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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. John Drew

    Free Solo

    Yesterday FREE SOLO became the fourth documentary of the year to gross $10 million or more (joining RBG - THREE PERFECT STRANGERS - and WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR) making 2018 the first year to have 4 documentaries take in $10 million or more. The biggest surprise is that this was a year that saw both Michael Moore and Dinesh D’Souza release docs that ended up tanking with their respective audiences. https://variety.com/2018/film/news/free-solo-10-million-box-office-documentary-hot-streak-1203067397/
  2. Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952) Something, Anything (Harrill, 2014) The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski, 1991) Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001) Red Beard (Kurosawa, 1965) The Assassin (Hou, 2015) The Trial (Welles, 1962) The Secret of Kells (Moore and Twomey, 2009) Wings of Desire (Wenders, 1987) The Insider (Mann, 1999) Joe Versus the Volcano (Shanley, 1990) Arrival (Villeneuve, 2016) Marty (Delbert Mann, 1955) Malcolm X (Lee, 1992) Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962) Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975) This Is Martin Bonner (Hartigan, 2013) The Truman Show (Weir, 1998) The New World (Malick, 2005) Fearless (Weir, 1993) Punch-Drunk Love (Anderson, 2002) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 1977) Pan's Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006) Knight of Cups (Malick, 2015) The Tree of Life (Malick, 2011) It's an interesting list, and is probably the first list we've had that has skewed so heavily to films released within the last 20 years. I believe it's the first A&F Top 25 list that hasn't had any films from the 40's or 30's. Decade Breakdown 1950's - 2 1960's - 3 1970's - 2 1980's - 1 1990's - 6 2000's - 5 2010's - 6
  3. I'll put my name in for Fearless and Punch-Drunk Love. (If Fearless is dropped because it crosses the limit of number of films one director can have on the list, I'd also consider doing Arrival)
  4. John Drew

    Marjorie Prime

    I think this has sold me on seeing it at the Aero this weekend. There's supposed to be a Q&A with Almereyda and star Lois Smith, followed by an early performance of hers in East of Eden.
  5. My first thought was this is an absolute, perfectly bland title for a Ron Howard film. Then I got to wondering if Lord/Miller had a different title in mind.
  6. Inferno (1980) April 30th - Date on a letter from Rose to her brother Mark. This date becomes something of an unintentional joke (I think). The letter is shown being written and dated late at night on April 30th in New York. The recipient receives the letter in Rome. The postmark on the envelope is April 30th. Events take place later that night in Rome, and then switch to events taking place that same night in New York. We are told this via a title card that says "LATER THAT SAME APRIL NIGHT, IN NEW YORK". Either April has been given a few extra days in this film (I would think by this time it must be April 35th) or the director just didn't care.
  7. Well, just as The Force Awakens rehashed much of A New Hope, this trailer seems to rehash much of The Empire Strikes Back. Can't say I'm too surprised, nor is my interest all that piqued.
  8. Rambo: First Blood Part II John Rambo's date of birth is given as July 6th, 1947.
  9. John Drew

    Blade Runner 2

    Flipping around cable yesterday, I stopped on the SYFY Channel when I saw Deckard entering Bryant's office. As soon as Bryant said he had four skinjobs walking the streets, the Deckard voice-over kicked in. I hadn't seen this version in ages (I assume it was the Criterion Edition international cut, since it feature both the voice-over, and was in widescreen). It was interesting, but the VO really doesn't add anything plot-wise. Then, of course, there was the out of place happy ending, which has always felt wrong. The Final Cut (2007) really is the best in my book.
  10. Blade Runner 2049 There are a lot of dates running throughout this movie, and it's going to be fun to seek them out once BR 2049 makes it to home video. But the three I caught (not counting the earlier mentioned 6-10-21 from the trailer)... June 15th, 2020 - incept date for Sapper Morton (David Bautista). June 30th, 2049 - date where K undergoes his psychosis test (for lack of a better term). Now, here's the interesting date, not only because it appears onscreen in BR 2049 (twice), but because it applies a specific date to a scene in Blade Runner which was not given in that film. No spoilers here, but in BR 2049 there is a brief, degraded digital copy of the scene where Deckard meets Rachel for the first time in Blade Runner, and subjects her to the Voight-Kampf test used to ID replicants. The digital playback of this interview says it took place on November 20th, 2019. So here's a question, Ron - Can this November 20th, 2019 date be used for both films, even though it only shows up in BR 2049? And if so, I'm wondering if any more dates can then be extrapolated for the original film, from this bit of info in the new film.
  11. John Drew

    Blade Runner 2

    This what I posted over at Letteroxd - I see Peter and I had a similar reaction to what, if anything, could be trimmed from BR 2049. And Ken and I shared a MATRIX moment or two. BTW, can someone add "049" to the topic title?
  12. Donald Malarkey, who was portrayed by Scott Grimes in the HBO series, passed away Saturday at age 96. Story here.
  13. American Made (2017) July 15th, 1979 - Jimmy Carter's Crisis of Confidence speech March 16th, 1986 - Ronald Reagan addresses the nation on the Sandinistas in Nicaragua (the use of this speech in the film is a bit of a puzzler because of the date the speech was given, and a date of another significant event that I can't reveal for spoiler reasons) Sept. 14th 1986 - Nancy Reagan kicks off the Just Say No to Drugs campaign Seal Family Home Video Dec. 25th & 26th, 1982 Barry Seal Video Diary Entries Dec. 20th, 1985 Jan. 2nd, 11th, 18th, 24th, 26th, 1986 Feb. 19th, 1986 Many more can probably be discovered on closer examination.
  14. Taxi Driver May 31st, 1976 - Expiration date of Travis Bickle's hack license. There are probably more dates from this film that can be found. I just happened to see a reproduction of the license online, and confirmed it at IMDb under the trivia page for the film.
  15. If you're talking ST-TMP, I seem to remember that, as well. However, IIRC, it seems to only take a matter of minutes to reach Vulcan from Earth in the first JJ Abrams film. Am I wrong here? Have the producers/creators of ST-Discovery said what time thread they are following? edit: This clip begins just after the Enterprise has made the jump to warp. Like I said... minutes.
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