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Sent: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:55:36 +0200
Subject: Cinéma(s) en liberté 1969 – 1972 / An exhibition in Cannes by La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Suquet des art(iste)s / 5-27 mai 2018
FREE entrance – everyday from 10 to 12,30 am and from 2 to 6 pm
7 Rue Saint-Dizier, 06400 Cannes

The society of the late 1960s and early 1970s experienced profound social, political and cultural upheavals. From its creation, the Fortnight is a reflection of these upheavals and the showcase of a cinema that, everywhere in the world, is reinventing itself. In Brazil, Italy, the United States, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Senegal, Egypt… Filmmakers explore new forms, while experimental cinema (Fluxus, Zanzibar, Factory) shakes up academicism, while erotic cinema mocks morality and while political cinema merges with militant cinema. The brand new Fortnight will naturally become the place where this Cinéma en liberté (name given to the first edition) will be expressed.
Through texts, photos, videos, posters, film clips and sound testimonies, the exhibition will propose to immerse oneself in the first four years of the Fortnight and to discover how they draw a picture of the world. A fun and exciting exploration that will certainly make you want to discover or watch again movies that have mostly become cult.

• Politique et Censure
• Sex, Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll
• Cinéma Expérimental
• Le Documentaire

Sound Creation

A sound piece by Benoît Bories, who has travelled the world for a year collecting aural ambiance material and verbal recollections, in order to recreate the atmosphere and the energy of the era.

Sent: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:03:17 +0000
Subject: Tunisia Factory

After Taipei in 2013, Nordic in 2014, Chile in 2015, South Africa in 2016 and Lebanon Factory in 2017, the Directors’ Fortnight, with the collaboration of Tunisian CNCI, join to continue the adventure this coming year with Tunisia Factory.

Tunisia Factory 2018 This Factory is co-produced by Dora Bouchoucha & Lina Chaabane (Nomadis Images), Habib Attia (Cinétéléfilms), Imed Marzouk (Propaganda Production), Omar Ben Ali (SVP) Riadh et Selma Thabet (Ulysson) et Khaled Mechken (Objectif) on the Tunisian side, and by Dominique Welinski (DW) on the French side. The Factory aims at the emergence of new talents on the international scene, allowing young filmmakers, Tunisians and internationals, to meet and create together. The Fortnight is proud to present the result of these discussions, four short films co-directed by four pairs of young directors.

• 4 young international filmmakers have been chosen during last year.
• In 2017, after an announcement at Cannes Film Festival, a call for entry was launched.
• Late October 2017, in Tunis, after interviewing a short list of 12 directors, 4 Tunisian filmmakers were selected and paired with international ones.
• The couples had 3 months to write together a short film, which should last 15 min.
• March 2018, for more than one month in Tunis and around, each pair shot, edited and completed his short film with local cast and crew.
• May 2018, in Cannes, the 8 participants will meet with representatives of the international film industry (producers, distributors, festival representatives, international sales…), who will help them in the development of their respective first feature films.

The 4 short films will be screened on Wednesday, May 9 at the Théâtre Croisette, the day of the opening of the 50th edition of the Fortnight.

Sent: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:21:41 +0100
Subject: Cannes, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – 2018 Quiz…

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2018 Quiz

Sent: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:16:54 +0000
Subject: Higher Methods – It’s all about the first 3 days

Our Seed&Spark campaign to support Higher Methods is now live! The goals of the campaign are to increase awareness and grow audiences for Higher Methods, the first full-length feature from IM Filmworks, and to raise post-production funds for the film. I am writing you today because Seed&Spark tells us that the first 72 hours of any campaign are make or break and absolutely crucial to its success.

So, if you’re planning to support this campaign – by contributing, participating, and sharing our posts and content – now is the time! Please enjoy here an interview with me, the director and co-producer; check out the film’s website; and then visit our campaign page between now and this Thursday, October 12th. And follow-up with us this coming Sunday, October 15th, to join us for our first special, live Higher Methods event!


Sent: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 02:31:57 +0000
Subject: Irish Reels Film Festival Sept 29-Oct 1

Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Irish cinema in Seattle! There’s still time to get your tickets to our Opening Night Gala, co-hosted by Irish Network Seattle on Friday, September 29th, at 6:00pm at The Ruins.

On Saturday at 2:00pm the Film Program begins at SIFF Film Center with Mattress Men. Colm Quinn’s award winning documentary is a bitter-sweet story of Michael Flynn who with the help of his friend Paul Kelly, reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’.

At 4:00pm our first Short Program of the weekend is GAZE on Tour. Five short films celebrate the strides that have been taken in LGBT representation on screen in Ireland over the past number of years. Director Michael Moody Culpepper will be present to speak about his film 3 Friends. Winner of Best Irish Short at this year’s GAZE Int’l Festival, 3 Friends is based on a Colm Tóibín story of the same name . Also, not to be missed in this medley is the award winning Lily.

At 6:00pm the identity of the Irish worker in New York finds itself at an historical crossroads in Colin Broderick’s first feature film, Emerald City. A crew of Irish construction workers still trying to work hard and party hard, are starting to discover the price of a life spent dodging adult responsibility.

Sunday at 2:00pm we begin with Song of Granite. Now officially Ireland’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars 2018, this docudrama revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Producer Alan Maher will attend.

At 4:00pm, nine new short films including narrative, documentary and animation provide a perfect way to spend a Seattle Sunday afternoon. Sprinkled with award winners, these are moving stories of love, passion and intrigue from new Irish filmmakers.

Sunday night at 6:00pm join us for our closing film In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America. Narrated by Liam Neeson and scored by Bill Whelan, the film chronicles John Hume’s approach to politics in Northern Ireland in co-ordination with senior political figures in the US. includes interviews with President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, US Senators and Congressmen, as well as Irish leaders and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major. At a time of political instability, this is a timely film examining steady leadership and international co-operation.

Festival passes and individual tickets can be purchased through SIFF Film Center and at the box office 30 minutes before each show time.

Sent: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 23:58:25 -0700
Subject: 8th annual Silicon Valley Film Festival 2017 – Inviting movies for submission – Last date: Oct: 31

Dear Filmmakers!

I’m Clara Smith , Marketing Director for Silicon Valley Film Festival. Our team came across the wonderful movies you have made. Hope you might have joined our previous years’ festivals as well. We’d like to invite you to welcome and submit for Silicon Valley Film Festival 2017. Pl. find the details below. Wish you great success in Filmmaking! Regards, Clara Smith Silicon Valley Film Festival – Marketing *New at SVFF 2017!!
New Awards: ‘NARRATIVE FEATURE’, ‘COMMERCIAL AD SPOT’, AS WELL AS “BEST ACTOR”, “ACTRESS”, “DIRECTOR”, “EDITOR”, AND “CINEMATOGRAPHY”. ‘SVFF JURY’s HONORABLE MENTION’ of ‘TOP 3 MOVIES’ in every category. More new categories – lots of chances to be recognized and honored by the people from the World’s technology paradise – Silicon Valley at SVFF 2017.

