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8 posts from February 1999

Oldies: February 26, 1999...

Okay, I changed my mind about my project topic. It's not going to be about the independent film aspect of Martin Scorsese's career like I was thinking about earlier (see 20 Feb 1999). Instead, I'm now gonna research the benefits of Hollywood working relationships. In case you have no idea what I mean, Scorsese has collaborated with Robert DeNiro on eight movies over the course of his career. I want to determine how these extended relationships benefit the overall outcome of the film. I may also compare this to other successful relationships like John Wayne/John Ford or to failed relationships like Scorsese/Harvey Keitel. Got any good sources for me?

[editor's note: the topic did change again.]


Oldies: February 25, 1999...

Good! That racist, murdering sonuvabitch John William King was not only convicted of capital murder, but was also sentenced to death by lethal injection. I don't know how you can't know this story, but, just in case... three white supremacists were accused of chaining a black man named James Byrd to the bumper of their pickup truck and dragging him until his body was decapitated. I hope you weren't eating when you read that. Well, one of them has now been convicted and sentenced and the other two are still awaiting trial on the same charge. Hope the bastards die miserably. I honestly think they should be dragged as well. Eye for an eye, eh?


Oldies: February 20, 1999...

Hey! I need everyone's help! I'm trying to come up with an idea for a term paper for my class on the films of Martin Scorsese. I've got a very general direction but I need some help narrowing it down a bit. I was thinking about looking into Scorsese's earlier films like Who's That Knocking At My Door, Mean Streets, and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and comparing them to more modern indie film counterparts. I'm choosing these three since they are the true independent films of his career. All of the ones since then really had a little too much studio backing to be considered "independent". I was going to compare these to guys like Kevin Smith (Clerks), Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi), and Michael Moore (Roger & Me). What aspects do you all think I should focus in on? Please give me ideas here. I think that this could really turn out to be a great paper if I develop some real direction with it. HELP ME!!!


Oldies: February 15, 1999...

Tonight I got back my first project from my web design class. Pretty simple personal homepage. For the most part, it's just an extension of a lot of what you see here already. I still got an A on it though. Not a bad way to start the semester if I do say so myself. Hopefully, the rest of the semester will follow this trend (well, it's not quite a trend yet).


Oldies: February 11, 1999...

I had some fun tonight after finally getting the hell outta podunk. I went into the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) to watch Michael Moore tape three episodes of his forthcoming show The Awful Truth. It's one of those exposé sorts of shows where they try to probe into a certain issue by being as upfront and annoying as possible. Should be damned cool in other words. In case you don't know, Michael Moore is the filmmaker that made Roger & Me about the GM plant closings in Flint, Michigan. Well, the taping was cool and you should definitely check it out. It premieres on the Bravo Network (don't ask me what channel that is) on Sunday, April 11 at 8pm CST. Of course, I also got autographs. Heh heh.


Oldies: February 4, 1999...

Ah-ha!! Big thanks to my friend Regina for finding some info for me about the movie Beowulf. Turns out it will be released, hopefully, this spring. It's based on the classic novel and was filmed on a budget of $20 million. It's supposed to be set a bit in the future and have sort of a Mad Max feel to it. Should be pretty good. Really, how bad can it be if it stars Christopher Lambert?

[editor's note: I still haven't seen it.]


Oldies: February 3, 1999...

Okay, now I'm not a football fan in any way, shape, or form... however, some bad news in the world of sports and football, more specifically. Walter Payton, the world's greatest running back who used to play for the Chicago Bears was diagnosed with a really rare liver disorder. It's known as Primary Sclerosing Cholingitis (PSC)--I think this is how it's spelled. Anyway, it's really sad to see this happen to somebody that's regarded as highly as he is and has been a model of health and fitness. I would really like to wish him luck and a speedy recovery. Go Sweetness!


Oldies: February 1, 1999...

Okay, somebody help me out here. I was surfing around on one of my favorite movie poster sites--Posters 'N Movie Pages--when I found this poster for Beowulf with Christopher Lambert of Highlander fame. Is this an old movie that went straight to video that I just don't know about or is it one that's upcoming? If it is upcoming, does anyone out there have a release date and a list of costars? Please let me know.

[editor's note: the poster site no longer exists and my plea for help predates IMDb, I think.]