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. Hmmmmm.... Bummer.... I guess I should have followed this Facebook link to the actual A&F post, where the date said June 14th... Am I the only one who thought we had more time?
  2. This from the man who directed and shares screenplay credit on Dreamcatcher.
  3. Wow! That's only an hour and 42 minutes longer than the famous Dunkirk tracking shot from Atonement.
  4. Robocop (1987) January 1st - During POV sequences, as Murphy is becoming Robocop, the OCP staff celebrates the ringing in of the New Year.
  5. John Carpenter is currently working on a series of comic books entitled Old Man Jack, following Jack Burton on his last run in the Pork Chop Express.
  6. I finally got around to seeing The Black Hole Saturday night, on a double-bill with Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The only thing missing to make the event truly feel like time traveling back to 1979 was a Christmas tree in the lobby of the theater. Wow.... ummmm, The Black Hole was one of the most painful movie going experiences in many years. Horrible script, wooden performances (except for crazy Maximillian Schell), and a complete lack of suspense. I'm not even sure who this was aimed at. As an adult, I completely cringed at the cutesy robots, but I'm sure I would have been bored out of my mind as a kid with the ennnnndddleeessssss talk (although, I was 15 at the time of release). In that way, it reminded me of Disney's recent The Lone Ranger, another film that didn't seem to know who its audience should have been. The Black Hole started out with some interesting SPFX - I have to say I really liked its depiction of deep space, and the Cygnus is a marvel of a ship. IIRC, the motion control system that Disney developed for this film was the first that could incorporate movement of matte paintings (something not even Star Wars was able to do), which gave a certain depth to those background star fields painted by Harrison Ellenshaw. But as the movie progressed, the effects started to really go downhill. You'd think they'd want to up the ante in FX the closer they got to the black hole, and not go the direction they did. In the end, the black hole appeared to be outtakes of the maelstrom from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, processed through some Ralph Bakshi-style rotoscoping. John Barry's score is about the only thing worth praising in this film. I wouldn't mind owning a copy. I agree with some of the sentiment here, that this is ripe for a remake.
  7. Can't. Stop. Laughing.
  8. There's a moment in ALIENS where Ripley is briefing the marines aboard the Sulaco, Ripley informs Vasquez that in less than 24 hours only one of those things killed off her entire crew. I'm guessing that's from chestburster sequence to the end, but not sure if she includes awaking from hibernation to returning with Kane to the orbiting refinery.
  9. A New Leaf (1971) July 27th - The date at which Henry Graham only has ten days left to find and marry a woman of means, or be left destitute.
  10. Full Metal Jacket (1987) January 30, 1968 - The beginning of the Tet Offensive
  11. Sofia Coppola named Best Director at Cannes for The Beguiled FYI for Los Angeles area folks, the New Beverly Cinema will be screening both versions of The Beguiled on June 14th. Sofia Coppola is tentatively scheduled for a Q&A between screenings. Tickets go on sale June 4th @ 12:00pm and, if like other events such as this at the New Bev, will probably be sold out by 12:05. More info here.
  12. Title: Breaking Away Director: Peter Yates Year: 1979 Language: English IMDB Link: Breaking Away YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): No A&F forum.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. 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).