Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Battle Against Dumb

Okay, quick rambling post. Haven't slept in like 27 hours.

On my last flick "Bounty" I had a number of people(I found out later) mention that they were lost as to what was going on. Sure, many of them were my redneck relatives on my wife's side, so that was to be expected.

But a couple of people I wouldn't classify as dumb were also confused. And honestly, Bounty is pretty straightforward, I thought. I won't blow it for you, but I think if you're paying attention it's not hard to follow.

So now I'm working on GOH(details to be announced soon) and let me tell you: THIS is complicated. There's a number of places where I think the less-intelligent viewers are gonna ask, "Then why did that person do this" or "If that's the case, how come this didn't happen?"

I'm caught in that place I always get in the scripts where you have to decide the median dumb line in your script. How much do you explain, because if you want 100% of your audience to understand it then you have to explain EVERYTHING.

And I just don't do that.

I guess what I'm saying is that if the new thing confuses you, buy the commentary and I'll explain exactly why everything is happening the way it's happening and why everybody's doing what they're doing.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Waterworld

Haven't seen this flick since it came out(when I saw it in the theater). I thought it was okay at the time--didn't think it deserved the bad rap it was getting.

Anyway, re-watched Perfect Getaway by David Twohy(which is a pretty good flick that you should check out without reading anything about it--believe me, it seems average for about 30 minutes and then goes into high gear). I remember Twohy wrote the screenplay for Waterworld, saw that it was on Netflix streaming and decided to check it out again.

I was right when I saw this movie back in '95--yes, almost 15 years ago, which is freaking CRAZY to think about. This movie isn't bad. It really is like Road Warrior on the water with higher production value.

The hero is pretty interesting in that he's not very likeable. And Costner has to be admired, because he was 40 at the time and did a TON of his own stunts. Running around on that boat, getting pulled up ropes, standing two stories up on the boat mast, and in general making you believe that his character lives on this boat.

Dennis Hopper is fun as he chews scenery.

I have minor quibbles, like how fast he seems to warm up to the little girl(who later went on to Napoleon Dynamite), but overall it's a fun flick if you want that Road Warrior feeling.

btw: I took a moment to read a few user comments. Many people feel it's under-rated. A lot of other people bash it while saying really stupid things like:
"This film is as discussing as the scales behind Kevin Costner's hears"--hey, why is this guy critiquing movies when he doesn't know English?
It's kind of a demonstration on why just anybody shouldn't be allowed to post reviews. Or to vote in elections.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yowza



Don't tell me my love for her isn't real. 'Cause it feels real, man!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Doings

So, been a busy couple of weeks working. Still trying to get GOH the script finished--a first draft, no less--man, it's tough. I think part of the problem is trying to deal with how people react when they're put into an unreal situation. I spend much of my time thinking, "Would he really do THAT if he were there?"

There, being the unreal place where GOH takes place.

Watched some flicks. Here's a lowdown:
Wolfman: So so. The big twist at the end is so obvious it's pretty crappy. Points for making the Wolfman look like the Lon Chaney version, and keeping the CGI to a minimum(well, for Hollywood at least).
Collapse: A documentary about how the world is falling apart, like, right now. It's pretty much the end of the world. Buy gold and bullets, and save some water. And while I'm acting like it's funny, it's probably true. Your problem is, I don't care.
Family Guy abortion episode: They didn't play it in the U.S., I don't think. The version I watched was from a British TV station. It's pretty funny though.
True Blood - the first two episodes of this year are pretty bad. This show is going down the shitter faster than season 2 did...
A Serious Man - Wow, those Coen brothers are weird. Fascinating but weird. This is a strange movie that bores on occasion but is still pretty interesting. I have no idea what they're trying to say unless it's as simple as: "These Jews are cursed."
Birdemic - Yeah, this movie is as bad as you heard. Would be great fun to watch drunk with some friends.

Anyway, back to work.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Did you see this?

Probably means more to some of you than to me. I'm not sure why, but I just never got into this movie.

REUNION

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dis-Heartened


Man, it is just a pile of crap over here.

I'm at that place where it feels like everything I'm writing right now is shit. Yeah, other writers say they hit that too, and you just plow through it and eventually it gets better.

But right now it feels like crap. It reads like crap. I feel very uncreative and uninspired.