Dear Filmmakers,

We are happy to announce our 5th annual Silicon Valley Film Festival – 2017, celebrating Silicon Valley Innovations in Digital Cinema around the world – now accepting submissions in more than 7 categories. We are happy to personally invite you to submit your incredible Films for SVFF and join us at SVFF 2017.

*Film Submission Deadlines:

 * One Deadline: October 31, 2017.
 * One flat fee:
 * $25 for Short Films (Less than 30 minutes)
 * $35 for Feature Films (Over 30 minutes)


 * Narrative Features, Commercial ad, and Best Actor, Actress, Director, Editor, Cinematography


 * Best Vision of the Future,
 * Best Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Best Green Earth.


 * Movie Screenings – Top selection of movies from around the world and from Silicon Valley Moviemakers.
 * Pitching & Film Fund Raising
 * World Premieres of feature Films
 * Award Ceremony, Green Carpet Reception, performances, VIPs, Panels and more.

With the vision for ‘Tomorrow’s World’, Silicon Valley truly is the birth place of Digital Film Making and Digital Media including the top A companies (Adobe, Apple, Avid, Auto Desk). In the heart of Silicon Valley, the Hi-Tech community is celebrating the Spirit of Silicon Valley the Power of Imagination by promoting Digital Cinema and giving international movie makers a venue to showcase their creativity, find funding and meet with fellow filmmakers, Media Companies, Producers and Distributors at Silicon Valley Film Festival.

Silicon Valley Awards

Honoring world digital filmmakers with our esteemed Silicon Valley Awards every year.
Awards include best of the following categories: Feature and Short in Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Music, Commercial Ad Spot, Green Earth, Vision of the Future, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and best Actor, Actress, Director, Editor, Cinematography.
All Awards are selected by our Chief Judges except Audience choice award. Visit our past ‘SVFF Hall of Fame’ page at

SVFF Inviting International Judges:
Do you have a favorite filmmaker whom you want to be part of SVFF Judges, send us their contact info. at, we will be glad to talk to them.

Submit online
Our programming team eagerly inviting you to submit your great work for Silicon Valley Film Festival to take it to the rest of the world. Please submit online.

Sent: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:01:03 -0400
Subject: Press Release: A Life Not To Follow out July 4!
Re: A Life Not to Follow

There may not be a way back from the path you take…

Christopher Di Nunzio’s Neo-Noir Gangster Thriller
Debuts on Digital & VOD – JULY 4!

Los Angeles, Calif. – June 2017 – Leading independent cinema distributor Random Media and Creepy Kid Productions proudly announce the debut of director Christopher Di Nunzio‘s gritty neo-noir gangster thriller A LIFE NOT TO FOLLOW, on Digital, VOD and DVD, July 4, 2017. An exciting new film in the dark dramatic style of ‘The Departed’ and ‘John Wick,’ the action-packed feature was a festival award-winner* and has been acclaimed for action and authentic noir style. It intertwines three engaging storylines, showcasing a triptych of different tales of life in the dangerous criminal underworld – one of revenge, settling scores and atonement; a second of a rising mob lieutenant who must kill or be killed; and the final climactic conclusion, the story of a world-weary private investigator who seeks to set things right.


The sophomore feature by director Christopher Di Nunzio, A LIFE NOT TO FOLLOW stars Michael Capozzi (as Luca Trapani), Fiore Leo (as Eric DiVenardi), Molly Kay (as Eliza Cushing), David Graziano (as Tobias Kane), John Martellucci (as Angelo), Erica Derrickson (as Fiona), William Bloomfield (as Derby) and Johnny Cammarata (as Jimmy Trapani). The film was written Pedro Alvarado and Christopher Di Nunzio. It was produced by Pedro Alvarado, William Bloomfield, Michael Capozzi, Amy DePaola, Christopher Di Nunio, Melanie Kotoch, Jason Miller, Christine Perla, Jami Tennille and Nolan Yee.

Distributed by Random Media, A LIFE NOT TO FOLLOW has a running time of 106 minutes. The film is not rated.

A LIFE NOT TO FOLLOW – synopses:

Short: In a story resembling the dark dramatic style of ‘The Departed’ and ‘John Wick,’ a hitman, a gangster and a private detective share an interlacing narrative about common human frailty.

Long: A Neo-Noir film told in three interlacing chapters. The first story presents Eric, a criminal who knows death is imminent. He must make amends for his past sins, by killing those who wronged him, no matter the price. The second tale features Angelo, a wiseguy willing to do anything to move up in the world, who must make the ultimate sacrifice – kill his best friend or be killed himself. The final act presents Tobias, an F.B.I. agent turned P.I. on the trail of a missing girl. In his long search for her he comes face to face with a host of unsavory characters who will lead him to perdition or salvation.

* Film Festival Acclaim Includes:
Winner, 2015 Shawna Shea Film Festival – Best Director
Winner, 2015 Action on Film International Film Festival- Alan J. Bailey Award Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking
Nominated, 2015 Action on Film Award – Best Guerrilla Film – Feature
Nominated, 2015 Gwinnett Center International Film Festival – Best Feature Film – Fiction

Sent: Sat, 27 May 2017 16:28:27 +0000
Subject: 49th Directors’ Fortnight: our sponsors’ prizes

Directors’ Fortnight is a non competitive section but some of our sponsors could award some films during closing ceremony.

Chloé Zaho
The Rider by Chloé Zaho

SACD prize

Claire Denis
Bright Sunshine in by Claire Denis

Philippe Garrel
L’amant d’un jour by Philippe Garrel

Label Europa Cinema
Jonas Carpignagno
A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignagno

illy Award
Benoît Grimalt
Retour à Genoa City by Benoît Grimalt

Pedro Pinho
The Nothing Factory by Pedro Pinho

Those portraits from directors has been taken by Cécile Burban and Guillaume Lutz for the Directors’ Fortnight. (Re)discover all our photos ans interviews on

Sent: Wed, 10 May 2017 21:29:19 +0000
SIFF Highlights | GiveBIG | Fall Festival Dates

Mark your calendars! The Irish Reels Film Festival will return to SIFF Cinema for 3 days of new Irish cinema, SEPT 29-OCT 1, 2017. We’ll be celebrating our 20th Anniversary! In the meantime, catch up on this fabulous slate of new releases at the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival.

Spotlight on Irish Films at SIFF

Emer Reynolds will be in town with her documentary The Farthest which features stunning imagery from the Voyager space probes. Launched in 1977 the probes have traveled 12 billion miles in 40 years. The Farthest is both an intimate love letter to science and technology as well as a genuinely cinematic, epic-scale adventure. Emer is scheduled to attend the Friday May 19th 4pm and Saturday May 20th 5pm screenings.

3 Friends is a short film adapted from Colm Tóibín’s short story of the same name. Seattle Director Michael Culpepper traveled to Cork to spend 3 weeks with a fabulous Irish cast and crew. Join Michael at the 3 Friends screening on May 28th 6pm in the Short Film package Boy Trouble.


