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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“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