Monthly Archives: July 2013

3 things about Robert Wise’s THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

The Day the Earth Stood Still [1951] 1. A dollar a diamond. 2. Theremin duet. Who else but Bernard Herrmann would dare? 3. Gort has no mouth. It makes him more sinister.

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3 things about David O. Selznick’s GONE WITH THE WIND

Gone with the Wind [1939] 1. “If it ain’t fit, it ain’t fit.” Beat. “It ain’t fit.” 2. Just after Intermission, a green snood. 3. The stained glass windows at the top of the stairs depict a castle and a … Continue reading

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3 things about Carl Reiner’s DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid [1982] 1. Cleaning woman. Cleaning woman. 2. “If you need me, just call. You know how to dial, don’t you? You just put your finger in the hole and make tiny little circles.” 3. Alan … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Altman’s COUNTDOWN

Countdown [1967] 1. “If Lee says we’re going to the moon, then we’re going to the moon until Lee says we’re not going to the moon.” 2. When she sings, Barbara Baxley sounds like Blossom Dearie. 3. He stuffs the … Continue reading

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Marnagritas, err, Margaritas.

A friend asked for my recipe this morning. I was flattered! There are as many margarita recipes as there are grains of sand on the beaches of Cozumel. But here’s mine. ULTIMATE MARGARITAS For 1 margarita, combine equal parts tequila … Continue reading

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3 things about Terry Gilliam’s THE FISHER KING

The Fisher King [1991] 1. “Behold my magic wand and free your golden orbs right now!” 2. Beveled glass, his face split in half. 3. Harry Nilsson over the end credits. The last song he ever recorded.

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Anyway, what’s it about?

Here’s what there is. There’s the movie I originally thought up. There’s the screenplay I wrote. There’s the movie we actually shot, and the scenes we ended up with. There’s the movie I could have finished in 1997, but never … Continue reading

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Oxide and cello.

As I mentioned a few days ago, all of the original sound rolls for Pause of the Clock have now been transferred. And aside from that missing roll, I think it’s all in pretty solid shape. It’s really been something … Continue reading

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3 things about Steven Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S TWELVE

Ocean’s Twelve [2004] 1. Benedict and Linus have a conversation in a car. Behind them, a blurry Newberry Library. 2. She sighs, removes the pillow from her dress, places it on the bench and sits on it. 3. A hotel … Continue reading

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3 things about Steven Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S ELEVEN

Ocean’s Eleven [2001] 1. He weighs the ring in his hand, not sure what to do with it. 2. They meet for a drink at Emmit’s Pub. 3. “Ted Nugent called, he wants his shirt back.”

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