A Date for Mad Mary
Ireland | 2016 | 92 mins | Darren Thornton
After 20-something “Mad” Mary McArdle is denied a plus-one to her friend’s wedding on the grounds that she doesn’t have one, she becomes determined to find a date, leading to an unlikely relationship that helps heal her troubled past. Screens May 27th 7pm and May 28th 6pm.

Bad Day for The Cut
Ireland | 2016 | 99 mins | Chris Baugh
Revenge is coming for the criminals who have killed the mother of a seemingly mild-mannered Irish farmer in this tense, tough-as-nails thriller including flashes of bloody hilarity and featuring a career-making lead performance from Nigel O’Neill. Screens May 21st 9pm and May 25th 4:30pm

Handsome Devil
Ireland | 2016 | 95mins | John Butler.
Music-obsessed Irish teenager Ned is an outcast at his rugby-obsessed boarding school, understood only by an inspirational English teacher (Andrew Scott, “Sherlock”), at least until he becomes roommates with a star athlete, in this breezy coming-of-age underdog story. Screens May 23rd 7pm, and May 26th 7pm.

Without Name
Ireland | 2016 | 93mins | Lorcan Finnegan
In this psychologically tense slice of a hallucinogenic eco-horror, a land surveyor on a secretive mission in a remote and unnamed Irish forest begins to have strange visions after his equipment goes haywire, leading him to suspect that someone-or something-is lurking in the woods. Screens May 28th 9pm, June 2nd 9:30pm and June 4th 9:30pm.

Also worth checking out!! Nick Hamm’s The Journey depicts the key negotiations between former protestant leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and catholic Sinn Fein head Martin McGuiness (Colm Meaney) that ultimately laid the groundwork for a historic plan for bringing peace to Northern Ireland. Screens June 5th & 6th.

Sent: Tue, 2 May 2017 15:34:02 +0000
Subject: Quinzaine à la Bocca 2017 – Opening ceremony

The Directors’ Fortnight initiated this project with the support of BNP Paribas, SISLEY Foundation, France Television Foundation, the city of Cannes and Cannes Cinéma. The Fortnight in the Bocca district project aims to try out an original dynamic in cultural activism aimed at an outlying quarter of Cannes that is part of a wider policy of democratization and access to culture. Linked with the Directors’ Fortnight, it aims to extend the reach of the event to the district of la Bocca.

Throughout the year, the Quinzaine at La Bocca organizes previews and screenings of Fortnight selections in general release. As part of this programming, the Fortnight pursues its pedagogical mission and sets up screenwriting workshops in local vocational centers. During the festival, as part of Cannes Cinéphiles, part of the program is screened in two neighborhood cinemas of La Bocca: the Licorne and the Raimu. Admission is free, open to all and include Q&As with directors. There are also image education workshops with vocational centers and local associations.

Sent: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 16:03:26 +0200
Subject: Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – Cannes 2017


Catherine Giraud et moi-même sommes en charge du bureau de presse de la Quinzaine des réalisateurs, qui aura lieu cette année du 18 au 28 mai prochain, à Cannes.

Nous serions ravis de vous accueillir au bureau de presse, situé à la Malmaison (47, La Croisette).

Les projections ont lieu au Théâtre Croisette de l’hôtel Marriott. L’accréditation au festival du film vous en garantit l’accès.

Edouard Waintrop, notre directeur artistique, dévoilera la sélection durant la conférence de presse le 25 avril à 11h au Forum des images.

Vous trouverez tous les documents et le matériel presse nécessaire sur notre site Internet (


Sent: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:11:17 -0500
Subject: Science-based drama PAINLESS to hold World Premiere at Cinequest

Painless, the tale of a lonely, reclusive man who becomes obsessed with finding a cure for his rare condition that doesn’t allow him to feel physical pain, has been invited to hold its world premiere screening at the prestigious Cinequest Film and VR Festival (CQFF) on March 2.

The science-based drama was written and directed by New York native Jordan Horowitz, whose 2015 documentary Angel of Nanjing took home thirteen best film and best director awards from festivals around the world, and produced by the award winning, Rhode Island duo of Anthony Ambrosino and Nicholas Delmenico, whose last film Almost Human premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was purchased by IFC.

Painless is a modern-day fable about loneliness and alienation, and the sacrifices one makes for what they believe in,” said Horowitz. He added, “feelings I think we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives.” Painless was filmed in both New York City and Rhode Island.

The film stars Montreal native Joey Klein, a working film and television actor for the last decade, with roles in American Gangster, On The Road and 12 Monkeys: The Series. He most recently wrote and directed the feature film The Other Half which premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Cinequest, voted Best Film Festival by USA Today readers, is set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn, etc.). CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Named best digital festival and a top 10 film festival (out of thousands) by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, CQFF has led the world in its showcase and implementation of the technologies that have revolutionized filmmaking, exhibition and distribution.

Sent: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:24:01 +0000
Subject: Higher Methods Home Stretch – SUCCESS

I can’t lie or hide the fact the past month during this Indiegogo campaign for Higher Methods, that it has been one of the most mentally and physically challenging times of my life. Very little sleep, high anxiety, and two trips to the ER just to begin. I tell you this at the risk of being judged, because any sane person wouldn’t subject themselves to something like this. I’m not saying I’m crazy at all. I just know that there is unquenchable burning desire to make this film happen. Since this campaign began 46 amazing people have seen something of value in supporting our team in this endeavor. There are hundreds of you out there that this post and video will reach. If 46 backers believe in this film so far, I know there are at least another 20 or so more that feel the same way. This campaign is already an success. I don’t care if another penny is contributed. More then anything I’m here to simply spread the love and the message that there are some wonderful people out there who understand how difficult it is to be an artist (in my case an independent filmmaker), and that it only takes often times the ability to share a campaign or a link with your own network to introduce an artist to a wider audience. Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign through a donation, or sharing, or commenting, or giving me pep talks during this time. It all has value. Thank you!

Sent: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:03:31 +0000
Subject: Nathan Suher is launching his first feature film, Higher Methods.

Hello friends and supporters of the independent film scene.

This is an exciting time for me because I’m about to embark on the ambitious project of my life. I’ve decided to direct and produce a feature length film. Not some backyard home video, but a real movie with real actors and expensive cameras and lights.

It would mean the world to me if you could please view this campaign and share it with your friends, family, and your network. If you can help us out in any way that’s a bonus. The most important thing is that by sharing the campaign we build momentum and build an audience.

A great benefit to our supportors includes some unique perks to those that help us out! See for yourself what goodies we are offering!

We couldn’t launch a campaign with out the FINAL WORD from THE BOSS.

On a personal note
Nathan is an award winning filmmaker. He has recently had films accepted in the Charlotte Film Festival, The Shawna Shea Film Festival, The SENE Film, Music, and Art Festival, and Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. He has been a working filmmaker for 18 years with more then 30 credits to his name.

