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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. 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
  2. In Science & Technology - pretty sure this may be spam.
  3. I push the limits of the A-list package. Since November, I think there have only been two weeks where I didn’t max out the three movies per week limit. Which means I have seen good films, mediocre films, and a couple of outright bad films (I’m looking at you, Mortal Engines). But A-list has afforded me the opportunity to see many films on the big screen that I might have ignored, or waited til a streaming service started showing them. I doubt I would have seen films like AMAZING GRACE in Dolby Cinema presentation, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD in 3D, APOLLO 11 in IMAX, the insanely improbable yet outrageously entertaining Chinese film THE WANDERING EARTH, or smaller films like Ashgar Farhadi’s EVERYBODY KNOWS, or Vincent D’Onofrio’s western THE KID if I didn’t have A-list.
  4. Link to Are any other A&F patrons members of MoviePass, or any other similar theatre discount programs? How has you experience been? This could be a short lived thread if theatre subscription packages keep dying off. I could only find two mentions for MoviePass on the boards, and zero for Sinemia. Like MoviePass (actually, I’m not sure what’s up with that service at this time), Sinemia has just announced it is closing down operations in North America. Story here. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.fool.com/amp/investing/2019/05/04/sinemia-shuts-its-us-operations-will-amcs-stubs-a.aspx I subscribe to AMC A-list, which doesn’t seem in danger of shutting down, and am loving the value I get out of it. 3 movies per week (Fri-Thur), any format, no blackouts times. It only excludes Fathom Events features. And all for $20 a month. The price did go up to $24 a month in January (which is still a great deal), but I signed up last November and locked in the lower rate for a year. The only commitment you really have to make is a mandatory 3 month subscription. I know Cinemark Theatres also have their own in-house subscription package, but I don’t know their details.
  5. My Name Is Nobody (1973) June 3rd, 1899 - Henry Fonda mentions the current date in the cemetery where he’s discovered his dead brother, who died in April of 1898.
  6. Us is a better version of the recent remake of Pet Sematary (both feature “unique” family dynamics), but they would make an interesting double feature.
  7. Hotel Mumbai (2018) Title card reads November 26, 2008. The film definitely carries over into the 27th. I think the film condensed the timeline. The actual event took place from the 26th to the 29th, when the last of the gunmen were killed at the Taj. As I said, the film carries over from the 26th to the 27th. From what I recall the film presents one continuous, horrific night, and concludes late the next day.
  8. If in 72 hours you’re still looking for a blurb volunteer for The Remains of the Day, I’ll take it. I also wasn’t around for this nomination process, but I think you have a great list. Congrats to The Straight Story on topping an A&F Top 25 list for a second time. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on A&F (a combination of replacing a dead computer, not being able to remember a 15 year old password, and the inability to get a password retrieval because I’ve long since deleted the email account that I used to register on A&F - by a miracle, I came across a notation in a journal that had my A&F password), but I hope to be around a bit more in the future.
  9. This... does not look good. And, unfortunately, I was exposed to it on the day that SHAFT (2000) director John Singleton passed away. https://www.google.com/amp/time.com/5578646/john-singleton-life-support/%3famp=true Looks as though he didn’t have any involvement in this production.
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    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/
  11. 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
  12. 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)
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    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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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