Thursday, August 17, 2006
The Trim Bin #35
- I intended to begin this week by remembering actor Bruno Kirby, only to find that Bill Chambers at Film Freak Central had already done so with more eloquence than I could hope to match. Let it suffice to say that The Legend of Curly's Gold was nothing without him.
- Unfortunately, I'll be working tomorrow and will have to miss the opening night of Snakes on a Plane. It's nobody's fault, but it is a shame. So, plans are afoot to see it at a drive-in on Tuesday. Whether you've seen it or not, you're welcome to come (I can take three passengers). This invitation extends to anyone reading this. Prism, Craig in Ottowa, Mr. President, Hogarth - this means you.
- A general request: two of the three short films I'll be filming soon require songs as background. Rather than jump through hoops trying to license songs, I was wondering if any of the musicians that read this have always wanted to hear their songs in a movie. Each song is integral to the story, so it'd have to be a perfect match. If you're interested, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the screenplays and details shortly.
- The double feature at Images this week, Sketches of Frank Gehry and Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, offered two films documenting the experience of making art. While neither film was perfect, it was still a pleasantly inspiring evening at the movies. What was your best double feature - the time that two movies hit you in the right place at the right time?
- Finally, the following, from the IMDB, made me laugh for ten minutes:
"Veteran actor James Woods has dumped his 20-year-old girlfriend, Ashley Madison, after the stress from the May-December relationship sent him to the emergency room. The 59-year-old star was distraught after his brother Michael died unexpectedly of a heart attack last month and was shocked by Madison's insensitivity during his funeral. Woods' friend Scott Sandler tells the New York Daily News that Madison showed up for the service dressed inappropriately 'in a 3-inch miniskirt and chain-smoking.' He explains, 'At the funeral she was concerned about the amount of magazines she was in. Jimmy was on his knees with tears staining his shirt, and she was showing pictures of herself. Jimmy was so overcome by grief his blood pressure went through the roof early last week, and he had to go to the hospital. When he came out, it was like he had seen the light.' The actor has known Madison, the pal of a golfing buddy, since she was five-years-old. Adds Sandler, 'She's the anti-Christ. She truly has the soul of a moth and the brain of a dead trout.'"
Films watched this week:
The Toxic Avenger 7
Dog Day Afternoon 10
Sketches of Frank Gehry 7
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man 7
Big Trouble in Little China 9
Phantom of the Paradise 10