Quint and Jason Schwartzman shoot the sh!t about all sorts of movies! 80s cheese, music docs and all kinds of nostalgia!!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. This one is a little bit of a different sort of interview. I was offered the chance to talk to Jason Schwartzman about a week into the release of THE DARJEELING LIMITED. I accepted, of course, not really knowing what to talk about considering our own Capone had just locked in his own interview with Schwartzman and Wes Anderson. I spent the night before trying to figure out what to talk about. Capone's interview also included a complete transcription of the Q&A after the film, so aside from a few incredibly rude questions about Natalie Portman, nothing really jumped to mind. I still figured out some okay questions, I think, but when I ended up sitting down with Schwartzman the conversation started with movies. As you'll see, we end up spending the entirety of the interview talking about films, so what you get isn't really an interview pimping THE DARJEELING LIMITED, but a 20 minute conversation between a few geeks. You'll also see that he asked me more questions than I asked him on this particularly rainy and cold Austin morning, so forgive the larger role I play in this interview. Hope you like it.
Quint: You've got a good movie. It’s always weird… you agree to do interviews in advance, when you haven’t seen the movie, and you’re always like “God I hope the movie’s good.”
Jason Schwartzman: It means a lot that you liked the movie.
Quint: I haven’t seen an Anderson movie that I haven’t liked, so I know you’ve got a lot of people who were divisive over THE LIFE AQUATIC, but you can’t look at Willem Dafoe and Bill Murray in that movie and not crack a smile.
JS: I love that movie. It’s funny when I meet people that say they don’t like it. I always think… Well I think that’s the most interesting thing about movies the more I think about this and I said this the other night at the movie theater and I don’t mean to repeat myself, but a bunch of people can go see one movie and so much of your own stuff, either to that day or to your own experiences in your life thus far, whatever… you can not like it or you can like it, just based on who you are and so someone can like it and someone can not like it and they’re both… You can’t argue with the one who doesn’t like it really. I remember I saw a movie and there was a lot of crying in it, everybody seemed to be crying, and personally it had been a while since I had cried and it had been so long since I had cried that I was aware of it, like “God, I can’t seem to shed a tear.” I remember hating the movie when I saw it and thought “Oh, cry cry cry… Everyone just cries. Grow up!” Years later I had a dog that died and I cried over this dog. It was really sad. Then I saw the movie again and loved it… I think it’s so interesting how where you are… Have you ever seen a movie that you loved and now you don’t like or vice versa?
Quint: I’ve seen movies that I have loved upon first viewing and then gotten cold to. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie where I really liked it and then I saw it again and was like “Man that was just horrible” unless I go back in my nostalgic period with movies when I was like five and six…
JS: Like GARBAGE PALE KIDS: THE MOVIE.
Quint: I still love GARBAGE PALE KIDS: THE MOVIE. That movie’s so batshit insane.
JS: I had the poster.
Quint: I love how that’s a kid’s movie, because that’s probably one of the scariest things ever made.
JS: That was one of the biggest ones for me when I was a kid. The first movie I ever saw in my whole life was THE LAST UNICORN. That’s got some fucked up shit in it.
Quint: Very much. Looking back, I even have memories of being very freaked out by the Rainbow Bright movie. There’s some really evil dark villains…
JS: Isn’t there an area where she was like in an ice planet or…
Quint: It’s the same thing with SUPERGIRL.
JS: Or the CAREBEARS one… with the Carebears cousins and a fucking little magician who goes crazy at summer camp and becomes a real dick…
Quint: There’s a lot of fucked up little kid’s movies…
Quint: LITTLE PRINCE.
JS: DARK CRYSTAL… WATERSHIP DOWN…
Quint: That was the feel good movie of my childhood.
JS: It’s funny when you look back on some movies and go “That’s very weird that I didn’t realize it was so fucked up…” The image that scared me the most, when I was a kid, was the wolf in THE NEVERENDING STORY.
Quint: And “the nothing”…
JS: The idea of “the nothing.” That’s kind of a heavy bad guy to throw at a kid, “all the bad guys you have ever seen in a movie… they all would die when ‘the nothing’ comes and eats them…”
Quint: What’s worse than that? It’s nonexistence.
JS: Is there a band called “The Nothing?” I feel like that’s just waiting to happen.
Quint: If it hasn’t happened then… There is a band called ATREYU.
