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FYI – For Those Interested


63 Responses to “FYI – For Those Interested”

  1. Kristopher Tapley says:


  2. Drew says:

    Congratulations, David.

  3. Lota says:

    did you get hitched Dave? Congrats!

  4. IOIOIOI says:

    Look at Heat all suave with a lady. Let’s give three HUZZAHS in HAPPINESS for Heat. HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!

  5. I’m always the last to know. Seriously, a hearty Mazel-Tov!

  6. messiahcomplexio says:

    congrats Poland.
    Did Wells catch the bouche?

  7. jeffmcm says:

    So that’s what ‘ocupado’ meant.

  8. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Waterbucket just committed suicide.
    Way to go DP. All the best from the medical staff here at JBD.
    Wife first. Movies second. Hard to believe I know but you’ll get used to it.

  9. Joe Leydon says:

    Well damn, David. Why didn’t you tell us where your china pattern was registered? I might have been able to buy you, oh, I dunno, a cup or something. Congrats.

  10. scooterzz says:

    congrats, indeed…..

  11. mutinyco says:

    Nice yellow Clinton tie.

  12. TheBlings says:

    And all this time I thought Poland was gay. Seriously, this is a shocker.

  13. Tofu says:

    Wow, too cool. This brightens up my own day!

  14. leahnz says:

    aww, love is a many splendored thing. don’t sweat the small stuff and have fun togeher!

  15. Crow T Robot says:

    Mazal Tov, DP!
    She’s a biscuit.
    (Catholics can say “mazel tov,” right?)

  16. Noah says:

    Wow, congratulations David! Now I have to figure out a gift and everything.

  17. NickF says:

    Looks like you deserve some congratulations. 😉

  18. GlueShoeJohnson says:

    Mazel Tov!

  19. waterbucket says:

    Oh no, yet another bear escaped from me. Why D-Po? I’d have given you and your hairiness everything and now you’re stuck to that thing with boobs. Yuck. At least she’s not too unfortunate looking. Congrats…I guess.

  20. Roman says:

    Big Mazel Tov from me too, David :).
    Nice catch.
    Giggity giggity, oh yeah.

  21. Roman says:

    By the way, can we expect, an early Monday morning review of your wedding night ;)?
    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

  22. Jeremy Smith says:

    Congrats and happiness all around, DP!

  23. scooterzz says:

    do we actually know he got married?….maybe he adopted….

  24. Wrecktum says:

    She’s hot!

  25. Deepest congrats, Dave!

  26. petehowell says:

    David: You either just got married, or
    you became president of an island kingdom.
    Either way, congrats!

  27. Nicol D says:


  28. RudyV says:

    Ditto on what Wrecktum said. Congrats!

  29. tjfar67 says:


  30. CaptainZahn says:

    I didn’t even know you and Maureen Dowd were dating.

  31. gnosis says:

    Does this mean we can forgive Dave for no post on a major summer BO weekend? Could have gotten married in February…
    Kidding of course, congratulations and from a totally shallow visual perpective – very nice!
    Shw gets my vote as the next subject of Lunch with David.
    Where are you registered – if everybody on the site threw into PayPal, who knows what you could get! Napkin rings, toaster…

  32. yancyskancy says:

    I’m shocked! I always thought Nikki Finke was taller. (I think Dave can take a joke, but if not this will be my last post. It’s been fun!) :)

  33. The Pope says:

    Go n-

  34. T. Holly says:

    And that’s why they call him The Pope? Where’s Stu VanAirsdale when you need him?

  35. djiggs says:

    Congratulations, Dave.
    Your 2nd best decision after hiring Michael Wilmington (Just Kidding!!!)!!!
    May you and your loved one have a blessed life…and maybe the little patter of Poland 2.0 coming soon?

  36. Maskatron says:

    Congrats from a long-time reader and lurker!

  37. mysteryperfecta says:

    Congrats! All the best to you and your bride!

  38. BrandonS says:

    Congratulations! From yet another long-time reader and lurker.

  39. L.B. says:

    Way to go, David. Congratulations to both of you. Stay happy.

  40. frankbooth says:

    Here’s to your fuck!

  41. Chaiyya says:

    ladies man

  42. Dr Wally says:

    Congratulations from another faithful reader.

  43. christian says:

    Well, that’s a sweet sight.

  44. White Label says:

    congratulations, DP. Sneaky how you haven’t mentioned anything about your personal life and it’s successful.

  45. Telemachos says:

    Congrats, Dave! Best wishes to both of you….

  46. jesse says:

    All the best to both of you! Love the tie-dress match. 😉

  47. White Label says:

    and fwiw, I didn’t mean that to sound bitchy. I meant that as:
    You have had a successful personal life, and not mentioned it to us, who are in daily communication with you.

  48. Aladdin Sane says:

    Congratulations Dave!

  49. hcat says:

    VEEEERY interested, you can contact me at

  50. sloanish says:

    How can you come here every day and not say CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  51. anghus says:

    Congrats Dave. May it be long and happy.

  52. LexG says:

    Suave, D-Po! Who knew?

  53. lazarus says:

    I can’t believe you passed up the opportunity to tell D.P. he was totally and legally OWNED, Lex.
    Congrats big guy, after all the death in Hollywood this year it’s nice to read some good news for a change.

  54. frankbooth says:

    Dammit, I should have said what Lex did.
    I will anyway:
    Suave, MAN you’re sauve!

  55. marychan says:

    Congratulations, David!

  56. Cadavra says:

    Mazel Tov from me as well! Cute women who love movies are scarce in these parts!