Sent: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:18:58 -0400
Subject: Film: Delusion picked up by Cinema Epoch
Re: Delusion

Delusion has been picked up for distribution by Cinema Epoch and is now available on Amazon! The film will be release on more outlets very soon…

More info below.



*Link to Amazon:*

Sent: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:31:40 +0000
Subject: Irish Reels Film Festival Oct 7-9: Spotlight on New Irish Cinema

Irish Reels Film Festival
OCT 7-9

Join us for the 19th annual celebration of Irish cinema in Seattle! The festival kicks off on Friday, October 7th, at 6:00pm at the SIFF Film Center with an Opening Night Gala co-hosted by Irish Network Seattle.

At 7:30pm we open with Simon Fitzmaurice’s highly acclaimed My Name is Emily. A beautifully crafted and scored, visually stunning coming of age story, the film features Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter), Michael Smiley (The Lobster, Kill List, A Field in England) and newcomer George Webster (City of Dreamers).

Saturday night’s feature presentation is the compelling new film from Director Rebecca Daly. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2016, Mammal (starring Oscar nominated Rachel Griffiths) is the story of a woman who has lost her son and develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth. Our closing night feature on Sunday is Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too (Winner of Best Feature at Galway Film Fleadh 2015), the story of a young girl Stacey (Lauren Kinsella) and her mysterious uncle Will (Aiden Gillan – Game of Thrones) who set off into the midlands to build a future life together.

On Saturday at 1:00pm the first of two Senior Presentations featured over the weekend graces the screen. Older Than Ireland is a landmark documentary revealing the story of a hundred years of life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish men and women aged 100 or over. We’re thrilled to have Director Alex Fegan (The Irish Pub) present to share his latest documentary. On Sunday A Doctor’s Sword follows a family’s journey to Japan to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere. Two award winning films round out the documentary program for the weekend. Narrated by Brendan Gleason, Atlantic (Risteard O’Domhnaill’s follow-up to THE PIPE), screens on Saturday. Filmed in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the North Atlantic, this vital and timely film is described by The Irish Times as “Epic in scope, damning in its conclusions.” Mark Cousins’ I Am Belfast, a heartfelt poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, screens at 5:00pm on Sunday.

Thirteen short films are sprinkled throughout the weekend. Enjoy new works in animation, short documentaries and fiction and celebrate the 2016 Oscar winner Stutterer which screens on our opening night and again in Short Film Program II on Sunday!

All are invited to enjoy post festival conversation and conviviality at our closing night party at T.S. McHugh’s, 21 Mercer Street, at 9:00pm Sunday night.

Festival passes and individual tickets can be purchased through SIFF Film Center and at the box office 30 minutes before each show time.

Sent: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:00:10 +0200
Subject: International Monetary Fund (IMF

My name is Ms. Christine Lagarde and I work with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), I am writing you to let you know that finally your ATM Card worth $5000,000.00 USD has been delivered through UPS to Mr. Frank Wes, who works with the IMF where it is going to be activated before final delivery to your home address. You can use the tracking number with the tracking site below…

Sent: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:44:17 -0700
Subject: Weird News; Good News – Selfie Shootout
Re: $elfie Shootout

Weird first; Selfie has been pirated twice (what an irony) on You Tube. Once it was translated into 3D format; once traditional 2D. I had both films taken but only after thousands of views.

Good next…

Amazon has moved the film from pay per view to free for Amazon Prime Members opening the film to much wider audience. We are however still paid $4.00 per view.

Once again I ask your support and spread the good Amazon news on your social media and/or email lists.

In addition, you might be interested in this:

I have a finished script, The Trouble with Midnight, a film noir with a strong female lead which has attracted significant investor interest; we’ll see how that progresses…

One more addition. In the early 1980s I had a book, China Clipper, published in the US, Canada and Japan.

My entertainment attorney, Bianca Goodloe, read the story and compared it to a combination Titanic – Casablanca. She has taken the book to UTA (United Talent Agency) for a potential studio production. Keeping my fingers crossed…

Sent: Tue, 3 May 2016 12:45:15 +0000
Subject: Save The Date | GiveBig | Irish Films Now Available in US

The Irish Reels Film Festival will return to SIFF Film Center for 3 days of new Irish cinema, October 7-9, 2016. It’s been a great year for Irish film and we’re already excited by the number of new exciting films that are coming our way. Join us for our Opening Night Gala, Friday, Oct 7th co-hosted by Irish Network Seattle.
GiveBig Today!
Support the IRISH REELS FILM FESTIVAL, so we can continue to bring thought provoking and compelling stories and filmmakers from across the Atlantic to our local audience. Presented by the Seattle Foundation, GiveBig is a 24-hour, online giving event that taps into Seattle’s passion for giving, bringing together donors with local nonprofits.
Did you attend the FREE film screenings at Seattle Center during Irish Week this year? Your gift, large or small, enables us to offer FREE and discounted tickets that ensures our programming is accessible to all members of our community. We encourage you to GIVE TODAY to the IRISH REELS FILM FESTIVAL and other great non-profits that are making a difference in Seattle. It only takes a few minutes. Click here and make it happen any time today. Thank You for your support!
Irish Reels Films now available in US.
It’s the No. 1 question we get – where can I see this film again, how can I get a copy, when will it be available in the US? And while we can’t always provide the desired response we are excited by the increasing number of films that are now available to stream online and on DVD or BluRay. It’s why we’ve spent the past twenty years focusing on bringing these films to US audiences. Here’s a list of films we’ve screened recently that you can now revisit and introduce to your friends. Enjoy!
Song of The Sea on iTunes
Patrick’s Day on iTunes and Amazon
One Million Dubliners on iTunes
Glassland on iTunes and newly available on Amazon today!
Made in Belfast on iTunes
John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man on Amazon

Sent: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:52:56 +0000
Subject: Film Festival Screenings
Re: Please Punish Me

My short film, “Please Punish Me”, will be screening today (April 23rd, 2016) at the Columbus Theater in Providence, RI at 2:00pm as part of the SENE Film, Arts and Music Festival in the Regional Shorts block. There will be some great films including Mike Messier’s “Thanksgiving” and Zach Levenson’s “The Toymaker”. Hope to see you there!

The film has also recently been accepted into two more festivals, Sanford International Film Festival and TEXAS Ultimate Shorts.

Sent: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:27:33 +0200
Subject: Quinzaine des réalisateurs?

Catherine Giraud et moi-mème sommes en charge du bureau de presse de la Quinzaine des réalisateurs, qui aura lieu cette année du 12 au 22 mai prochain, à Cannes.
Nous serions ravis de vous accueillir au bureau de presse, situé à la Malmaison (47, La Croisette).
Les projections ont lieu au Théâtre Croisette de l’hôtel Marriott. L’accréditation au festival du film vous en garantit l’accès.
Edouard Waintrop, notre directeur artistique, dévoile la sélection durant la conférence depresse le 19 avril à 11h au Forum des images.
Vous trouverez tous les documents et le matériel presse nécessaire sur notre site Internet (

Sent: Sat, 02 Apr 2016 08:34:37 +0000
Subject: Greatings

Hello friend
How are you doing? My names are Susan Jane Helms, Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force and a former NASA Astronaut, i saw your email and decided to contact you on something important, am a woman of integrity, am not contacting you for childish games, rather i have a profitable something to share with you.
Please do not fail to contact on this email address…

Sent: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 20:01:20 +0000
Subject: March Screenings, Fall Dates, Oscars, Oh My!

Everyone’s Irish in Seattle in March! Join the Irish Reels Film Festival in The Armory at Seattle Center, March 12-13 for FREE screenings during Irish Week, All screenings are in Loft Suite 3.

Our program kicks off at noon on Saturday with Mary McAleese & The Man Who Saved Ireland a documentary which follows the former President through Europe to uncover Columbanus’ legacy. The afternoon Shorts Program brings a delightful selection of narrative and documentary shorts and is followed by John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man providing another opportunity to view this wonderful homage to Maureen O’Hara & The Quiet Man.

Sunday’s program begins with A City Dreaming, a series of personal and intimate recollections of the city of Derry-Londonderry. The short documentary A Hearth of Our Own takes a look at the plight of undocumented Irish immigrants in the US, while Vaun Raymond’s The Blue & The Green follows the Seattle Police Pipe & Drum Band on their journey to Ireland in 2015.

In remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising our afternoon film is the feature docudrama A Terrible Beauty, the story of the men and women, Irish and British, caught up in The Battle of Mount Street Bridge. Check out the complete program here.

SAVE THE DATE: The Irish Reels Film Festival returns to the SIFF FILM CENTER for a 3-day festival, Oct 7-9, 2016. Mark your calendars for a weekend of award winning features, documentaries, short films and visiting Irish filmmakers. Join us for our opening night Gala on Friday, Oct 7th co-hosted by Irish Network Seattle. New volunteers are always welcome, let us know if you’d like to join in our festival planning.

Sent: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:05:22 -0700
Subject: Warming Trend
Re: Hot stuff

Forgive me for my naïveté. Where would you go to watch this short film?

[Good question. A link on Audrey Noone’s Facebook page leads to the Los Angeles CineFest website where A Warming Trend is in competition. There is a link there to view the film as well as an opportunity to vote for it.]

Sent: Mon, 18 May 2015 16:55:45 -0700
Subject: Hi :)

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Sent: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:30:02 -0430
Subject: Hello feedback

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Sent: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 14:08:20 +0000
Subject: Cannes 2015


Catherine Giraud et moi-même sommes en charge du bureau de presse de la Quinzaine des réalisateurs, qui aura lieu cette année du 14 au 24 mai prochain, à Cannes.
Nous serions ravis de vous accueillir au bureau de presse, situé à la Malmaison (47, La Croisette).
Les projections ont lieu au Théâtre Croisette de l’hôtel Marriott. L’accréditation au festival du film vous en garantit l’accès.
Edouard Waintrop, notre directeur artistique, dévoile la sélection durant la conférence depresse le 21 avril à 11h au Forum des images.
Vous trouverez tous les documents et le matériel presse nécessaire sur notre site Internet (


Sent: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:05:19 -0500
Subject: Hello

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Sent: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:04:05 -0700
Subject: SVFF 2014 – Movie Submissions last date August 31 and Festival starts Nov. 7th

Dear Filmmakers!

I’m Clara Smith, Marketing Director for Silicon Valley Film Festival. We are happy to announce the dates for our 5th anniversary this year SVFF2014 starting from Nov. 7th in Silicon Valley! As we grow every year our guests list also growing including our city mayors, chief judge Hollywood Cameraman Alex Buono and this year we partner with US-China Movie and Television Association and hosting group of mainstream directors and producers from China and screening their movies as well.

I Hope you might have joined our previous years’ festivals or our team might have come across the movie you have made We’d like to invite you to welcome and submit for Silicon Valley Film Festival 2014. Pl. find the details below. Wish you great success in movie making!

Please check out our Blog and twitter or Facebook for immediate updates.

Clara Smith
Silicon Valley Film Festival – Marketing

Sent: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:34:15 -0700
Subject: Silicon Valley Film Festival 2014 – Inviting movies for submission – 2 months to submit for SVFF 2014

Dear Filmmakers!

I’m Clara Smith, Marketing Director for Silicon Valley Film Festival. Our team came across the wonderful movies you have made. Hope you might have joined our previous years’ festivals as well. We’d like to invite you to welcome and submit for Silicon Valley Film Festival 2014. Pl. find the details below. Wish you great success in Filmmaking!

Clara Smith
Silicon Valley Film Festival – Marketing
Browse the invitation online…

Sent: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:43:04 +0100
Subject: Jacob Wrestling With The Angel – available for online rental – low price of 99cent
Re: Something for your short list


I wanted to get in touch and let people know that JWWTA is available for online streaming for the very low price of 99cent. You can access the film here: Please feel free to pass around and also if you have any questions let me know.

Warmest regards,
Bertie Brosnan
Jacob’s IMDb
Official Trailer

Sent: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:17:49 -0700
Subject: Silicon Valley Film Festival 2014 – Inviting movies for submission – 4 months to submit for SVFF 2014

Submission Deadline: One Deadline: August 31st, 2014 .

Dear Filmmakers!

I’m Clara Smith , Marketing Director for Silicon Valley Film Festival. Our team came across the wonderful movies you have made. Hope you might have joined our previous years’ festivals as well. We’d like to invite you to welcome and submit for Silicon Valley Film Festival 2014. Pl. find the details below. Wish you great success in Filmmaking!

Clara Smith
Silicon Valley Film Festival – Marketing
Browse the invitation online…

Sent: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:38:03 +0100
Subject: height of moher cliffs
Re: Give an Inch…

This is very interesting reading. The cliffs of moher in Clare are 600 feet high. I thought the storm scene was done in south Africa. Sorry to hear how Mitchum ended up.

Sent: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 03:16:32 +0100

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Sent: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 00:58:01 -0600
Subject: ENOCH!!!!!! It’s ENOCH

Enoch is the dude in the Bible where it say that, “Enoch was NOT for God took him.”

This guys got a wild video about what Enoch wrote, prophecy and 2012. Here it is:

Sent: Tue, 8 May 2012 15:28:15 -0500
Subject: Don Briscoe
Re: One Pontabee brother (1919-2004) and at least two Jennings brothers (1940-2004)

Thank you, for covering the career of Don Briscoe so eloquently, and with appreciation. With all the actors in the world striving to earn a living at their craft, only do we see a handful succeed in becoming a regular on a popular show, or have a good starring role in a successful film. He was also able to do that in under five years time before his illness. Pretty good, for a guy who has been criticized by some as being a bad actor. I do not agree with these judgements. Directing plays a large part in how an actor delivers his or her lines, also acting style, and transitioning from stage to television/film. This is proven in a few of the introduction voice over narrations he did for Dark Shadows, and his performance in House of Dark Shadows. I thought were good. Those directors who chose Mr. Briscoe for acting parts, saw something more than a pretty, photogenic face, of which, in this industry, are dime a dozen. Thank you.

