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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. Downsizing

    Nearly 3 years later, and Damon was able to fit in both THE GREAT WALL, and SUBURBICON to his schedule. At least this one looks like something I'd go see, whereas those other two..... edit: A brilliant casting director would have brought in Rob Brydon as the tiny professor in the box.
  2. Uh-oh, another website redesign.

    I want to say that one of the previous boards had several looks. I experimented with a couple, but had trouble reverting back to the original look, which I liked best. .
  3. Uh-oh, another website redesign.

    I noticed this, too, when I logged back in yesterday. The screen theme had changed back to the "4.2" setting. Just had to click on "Theme" at the bottom of the page (I think Theme is at the bottom of every page), and clicked on the "Arts & Faith Custom 1 (Default), and the settings with the A&F and Image logos reappeared.
  4. Movie Calendar

    American Made (2017) Feb. 19, 1986 - Spotted in the trailer for the upcoming Tom Cruise/Doug Liman film...
  5. That sure must be some fountain!
  6. 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.
  7. U2 - Songs of Experience

    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
  8. Review Haiku

    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.
  9. Stalker (1979)

    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. http://vpoisk.tv/9761187/
  10. 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.
  11. Movie Calendar

    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.
  12. Luc Besson Sci-Fi project

    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.
  13. Movie Calendar

    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.
  14. Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    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.
  15. Story of a Girl

    West coasters, the TV adaptation of Story of a Girl premieres tonight on Lifetime @ 8pm.