JS: Yeah, there is. You know the image that haunted me the most was in AMADEUS, when this guy comes to his door and to tell him his dad is dead, but he’s in a black cloak thing… That fucked me up. That might have been the movie I think I saw the most as a kid.
Quint: AMADEUS is great.
JS: That movie was a revelation, because that was the first time someone old, like from the olden times seemed like someone that…
Quint: You could connect with.
JS: Yeah, because at that point they were all in paintings or in some movies like (with a thick accent) “Well, let the armada bring their fire…” And in this movie the guy’s like (does Amadeus’ high-pitched laughter). I was like “This guy is great.” Sorry, we should probably be more efficient.
Quint: I was going to say that since Capone talked to you and because he ran that whole Q & A that you guys did in Chicago, I had almost nothing, so if you wouldn’t mind I think it’d be cool to just talk about movies.
JS: Cool, yeah. Ask me… Talk…
Quint: We’ve already talked about childhood flicks, so let’s talk genre. What do you think about horror movies?
JS: That’s something that I need to know more about, because I think that I have a weird fear of vampires and I have reoccurring dreams to this day about being… I’m always stuck in a place like a resort or some kind of enclosed area… not a resort, but you know a place with a gate, but that’s not one building, but like a spread out gated community, apartment complex or amusement park, where I’m there and it gets overtaken by vampires and I end up being the last human and I’m running and they can smell me and I have all of these fears like “Should I just let them bite me and become one of them?” That’s why this weekend that movie 30 DAYS OF NIGHT came out and I was like “I can’t see this movie.” But a movie like THE VANISHING scares me the most. That’s not horror though, it’s suspense?
Quint: It depends, because I remember when SILENCE OF THE LAMBS came out and everybody was like “This is a landmark horror film… It is a horror film…” and then it got nominated for the Oscars and then all of a sudden it became a psychological thriller… It seems there’s a line. If horror is done well, then it can’t be called horror anymore..
JS: Well the ones that scare me and I’m thinking the vampire ones like FRIGHT NIGHT or even LOST BOYS. You know, “Nanuk was protecting you!” (laughs) That’s my best Jason Patrick. But I don’t know a ton of horror movies. I just know the big ones like ZOMBIE, but it doesn’t go deep, because it scares the shit out of me.
Quint: I’m a big horror fan, but just talking about childhood, that’s what I obsessed on. I remember going to the video store and just going down and picking whatever had the best box art cover and I would just go over to the horror section.
JS: Were you just never afraid? You just loved them? What about it…
Quint: I like being afraid… Horror is the purest form of entertainment where you just see it and the whole point of the movies are to entertain or get a reaction. Of course I grew up loving FREDDY and all of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies.
JS: That is some scary shit.
Quint: The first movie in particular
JS: That and in line with “the nothing,” a guy who… You have to sleep sometime. Ingenious.
Quint: You can’t escape. That’s how I found a lot of my favorites, really cheesy stuff, like the rip-off movies like SLEEPAWAY CAMP. All of this stuff and I love MONSTER SQUAD…
JS: “Kick em in the nads!” Is that also the same movie where the German’s got to throw the egg into limbo?
Quint: Kind of. The Scary German Guy. He has an amulet.
JS: Who become there friend!
Quint: Yeah. That was one of the first movies where…
JS: SILVER BULLET.
Quint: That’s good, too… Scary Busey’s in that.
JS: MONSTER SQUAD, though, is one of my favorites.
Quint: It’s such a fun movie and it just came out on DVD.
JS: What’s another one that I really loved? I like all kinds of different movies and I don’t know genre, but I’ve always been a fan of films like HUMAN HIGHWAY.
Quint: I haven’t seen that one.
JS: Neil Young’s in it and so is Devo… You would like HUMAN HIGHWAY. It’s bizarre. I’ve got this thing where I’ll like things like LAST DETAIL. I love those Hal Ashby movies. At the same time I have a side of me that will always love PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE… XANADU… SGT. PEPPERS: The Movie, LISTOMANIA. I have… that is a real thing for me and I like those kinds of things.
My favorite things lately… I’ve been watching a lot of “Makings of Records” type DVDS. I love music docs. Have you seen HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS.