Sent: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 12:41:41 -0700

The Awakening


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I know. I know. There is nothing else like this? Yes….. you’re welcome.

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Sent: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:20:21 -0700
Subject: Mayans DUDE! Mayans

Can you believe this Mayan Video this guy made. WOW. Seriously….. Mayan End of World!

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Sent: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 20:41:33 +0100
Subject: Ha!
Re: The call of the past

Hey, dad. I found your page, and now I can bombard you with FEEDBACK! *evil grin*
So… did you feed the cat? And what’s for dinner tomorrow? And will you please stop spending all your time on that darned Mormon ancestry website?! Yes – this is much less fun than I thought. Okay, forget it, I’d rather play pointless games. You’ve reduced me to that… I hope you’re happy…
Your one half-Irish descendant.

Sent: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:50:12 -0500
Subject: Thank you from Le Stuff!!!!!
Re: To catch a film setting II

Just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for your very kind review of Le Stuff! Comments like yours provide the motivation needed to continue my TCAT series.

I’m very much looking forward to delving in to!

Sent: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:02:20 -0800
Subject: 30 Dec posting
Re: Moment to moment

In “Moment to moment,” you mention Roman Polanski’s film “The Ghost Writer” but call it “The Ghost.” Sorry, can’t help proofreading. (I thought it was kind of a big nothing, myself.)

[Sorry to confuse. I was using the original UK title rather than the one put on the film for U.S. release.]

Sent: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 23:31:41 +0000

Hi You’re so knowledgable and well organised, I wondered if you (or indeed any of your readers) might be able to help me identify and trace a film. It was probably a flop but may perhaps be on DVD.

It was advertised at my local cinema in Hull when I went to see Miss Congeniality 2 in 2001 but it was never shown there. The cinema told me later that they don’t show all the films that they advertise.

I think the name of the film was something like “The Secret Life of Molly Reilly” or the “Secret Dream of Molly Reilly”. In case I’m completely wrong regarding the name, here are some points about the film that may identify it:

  • Comedy start with feel good factor as country yokel girl becomes famous opera singer.
  • Irish(?) family of country yokels – lots of kids.
  • “Molly” is a young girl (13 or thereabouts?) made out to look very plain and comical. She has red hair and pigtails and is very clumsy. Her clothes are gaudy and look awful.
  • At one point Molly falls downstairs bumping her head comically on each step as she falls down.
  • She dreams of owning and restoring a deserted, overgrown house she has found (in some woodland?)
  • To do that she knows she needs money so she sets about earning some money.
  • Then the kids in the family form a group which plays for money and they enter a big prize competition which they win. This sets her on her way.
  • At the end of the film, you see her grown up and she has become an opera renowned opera singer – with short dark hair, very glamorous, beautifully dressed, walking onto a huge (outdoor?) stage in front of a huge audience and to great applause.
  • Presumably she then gets to own and restore the house she’s always dreamed of living in.

    Any help you or your readers can give me in identifying and locating the film would be most welcome. Meanwhile, keep up the good work!

    Kind regards

    Sent: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 06:06:19 +0100
    Subject: Hello

    I am General David Petraeus (Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A)) and I am looking for Matured and God fearing personnel to receive the sum of US$10m on my behalf,I want you to respond to this mail and let me know what you want as your share from this amount as you are important to me to bring the money out of Iraq. I am now in Afghanistan as commanding officer. I do not want any scandal because of this money and I do not want to loss the money.

    I am waiting for your confirmation of interest and total commitment to my offer and guarantee of secrecy regarding this communication. You are to contact me via my personal email

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    Sent: Sat, 7 Aug 2010 12:40:05 -0700
    Subject: From
    Re: Swimming to collision

    Thank you for mentioning and the great work by David. I am adding a link to your site under Spalding’s Ireland and Fan Writings on the site. Note the numerous articles and exclusive radio transcript under Spalding’s Ireland.

    Sent: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:26:34 -0800
    Subject: Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now is not a “film about Vietnam” any more than Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was. The Vietnam war was the setting in which the story takes place. This could be why “you don’t know quite what to make of it all.”

    Sent: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:01:12 -0400
    Subject: Cannes
    Re: Cannes Cannes

    You are correct in your musings about the pronunciation of Cannes. I would like to offer a further comment. Although proper pronunciation is definitely closer to CAN than CON, may I suggest that it is closest to the CAN in Cannibal—using tin can as the example is not quite right…..

    I am surprised that almost no postings on any site I have visited with regard to the pronunciation of Cannes cover the fact that even pronunciation of CAN differs when used in different ways—i.e. “Can of beer” versus “Yes, I can….”

    I do hope you consider some inclusion of these thoughts…..

    Sent: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:34:07 -0700
    Subject: transformers exdtended version

    i have seen the first transformer movie and i was wondering if there is going to be a extended version of the movie because what ever happen to barricade at the end of the first movie when the autobots and decepticons were coming down the freeway before optimus prime took out bone crusher they show barricade for a minute then they don’t show any more of him after that and on the commentary with michael bay he doesn’t say anything about what happen to barricade at the end of the movie they just show starscream at the end credits after it says transformers. so if they do release a extended version of the first transformers movie will they show what happen to barricade. thank you.

    Sent: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 12:45:10 -0400
    Subject: Kern County
    Re: Hollywood North?

    I too am from the kern county area. I am from a town just a little bit south of Bakersfield and find myself looking for my home town in the back ground of movie. In fact it has interested me enough that I am writing my final paper for my film class about the movies in the area. I also was a counselor at camp KEEP with a group from OIL Dale. I had been to Bakersfield a few times growing up. I was wondering if you had any ideas were else I could look besides the Internet movie data base to find out about movies and other entertain venues of that nature filmed in the areas. I had no idea that Psycho was filed so close to home. I guess I could have stayed with Hitchcock as the subject for final paper but I felt that the angle about the entertainment world being in my home town was a view that a professor from Indiana would have never seen before. It is nice to know that I am not the only one who finds looking for my home town in the backgrounds of movies is interesting.

    Sent: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 13:17:28 +0100
    Subject: VOX HUMANA

    Did I thank you for the kind remarks about my above film?
    I do so now.
    Apart from the shared audience award at the Galway Film Fleadh, it has since won a ‘Best Original Approach’ (to music on film) at the Skopje Intl Music on Film Festival. Its been selected for Cork Fest next week and next month it will be given ‘Director’s Choice’ award at BIFF (I don’t know whether that’s a secret).
    So your instincts were not bad.
    Thanks again.
    Bob Quinn

    Sent: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 06:12:53 -0700
    Subject: We have listed your website
    Re: Easter hols, finally?

    I visited your site today whilst looking for relevant sites to add to our new business directory. I have added a link to your site in our directory and was wondering if you would not mind adding a link back to us? … Description: Buy, Sell or Rent your dream property abroad with us. With thousands of properties to choose from you are sure to find the perfect one for you.

