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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. Now this is a surprise (not the Red Sparrow part).
  2. THE PELICAN BRIEF Newspaper article dated May 6. (Might have to watch this again - lots of dates throughout)
  3. Thread needs to be retitled. I really have zero interest in seeing MIB: INTERNATIONAL. But I am curious to hear from anyone who sees the film confirm whether or not it follows the typical cliché that if someone tells you to “Trust no one”, it’s probably a good idea to start with the person who just said that.
  4. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (1977) Opening narration - September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy. November 6th - date that Churchill will be in a remote part of Norfolk, England. February 22 - Molly’s (Jenny Agutter) birthday.
  5. —The phoenix rises, And prison is transformed to The rain on the roof.— By any chance is this IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK? I loved the use of rain in that film. BTW, you were correct on my STALKER haiku.
  6. LADY BIRD (2017) Thanksgiving November 28th, 2002 Christmas December 25th, 2002 Ash Wednesday March 5th, 2003 March 21, 2003 - News report on the previous day’s (3/20/03) launch of the Iraq War.
  7. ESCAPE FROM L.A. (1996) An earthquake destroys the Los Angeles basin on Aug. 23, 2000.
  8. Whoa! I’m just catching this. I checked the list a few days after volunteering to write a blurb, but saw that it still hadn’t been assigned. Now I see that changed. I’ll get on it.
  9. SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ is the first film released by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s new production company Stolen Picture, and it looks as though they should have pilfered a different project. Apparently this opened in only 10 theaters in the US on May 17 (it opened in Britain last Oct. 31). As of last Thursday (5/23) the total box office intake was $4,665. Even if it were showing only once a day during that 7 day release period (70 showings), that’s only a $66.65 intake per showing. If the national average price of a ticket is $8.97, that means that only 490 people in the US might have seen this film. Probably a lot less, considering evening ticket prices (the one theatre in LA that this played in charges $15 for evening shows).
  10. THE DEAD (1987) John Huston’s final film takes place at an Epiphany dinner gathering on Jan. 6th, 1904.
  11. Possible spoilers. I saw PARABELLUM about a week after seeing TOLKIEN, and I’m of a mind that the John Wick films have entered into a strange parallel with the Middle Earth books. The original John Wick, like The Hobbit, would have worked satisfactorily as a one-off film. Now JW plays as a self-contained preamble to the much larger world that JW C2 and JW C3:P are inventing, much in the way that THE LORD OF THE RINGS expanded Middle Earth beyond the limited scope of THE HOBBIT. I enjoyed PARABELLUM. Not as much as I enjoyed JW C2, which floored me with its spectacle. I think I rated JW 4/5, and JW C2 4.5/5. PARABELLUM, which I admit runs longer than it should, rates a 4/5, with the admission that it could fall to a 3.5/5 on rewatch.
  12. BTW, since the OP for this topic has been deleted (I think it was an Alan Thomas thread), here’s a link to the press release from the Harvard School of Public Health, which contains a link to the Ratings Creep study. https://archive.sph.harvard.edu/press-releases/archives/2004-releases/press07132004.html
  13. Digging up an old thread. I’m not sure if SDG’s questions pertain to PG films released prior to the PG13 inclusion into the ratings system, but here’s a PG rated film that has not been rerated since it’s release, which may fit the bill. Last night I caught up with Warren Beatty’s 1981 film REDS for the first time since 1982. I really didn’t remember a lot about the film, so it was like seeing it for the first time. It’s a good film, with some great moments. I was very impressed with the lineup of “Witness” testimonials used throughout the film - actual interviews made by Beatty of people who knew both John Reed and Louise Bryant, which Beatty began filming as early as 1971. It was around the 20 minute mark, during one of these testimonials (I’m pretty sure it was novelist Henry Miller), that the first F-bomb gets released. Reed has impulsively asked Bryant to come away with him to New York, where she’s introduced to the artists/activists/radicals populating Greenwich Village, all of whom seem to be living a fairly bohemian lifestyle. It’s here that the Beatty cuts to Miller’s testimonial where Miller rather bluntly states, “There was a lot of f***ing going on, back then.” It kind of caught me off guard, because this was PG rated, and nowadays using that word in its actual context gets the film an automatic R rating. I figured maybe Beatty got away with it because he was using what could be described as documentary footage of a renowned author. But within 45 minutes Reed and Bryant have a heated argument where the f-word is used 3 or 4 more times, as a descriptor of the act, not used as a curse. Example - John Reed: Louise, I love you. Louise Bryant: No, you love yourself! Me, you F***! The argument goes on from there. The film contains nudity (a scene on the beach with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton), as well as a sex scene which was at least on par with a similar scene in the R rated THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. CONDOR was a more violent film, however it feels less “adult”, for lack of a better term. If released today, CONDOR might get downgraded to a PG13. Perhaps Beatty’s clout at the time did factor into the ratings decision. Following his success with HEAVEN CAN WAIT, where Beatty became only the second person (Orson Welles being the first) to have been nominated for four Academy Awards (producer, director, screenwriter, actor), he may have received some leeway. Also, REDS was an expensive production ($35 million), and Hollywood was still rebounding from the colossal failure of 1980’s $40 million flop HEAVEN’S GATE. Perhaps an underlying reason for some ratings leniency was to see positive box office return. REDS did go on to make $40 million, not a great return, but far exceeding HEAVEN’S GATE, and not too shabby for a 3hr 15min film that favors the expression of controversial ideas, and is short on action. Beatty would also repeat the astounding feat of being nominated in the same four categories for REDS, as he was for his previous film. For this film he won Best Director.
  14. TOLKIEN Two dates I noticed. Early on a journal entry of 02/11/1916 (Nov 2). Later, a letter written a month before the journal entry dated 22/10/1916 (Oct 22). SUSPIRIA (2018) 11/11/1977 - date of a dance performance. 11/11/1943 - date of Anke Klemperer’s death. CHARADE (1963) 5/4/63 - date on a letter 6th September 1960 - date on a Chilean passport 7 GIU (June) 1962 - date on an Italian passport
  15. In Science & Technology - pretty sure this may be spam.
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