BYOB Archive for October, 2007

BYOB – Halloween

I am out for most of the day today, though there is a new Hot Button going up sometime today, as well as Gurus 2.0 on MCN.
Let me also say that while her coverage is extremely narrow because of how it is being fed to her, Nikki Finke’s site is clearly worth reading in these early pre-strike days. She is getting propaganda from both sides and running it. She seems to have no idea when she is being played or not, but if you can parse it, there is some great stuff there and she is clearly working her ass off lately to be the one on top of this all. So credit to her… and let’s hope the fools are still letting their working members work this time next week instead of pretending to be heroes of the working class who are driving their Porsche SUVs to the rallys to bring down the system that they simply want a bigger piece of. (Strike when it’s right… not when expedient.)


BYOB – October 29

A new week… lots to wonder about… I’ll be posting, but here is some space for you to Bring Your Own Blog…


BYOB – Oct 25

That last BYOB went back in time… sorry.
In New Jersey/New York… lots on the agenda for the next week, including 6 shows (no musicals… sorry). I should catch up with some actual thinking tonight for the blog.
Until then, it’s all yours. Be kind… if not to me, at least to each other.


BYOB – Oct 14

Another travelling day…


BYOB – October 22


BYOB – October 18

Should have put this up last night… sorry.
Long day of travel… now in Indianapolis for the Heartland Film Festival.
What’s been going on while I have been stuck in the long tubes of stale air all day?
ADDED: Oh yes… let me say… the #1 reason why Michael Clayton is being seen as a negative opening by anyone this week? Because idiots who know nothing about the box office are trying to sell a story that doesn’t exist.
The danger of box office reporting is not that it detracts from the art. It’s that anyone who can go on Box Office Mojo assumes they “get it.” They do not.
BTW… Michael Clayton moved from fourth place for the weekend (2-4 were all within $700k of one another) to third on Monday and Tuesday and second yesterday. So please… just shut up and let a movie emerge. Do I really need to point out that the only Best Picture nominee last year to have a single weeked as strong as Clayton’s opening -ever- was The Departed. A gread total of ZERO of the BP noms from the year before ever had a weekend as good.
So what’s the bad part? If the movie grosses $50 million domestic, $75 million overseas, and scores 7 or more Oscar noms… is that a bad thing now? Is this all idiot blowback from Good Night, and Good Luck. Or is George Clooney and this movie just this week’s victim of “legitimate” Hollywood journalists turning into hype-driven non-thinkers who thrive on the harshest headline.
There is a real discussion to be had about what George Clooney’s level of stardom is. As I pointed out earlier this week in another discussion, I rank him in the #30s of star power at the box office. But at the very least, people who want to start going negative for no real reason should be forced to start with an offering of what number and what achievement the movie needs for them to apologize… like they would ever be that honest!


BYOB – October 16


BYOB – October 12

After cracking 100 entries on the last one, perhaps a little more room to flex…


BYOB – October 10

anyone… anyone…


BYOB – October 4

If you don’t know… it’s Bring Your Own Blog… space for commenters to discuss whatever is on their mind and is not otherwise covered in here.


BYOB 3 – October 1


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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.


One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump