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. It's hard to tell whether he's speaking solely about Bv.S's financial success, or if he's speaking to artistic merit (which would still make him an idiot). FWIW, I put about as much stock in the ratings system of RT and Netflix as I do the ratings (and Top 250 list) I've seen for a decade or more over at IMDb, which isn't much stock at all. And, truth be told, I'm do not miss the forums on IMDb. Good riddance.
  2. 50 First Dates Opens on Nov 5th.
  3. Anthropoid (2016) Dec. 28th, 1941 - Date that Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis are dropped into Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. Dec 30th, 1941 - Jan and Jozef recruit Marie. Dec.31st, 1941 - Jan and Jozef recruit Lenka. May 27th, 1942 - The attempted assassination on Reinhard Heydrich takes place. June 4th, 1942 - Heydrich dies from wounds suffered during the attack of May 27th. June 17th, 1942 - The Morevec home is raided by the Gestapo. June 18th, 1942 - The 6 hour siege at the Karel Boromejsky Church takes place.
  4. I'm always intrigued when a birthday movie shows up.
  5. Now streaming on Amazon Prime.
  6. Now streaming on Amazon Prime.
  7. I may spend too much time looking for dates in movies (thanks to Ron Reed), and occasionally a date will appear that seems to nullify the need for an earlier scene. Case in point is a date that appears towards the last third of Captain Fantastic. The headstone for Viggo's wife reads July 15th, 2015, which questions the need for the earlier sequence where Viggo and family get pulled over by the state trooper on their way to her funeral, other than to get the filmmakers jab at Christians into the story. The only reason the state trooper boards the bus seems to be because of the presence of all the kids, which the trooper finds strange and questions why they aren't all in school. This leads to the pretty contemptible "whacko Christian" performance they put on to get the trooper off the bus, without answering his question directly. Of course, being the middle of summer, these kids wouldn't be in school.
  8. Based on that, I may just go see this tonight at the $3 movie palace.
  9. Straw Dogs (1971) Sept 17th - written on a placard in the town square (seen in the opening credits). Lenny (1974) Nov. 7th - birth of Lenny's daughter, Kitty. Oct 10th, 1961 - an arrest date Dec. 16th - date of a court continuance hearing. Aug 3rd, 1966 - Death of Lenny Bruce
  10. Is it just me, or does this strangely feel like one of those 1980's Roger Corman ALIEN knockoffs (Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World, Creature, etc.) on steroids, rather than a continuation of the original?
  11. LION (2016) February 12, 2012 - title card near the end.
  12. My only fear is that getting rid of the message boards will lead more of the trolls to begin posting in the User Review section of IMDb, potentially leading to the dismantling of that portion of the site. I've used that section to discuss films with folks much more than the message boards.
  13. Let Me In (2010) March 8, 1983 - Opening scene in the hospital. There is a television at the nurses station which is showing Ronald Reagan deliver his "Evil Empire" speech to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida. The story then flashes back to two weeks earlier.
  14. Link to our thread for Rob Zombie's 2007 reboot. Normally, I would have just posted this in the thread linked above. But the names associated got my attention, so here we are. Is the world ready for a Halloween reboot from a couple of the guys behind Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down? FWIW, here's a link to the announcement of the new reboot.
  15. I enjoyed the hell out of this. While the first film had more nihilistic undertones that at times took away from the fantastic choreography and inventive "underworld-building", this one is approached with much more humor, and nearly as successful in action scenes and expanding the underworld universe. Question for SDG - I seem to remember you (pretty sure it was you) linking to an interview with Keanu Reeves promoting the first film. Something in that interview where Reeves talks about aging seemed to really connect with you. I didn't see that link in the first film's thread, so perhaps it was something you posted on Facebook. If by any chance you remember where that interview ran, could you post that link here, or in the original film's thread. I'd be interested in rereading it. Thanks!