  57. Martin S says:

    Congrats, David. It will add a whole new perspective to your work.

  58. TVGuy says:

    Well done David! congrats…

  59. T. Holly says:

    Does the bride have a blog?

  60. samguy says:

    “A blessing on your head, mazel tov! mazel tov!”

  61. White Label says:

    T. Holly – I think it’s Laura Rooney who’s co-editor of MCN. For the last few years she’s been highly lauded in DP’s end of year thanks.

  62. David Poland says:

    Thank you all for your kind words.
    My bride is not in the business in any way… and is not too happy with her picture being published. She says her idol is Mrs Letterman, who no one seems to have ever seen or know anything about.
    She is, indeed, a babe and a half. And a genuinely good person. And she indulges me by coming to screenings of the best and the crappiest movies and plays.
    We are very happy and she will be pleased if I never mention her here again. But again, many thanks.

  63. Just got back from an internet free vacation (you all should try it…it’s amazing what really doesn’t happen over the course of a week) and wanted to say CONGRATS, David!! I wish you many years of happiness and marital bliss. Welcome to the club.

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This is probably going to sound petty, but Martin Scorsese insisting that critics see his film in theaters even though it’s going straight to Netflix and then not screening it in most American cities was a watershed moment for me in this theatrical versus streaming debate.

I completely respect when a filmmaker insists that their movie is meant to be seen in the theater, but the thing is, you got to actually make it possible to see it in the theater. Some movies may be too small for that, and that’s totally OK.

When your movie is largely financed by a streaming service and is going to appear on that streaming service instantly, I don’t really see the point of pretending that it’s a theatrical film. It just seems like we are needlessly indulging some kind of personal fantasy.

I don’t think that making a feature film length production that is going to go straight to a video platform is some sort of “step down.“ I really don’t. Theatrical exhibition as we know it is dying off anyway, for a variety of reasons.

I should clarify myself because this thread is already being misconstrued — I’m talking about how the movie is screened in advance. If it’s going straight to Netflix, why the ritual of demanding people see it in the theater?

There used to be a category that everyone recognized called “TV movie” or “made for television movie” and even though a lot of filmmakers considered that déclassé, it seems to me that probably 90% of feature films fit that description now.

Atlantis has mostly sunk into the ocean, only a few tower spires remain above the waterline, and I’m increasingly at peace with that, because it seems to be what the industry and much of the audience wants. We live in an age of convenience and information control.

Only a very elite group of filmmakers is still allowed to make movies “for theaters“ and actually have them seen and judged that way on a wide scale. Even platform releasing seems to be somewhat endangered. It can’t be fought. It has to be accepted.

9. Addendum: I’ve been informed that it wasn’t Scorsese who requested that the Bob Dylan documentary only be screened for critics in theaters, but a Netflix representative indicated the opposite to me, so I just don’t know what to believe.

It’s actually OK if your film is not eligible for an Oscar — we have a thing called the Emmys. A lot of this anxiety is just a holdover from the days when television was considered culturally inferior to theatrical feature films. Everybody needs to just get over it.

In another 10 to 20 years they’re probably going to merge the Emmys in the Oscars into one program anyway, maybe they’ll call it the Contentys.

“One of the fun things about seeing the new Quentin Tarantino film three months early in Cannes (did I mention this?) is that I know exactly why it’s going to make some people furious, and thus I have time to steel myself for the takes.

Back in July 2017, when it was revealed that Tarantino’s next project was connected to the Manson Family murders, it was condemned in some quarters as an insulting and exploitative stunt. We usually require at least a fig-leaf of compassion for the victims in true-crime adaptations, and even Tarantino partisans like myself – I don’t think he’s made a bad film yet – found ourselves wondering how he might square his more outré stylistic impulses with the depiction of a real mass murder in which five people and one unborn child lost their lives.

After all, it’s one thing to slice off with gusto a fictional policeman’s ear; it’s quite another to linger over the gory details of a massacre that took place within living memory, and which still carries a dread historical significance.

In her essay The White Album, Joan Didion wrote: “Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969, ended at the exact moment when word of the murders on Cielo Drive traveled like brushfire through the community, and in a sense this is true.”

Early in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s characters drive up the hill towards Leo’s bachelor pad, the camera cranes up gently to reveal a street sign: Cielo Drive. Tarantino understands how charged that name is; he can hear the Molotov cocktails clinking as he shoulders the crate.

As you may have read in the reviews from Cannes, much of the film is taken up with following DiCaprio and Pitt’s characters – a fading TV actor and his long-serving stunt double – as they amusingly go about their lives in Los Angeles, while Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate is a relatively minor presence. But the spectre of the murders is just over the horizon, and when the night of the 9th finally arrives, you feel the mood in the cinema shift.

No spoilers whatsoever about what transpires on screen. But in the audience, as it became clear how Tarantino was going to handle this extraordinarily loaded moment, the room soured and split, like a pan of cream left too long on the hob. I craned in, amazed, but felt the person beside me recoil in either dismay or disgust.

Two weeks on, I’m convinced that the scene is the boldest and most graphically violent of Tarantino’s career – I had to shield my eyes at one point, found myself involuntarily groaning “oh no” at another – and a dead cert for the most controversial. People will be outraged by it, and with good reason. But in a strange and brilliant way, it takes Didion’s death-of-the-Sixties observation and pushes it through a hellfire-hot catharsis.

Hollywood summoned up this horror, the film seems to be saying, and now it’s Hollywood’s turn to exorcise it. I can’t wait until the release in August, when we can finally talk about why.

~ Robbie Collin