    Sent: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 20:23:48 -0700
    Subject: Staying to the real end of a movie.
    Re: The bitter end

    Scott, I went to your site looking for something else, stumbled upon your piece on this subject and read it through to the end (of course!) and could not agree with you MORE! It is so reassuring to know I’m not alone in this habit. My family think I’m a kook to begin with, and the fact that I will not leave a film until the lights come up further confirms that fact for them. I know when I began doing this, too. Exactly. Well, not the date, but the movie, for sure. (Had to look – October 1986.)

    It was “The Mission.” Do you remember what I’m talking about? One, last, riveting scene which is still branded into my brain. Since then I’ve seldom left until that last image – usually something about the Dolby Sound – appears on the screen. And here, the clean-up crews wait fairly quietly and politely until I stand up to make my way down from the second-to-last row, where I always sit, before they begin their sweeping and dumping. Nice that they’ve been taught proper customer-relations regarding this situation.

    I want to know where the filming was done, what the music was, complete with composers and performers, and of course, the identity of that elusive face. I like watching the names scroll up, and if it’s too fast to read all, I just watch the first names and meditate on those. And I usually enjoy the postlude of the music from the picture.

    I have, a few times, walked out before the end because I was with other people and didn’t want to make them wait. This is one of many reasons I prefer to attend movies alone! Love it that your friends and family just go along with your need.They must be a good crowd.

    You and I would be compatible movie buddies.

    Sent: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:22:01 -0500
    Subject: No Country For Old Men
    Note: Contains spoilers

    Am I the only one who thinks that Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem split the money? They did so in the last motel room scene, which was preplaned. Tommy’s brother’s role was to explain their family’s criminal history and for us to see Tommy’s remorse towards his brother’s poverty, followed by Tommy’s retirement. If you think about this explanation, it answers many questions. Just, fyi!

    Sent: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 15:27:51 +0000
    Subject: Irish-interest

    Boondock Saints???

    Sent: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 13:15:10 -0500
    Subject: i am a dark shadows fan
    Re: Dark Shadows

    i think that you should never stop writing about the show that was so great. next year there will be a festival in burbank. lots of fans go all over the world. a film is comming out withjohnny deep as the vampire. dark shadows will never die.

    Sent: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:36:35 -0400
    Subject: Tuscan movies
    Re: Enchanted Tuscany

    Love the site Scott,

    Just a correction in the Tuscany section.

    You mentioned Shirley Valentine. It is set and filmed in Greece, not Italy.


    Sent: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 23:21:52 -0700
    Subject: your review of The French Lieutenant’s Woman

    You mistakenly refer to the novel’s author as Knowles, when you earlier, accurately, called him Fowles. Were you thinking A Separate Peace or Beyonce?

    Sent: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 15:17:18 -0500
    Subject: New Irish film

    Great resource, thanks.

    Wanted to add one for your Irish-themed films: – IRA revolutionary in the old west.

    Sent: Thu, 17 May 2007 13:08:26 -0400
    Subject: OGL

    Hi. Our award winning indie comedy Opie Gets Laid comes out on DVD soon. Watch for it.

    Here’s the trailer:

    Sent: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 16:54:57 +1000
    Subject: correction
    Re: To Russia with Love

    Hi Scott

    Just a correction on the documentary To Russia With Love reviewed on your website (read it with interest) and am interested in your commnets on the film – thank you – but can I get you to make a correction – I directed the film – Adrian McCarthy was the producer. I would be grateful if you could correct it. A journalist made the error once and it is endlessly repeated. If you have seen the film – it is easy to check the credits at the end.

    Many Thanks

    ( I live in Australia Now)

    Louise Wadley

    [So sorry for the error! It has been fixed.]

    Sent: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:52:36 -0700
    Re: Senseless

    I just finished reading your weekly commentary ‘Senseless’. Since video/computer gaming is one of my primary interests and hobbies, I thought I’d pass along a San Fran Chronicle article from today (4/24/2007) that examines some of the (in your words) predictable relationships drawn between the Virginia Tech event and video games.

    I’m also providing an additional link as well on the background of Mr. Thompson.

    Sent: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 17:09:56 -0400
    Subject: World Premiere of RECON 2022 at Sci-Fi London Film Festival

    MONTREAL, CANADA, April 17, 2007 – Movie Seals Productions is delighted to announce that their latest sci-fi/action film RECON 2022: The Mezzo Incident, the sequel to the award winning RECON 2020 : the Caprini Massacre, will have its World Premiere at the renowned Sci-Fi London Festival in England on May 5th, 2007.

    Directed by Christian Viel ( Evil Breed : the Legend of Samhain, Recon 2020, Deaden), the film stars Anderson Bradshaw (Gothika), Heidi Hawkins (Evil Breed), Deke Richards (Deaden), Carmen Echeverria (Undressed), with special appearances by Berge Garabedian (aka JoBlo) of fame, John Fallon (aka Arrrow in the Head ) and scream queen Suzi Lorraine.

    From a screenplay written by Christian Viel, John Fallon and William Alexander, the action packed story picks up two years after the events of the first film, and introduces a new cast of characters as well as bringing back familiar ones. After the gruesome events on Caprini, Sharp (Anderson Bradshaw) and his elite team of toughand witty space Marines must now head out to the icy planet Mezzo to investigate further Ma’har activities. What they will encounter will defy their imaginations as they tackle giant man eating snow worms, an underground city of Cyborgs, a slew of murderous alien entities and maybe, finally, the ever elusive Ma’hars.

    Director Christian Viel and actor Anderson Bradshaw will be attending the premiere held on Saturday, May 5th, at 9:30 PM at the Apollo West End Theatre and stay for a Q&A following the movie.

    The same day, in the morning, Christian Viel has been invited as a guest speaker for the Sci-Fi Film School alongside with fellow low budget indie filmmaker Neil Oseman to discuss the tricks of the trade with attendees. This presentation will be followed by a special screening of RECON 2022.


    Sci-Fi London is the UK’s only dedicated SF and Fantastic film festival, will run its 6th edition May 2-6, 2007 at the Apollo West End, London. As usual, it has an eclectic mix of movies and events including four world premieres. Alongside the festival Cine-Express: the first London Cult Film Conference will take place. About 50 international cult film specialists, critics, plus practitioners from the movie industry take part in the program.

    Sent: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 11:25:25 -0800
    Subject: Lifetime movies are bad for women
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    I totally agree with you about Lifetime movies. I used to be addicted to them and watch them all weekend with my grandma. But as I got older I started to wonder who was writing the movies and why the women were always being beat up or mistreated. I finally just refused to watch it and would rather watch the oxgen network. The Lifetime movies present terrible role models and representations of what a woman’s life is or what it should be. I personally think it can only keep women bitter and cynical about relationships,which is a huge reason why I stopped watching. I want to be happy,strong and maybe even independent not living in fear. Anyway, it’s nice to know there are others that share my sentiments.

