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. Checked back in at my B&N, and picked up a copy of the restocked Kagemusha blu-ray. Then I went over budget and picked up Stalker, which they only got in today. I must say, Kagemusha may have the most beautiful accompanying booklet of any Criterion film I've come across.
  2. West coasters, the TV adaptation of Story of a Girl premieres tonight on Lifetime @ 8pm.
  3. The Andromeda Strain (1971) Several dates during the opening credits appear on top secret government files for Project Scoop, and Project Wildfire including - 07-27-1970, Oct. 4, 1970, Nov. 11, 1970. The crisis takes place over 4 days, beginning Feb. 5th, 1971 and ending Feb. 8th, 1971. A secret congressional hearing on the matter takes place April 14th, 1971.
  4. The Little Hours is a better version of The Beguiled (well, a least for me a better time at the movies). edit: Just realized this is the second Sofia Coppola film I've bagged on in this thread.
  5. She does a lot of voice work, but Buffy the Vampire fans know Juliet Landau as the vampire Drusilla. She also appeared in Ed Wood, playing actress Loretta King in scenes depicting the production of Wood's film Bride of the Monster. Strangely, I don't think Juliet appears onscreen with her dad, although the actors King and Lugosi share quite a bit of screen time in the Wood film.
  6. Envious. Kagemusha was at the top of my list, but I couldn't find a Blu-ray copy. Maybe later in the month I'll order it, or try again in November.
  7. Picked up these three tonight. A bit of a theme going on this time (a few more of these sales, and I should have all the Criterion samurai titles).
  8. Martin Landau has passed away at 89. Story here.
  9. Ahhh... The Lion in Winter! (I admit some help from google) Others in your list... #3 - The African Queen #4 - Adam's Rib I'd never even heard of this film before. And apparently, you're the only Letterboxd friend I have who's watched it. I was reading some background history of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and saw mentions of this film pop up several times. Apparently this film was watched many times by Lucas, Spielberg, Kasdan, and several of the main crew during the pre-production for Raiders. Costumer Debra Nadoolman seems to be the only crew person to have revealed this information in interviews, and has said that Indy's costume is lifted from the costume Charleton Heston wore as Harry Steele (<--- mettle ) in Secret of the Incas. The movie has never had a DVD release in the US, and rarely plays other than the occasional showing on TCM, leading many to think that Lucas, Spielberg, and Paramount Studios (who also released the Heston film) have suppressed it from the North American video market. It can be watched on YouTube, but in all honesty it's a pretty dull affair, with only one scene that seems to have inspired the Well of the Souls sequence in Raiders. Fans of The Big Lebowski might recognize the Yma Sumac song that serves as the main title here...
  10. You are in the right ballpark. The film I'm looking for has loose ties to Raiders of the Lost Ark. Also, one of the words in my haiku is a homophone that relates to the lead character's name.
  11. Meanwhile, from The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. The Campaign (2012) Oct 19, 2012 - this scene... The election takes place on Nov. 6th, 2012. I haven't seen this all the way through, but it probably has many more dates.
  13. Not Blade Runner. First hints - older film - no Harrison Ford. Still working on yours.
  14. If it's not from Mad Max: Fury Road, that haiku certainly could work for it.
  15. It is Apocalypse Now. Somehow I read the Seven Samurai answer, and skipped the Apocalypse Now answer. And to answer another of yours that has slipped by... Heathers? No, not The Fugitive. Like I said, this one will be tough, but everything needed to solve it is in there. I'll drop some more clues later.