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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. Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    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.
  2. Movie Calendar

    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.
  3. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    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.
  4. Movie Calendar

    Rambo: First Blood Part II John Rambo's date of birth is given as July 6th, 1947.
  5. 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.
  6. Movie Calendar

    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.
  7. 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?
  8. Band of Brothers

    Donald Malarkey, who was portrayed by Scott Grimes in the HBO series, passed away Saturday at age 96. Story here.
  9. Movie Calendar

    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.
  10. Movie Calendar

    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.
  11. Star Trek: Discovery

    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.
  12. Movie Calendar

    Two more from this remarkable film. September 26, 1916 - Fawcett's men charge the German lines, and are attacked with chlorine gas. December 3, 1924 - Fawcett's press interview, announcing the second attempt to locate Zed with his son Jack.
  13. What board games have you been playing lately?

    Last week I headed up to Sacramento again for my sort of semi-annual games trip. This year, once gaming got under way, a couple of the guys got called away early to deal with emergencies (everything turned out well), and gaming kinda got shoved to the background. I did get introduced to Wasteland Express Delivery Service, kind of a Mad Max world meets Firefly scenario, which ended up being a lot of fun. I then introduced the group to Sagrada. Game play was fairly quick, but the game kind of bogged down during the scoring round. It took much too long to figure out the various scoring scenarios. The scoring instructions are worded more complicated than need be, and could use a rewrite. I was hoping we could get in a round of The Dragon and Flagon, which I actually timed to have delivered to my friend's house during gaming, but unfortunately it was shortly after this that the emergencies came up, and gaming basically ended. I will save that one for next time.
  14. Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    SPOILERS I thought it was three different actresses. Hard to tell from the IMDb cast page. But, I thought we were watching an endless loop, opening with the destruction of one, the creation and destruction of a second, and the creation of a third.
  15. Downsizing

    Nearly 3 years later, and Damon was able to fit in both THE GREAT WALL, and SUBURBICON to his schedule. At least this one looks like something I'd go see, whereas those other two..... edit: A brilliant casting director would have brought in Rob Brydon as the tiny professor in the box.
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