JS: It’s a country music documentary from the 70’s, but it’s fantastic. I just watched this great documentary called HIGH LONESOME, the story of bluegrass and it’ll totally warm your heart, because these guys are older gentlemen, old famous bluegrass singers, and they’ll be talking about a song and then they’ll just… because they’ve been performing them so much that they’ll just sing them right there on camera. “My favorite songs growing up where uh… like Down By The River. Can I sing it for you? ‘Well down by the…’” They’ll just start singing and it’s just… “My momma… is buried there…” They just sing it. They don’t really move and so they just go “And then when I go home, I’ll lay ‘em down… Isn’t that a great song?” It’s totally amazing and so I love those.
Quint: It’s weird that so many musicians do that. I was on the set of KING KONG for a long time and when I was there…
JS: Why? They invited you down there?
Quint: Peter Jackson was a big fan of the site and for RETURN OF THE KING, I ended up going down there for a visit for like two weeks and then at the end of the two weeks, he was like “Well you’ve got to come back, because we’re doing all of the pickup shooting. Christopher Lee’s going to be here and you have got to see that,” so I ended up spending two months on RINGS now I go out to visit on everything he does at some point.
JS: Was he picking up the bill for you guys living there?
Quint: Nope. Completely out of my own pocket, but it sure was worth it.
JS: Was it expensive?
Quint: No, not when you’re splitting it with two or three other people. We rented a house, which was cheaper than a hotel and so we lived in New Zealand for two months. So, yeah, it wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t much more expensive than living in Austin.
JS: Were you writing from the set?
Quint: I wrote a couple of things, but it was a weird deal, because NEW LINE… We got the OK to write, because Peter wanted to see stories just because he’s a fan, I guess, and he would just randomly come up to me and just talk about stuff that had just hit the site. I’d be sitting on Minas Tirith and all of a sudden Gandalf would walk by and then Peter would run up and go “Did you see that review of LEAGUE OF EXTRAORIDINARY GENTLEMEN that just posted on Ain’t It Cool? Man, that movie doesn’t look good, does it?”
JS: He was excited that it didn’t look good?
Quint: He’s a movie geek, so he was just excited about the early word, like “Oh man, that doesn’t look good. Did you see this…?”
JS: Is it amazing? His whole set out there, how he’s got it all…
Quint: It’s fantastic, unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
JS: Is it different than the Robert Rodriguez thing?
Quint: Yeah. Robert’s got the Austin Studios now, but he… You go to Stone Street, which is where Peter films, and it’s like he owns this complex and it’s massive and he’s got like eight stages, but it’s all very industrial because he took over from some industrial place.
JS: He owns it?
Quint: He owns it and he also owns WETA and so he owns this little film community.
JS: Do the studios give him money to keep updating the equipment and he rents it from himself basically?
Quint: Yeah, he pretty much rents it out to his own productions and he rents it out to local productions.
JS: Now is Robert Rodriguez’s thing pro, like big crazy lights and all of that shit, or how does he make them look so good, but…
Quint: The thing is, he pretty much shoots in a green box, but…
JS: Like greenscreens and stuff?
Quint: Yeah, but with GRINDHOUSE that was like the most locations he’s had for a movie in quite a while, but his set-up is really sweet, too.
JS: I love talking about this… So then for KING KONG, you had three months?
Quint: It was one of those things where I went out for a month and it was like “OK, let’s not impose” and on my last day he would be like “You need to come back again in February, because we’re shooting New York stuff and we can put you in the movie then.”
JS: Are you in the movie?
Quint: Yeah. I’m in there when Kong attacks the trolley when he’s in Time Square, I’m front and center on the trolley flailing around STAR TREK style.
JS: That’s insane.
Quint: But the whole reason I started that tangent, was because I saw Jack Black a lot and he was just like what you just mentioned, where you would just mention a song and then he would just sing a verse. It was almost like pressing a button and it was like “one thing that I really liked that you did that nobody ever talks about was the ‘Kick in the Cunt’ song” from RUN, RONNIE, RUN and then he would just go “Oh yeah” and start singing in cockney.
JS: It’s so amazing that that’s real… I don’t know what that personality is… It’s someone who can just do it and they just know that they’re good at it. I would get so nervous, like “Oh I won’t be as good,” but if you know any good music docs, I think that’s my… I’ve been watching a lot of these behind these classic albums series and they’re great. There’s this one on the making of The Band records and they’re great, because I think they were… because of Martin Scorsese or something. Robby Robertson was just savvy enough to be documenting all the time then, so that one, more than any of them has so much original footage of the band playing. It’s fucking amazing.
