BYOB Archive for September, 2008

BYOB – Crash: Episode 3



Sorry… one of those days that got away… please self-amuse…


BYOB – Thuuuuuursday




Long day’s journey into LA…
I was greeted on my flight to the McCain campaign dropping yet another bombshell into an impossibly dense cycle of other news… this time, the choice to deny her cooperation on Troopergate… Harvey Weinstein hocking his very worst films for Oscar until the bitter end has NOTHING on these guys… truly singular in history…
And if you want to know why Karl Rove slapped McCain yesterday, it was the same exact strategy as the Hillary Clinton campaign… attack relentlessly until the crowd starts to resent it, then confess that BOTH sides are doing it and try to make your attacks seem just the same as the other sides when they are not really even close.
It makes the movie business seem sublime.
And as far as the movie business and the funding business, the short answer is… not the biggest deal ever for movies. The movie business’ list o’ suckers had already been thinned out before this week’s loud implosions. But what this may lay out is an even faster run for the auction house for the corporations that are not 100% committed to the movies. It could also make a Reliant/DreamWorks deal for MGM move along, as the giddy hopes Harry Sloan had for a big sale are now even more unlikely.
Anyway… morel tomorrow…


BYOB Weeekend

Heading off to Steven Soderbergh”s 4.5 hour epic biopic of New Line co-founder Bob Shaye as the closer for this year’s TIFF. Can’t wait to see if the John Waters years are really better than the Lord of the Rings years or vice versa. But with Ben Kingsley as Tony Kaye, Robert Downey, Jr. as Wes Craven, Brett Ratner in a duel role as Michael DeLuca and himself, Noah Emmerich as Toby Emmerich and of course, Lyn Shaye as Bob… well, it should be interesting.
Leaving the rest to you, for now…


BYOB – 9,10,8

No time to discuss how scary it is that anyone in their right mind without strong right-wing ideas would consider voting for a ticket with a VP who can’t be allowed to talk to press…
What are you are talking about these days?


BYOB – Weekend


BYOB – Apolitical

Toronto begins in a few days and the movie coma will begin… no doubt, to the relief of many of you.
Here is some space to get the conversation moving in a movie direction…


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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh