Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Now this doesn't mean there will be no more blog, on the contrary. I want to spend a little more time talking about film, talking about what's going on with Triple Sticks Productions and hopefully, this year will turn out even better than last, so we'll have tons to discuss.
Anyway, if you're anyone who chimes in and reads this thing at all thanks... and I'll be in touch soon!
Friday, May 22, 2009
I saw this film for the first time in one of my favorite theaters of all time, the "Minor" theater in Arcata, California. I remember seeing the trailer for it during another film and it just blew me away. The film lived up to the trailer and it still does today.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The DVD extras are great, including a look back at the making of the film. Fun stories about what happened during their shoot and more, all worthwhile, including some deleted scenes from the final cut.
Monday, May 18, 2009
This film is truly a 1980's throwback with a little "Ocean's Eleven" thrown in for good measure. 21 feels like a John Hughes/"Brat Pack" kind of a film, complete with the awkward geek love affair plus a James Spader bad little rich kid look-a-like.
Kevin Spacey is one of the stars of the film and he is solid as usual. I saw it on cable for free and it was worth about that.**** 05.17.09 - The Negotiator... 1998... Director F. Gary Gray
***** 05.16.09 - Dog Me: Potluck... 2003... Director M. David Lee III
*** 1/2 05.16.09 - Pulp Fiction... 1994... Director Quentin Tarantino
Friday, May 15, 2009
A friend of mine asked me recently, “How do I write?” And what she meant by that, is how do I choose what to work on when I come to one of my Mobile Offices… like today.(05.14.05)
Well for me it’s all about writing when you feel like it. I am a firm believer that you have to write when you feel it, when you have that muse and you want to sit down and spend some time hacking away. Now there are others who believe you need to sit down every day and hammer something out, but that for the most part doesn't work for me.
(The tools of the trade, computer, drink, Ipod, view)
Now when I’m rewriting something or near the start of production and I have to tighten a script, I can write that way, but we’re not really talking about that here.
So for me, what usually happens is I come to my office, sit down and start looking at my projects that I have in various stages and whatever one speaks to me that day I start working on. Now this is for the first draft usually. The first draft is always the hardest for me to complete, but once I’ve done that, then I start working that story over and over again until it’s ready to show someone.
Once I finally have one or two people that I trust read it and I get their notes, I’ll work it over and over again until it’s, what I call “production ready.” And for me, that means it’s time to try to pitch it to someone or in most cases it’s time for me to start putting the film in production and making it.
I’ve often wondered what it might be like to be on the staff of a show or something where you have deadlines and had to write to get things done at a certain time. I do think I probably would be pretty good at it, because I can write under pressure, but in my own way. I could probably hammer out a full version of a film script in less than a week, but I also would probably be a mess by the end of it and a lot of it would be written at home… you know... where I can write naked… one of my favorite things to do! Just keeping it real folks!
** 05.13.09 - Sex with Strangers... 1002... Directors Harry and Joe Gantz
Monday, May 11, 2009
For me, maybe the second greatest musical ever made. Gene Kelley is not only the star of this flick, but also a co-director and along with Stanley Donen, they've created a classic that will go down as not only one of the best musicals, but films ever made.
I loved watching him talk about film and seeing some of the locations he used and seeing what folks said about working with him. It's a fine line between genius and madness and he walks it all of the time.
Friday, May 8, 2009
First of all I can't believe this was made back in 1982! It's still a classic and is a great film. My Dad took me to see this film in 82, I would have been a junior in high school. I remember he really liked it and as I grew older I understood why... at the core... it's a guy film. Not a blow'em up shoot'em up kind of a film, but a film about guys and their relationships. It's male bonding at it's best and still stands up over time.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
***1/2 05.06.09 - The King is Alive... 2000... Director Kristian Levring
**** 05.06.09 - Chasing Amy... 1997... Director Kevin Smith
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I almost forgot about, I watched this one again! I love this version on the film and it's a case where I think the remake, may be better... or at least definitely equal to the original.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
** 1/2 04.30.09 - Fetishes... 1996... Director Nick Broomfield