Friday, January 13, 2006

*Ahem!* Meme meme!

MaryAn tagged me with the scribosphere meme, so here goes:

ONE (1) earliest film-related memory:

I guess I was 4, or thereabout. I remember walking past lobby cards clutching what was, to me, a huge bag of popcorn… entering the theater and looking up at that enormous screen in anticipation of a Disney movie (which shall remain nameless, so that I might remain ageless…)

TWO (2) favorite lines from movies:
(Only two?! Are you trying to kill me?)


Saturday, Donny, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that I don't work, I don't get in a car, I don't ride in a car, I don't pick up the phone, I don't turn on the oven, and I sure as shit don't fucking roll! Shomer shabbos!

~ ~ ~

You know it's funny. We started out like this, Helen and I. We had blank walls, we hung things, we picked out tiles together. Then you know what happens? Six years later you find yourself singing "Surrey with a fringe on top" in front of Ira!

THREE (3) jobs you'd do if you could not work in the "biz":

Novelist
Interior Designer
Public Relations Manager

FOUR (4) jobs you actually have held outside the industry:

Headhunter
Paralegal
Camp counselor
Singing telegram

THREE (3) book authors I like:

Richard Bach
Nick Hornby
Diana Gabaldon

TWO (2) movies you'd like to remake or properties you'd like to adapt:

CHITTY-CHITTY BANG-BANG and XANADU.

Stop laughing. They were magical when I was a kid, but the magic was disappointingly gone when I saw them as an adult. I’d love to rework the stories so they’d be magical to me again.

ONE (1) screenwriter you think is underrated:

Cameron Crowe

THREE (3) people I'm tagging to answer this meme next:

  • Brett

  • Tina

  • Ryan


  • Addendum: Since Michael Starrbury over in Apartment Two was kind enough to tag me with his "Top Ten Television Themes" meme, I'm tagging him with this one, though rigormortis has long since set in and the maggots have had their way with it.

    11 Comments:

    Blogger oneslackmartian said...

    I’m such a dunce; I never considered remaking a movie for that reason:

    “They were magical when I was a kid, but the magic was disappointingly gone when I saw them as an adult.”

    I want to redo my meme. Hope you don’t mind if I do it here, since I’m, well, here.

    I would remake And Justice for All. You know, Al Pacino and “No, you’re out of order, this whole court’s out of order . . . .” I first saw it and fell in love with it 20+ years ago. I recently rewatched it. I could hardly sit through it because the soundtrack was vintage 1970s PORN MUSIC! Chicka-chicka-bow-wow the entire movie. When I wasn’t cringing, I was laughing my rear off.

    You wouldn’t even have to remake the movie, just redo the soundtrack with a real soundtrack.

    10:15 PM  
    Blogger mernitman said...

    Yes, Crowe, considering that in one movie alone he minted three (3) lines that have indelibly become part of the American lexicon:

    "Show me the money."
    "You had me at hello."
    "You complete me."

    (And that's not counting a second echelon of memorable stingers from JERRY, like "Don't - you - ever! - stop - f--king me!" and the kid asking Cruise if he knows how much a human head weighs...)

    In one rom-com! Genius.

    12:35 AM  
    Blogger Julie O. said...

    Hey Billy--

    Have you read the ELIZABETHTOWN screenplay? I found it much more moving than the film.

    When Crowe chopped the 17 or so minutes after Toronto, I suspect he severely cut into the beats that set up some of my favorite moments in the script. In the finished film, they didn't play at all. I was really disappointed.

    "True" moments in film affect me more than any other element -- I admire the way Crowe and Jim Brooks create theirs. SPANGLISH was a mess, but there were so many raw, human moments in it, I still love the film.

    11:07 AM  
    Anonymous christopher said...

    honey you HAVE to fix your formatting. what's with the dark brown bg slicing up your page?

    5:36 AM  
    Blogger Julie O. said...

    Hm... Looks fine to me. Anyone else seeing this? Any idea why someone would?

    9:03 AM  
    Anonymous christopher said...

    perhaps it's because im using firefox? but all your pages look like variations on these themes:

    origami_1
    origami_2

    5:26 PM  
    Anonymous christopher said...

    and yours is the only blogger.com blog i get that on.

    5:27 PM  
    Blogger Julie O. said...

    Ick. Weird. It's just a stock format -- I'm not tech-savvy enough to create my own.

    I do think it's a Firefox thing, though. I remember, now, it did it when I logged on via FF, too.

    5:32 PM  
    Blogger mernitman said...

    I know what you mean about the raw human messy stuff, and I admire it in Brooks, too -- thought SPANGLISH did have its moments tho felt the same way about it that you did about ELIZABETH: the script was much, much better than the movie.

    5:19 AM  
    Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

    I thought the Sandler/Leoni family storylines in Spanglish was MUCH more fun and interesting (and real) than the Maid/Daughter stuff (their scenes were cliche, and very boring). Sandler was surprisingly good, and Leoni stole the movie, in my opinion.

    12:33 AM  
    Blogger Warren said...

    I finished the Elizabethtown script and thought, "If I could ever write something this amazing, I could die happy." Didn't have the same reaction to the movie - something, clearly, was off. I still don't know what. I've heard all of the critiquest of the script, and intellectually, they all make sense, but God I was touched reading that script.

    And I'll only admit it here, but I adored Xanadu as a kid, and still have the soundtrack on my iPod. It's a horrendous movie, I realize now, but I'll be first in line to see your big budget remake. Just don't cast Britney or Jessica Simpson as The Muse.

    Oh, and I get the messed up formatting as well. Looks exactly like the oragami link someone posted. I'm using Firefox too.

    12:35 AM  

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