Quint: I’m pretty retarded when it comes to music, like when you said that, the only thing I could think of was LAST WALTZ.
JS: That’s the only thing you should think of.
Quint: I just got this DVD about THE WHO.
JS: How is it?
Quint: I haven’t watched it, I just received it and I haven’t had the chance. I’m going to Budapest tomorrow, so…
JS: For what?
Quint: HELLBOY 2.
JS: Oh really?
Quint: It’s cool, Guillermo is a great guy.
JS: Yeah yeah yeah. Tell them all I said “Hello.”
Quint: Yeah, “Jason says ‘hi’.”
JS: HELLBOY 2!
Quint: I’m going to be in Hungary and I’ve got a couple of free days, so I’ll hang out and by some Christmas presents.
JS: I wonder what the weather’s like in Budapest.
Quint: I just looked it up and it’s lower 50’s – upper 30’s and rainy on Tuesday. Right before I left, but I don’t get in until Wednesday.
JS: Do you think the weather’s going to be hard for me to fly out today to Dallas?
Quint: This is very sudden and Austin can sometimes put the brakes on whenever something sudden happens, even though it’s really not that big of a deal. To Dallas though, I don’t think you’ll have a problem.
JS: You don’t think they’ll say “this flight’s been delayed or cancelled?”
Quint: It won’t be cancelled.
JS: You think it will be turbulence?
Quint: It could be, but you’re in the air for like 30 minutes to get to Dallas.
JS: That’s it?
Quint: It’s either a three hour drive or a thirty minute flight, so…
JS: I’ll take the thirty minutes!
Quint: You’ll look at the itinerary and they’ll say “It’ll be an hour,” but you get on the plane and they’ll say “the flying time is thirty three minutes…”
JS: They incorporate the landing. What other genres…. I do love the screwballs.
Quint: Like BRINGING UP BABY?
JS: Yeah and that’s the best one. Well, to me, I love IT COULD HAPPEN ONE NIGHT, but…
Quint: I haven’t seen that one yet.
JS: To be honest with you, though it might not seem screwball, I think IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is one of the greatest movies, man.
Quint: It’s one of those movies, where I know a lot of people that knee-jerk against it, just because it is now the go to holiday movie, just like I’m starting to see people knee-jerk against A CHRISTMAS STORY.
JS: Don’t tell me that!
Quint: As a kid and even now, I really couldn’t imagine anybody not loving that movie.
JS: I wonder where that guy is.
Quint: Peter Billingsley?
Quint: He’s a producer now. He just produced IRON MAN.
JS: He did??
Quint: He works with Favreau. He produced MADE, ELF, DINNER FOR FIVE, the TV show…
JS: He did? That’s fantastic! That scene on the pole really fucked me up. I can’t walk by an icy pole without thinking about that… “I double doggy dare you…”
Quint: “Triple dog dare you…” That’s a great…
JS: That’s a great one. You know what movie I really love? It’s an obscure one, that I’ve always wanted to get and find, if you know how to locate it… There was a movie and I don’t know if it was just a made for HBO movie or what it was, but it was called THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION and it’s about this kid… This is probably the craziest fucking movie you’ve ever heard of, but it’s about a kid who…
Quint: Was it the kid who played the older brother on ET?
JS: Maybe, but I don’t think so, but it’s a film about a kid who’s walking home one night from school and he walks in this abandoned building and he sees something and it scares him so much that he goes bald, so he doesn’t know what to do and he has a wig and everybody makes fun of him and anyway one night he meets these two homeless people who wander into his kitchen or something and they’re eating all of the food and he’s like “Who are you guys? What are you doing? Get out of here” and they go “You’re bald, but I’ve got this thing that will help you…” He writes down this recipe called “the peanut butter solution for how to grow your hair back” and the vital ingredient is peanut butter and he’s like “But don’t use too much…” He uses too much and his hair wont stop growing, like it just keeps getting longer and longer and he’s just cutting and cutting. This evil slave driving guy, who makes paint brushes, discovers that if he makes paintbrushes with this kid’s hair that he can paint a painting and then you can jump into the painting, so he kidnaps the kid and keeps him up high in this cell and his hair just grows out of the cell, down on to a cutting belt with kids just cutting them to make the paint brushes and sell them… It’s the weirdest movie and it’s something I’ve always wondered about and I figured you guys would be the guys to…
Quint: I have a very vague notion that a movie very similarly titled… Is it an eighties movie?
