The Favorite Films Of Stanley Kubrick @

Thanks for all the kind words in regards to my Shelley Duvall interview.  She was so amazing to interview.  On that note, did you guys know about Kubrick's favorite films list?  Kubrick was a huge fan oddly enough of, White Men Can't Jump, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  And he hated The Wizard Of Oz.  Here's my article about, and the list of his favorites:

Zack and Michael!!

hey all

This summer I was a script supervisor on a new web-series called Zack and Michael. It might be the greatest thing you've seen.  Ever.  Or, at least recently.  Here's the link to the first episode:

plus the original teaser trailer:

hope you enjoy- another trailer (with the theme of the Transformers) comes out this weekend, and look out for episode 2 coming soon!    Tell your friends!   

the press on film

I'm trying to make a list of movies that deal with the press, reporters, newsrooms, the power of the press... Newspapers.
It's for my roommate. I'm trying to bring him something beyond The Paper or I Love Trouble.
I know there are great movies on the subject and I haven't maybe given the matter much thought or research but below is the list of movies I've come up with.
Do you have any other ideas?

the press on film: a baker's dozenCollapse )

There are obviously a hundred movies I'm missing. The Insider, maybe?
He's an aspiring newspaper man and I feel like he has an appreciation for realistic depictions of newsrooms and investigative reporters and what-not. We saw Blood Diamond and it evoked from him a very compelling speech about the power to change the world with journalism.
Oh yeah. And I included La dolce vita here but I haven't yet convinced him of the error of his ways regarding his aversion to subtitled films...

Gun Crazy

I'm not sure how this one escaped me for so many years. Directed in 1949 by Joseph H. Lewis from a screenplay by MacKinlay Kantor (based on his 1940 Saturday Evening Post short story) and blacklisted Dalton Trumbo masquerading as Millard Kaufman, Gun Crazy reset the standard for film noir and paved the way for the attractive, sympathetic -- albeit sometimes psychotic -- antiheroes that showed up two decades later in movies like Bonnie and Clyde (whose real-life characters inspired Gun Crazy's lovin' couple on the run) and The Getaway.

Cinematically, the film's often expressionistic; its startling and (then) innovative use of extended "backseat driver" takes, shot from within the getaway car, and get the viewer caught up not only in the characters' predicament but the sexual excitement their larceny generates. And Russell Harlan's black-and-white cinematography is right up there with his work on Red River, The Thing from Another World, and Blackboard Jungle.

Not again until Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway would the screen see crooks as charismatic as Peggy Cummins and John Dall. Director Lewis told critic Danny Peary in 1981: "I told John, 'Your cock's never been so hard,' and I told Peggy, 'You're a female dog in heat, and you want him. But don't let him have it in a hurry. Keep him waiting.' That's exactly how I talked to them and I turned them loose. I didn't have to give them more directions."

Everything Is an Afterthought

I recently sold my first book. In conjunction, I've established another LiveJournal to report on the project's progress, occasionally provide links about, and writings by, its subject, the journalist and critic Paul Nelson, and share snippets of information or parts of interviews that may or may not be covered further in the final product.

In addition to being a critic and screenwriter, Nelson co-wrote the fine book: 701 Toughest Movie Trivia Questions of All Time (about which Martin Scorsese said, "Some of the sections were so tough I could only guess at the answers, but the book taught me a lot I was happy to learn").

The new journal shares the book's working title, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson. Just follow the link.

Anybody interested in learning more about this brilliant writer, whose own life proved just as mysterious and fascinating as the artists' about whom he wrote, is welcome to join. As well, tracking the process of how a book goes from sale to publication should prove interesting. I'm rather curious about that part myself...

Year of the Dog

For his directorial debut, Mike White chose to make a movie (based on his own original screenplay) that's a treatise about loneliness and people who have love but can't find a place to put it. Like many of the characters in White's previous scripts (to name a notable few: Chuck and Buck, School of Rock, Orange County, three episodes of Freaks and Geeks, and one of my all-time favorite films, The Good Girl), Year of the Dog's Peggy (played by Molly Shannon) doesn't quite have a sense of herself; her strong feelings and opinions locate her a little outside of the mainstream. The thing is, the people in the orbit of her life who don't get her, whose eyebrows and judgment she raises, are no less idiosyncratic.

Following the surprising but inevitable course that Peggy's life takes, Shannon is excellent, as is the rest of the cast, with the ever-dependable John C. Reilly, Peter Sarsgaard, and John Pais particularly outstanding.

As exemplified by a user comment at IMDb, the film is far from the chick flick that its plot and advertising suggests: " I thought I was going to see a funny movie. I came home feeling suicidal. If I wanted to see a pathetic over-40 woman who has bad dates and lives alone with the pets she dotes on too much, I woulda stayed home and stared in the mirror!" Year of the Dog -- the chick flick from hell?

Regardless, by movie's end, as in all of White's work, he manages to humanize his offbeat characters so that we, too, can understand and perhaps even identify with them -- if we hadn't already all along.


My Best Fiend clip- Herzog

this has been making me (unintentionally) chuckle in my seat for the past several minutes, and I've already seen it once before a couple weeks ago. for some reason, even though Kinski is really out of his fucking gord, I'm reminded of Moe Howard when he played the 'dictator' in that episode of the Three Stooges (moustache falls off, "gimme back my personality!"), and then rattled off in Hitler-esque gibberish.

ah the Germans, when will they learn. Kinski's one of my un-dead heroes, even though I probably would shit my pants if I ever had to direct him. Herzog must have balls the size of, uh...TIMMY!!