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 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
Scarface 10
Network 9
Big Trouble in Little China 9
Phantom of the Paradise 10


Anonymous said...

Where is this drive in? I have Tuesday off and possibly a new gentleman friend who would like to join me...

Andrew Bemis said...

Hollywood Drive-In at Averill Park, at 8PM.

Anonymous said...

Doug in a car for Snakes on a Plane!

If it makes you feel any better, we went to Bennington with hopes of seeing it only to see a sign on the locked door. "We are not responsible for information on websites" So I definitely need to go see it.

Andrew Bemis said...

But in all fairness, who can claim responsibility for information on websites?

Call anytime.

Dr. Criddle said...

Re: soundtrack songs. Check out the band Ten Mile Tide at, they're a lovely grassrootsy The Band/Grateful Dead/Neil Young type of group, and I used their song "Remember" during the end credits of Roads. They have full mp3s of their albums online which they encourage everyone to download for free. I emailed them asking if I could use one for my movie and they said absolutely. If you like their stuff, you might consider using them on a soundtrack.

Re: double features. Probably the best pairing of films we showed at the film series that Jason and I ran at school was on Halloween night, where we showed Night of the Living Dead and then Young Frankenstein. We got the biggest turnout out of all the screenings we arranged... sometimes, we'd only get one or two, but this time we got 30 or 40. It was great to hear people scream and then hear them laugh.

Re: Muthafuckin' Snakes on a Muthafuckin' Plane.... great time I had tonight man. What a great flick. Gets my pick for the most enjoyable movie of the summer.

Andrew Bemis said...

"Enjoyable" is just the right word for Snakes on a Plane. I'll check that band out, thanks.