you won’t learn much but it’s ok

the NYT describes the documentary on Harry Dean Stanton as such:

“You won’t learn much, but you’ll be strangely happy that you didn’t.”

in response, Harry Dean Stanton said:

“She got it… That’s a very Buddhist thing to say.”

speak fucking italian and the women with missing teeth

i wish i was at Abel Ferrara’s Q&A.

500 Days of Summer

I quit… There’s enough bullshit in the world without my help.

the search continues

Roger Ebert:

Some traditions remain (at Cannes). Before every screening at the Auditorium Debussy, for example, someone in the dark is sure to call out “Raoul!” There’s laughter and a little buzz as old-timers explain to their neighbors that once in dim antiquity a moviegoer entered after the lights went down, was unable to find his friend, and shouted out “Raoul!” The search continues.

coens not kosher

A Serious Man, as A.O. Scott puts it, “has drug use, swearing and the repeated violation of Commandments 3, 5 and 7 to 10.”

supporting artists

The Telegraph on extras:

… (Ben Hur) features a trumpet-playing extra who forgot to take his watch off.

…(Gandhi‘s) funeral sequence alone required 300,000 extras.

In Gladiator, they used 2,000 live actors to create a digital crowd of about 35,000 people.

One big-mouthed extra working on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull spilt all the film’s major plot points when he was interviewed by his hometown newspaper in Oklahoma, even though he had signed a nondisclosure agreement. A ‘furious’ Steven Spielberg then got his own back by cutting the extra’s only scene.

this jew bites

Neil Gaiman:

But Dance of the Vampires has that wonderful moment where Alfie Bass as the Jewish innkeeper has been bitten and transformed by the vampires. He comes back, he creeps into the bedroom, and she holds up the cross, and he says, ”Lady, have you got the wrong vampire.”

similar idea in I am Legend (the book)