Dec. 1, 2000, 7:40 a.m. CST
by Funny Ha Ha
I think I need to reread this prior to commenting...
Dec. 1, 2000, 7:47 a.m. CST
by Mister M
Thanks to Moriarty for this great writing. Bogdanovich is a great director and he really loves cinema. I think he can make a masterpiece with a script and a story like this. Cast is great,too. A big movie to watch for, I presume...
Dec. 1, 2000, 8:13 a.m. CST
by Lance Rock
Anyone see the Freaky Friday ripoff he did a while back for ABC? Ouch.
Dec. 1, 2000, 8:39 a.m. CST
This sounds really, really good! Maybe it's just Moriarty's incredible hype skills, but it does sound excellent. Just a digression...I like to imagine Moriarty as an ex-studio marketing head, atoning for years of blowing plots and forcing crap down our throats by guiding us to movies worth watching. Probably bullshit, but who knows? :-)
Dec. 1, 2000, 9:23 a.m. CST
by Roger U. Roundly
I heard that Bogdanovich has been staying with Quentin Tarentino, just like Orson Welles lived with Bogdanovich when he (Welles) had been consigned to the Hollywood scrapheap. It's just a shame that welles never had a chance to make his own comeback. Movieland Hollywood is a small community. However, we no longer live in an age where the same handful of men control entire studios for 30 or forty years. So maybe grudges or bad reputations (which can be based on the most ridiculous details) don't last as long. I Wonder If Welles would have gotten another shot in the current climate. In this referenial, postmodern climate, where many filmakers (and execs) list STAR WARS as their introduction to the movies as opposed to HIGH NOON or CASABLANCA, I think Welles would have gotten another shot. As for comparisons to Bogdanovich, well, It's not like he's been completely out of the game, doing voice-overs for frozen peas or anything. I only bring up the Welles-Bogdanovich / Bogdanovich-Tarentino thing, because it will probably be trotted out by all the critics when this Movie comes out. Personally, I'll judge it on it's merits, with just enough hope in my heart to be one step ahead of the bottom liners.
Dec. 1, 2000, 9:53 a.m. CST
I hope this becomes the movie that really makes Hollywood sit up and take notice of her amazing talent. I know some will disagree, but I think that she is one of the most talented young actresses working in movies today. Her and Christina Ricci are my hope for a brighter movie future. And I agree with Moriarty on her performance in INTERVIEW... as the tantrum-prone Claudia. She showed a maturity well beyond her age in a role that specifically called for just that very thing. The end result is one of the most powerful movie performances by a child actor, IMHO. I have loved watching her work ever since then, including the giddily fun DICK (walnuts, anyone?). She even managed to perform feats of acting brilliance on TV's ER. She needs another high-profile performance (like the one this movie would offer) to really show that she can do more than bubble-gum fare like BRING IT ON. I have no doubt that if this movie is made, she will make me fall in love with her all over again.
Dec. 1, 2000, 10:15 a.m. CST
Um, not to defend a movie exec or nothing, but sometimes some of us don't know everything like you guys do. It took the movie FEAR IN LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS to make the novel known to me and want to go and read it. I wanted to go see Akira Kurosawa films because most of the "great" directors hold him as one of their main influences. I am 90% sure most of you saw HIDDEN FORTERESS only because it was the basis for STAR WARS. I only started reading INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE a year before the movie came out. I didn't read SILENCE OF THE LAMBS until 5 years after the movie came out. I grew up in the 80's and anything that came before, I didn't know shit about, because I wasn't from that age. It takes others "from that age" to fill me in on it. Maybe the exec was just making casual conversation, and a big DUH that most of them don't know anything about movies. It's a rare thing that anybody in jobs like that DO know anything about what they are doing. Get off your high horses.
Dec. 1, 2000, 11:27 a.m. CST
...or neglects to realize that film in this country (and LA) is NOT considered art...it considered ENTERTAINMENT. Sorry for the rude awakening. It's a business.
Dec. 1, 2000, 12:06 p.m. CST
Aw hell yeah!
Dec. 1, 2000, 2:19 p.m. CST
by Smilin'Jack Ruby
Anybody else see him in that Richard Nelson one-man piece that was filmed for PBS? Also, his Mr. Kilroy in that TV-version of "Don't Drink the Water" was coolsville.
Dec. 1, 2000, 3:01 p.m. CST
Movie execs deserve all the slamming in the world, especially over Lawrence of Arabia. I know it's a business but so is literature, painting, and music. Does that mean someone in a decision-making position should be forgiven for not knowing Hemingway, Picasso, or The Beatles? My favorite joke about Hollywood is about the executive who was asked if he liked a script and he replied, "I don't know. I'm the only one that's read it."
Dec. 1, 2000, 3:27 p.m. CST
Now, I know it's vogue to bash on studio execs because they know nothing about movies. Often, this is a lamentably true fact. Many of the people who are in charge of getting movies made know dick about the history of film. I worked for a production company once, and one of the leading production guys told me his favorite director of all time is Robert Zemekis. Now, no offense to the creator of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," but come on, buddy! Not Hitchcock? Or Welles? Or even Lucas? But, I digress. My original point was that there are plenty of executives who DO know movies, and love them. In the above example, yeah, that guy was ignorant, but he still had a passion for movies...Just simpler movies. As a fellow lover of film, I can accept that. As long as he's passionate about what he's doing. And, like that, I'm gone...
Dec. 1, 2000, 4:02 p.m. CST
I sure hope Moriarty is right and this is Bogdanovich's comeback film. There are two books that made me want to be a writer: 1. Francois Truffaut's "The Films In My Life" and Bogdanovich's "Pieces Of Time". He has such a passion for film that it just blows my mind everytime i read anything by him. He ultimately changed my life and my way of looking at film. I started keeping index cards of every film i see just like Bogdanovich using his old rating system. Plus his films proved to me that there is a place in modern filmmaking for the classic sense of style. God bless him, and i hope this wins him an academy award. (As Friedkin promised.)