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. This is incredibly sad news. Zack Snyder is stepping away from the post-production of Justice League to be with his family, after the death of his daughter (a suicide) this past March. Joss Whedon will oversee some last minute reshoots, and the rest of post-production. Story here.
  2. Blackhat (2015) March 9th - News footage of the crippled nuclear reactor. I may have to watch this in its entirety. One, to see if there are more dates. And two, because the movie seems much better than was reported when it was released (I know it had some fans here).
  3. I know, it doesn't come out for another 5 months, but here.... Blade Runner 2049 From the trailer, this date - 6 10 21 - crudely carved into a rock. I'm wondering if this is Rachel's grave marker. Not sure if that date stands for June 10th, or Oct. 6th (which also happens to be this film's release date).
  4. I love the look. Some of the moments at Deckard's digs seem to be actually inspired by Philip K. Dick's descriptions in his novel, while also retaining Ridley Scott's vision. Yeah, I was feeling it with the teaser... not so much with the trailer. That date on the stone at the 1:31 mark - 6 10 21 - I wonder if this is where Deckard buried Rachel. The original film doesn't reveal her incept date, but it wouldn't be hard to believe that she was "born" in late 2017. Or, perhaps she was retired. Anyway, I kind of thought they would try to make a statement about our current political/corporate climate - I just wish they hadn't used a sledgehammer, which is what this trailer seems to indicate.
  5. Yep..... I was shocked at how much this film suffered on second viewing. Perhaps the death of Carrie Fischer put me in a mood to enjoy the film the first time around, but the second viewing made me wish I hadn't bought the blu-ray. Still, that Vader sequence at the end still works. But, I'm guessing Vader hadn't hit the old rejuvenation tank before encountering Obi-wan a few days later on the Death Star, hence his lack of aggressiveness when dueling his former master.
  6. No, I wouldn't adjust. The allowance makes sense, since we did start after the new year. I think we did the same thing with Top 25 Films on Memory, since that list wasn't compiled beginning in one year and concluding in another. I think the confusion may have come about because we started discussing possible topics in late 2016.
  7. Please take this with all the humor that's intended... Picking this topic kinda reminds me of Nancy Pelosi's infamous line about the Affordable Care Act - "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." The vagaries surrounding an exact definition of this topic seem to have opened up a lot of interpretations. I'm enjoying the variety of films I've seen nominated so far. Not all may conform to JP's definition, but perhaps to the nominators own personal experience. My own nominations have varied from darker themes to lighter fare.
  8. That was something I was a bit confused about, considering the way we did past lists. But then, most of our past lists nominations were begun towards the end of a year and continued into the following year - for example, nominations for horror began in 2010 and ended in 2011, so we excluded films that came out in 2010. Did we allow 2016 films because these nominations began in 2017?
  9. Title: The Truman Show Director: Peter Weir Year: 1998 Language: English IMDB Link: YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Title: Fearless Director: Peter Weir Year: 1993 Language: English IMDB Link: YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  10. Title: Mulholland DriveDirector: David LynchYear: 2001Language: EnglishIMDB Link: Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  11. Title: Blue VelvetDirector: David LynchYear: 1986Language: English IMDB Link: Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Title: Punch-Drunk Love Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Year: 2002 Language: English IMDB Link: YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  12. Escape From L.A. (1996) The Millennial Earthquake strikes Los Angeles on August 23, 2000, at 12:59pm.
  13. 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.