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Writergurl

I HATE to burst your buble but...

I saw a special about the "Star Wars" series and they went on and on about how they couldn't find the right line for Harrison Ford to say as a reply to "I love you." Evidently Harrison ad-libbed that "I know." line.

Sorry. Don't hate me. There's pictures of pretty girls on my blog if it'll make you feel better. :) Not Scarlett but still pretty...

mernitman

Writergurl AURGH! I hate it when that happens... and sit corrected. Having already "printed the legend," I can only add, okay -- but Leigh wrote the best of the rest of it!

Liking the pretty girls (Femmes of Mystery) at your place, thanks.

The Moviequill

just saw a still of Scarlet on the set of Scoop wearing glasses and ooh la la....

ECHenry

Billy, you're right: Scarlett Johnson is a babe.

Dialog wise, most of my favorite lines come from the 1989 "BATMAN" movie. Whoever penned that jem did a great job. My brother and I, for years were having fun with the Jack Nicholson/Joker role. "Ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight. I always say that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it!" Clasic baby, classic.

Dude, nothing to be ashamed of not holding a lot of jobs outside the Hollywood movie making industry. Believe me life outside the castle sucks. I've been a fast food worker, robotics tech (in Boise, ID), worked a fisher processor boat in Alaska, done assembly/factory work, was in Electician training, went to school at the University of Washington to be computer programmer... Overall: a smorgasboard of shit!

Real life jobs suck, Billy, don't long for them or wish you could have had more of them. Enjoy your priveledged position, and the magic you've been privy to help make it to silver screen reality.

P.S. Just got umpteenth millionth job the 3rd last Friday. Now I'm processing door orders for a company with an exculsive with Home Depo. Woopie! Oh, well gotta pay the bills somehow!

E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Writergurl

LOL! "Femmes of Mystery"? I like it. What? No guesses from THE most romanntic man in the scribosphere? I'm hurt. ;)

mernitman

Moviequill: Scarlett wearing anything... (of wearing nothing, we can only dream).

EC, sounds to me like you've got writing material aplenty there (fish processor boat in Alaska?!).

Writergurl, I'm gonna go with: girl on the far right as bi or gay, but trying to decode your responses to your comments really is turning this into one of those questions that always made me fail Math...

JJ

I wanna thank all the belittled people who made this possible...

Writergurl

Billy, it's simply, so far, no one has gotten it correct. I'm not telling you if you got it cause you only guessed one...

anne arkham

The Music Man: 'I always think there's a band, kid.'

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Wonka's reply to Veruka Salt's admonishion that there are no such things as snozzberries. 'We are the makers of music, and we are the dreamers of dreams.'

mernitman

Anne, you are SUCH a romantic. And clearly an incurable optimist.
Thanks for the visit!

anne arkham

Yeah, there's more to me than just evil.

Fun Joel

Billy -- good stuff and thanks for participating! You definitely made it your own. :-)

I too remember the Million Dollar Movie! Was it on Channel 9 or 11? I forget. 9 I think. WOR-TV

mernitman

Actually Anne, from the photo you posted on your site (w/scarf) you look like you really are fighting against the powers of darkness (or the powers of Doc Ness, as the Firesign Theater folk used to say). Kind of like Miss Liberty, only with cool gloves.

Fun Joel -- Man, I can't believe you remember that! Yes, it was channel 9 -- and now I'm remembering that they used that hokey "Gone With the Wind" music as their theme...

Neil

Those Million Dollar Movies lasted way into the 70's because I would watch them also... back in the day when watching a movie on TV was a big event.

ECHenry

Billy, thanks for the responce on an earlier post. I worked in Alaska on a fisher-processor boat '89-90. Typicially 2 trip contracts (onload, out to fish till the freezer hold is filled to capacity or you run low on fuel, 40 day max, then back to the dock to unload product)
Learned lots while up there. Summary: boat life is hard on marriages (lots of storng disolve when spouces are seperated for too long from each other), and fishermen drink a lot of booze, both on and off the clock.

As for the jobs inspiring writing...

Well, yes I have a couple plot ideas for movies yet to be written from a couple jobs I've worked on, and some of the people I've meet along the way have insirated "character swipes." That's where you take an aspect of a person you know, and use it a part of the basis for a fictional character in a story.

But isn't that what every writer does? I believe your life and experiences influences your writting emencely. Like most writers, my past contains a lot of pain. I fight against that a lot, as no one wants to hear a writer whine about his/her past.

Anyway, thanks for showing interest.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

FT

I'll step up to defend Leigh Brackett since she just lost a great line!

Altman's The Long Goodbye is a real love it or (usually) hate it movie for Raymond Chandler fans. I happen to think it's one of the most brilliant things ever done, and Brackett's screenplay is so audacious. I have no idea how much of her dialogue survived the shoot, Altman being Altman, but she certainly came up with the ending. Considering her earlier background on The Big Sleep, I can't get over what a bold move that was.

Side issue: great as The Big Sleep and several other Marlowe movies are, they all feel that they are set in one very specific location - The Night. Long Goodbye is the only one where I really feel like it's in LA and, in that sense, to me it's the truest adaptation of Chandler I've ever seen.

Damn, now I'm going to have to go and watch it again. Again.

Very much enjoying the blog, Billy.

mernitman

Welcome, Greig -- I'm totally with you on the Altman Marlowe (and thanks for sticking up for Leigh), which was a movie I first resisted; I had just discovered Chandler at the time of its release, so couldn't get my mind around the radical updating. But I've come to love it over time, and... damn, just like you said, feel like I oughta take another look now, in that good DVD transfer...

MaryAn

Ain't it loverly to find a kindred Kong fearer? Oh wait. You outgrew yours. Never mind.

Ken Mora

2 Movies I'd Like to Remake or Properties I'd Like to Adapt...

The Banger Sisters.

So much potential to show the different facets of Susan Sarandon's character were "fluffed" instead. Each daughter could have been a facet of her self, with the older being the stuck-up prude she's become, and the younger rebelling by becoming who Sarandon's character used to be. Instead, the daughters were virtually clones with some token sibling rivalry thrown in.

Sarandon's husband, the right-wing politician could have make a pass at the Goldie Hawn character, representing the exciting woman he tamed when he and Sarandon first wed, instead his interaction with Hawn consisted of a "Whoa" take at her boob job, and the scene wasn't even played well.

The polaroid collection of Rock Star penises was funny! Obviously modeled after the famous groupie who made plaster casts of famous Rock icon's members.

But in a scene where Hawn takes Sarandon to a dance club, it's like Sarandon's been "re-virginized" as she demurs at a young stud's request to dance. Maybe she's a reformed rocker, but she wouldn't be naive.

Some psychological complexity was provided by the Geoffrey Rush's character, but at the end of the movie he gets the "walk it off" treatment as a complete anti-climax to his character's arc of breaking out of his shell and engaging the world under Hawn's example.

Me, You, And Everybody We Know.

So what do you get when you give a performance artist money to shoot her own script? A first draft on the screen.

So much potential, some really nice scenes, but poorly executed plot lines made for a very unsatisfying experience. Just a little more attention to plausibility would have made it much better.

JD

The Million Dollar Movie also used, to the 'Gone With The Wind' theme (I heard it there first... it'll always be the Million Dollar Movie Theme to me), aerial footage of NYC shot in the 50s... I was so disappointed when I finally got there and it didn't look like that.

I misread one of your fantasy jobs, maybe influenced by the Kong references. But, come to think of it, I too might enjoy being an international surfing chimp.

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