BYOB Archive for January, 2009

BYOB Friday

It’s the weekend of movies that studios don’t want critics to see and a Super Bowl that may be great, but is sure to be down in the ratings… go figure…



You ever have one of those weeks where everything is happening… and nothing seems to be happening?



Take me away from all this death…


BYOB, 012209


BYOB – President 0, Day One

Less filling… tastes great…


BYOB 11709


BYOB – A Man In Sundance


BYOB – Travel Wednesday

On the way to Park City…


BYOB With Apologies

It’s dead out there… but for me, the quiet is more about Sundance prep… which continue…


BYOB – Back to Work

Sorry… runing back to work.
We have a screening of Doubt tonight and we’re shooting a DP/30 with Viola Davis… which thrills me, as I am a get admirer of her work.
Have at it. Be kind to one another and fight the arguments and not the people, PLEASE.


BYOB – It's ONLY Tuesday?!?!?!


BYOB – A New Week In A New Year

The NYT on the Blu-ray roll.
I agree with Reed Hastings that there is more time in DVD and Blu-ray than many prognisticators are guessing. But the big block remains the price of the hardware… and I don’t know why the story doesn’t address that more clearly. The education issue is real, but it’s a lot more real when a Blu-ray player is twice as much as a regular player and people don’t have any sense of how to value each machine. Is a Sony better than a Samsung or a Sharp? Is one more forward thinking? What is there to know other than pricing and that they want to sell you one?


BYOB – Jan 2: The Weekend Begins

Condolences to The Travolta family… losing a child is one of the worst things that can happen to someone… 16…. seemingly past the young danger zone… not quite expected to be in the older danger zone… everything to live for, this kid… so sad…


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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima