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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Been Tagged

Fun Joel did it. He reached out to the scribosphere and it responded. Dave over at Man Bytes Hollywood tagged me. This is what my monkey brain could come up with on the spot. If you have no idea what I'm talking about check the links.

ONE (1) earliest film-related memory: I would have to say this would be the 1974 film The Towering Inferno. Disaster movies were all the rage in the mid-seventies and this was one of the better ones. The cast included, well, everyone not to mention The Juice in one of his first powerhouse roles as Harry Jernigan, the building maintenance/security guy. Irwin Allen really knew how to blow shit up and at seven years old, what could else could a young boy want? Like Dave, Jaws was a big one for me too.

TWO (2) favorite lines from movies: I knew this wasn't going to be easy. Sorry Joel, there is no way I can stop at just one with this:

"The jew is using the negro as muscle. What are you going to do about it, whitey?"
"Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips. "
"I bet these cops got SCMODS. " - Blues Brothers
"You'll get nothing, and like it." - Caddyshack
"Lee Harvey, you are a madman." - Stripes

THREE (3) jobs you’d do if you could not work in the “biz”:

Guitarist for Kiss (1977)
Chocolate Tester

FOUR (4) jobs you actually have held outside the industry:

Cab Driver
Wine/Liquor Store Clerk
Office Drone

THREE (3) book authors I like:

Hubert Selby Jr.
Don DeLillo
Jim Thompson

TWO (2) movies you’d like to remake or properties you’d like to adapt:

Because I'm a total freak for 60's and 70's Sci-Fi:
Soylent Green
The Last Man on Earth

Also, What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg. Everyone in the business of movies should read it.

ONE (1) screenwriter you think is underrated:

You're right Dave, this is a tough one. I would have to follow up Fun Joel's nod to the writer/director with another; Francis Ford Coppola. He will forever be known as the director of probably the most popular and well executed films in American cinema history but Sir Francis is a pure storyteller at the core of it all. The Conversation is a chilling screenplay about paranoia, the theme of privacy and the invasion of it is explored by the flesh and blood characters Coppola creates with a great human touch.

Paul Attanasio comes to mind for Quiz Show. He's done the "writing gig" thing with films like the atrocious Sphere but don't hold that against him.

I will counteract that choice with a writer who also directs his own material and who writes great dialogue and character, Dylan Kidd. I saw both Roger Dodger and P.S. at film festivals and was really impressed, hoping to see more from this writer/director.

THREE (3) people I’m tagging to answer this meme next:
Adam, Bill, Jason, you're up!

I know, more information than was asked of me. I never could follow instructions.


Blogger oneslackmartian said...

Whoo, hooo.

Oh, god, now I have to deal with the pressure.

My Word Verification word:

"Fuqkqbby. I want an A."

2:17 PM  
Blogger William said...


Tell me about it!

Looks like someone is trying to tell you something.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Good call with Francis Ford. Also, liked the Stripes & Caddyshack quotes. Took me back!

11:56 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

I'm not sure, but I think Towering Inferno may also have been the first co-production between two of the major studios.

And btw, Last Man on Earth was already remade into The Omega Man (which I consider a much better film), and I heard they were planning another remake.

12:13 AM  
Blogger William said...

I know of Omega Man. My logic was to reference the original material. Chuck Heston's performance in that film is pretty wooden but great in a William Shatner kind of way. That is a film they could probably remake every ten years.

8:11 AM  

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