Quint: …just hit on DVD and I remember seeing the title and going “Man, that’s a really weird title” and it was somebody that I knew who played the kid.
JS: Maybe it’s that.
Quint: I’ll have to look into it. (Nope, the movie I was thinking about was I AM THE CHEESE).
Quint: I’ll do my investigation.
JS: Who’s that in the shark there?
JS: That’s you in the shark? That’s amazing.
Quint: “Quint.” The name’s from JAWS.
JS: That’s amazing. You got fucked. (laughs) Cool man, that was fun. Was that alright?
Quint: Worked out for me.
And that was out weird little chat. I love just bullshitting about movies with other movie lovers so, I had a great time. I hope it translated well for you guys.
Also, if you’re curious THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION seems to be a Canadian flick and I don’t see any English language DVDs available, but there are a few (expensive) VHSs on eBay and couple out of print “original French language” DVDs floating about online and at Amazon.
Sounds just as bizarre as Jason made it out to be and features, apparently, the very first Celine Dion songs put into a film.
Anyways, I hope you liked the talk and do go out and support DARJEELING LIMITED. It’s a damn good movie with a star willing to sit down and talk about NEVERENDING STORY and MONSTER SQUAD instead of pitching his own stuff. How cool is that?
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Nov. 11, 2007, 7:36 a.m. CST
Garbage Pail Kid was gross!
Nov. 11, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST
I remember the Peanut Butter Solution being on TV a few times when I was a kid in Canada...and I remember changing the channel.
Nov. 11, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST
by The Duke Of Madness
Something I wrote on a completely different website a while back. U2, before they became douchebags had a song called “God Part 2” which was a take on the Lennon song. It had a lyric “You glorify the past when your future dries up”
Nov. 11, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST
I loved that as a kid, I even bought the DVD for old times' sake. It's sort of watchable now, but Tangerine isn't as hot as I remembered...
Jason Schwartyman is a cool mother fucker! Unlike Sean Penn. WHAT A WANKER
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST
this guy rocks, knows some great sounding flicks, and doesn't mind talking to people, human first, celebrity later.
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST
I think AICN staff are more interesting than the fucking celebrities they interview.
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST
jack black was in part three.
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST
Horrible. Completely unwatchable. I used to waqtch that movie all the time. The only redeaming thing is the shower scene. <br> <br> By the way, hilarious interview. Good reading.
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST
(especially the silly Comic Con ones with the Iron Man crew and the dirty jokes) but that one was a good read, and Schwartzman sounds like a really cool guy indeed. Kudos to both of you.
Nov. 11, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST
Yep, this movie creeped me out as a kid. I couldn't remember the name of it the movie though until Schwartzman brought it up. And if Schwartzman's reading this, you can watch the video over at Google video for free. There's even an option to download it to play on your iPod video player (of course the uploaded video looks like it was transferred from VHS).
Nov. 11, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST
I recall Watership Down shaking me real bad too.
Nov. 11, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST
prepare to be shaken again
Nov. 11, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST
THe great colliding of old and new to create the peak of cinema's potential, don't deny it.
Nov. 11, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST
Nov. 11, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST
great article mate. this is what AICN should be all about. interviewing stars about their favourite movies. i love discovering movies this way. without AICN i wouldn't be half the geek i am today! watching PeaButSol right now :-)
Nov. 11, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST
I wouldn't be able to sit for 20 minutes with Schwartzman and not talk about Rushmore. But it's my favorite movie, so there ya go. Also, thanks for reminding me about The Peanut Butter Solution! 80's HBO formed my childhood.
Nov. 11, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST
Freaking scariest movie ever. I only watched the first 20 minutes because it was so screwed up. It still scares me 20 years later. Great interview, btw.
Nov. 11, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST
Can't a Croc get some love???
Nov. 11, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST
let's shout out film titles for a half hour
Nov. 11, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST
by The Matt
I loved the interview because it's out of the ordinary, and what's wrong with getting nostalgic about childhood movies?
Nov. 11, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST
by ye olde shiza
Thank God you decided against retreading all of the same material, Quint. I always love when an actor gets a chance to speak candidly and takes it. It seems like a lot of actors are on rails sometimes in interviews, very self-aware, and afraid to talk ... It's nice to see that ol' Schwartzman isn't. I liked hearing about what you two like and dislike, though the little segue into the weather report could have been cut out.
