had my first annual “Frenzies,” which is my way of giving honor (or dishonor) to certain films throughout the year. It is my own personal version of the Oscars and to receive one of these coveted awards is, I’m told, the highest honor that an actor or filmmaker…

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The 10 Movies You Should be Excited About This Fall

As usual, this summer was one that emphasized explosions over character development at the box office.  However, there were a few movies that almost seemed out of place amidst the sea of dross, films like The Hurt Locker, Up, or In the Loop.  These films were so good that they made the dreck likeTerminator Salvation, Wolverine, andTransformers 2 seem…

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Judd Apatow is a Funny Person

Judd Apatow is funny.  I mean that in both sense of the word.  There is, of course, no doubt that Apatow is one of the funniest comedy writers out there and he is one of my personal favorites.  I think the films and TV shows that he has shepherded into production have been some of…

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Longing for a Real Romantic Comedy

I forced myself to do a double-feature of the two most recent and most successful “romantic comedies” in theaters, The Proposal and The Ugly Truth.  I used the term “romantic comedy” loosely because there isn’t a whole lot that is either romantic or funny about either film.  Both films lack anything resembling a realistic romance that an…

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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