That is all.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Obsession

My new obsession is, while watching a movie, to hit the internet and look up everybody in the movie and see how old they were during the filming, and to see it it's older or younger than I am.

I don't know if this is a new obsession because I'm on the verge of 40, or what.

But it's weird to look at people who ARE older than I am, but the version I'm watching on screen is YOUNGER than I am now.

On the other front, Luke and I continue to bang out the outline to this script. Jesus, it's complicated. By far the most complicated thing I've ever tried to plot out.

As a comparison, it's like if they actually designed the entire Lost television show from the start and made sure everything made sense. This script takes place in an otherworldly place with a lot of rules that we've established, but man, does it make shit confusing. And we're trying not to slow the story down by constantly explaining why shit works this way in this place.

I'm not sure I'm making sense. I'm tired and irritated. I kind of wish we'd kept this simpler and done a different type of script. Could be just 'cause I'm in the middle of it right now.

But Jesus, we're falling behind. I'd like to shoot in early October, which is like four months away, and we don't even have a full outline, much less a script...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wild Video

Jon at Twitter posted this today--a pretty cool music video that is nothing like you think it's gonna be from the start.

VIMEO!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Never Sleep Again

Watching Never Sleep Again, the exhaustive 4 hour documentary on "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise(the movies and TV show).

Man, I am amazed what some of these people are saying. Sure, Craven's big enough that he can say about the script for NOES 2 that he thought it was "inferior" and that he had notes that they then ignored.

But then Jack Sholder, the director of NOES2 says "I was never a fan of the first one"...wtf? You DO realize the piece of shit you directed is inferior in so many ways to the first one that it's staggering, right?

Jack Sholder: "I simply did not have the self awareness to realize that any of this could be interpreted as gay." Well, that's saying a lot.

Another producer, "Looking back, it was SO gay."

Kim Myers from NOES2 still looks pretty great.

Clu Gallagher is funny.

NOES3 - Some good stories. They even talk to Dokken about the Dream Warriors song, which was huge at the time.

Took a break to go read the original NOES3 script to see what Darabont and Russell took from Craven's script. A lot of people mistakenly call Craven a hack, but let me tell you, he's a pretty good writer.

I remember not liking NOES4, but after seeing some scenes again I feel like I should give it another chance. I've only ever seen it once(back in 1988)...

There is actual a woman with the name Kool Marder. That's a cool name, man.

Miko Hughes, the kid who played Heather Langenkamp's son in the New Nightmare movie had a hard time crying, so his dad told him his mom was dead to get him to cry. Man, that is cold...

The sketch of what Freddy was supposed to look like in New Nightmare looks EXACTLY like the Creeper in Jeepers Creepers...

Anyway, the documentary was pretty fascinating if you're an Elm Street fan. Check it out.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Assorted B.S.



Okay, been a busy couple of days.

--Attended a "talent" show at my kid's school. He played piano, and everybody else simply tortured me. Not a lick of talent among them. I know, I know. They're only 6-10 year olds, but still...(I'll put it on Youtube in a couple of days as proof)

--Finished another draft of "Red Fish, Blue Fish", the flick Tom's trying to get funding for to shoot in Cambodia. He's also attempting to get some money to shoot my other horror script, "Mawkin". Man, if we get money for that, that will be one crazy good time.

--Kind of want to see Splice, even though I've heard mixed things. It's directed by the guy who did Cube, which is a low budget favorite of mine.

--Am killing time right now watching Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves on Netflix streaming. Haven't seen it since it came out. Am surprised to see the guy who played the Hawk guy in Flash Gordon played a brief role.

--Am also trying to locate a cheap clawfooted bathtub so I can put a mostly-naked girl in it, so I can shoot a promo poster for GOH. Something you'll hear more about soon.

--MTV movie awards tonight were pretty funny. Had Tom Cruise playing that producer from Tropic Thunder, and he did a music/dance number that had him jump ten feet in the air from a trampoline and land on stage--I gotta say, that was ballsy. He was so good tonight that I almost forgot how batshit crazy he is.

Also, here's another copy of my flick from the UK that I just got. It does NOT feature the cover that was shown when I bought it, so there may be ANOTHER one somewhere...how many fuckin' versions did the UK make?