Nov. 11, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST
on his balls to grow pubes or something? i remember being totally confused as a child as to what the fuck that kid was doing that for. God I hope my brain didn't just manufacture that. And yeah that movie is the stuff of nightmares.
Nov. 11, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST
I was about 13 and Fox was running it and another channel was running Critters and I was channel flipping and watching the two at the same time, about 5 minutes each and that night completely screwed me up for the rest of my adolescence. From one side of my brain I've got monsters from space which would just eat me and from the other I've got hair growing from all over my body. That was one HELL of an experience. Great interview! I love the sound bytes! Include that much more often! Seriouslly, that's really neat.
Nov. 11, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST
The nothing... that's the great thing about the Neverending Story in its raw written form by Michael Ende. It's got these thousand layers that makes it a rich fantastic piece of literature, for small and big people.
Nov. 11, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST
No one on earth can play Moon the Loon except Jason Schwartzman in the upcoming Who's bioepic
Nov. 11, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST
I've revisted that movie so many times after finding a VHS copy 6 or 7 years ago. I'm 26 years old now and it's still the scariest movie I've ever seen. If I saw it for the first time now, it'd just be weird but that movie was my first experience of sheer terror as a kid. I've read about other people around my age online who have had the same experience/trauma. SCARIEST MOVIE MOMENTS AS A KID: 1) Peanut Butter Solution 2)Large Marge from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure 3) The librarian Ghost from Ghost Busters 4) certain parts from the My Pet Monster live action movie (which I re-watched like a week ago) 4) Watcher in the Woods. The weirdest thing is that all those movies were at some point played at on the 80's DISNEY CHANNEL. Peanut Butter Solution is still #1 though. When I watch it now, it seriously brings back the feeling of being a scared 7 year old. THAT is the single most existential moment that I've ever experienced with a film, beyond the Seventh Seal.
Nov. 11, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST
Your Top 3 are dead-on. Large Marge and the Librarian Ghost fucked me up.
Nov. 11, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST
I just found "The Peanut Butter Solution" on Google and purchased it. Something like $18.50 and that includes shipping from Canada.
Nov. 11, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST
On imdb boards, more people describe that and ask the title (because they can't remember it) than any other movie, along with "Sole Survivor," a tv movie with William Shatner. The Peanut Butter Solution had the same eery dreamlike affect on me. I couldn't tell where my memories of watching it had originated. It's amazing that a movie can have that exact, creepy affect on as many people as it did. Cambridge should really do a fucking study.
Nov. 11, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST
He didn't only produce Elf. He was in the movie as an Elf and he was in The Breakup
Nov. 11, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST
Nov. 11, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST
I was going through the imdb boards and it's amazing to see how many twenty-something's thought they had dreamed the movie. What other movie has had that effect on a generation? The whole movie has scenes that seem straight out of a vaguely remembered nightmare. One girl on the board talked about how she was always told that it was a dream when she would describe it to her parents. One night at a party, she hear's someone describing the movie to someone else and the other person tells her that she must have had a weird dream. They connect because of that chance encounter. HOW FREAKIN WEIRD IS THAT????
Nov. 11, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST
Peanut Butter Solution, that is. Thats why it hit such a nerve with y'all before you sprouted pubes. Body going through changes, hair growing, tingling feelings...and the fear that once your body goes through those changes that your body will be exploited by unscrupulous adults. <p> Yep. Werewolf movies operate on the same principle...except for the exploitation of your bodies.
Nov. 11, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST
by Tubbs Tattsyrup
I freaking love that movie!
Nov. 11, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST
My wife and I stumbled upon this on some random movie channel a few months ago and were so taken aback that we sat and watched the entire thing. We'd never heard of it. It was just so friggin bizarre, I'm dying to see the first half that we missed.
Nov. 11, 2007, 8:10 p.m. CST
in my 29 years of life i have never seen this movie.
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST
Thats another fogotten Jem,it stared Lewis,the little brother from The Last Starfighter an dhis imiginary friend,then when he drank the green ooze he appeared. The peanut butter solution was great also...and MR BOOGADIE..who was a little kids freddy krueger.
