John Drew

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    A vast sponge of movie minutiae... - Jason Bortz
  • Birthday 09/15/1964

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    I work in the incredibly lucrative world of Theatre (tongue firmly planted in cheek)
  • Favorite movies
    It 's always changing... so in no particular order, except for the first: Blade Runner Dr. Strangelove The Big Lebowski Gallipoli Lawrence of Arabia Chinatown Millers Crossing and many others too numerous to detail.
  • Favorite music
    Classical: Saint Saens, Mozart, Saint Colombe, Marais Rock: Rolling Stones, U2, Talking Heads, Prince, REM, Simon and Garfunkel, Jeff Buckley All time favorite is guitarist/singer Michael Hedges. I highly recommend his albums "Oracle", "Aeriel Boundaries" and "Taproot".
  • Favorite creative writing
    Fiction: Larry McMurtry "Lonesome Dove", Clive Barker "The Great and Secret Show" and "Everville", Frank Herbert's Dune Series... again, too many to list. Shakespeare Non Fiction: many writings on WW2 including Dan Kurtzman "Fatal Voyage", Cornelius Ryan "A Bridge Too Far", the writings of PJ O'Roarke... Bloom County

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  1. Back in 2011, I took my 12 year old stepson to a theatre that was showing the Indiana Jones trilogy - his introduction to those films. I've always been a fan of Temple of Doom, but I could tell that this film seemed to capture my stepson more than Raiders (I think that Short-Round factored into this quite a bit), and I found myself enjoying it even more than usual because of his enthusiasm for it.
  2. Unconfirmed release date Dec. 1st, 2017? (Take that with a grain of salt, the source is The Irish Sun). Sept 8th, possible release date of the first single - You're the Best Thing About Me
  3. Kept meaning to come back to these two... Bringing Up Baby Suddenly, Last Summer Here's another... The closer they get to their heart's deepest desire, their path and faith wanes.
  4. Some quick thoughts I posted last week on Letterboxd, after sitting down and watching the Criterion disc... Also, in doing some follow up research, I came across some news items that WGN and Sony produced ROADSIDE PICNIC, a pilot for a new series in 2017, which seems more closely associated with the Strugatskiy brothers novel, than Tarkovsky's interpretation. WGN has since passed on the pilot, but there's talk that AMC may pick it up. This link was the only one I could find that still had the trailer available to view. YouTube and other sites have had to take it down.
  5. This could also be a sly wink and nod to HARD TO BE A GOD, one of ROADSIDE PICNIC author's the Strugatskiy brothers other famous works.
  6. Detroit (2017) Film begins on July 23, 1967, and continues into July 24th. The bulk of the film takes place on July 25th-26th, the night of the Algiers Motel killings. May 12th, 1968 is highlighted during a montage of the post-riot trial.
  7. Count me in as another fan. Definitely the highlight of this years summer releases. I'm not a huge fan of 3D, but I happened to see this trailer in 3D when I saw Dr. Strange last year, and knew I'd be have to see it in that format. I was more impressed with the worlds created here, than I was with Avatar.
  8. ATOMIC BLONDE Lots of dates for Atomic Blonde, which takes place over several days in Nov. 1989 as the Berlin Wall came down. June 12, 1987 - Film opens with a clip of Ronald Reagan's Tear Down This Wall speech in Berlin. Nov. 6th, 1989 - A title card say "Nov. 1989". Moments later, a watch is stolen from an assassinated MI6 agent - the date on the watch shows 6. Nov. 16th, 1989 - Film jumps ahead from the assassination, with a title card saying Nov. 1989 10 Days Later. Bulk of the film takes place on Nov. 7th - 9th. VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS One date I'm sure of, the second I saw fleetingly and may be wrong. July 17, 1975 - Date of the Apollo/Soyuz capsules docking, which opens the film. March 18 - On a display screen on a sub, when Laureline is searching for Velarian.
  9. Checked back in at my B&N, and picked up a copy of the restocked Kagemusha blu-ray. Then I went over budget and picked up Stalker, which they only got in today. I must say, Kagemusha may have the most beautiful accompanying booklet of any Criterion film I've come across.
  10. West coasters, the TV adaptation of Story of a Girl premieres tonight on Lifetime @ 8pm.
  11. The Andromeda Strain (1971) Several dates during the opening credits appear on top secret government files for Project Scoop, and Project Wildfire including - 07-27-1970, Oct. 4, 1970, Nov. 11, 1970. The crisis takes place over 4 days, beginning Feb. 5th, 1971 and ending Feb. 8th, 1971. A secret congressional hearing on the matter takes place April 14th, 1971.
  12. The Little Hours is a better version of The Beguiled (well, a least for me a better time at the movies). edit: Just realized this is the second Sofia Coppola film I've bagged on in this thread.
  13. She does a lot of voice work, but Buffy the Vampire fans know Juliet Landau as the vampire Drusilla. She also appeared in Ed Wood, playing actress Loretta King in scenes depicting the production of Wood's film Bride of the Monster. Strangely, I don't think Juliet appears onscreen with her dad, although the actors King and Lugosi share quite a bit of screen time in the Wood film.
  14. Envious. Kagemusha was at the top of my list, but I couldn't find a Blu-ray copy. Maybe later in the month I'll order it, or try again in November.
  15. Picked up these three tonight. A bit of a theme going on this time (a few more of these sales, and I should have all the Criterion samurai titles).