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06 November 2006 @ 10:24 am
I need help finding locations that I can either buy in person, or order online, NEW lighting equipment. I also need to find a citable source for gauging the average pay for specific crew positions.

Can anyone help me?

31 October 2006 @ 10:43 pm
Karl’s movie review

HI There

I just saw one of the most intense and disturbing movies in a long time.

Title: Hard Candy

It’s about this guy who hooks up with this 14 year girl through the internet. Needless to say the girl turns the tables on this guy. AND It get’s Brutal. I haven’t seen a movie like this where I just couldn’t turn away.

You have to rent this….

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29 October 2006 @ 05:06 pm
does anyone know anything about Les/Leslie Tomkins? I can't seem to find out anything other than the movies he's (at least I assume it's a he) worked on.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
12 October 2006 @ 10:22 am

I'd like to invite anyone who is interested to my new LJ for Ridley Scott fans: http://community.livejournal.com/ridley_fans/

I've been a huge Ridley fan for many years now and was astonished to find there wasn't already an LJ dedicated to him, since to me, he is probably the most talented living director out there today. So with "A Good Year" coming out soon and "American Gangster" coming out next year, I thought it would be nice to try and hang out with other Ridley fans and to discuss his movies, past, present and future.
07 October 2006 @ 01:40 pm

"You see, in this world there is one awful thing, and that is that everyone has his reasons."

I've known that quote well for many years, thanks to the writings of Paul Nelson (who referenced it often), just as I've known that the man responsible for originally uttering those words was Jean Renoir. But until last week, when I watched his fine film The Rules of the Game for the first time in over twenty years, I didn't know (or I'd forgotten) that the quote emanated therein. Spoken by the pivotal character Octave, played by Renoir himself, hearing the words spoken aloud, in French, was a surprise and a revelation.

(In writing a biography of Paul Nelson and collecting his best writings into book form, and trying to understand how someone so talented and so loved came to an end that few of his old friends could comprehend -- living a life that was solitary at best, lonely at worst, while no longer writing for publication -- I've been tempted to rely on Renoir's words to explain and excuse what happened. Thus far that strikes me as too easy; but then, I've more than once used Renoir's quote to explain my own actions.)

In the September/October 2006 issue of Film Comment, director Paul Schrader writes an ambitious, lengthy (the longest article the magazine has published in its 42 years), erudite, and sometimes impenetrable piece entitled "The Film Canon" (the introduction to which may currently be found online). Supposedly sans favoritism and "taste, personal and popular," based on "those movies that artistically defined film history," he cites The Rules of the Game as the number one greatest film of all time.

According to Schrader: "For me the artist without whom there could not be a film canon is Jean Renoir, and the film without which a canon is inconceivable is The Rules of the Game."

It is no doubt a great film: funny and poignant and heartbreaking and, ultimately, very moral (thus satisfying Schrader's dictum that "no work that fails to strike moral chords can be canonical"). But even if it were not, if it were only a so-so movie that happened to contain Renoir's memorable quote, which spoke to me last week as if it were Paul Nelson trying to help me understand, there'd be a place in my heart for The Rules of the Game.

Current Location: Brooklyn, New York
Current Mood: confusedunfocused
Soundtrack: "TB Sheets" by Van Morrison
22 September 2006 @ 05:09 pm
Some of you may remember the original 'how to be: emo'. Now... the website for the reimagined 'how to be: emo' is online and ready for you to check out! Its full of trailers, character & story information and 'how to be: emo' downloads. I hope a person can find themselves wanting to join the forum as well whilst they look thru the site. If you can become a part of what we are doing on the forum that would be such a great help to all our artists! On the forum you will be able to talk to all the cast and crew about the on goings of the film. A community like this might find an interest in that.

Please check it out! Thank you,


ps. You will be able to post the trailers on your websites/myspace very shortly.

15 August 2006 @ 01:31 pm

When this film first opened in Manhattan, its run was so short that, by the time I read about it, it was gone. So it was with considerable delight when I discovered the film had returned, this time to Brooklyn, last week. 

Edmond seemed to have everything going for it: a script by David Mamet, based on his 1982 play of the same name; starring the incomparable William H. Macy, always marvelous but especially so in Wayne Cramer's wonderful 2003 film The Cooler; and director Stuart Gordon, who did HP Lovecraft proud with his adaptations of Re-Animator and From Beyond. On the surface, this film seemed like a winner. 

Therein lies the problem: Edmond is all surface. 

Edmond is the same character at the end of the film as he is at the beginning -- but it's not Macy's fault. The way the story is written, we don't know if the racial epithets Edmond spews are a sudden eruption or part of his daily routine, whether he's at the tail end of a journey toward violence or whether it's a destination he's inhabited for some time. It's not a one-note performance but a one-note character, devoid of any sense of what, if anything, has been lost. Just as Gordon's direction plods from one scene to the next, Edmond is a dead man walking from the first shot to the last (where he becomes a dead man lying down). Because we are not permitted to experience his fall, but rather just follow his somnambulistic walk on the wild side, there is no tragedy. We, like Edmond, feel nothing. 

Unlike Cape Fear's Max Cady, who promised, "You're gonna learn about loss," Edmond offers no such lesson. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker's famous obvservation, the film runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.

Similarly, a litany of usually fine actors are put through their paces so quickly and without distinction that often they're gone from the screen by the time we realize who they were: Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Dule Hill (fine here in a role that's about as far from The West Wing's Charlie as he can get), Joe Mantegna (always amazing, but especially so as Dean Martin in The Rat Pack), Denise Richards (the Charlie Sheen-Denise Richards divorce), Julia Stiles (so memorable in Mamet's State and Main), Mean Suvari (the American Beauty herself), Rebecca Pidgeon (also fine State and Main -- and married to Mr. Mamet), and Debi Mazar (not used nearly enough in Entourage). Despite all this thespian firepower, the only onscreen chemistry occurs in the scene between Macy and Stiles in her character's apartment, when, for a fleeting moment, it seems as if she and Edmond might have found in each other a twisted kindred spirit. Alas, even that spark is extinguished before it can ignite anything else.

A gentleman, a few rows ahead of us, served as spokesman for the sparse audience when the film faded out and the lights came up. "That's it?" he said. Indeed.

Current Location: Brooklyn, NY
Current Mood: crankyheadachy
Soundtrack: "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks
06 August 2006 @ 09:08 pm
Hello Hello my friends. I have made a couple icons of Wes Anderson and QT that i would like to share with you. If you go to boomboxicons can find them all there! Hope you like them and enjoy!

[1-32] The Life Aquatic/Wes Anderson
[33-63] Kill Bill
[64-83] Reservoir Dogs
[84-101] Rocky Horror Picture Show
[102-114] Se7en

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02 August 2006 @ 02:38 pm
Christopher Nolan's next work will of course be the sequel to Batman Begins. It will be titled: The Dark Knight. It will feature our favorite villian The Joker. But who will be playing The Joker you ask. Well its been confirmed that The Joker will be played by Heath Ledger. Yes you heard correctly, Heath Ledger.
02 August 2006 @ 01:18 am
New thing here for thedirectors we'll play "Best Of...." I'll give out a director and you tell me their best film to date. Today's "Best Of..." director is Wes Anderson. GO!!!