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST
by slappy jones
holy shit...that has taken me right back to being about 6 years old. I have not thought of that movie for years and it all just came flooding back....crazy
Nov. 11, 2007, 9:41 p.m. CST
Sorry for the hijacking but there should have been a talkback on this anyway. Vivica Fox was SMOKIN' and the ending was hilarious. Like I said, best CYE ending since the show started in my opinion. I now return you to your regularly scheduled program. Apologies.
Nov. 11, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST
when I saw it on TV as a kid was "Rituals" with Hal Holbrook. The scene where that man was lit on fire towards the end. I vowed never to go camping again. Now I can't find the damn movie anywhere. I think it was a canadian production, but i could be wrong. http://www.hysteria-lives.co.uk/hysterialives/Hysteria/rituals.html
Nov. 11, 2007, 11:53 p.m. CST
I love that movie. I tried to explain it to my friends once and they thought i was crazy, so i finally managed toi buy a used copy of the vhs and get it shipped over to australia to proove to them i didn't make this shit up. heh that film is great. Nice interview too. A good read
Nov. 12, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST
Artex in the mud.
Nov. 12, 2007, 4:09 a.m. CST
by Sick Fixx
I actually thought the big butch girl that hung around with Juice was prettier than Tangerine.
Nov. 12, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
but Sgt. Peppers?! Ugh.
Nov. 12, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST
by Papa Lazaru
Seeing as we are talking about films long forgotten or possibly dreamt up from our childhoods . I have a vague recollection of an English , or UK at least , film that I remember seeing in the 80's but nobody I have ever spoken to remembers it . The details are very sketchy , but what I do remember was that it was either from the late 70's early 80's and was about a kid that somehow could travel across distances ( and possibly time ) using electricity . So he would come out of a TV or a plug socket at his destination . I also remember , for some reason , either because of his power or because of some evil doers . His skin was turned in a custardy shade of yellow . That's about all I can recall . Has anybody ANY IDEA what in the blue fuck I am talking about , or did I just make it up in my demented little 6 year old brain . Good Interview by the way , nice to know that at least some geeks can make a name for themselves in the "biz" .
Nov. 12, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST
I think the film you're referring to is "The Boy Who Turned Yellow" a British Children's Film Foundation production made in the 70's. http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/518688/index.html This was the last film produced by the legendary team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, who made some of the best British movies of the 40's, 50's and 60's including 'A Matter of Life and Death' and 'The Red Shoes' It's a fucking weird movie.
Nov. 12, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST
Which other movie? I'll tell ya: The Bermuda Depths. I thought for ages I'd dreamed the whole thing but when I learned the title and went to IMDB, I was blown away by how many others had had a similar experience. Very, very weird.
Nov. 12, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST
by Papa Lazaru
Thanks mate . You hit the nail on the head . Just checked out a few links on it and it's exactly the film i was thinking of . Now I can move on with my life .
Nov. 12, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST
by Wee Willie
They did casting for this movie at my high school and because I was a big drama nerd, I was in charge of corralling all these kids. So they kept everyone in the school theatre and we'd send the kids into this room in groups to be videotaped. I remember this was Oscar night and I was choked that I was missing the Oscars. Anyway, pretty soon disgruntled parents started offering me bribes to put their kids ahead in line, which I gladly took. I wound up with like fifty bucks. I guess I'm a bad person for doing this. Never saw the film, though... Oh, wait, it wasn't for this film, it was for the next film the director did "Tommy Trickster and the Stamp Something or Other". PLatoon won Best Picture that night...
Nov. 12, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST
on Lilly Tomlin and running the other way. What kind of man lets another man talk to a women like that? Same goes for Dusty Hoffman too!!!!
Nov. 12, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST
I really think that the Canadian production company La Fête had some kind of renaissance in the 80's. They did Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller and Peanut Butter Solution and if you look at their other movies at http://www.lafete.com/nouveausite/production_en.htm (without spaces), they all have seem to have the same kind of weird dreamy quality. Pretty much anything played on the Disney Channel around Holloween still seems like something I imagined. However bad or good Watcher in the Woods seems today, the image of the girl in the barn in the middle of some ritual with the fuzzy bright camera work felt like a nightmare. Disney also had some movies, while not necessarily good or scary, were weird enough or had something weird anchoring it, like Not Quite Human.....I geek out any time someone remembers any of this stuff. It's good to know I wasn't the only one who watched this stuff.
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