Saturday, December 3, 2016

Auteur = Author

Prior Canadian financial backup for Cronenberg.

David Cronenberg, progenitor of body horror and a favorite of art-house inclined genre fans the world over, may not be at it much longer. That’s not entirely by choice, reveals Viggo Mortensen in a Cannes interview with Variety, but rather a sad financial reality: The filmmaker is having more and more difficulty financing his projects.  Cronenberg directed Mortensen to an Oscar nomination in "Eastern Promises" after first partnering with the actor on "A History of Violence." The two collaborated again for "A Dangerous Method," which also starred Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. “I can’t think of another around that long that stays as fresh,” said Mortensen, who’s in the South of France with his new film "Captain Fantastic." “It’s ridiculous. Woody Allen makes a movie every year and other directors make whatever they want to. Here’s one of our greatest directors and he has so much trouble getting his movies made.” Cronenberg’s list of classics is long, from early standouts "Videodrome" and "The Fly" to "Crash" and "Spider." But few of his films, with their exploding heads and eroticized car accidents, have done gangbusters at the box office. They have elicited decades’ worth of praise from fans, critics and scholars who consider the 73-year-old one of the most accomplished filmmakers of his era, however, which would make his retirement a loss to world cinema.

There is a bit of a silver lining, however, as Mortensen says that the writer/director currently derives a good amount of joy from writing books. Cronenberg published "Consumed," his first novel, in 2014. bye...

What a sad state of affairs. Adam Sandler has no trouble financing his constant stream of drivel, and Cronenberg has to retire because he can’t get financing for his films? TerribleThe problem is not just that he can’t find financing, that’s obviously part it, but it’s really that his films are hardly distributed (therefore can’t turn a profit).

Map to the Stars, a film that takes place in and is ABOUT LA, received a 6 day release in Los Angeles during awards season. C’mon, that’s bullsh*t. The film starred a franchise star (Robert Pattinson), a then current Oscar nominee soon-to-be winner (Julianne Moore, who also won Best Actress at Cannes for this role), and was written by a critically acclaimed national best selling author. Then it received a 50 screen day and date release, which we all know sucks. The distributors are as much if not more to blame than the financiers/studios. bye again.

Friday, December 2, 2016


Just woke from a bad dream that someone had stolen my Raleigh bike while I was trying to get a parking ticket space using a broken meter and I had no car parked on that block due to the Trump Tower traffic jams killin' the city this month. Stinks because honestly I wanted a new bike and having it stolen would have been the perfect excuse to get myself one. Oh damn - well at least there's always Santa Claus. bye.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Soundtrack on the radio ...


BTW, then I gravitated to spin Cliff Martinez's 
Sex, Lies and Videotape vinyl soundtrack. Cliff is from The Bronx and has made a career scoring films for Steven Soderbergh after departing The Red Hot Chili Peppers (their original drummer).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Oh, Dem Memories.

  The infamous CBGB awning is being sold for $35,000  :(

16mm print, 1970's 'dubbed' cinema

A 16mm'dubbed' print of 'The Pink Telephone' -  rare 70's indie French cinema. The irony is that this aged print's nitrocellulose and camphor chemistry has turned the movie - pink (a very nice consequence), bye...

 A Gaumont International [fr] production. 

The Gaumont Film Company is a French mini-major film studio founded by the engineer-turned-inventor Léon Gaumont (1864–1946), in 1895. It is the first and oldest film company in the world, founded before other studios such as Pathé (founded in 1896), Titanus (1904), Nordisk Film (1906), Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures (both founded in 1912). Gaumont predominantly produces, co-produces, and distributes films, and in 2011, 95% of Gaumont's consolidated revenues came from the film division.

Monday, November 28, 2016


Friday, November 25, 2016

Fidel has died. Wow. 

Now on Netflix...



:( r.i.p. Mrs. Brady

this sucks.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

 1. Frozen soda cans burst primarily because of the gas pressure, and primarily due to the expansion of the ice.

 2. If they do explode, what is the origin of the stalagmite-like structures on the sides of the freezer afterwards if you got them on sale by the 12 pack?

 3. What makes a soda can burst? The critical item is the solubility of CO2 in ice as compared to the solubility in water if the ration of calories is not consistent with the gallons of water taken from your neighbor's haunted water well.

***  The bottom line is that all exploding cans of soda are unfortunate, loud, creepy as hell and a waste of hard earned money. 

4. Next time buy Sunkist.


Whit. on screenwriting. in Memphis (and NYC: hint, hint)

So interesting how Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, Last Days of Disco) used a copy of the script for The Big Chill as his learning tool device to begin screenwriting. This is truly such a great, honest, funny, comprehensive and informative interview I have posted above. Whit is now working on an series proposal titled, 'Cosmopolitans' and is back and forth with ideas and possibilities.  I hung with Whit last week to bounce around some potential ideas and things are brewing in the kettle. Stay tuned. 

bye (meaning, for now).

Wishbones don't burp (or belch)


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy 40th Birthday original ROCKY film !!!


Absolute true all-american film classic. A timeless story about perseverance. 

      bye, but Sly ur last Creed re-boot money maker total crappy thingy broke everyone's heart. Please do not that again. Seriously. Thanks. 

  1. having or showing a cunning and deceitful nature in an aging action-hero for making lotsa money sake.
    "she had a sly personality"
    synonyms:cunningcraftyclever, stallone, wilyartful, guileful, trickyschemingdeviousdeceitful, Rambo, duplicitousdishonestunderhandedsneaky;
    "Balboa's rather sly"
    • (of a remark, glance, or crooked facial mouth expression made by a person with a Sylvester birth name) showing in an insinuating way that one has some secret knowledge that may be harmful or embarrassing.
      "he gave a sly grin"
      synonyms:roguishmischievousimpish, a big fat dummy, playfulwickedarchknowing
      "a sly grin"

        Happy birthday and bye again (i.e. one more time like now!).
                                   The King of sly.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fight for your nature(al) cause.

p.s. Paying respect to actor Charles Bronson, up in the deep foggy mountains at his isolated family ranch. Rest in Peace, true nature lover and cinema's protector of the underdog, Inc...
Bye, Mr. aka Paul Kersey. Hope you and Jill Ireland are preparing dinner for Mrs. Brady up there! She's coming home. Bye again.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Auditions (#38)

french actress Isabelle Huppert


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Static FX / Color Correcting 'INT. building office' scene.

   fxSuite :  Boston, MA.

Photographic time-lapse Reunions.

Monday, November 14, 2016

On Lampedusa,

Such a powerful film document. The static long takes, composition framings and ultra-slo camera pans are astounding and the editorial language speaks in a universal tongue. This is such a beautifully shot film to look at, and despite its gradual depictions of death and physical suffering the balance it seams with 'hope' makes this visual exodus comprehensible - still absorbing this. Gorgeous. bye. 

Simon says, ask Siri ...

Gee thanks Siri, I wish I never asked you crap. bye.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

No vinegar and no red tint.

 Excellent 1975 16mm print of, The Stepford Wives

Houston St, NYC.