    Sent: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 23:14:35 -0700
    Subject: Driving Lessons
    Re: Driving Lessons

    I think the review was wonderful. Of course if people had read it, they’d know you never claimed Dan can’t act, but that people have said that. Of course all of what they said to “prove” doesn’t prove anything. Have any of these youngsters heard of William Shatner? Awards don’t mean anything. Popularity goes along way in those. And snapping up roles doesn’t say anything about talent, but it speaks a lot about popularity. Especially when the mainstream media can only talk about “Harry Potter” instead of “Daniel Radcliffe.” All Equus got was, “Harry Potter goes nude.” What does that say? It says that people go after Dan for the popularity, not for the talent. Dan has very few good reviews. Some are nice, but most are always putting him down. Rupert has rarely gotten a bad review. And he’s proved once again that he’s got acting chops beyond those of his age with “Driving Lessons.” As many critics have stated, including the likes of Variety and Premiere Magazine, he’s given an awesome performance, and he’ll be around forever.

    Sent: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 10:16:49 -0700
    Subject: Review Rupert Grint
    Re: Driving Lessons

    I am sorry but I won’t call you a critic, you certainly don’t know Daniel Radcliffe’s achievement, you called Rupert Grint a better actor than Daniel Radcliffe, it looks to me that you haven’t done your homework, someone that is not good, according to you, shouldn’t be getting other projects like December Boys or a masterpiece in Equus.

    I think you need to watch more closely the movies and you’ll see who really is the better actor, I know the REAL critics think Daniel is, but of course who am I talking to, someone who runs an almost blog for a site.

    Sent: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 10:12:54 -0700
    Subject: Driving Lessons review
    Re: Driving Lessons

    You said that Rupert “Overact” Grint is actually a better actor than the titular fellow he is a sidekick to, where have you gotten that idea?? have you ever check Daniel Radcliffe nomination for his acting compare to Rupert’s nominations, Daniel has been nominated for the Film Critics Awards for many years, now his co-star Rupert Grint has gotten how many nominations? NONE!! He is the only actor in the HP series who overacts all the time, he makes funny faces during the entire HP movies, the kid cannot do drama but comedy because of his goofy face, now where in the world you are getting the idea that he IS a better actor than Radcliffe, Radcliffe has been approached to be in a masterpiece for next summer, Equus, a legendary writer of this play Mr. Peter Shaffer, didn’t want to give up the rights of his play until the right boy to play the main lead Alan was found, Mr. Shaffer saw Daniel in a theater workshop last year portraying this character Alan and he was so impress with Dan’s performance that he gave up his play’s rights.
    Mr. Griffith a winner of this year Tony Award was also approached to be part of the cast in Equus after Daniel was cast, Griffith accept the role and knowing how strict Griffith is in theater he wouldn’t take a role knowing that Daniel was not going to be able to take such a huge responsibility in playing Alan. Remember that theater is about art and not about how is popular, at least in UK is about art.
    I really would like you to at least give some facts of why you think Rupert is a better actor, like I said before Rupert is a comedian, he can do goofy faces and funny high pitch voices, so now days that is call a great performance! If you think that then you shouldn’t call yourself a critic.

    Sent: Fri, 4 Aug 2006 13:29:38 -0400
    Subject: what kind!
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    what kind of lifetime movies are there?

    Sent: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 13:09:39 -0700
    Subject: I’m a woman, and I refuse to be a victim
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    I’m responding to the poster whose first sentence in her or his comment:

    “Your commentary is pretty pathetic!”

    Actually, I am a rather independent, self-sufficient woman who reads a lot, is active in social causes, and is good at what she does for a living; and I can’t stand Lifetime. I believe it sets feminism back.

    I don’t feel Lifetime speaks for me personally. I’m sorry, but not all women believe they’re victims no matter what they do.

    Believe it or not, there are women out there who consider themselves feminists but don’t go around feeling entitled to everything and that no matter what they do, they’re always the one who’s been screwed, and they’re always right. We don’t think men are always wrong either.

    I find it insulting that Lifetime bills itself as “Television for Women;” hence says that because I’m a woman, I’m supposed to always consider myself a victim.

    I find this message condescending, not empowering.

    Sent: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 23:44:47 -0400
    Subject: Great List

    Great List -

    Love the Irish movie list especially.

    I know it’s not a movie, but have you seen the BBC Ireland production of “The Hanging Gale,” a four-part mini-series about The Famine, with Michael Kitchen and the McGann brothers?

    If so, wondered what your take on it is. Haven’t seen any other film dramatizations of this period, some docs, no dramas.

    Sent: Fri, 26 May 2006 00:13:24 -0700
    Subject: your commentary

    I can’t believe you haven’t written about Dan Curtis!

    Sent: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 19:34:35 -0700
    Subject: The absurdity of it all films
    Re: The absurdity of it all

    First, I have issues with the term “absurd” applied to these anti war films. The John Wayne movie “Green Berets” should be at the top of that list, if “absurd” was the operative term.

    That said, the “Scotts Movie” list is a great for good anti-war films. A few I would like to submit. “The Americanization of Emily” and “King of Hearts”. First, I have not seen either of these in well over 20 years. But The Americanization of Emily was well ahead of its time. James Garner as an anti-war figure?? And if the term “absurd” applies at all, it would be to “King of Hearts”. What a sweet film….

    Sent: Sat, 8 Apr 2006 15:20:04 -0700
    Subject: Gregory Peck.
    Re: Twelve o’clock high for Atticus and Ahab (1916-2003)

    … I ran into your eulogies … I must confess that I haven’t been to your site for a long time. and hadn’t seen this section before… I browsed on down, and found Gregory Peck ….. and opened that. He was always one of my film heroes, and I found your article interesting … I would just like to add one little tidbit of information. [My husband] worked with a gentleman for many years who was about 6’ 5” … A lovely charming man that I always enjoyed being with …. AND he had been a rowing mate of Greg Peck’s in college. … Somehow, I always kinda enjoyed knowing someone who knew Gregory Peck in real life. (And life doesn’t get more real than rowing, I think. haha.

    Also, I don’t know if you ever saw any of the series of TV programs that he did rather late in life … where he sat on a stage and just talked to people in the audience. That was wonderful!!!

    Sent: Fri, Sun, 19 Feb 2006 17:16:51 -0500
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    I am a woman, and I totally agree with your assessment of the Lifetime channel. I very much enjoy the shows that this channel provides such as The Golden Girls, Designing Women, The Nanny, Will & Grace, etc. The movies they show are awful though! I don’t understand why anyone, let alone women, would want to watch those horror movies with women being the victims the majority of the time. They portray men as monsters or imbeciles, and not as normal human beings.

    I know as a women I would much rather see movies with strong female characters. Movies such as A League of Their Own, Steel Magnolias, Now and Then, Charlie’s Angels, Matilda, and Tomb Raider would be great movies to see. Of course there can always be chick flicks like You’ve Got Mail, Notting Hill, and Ever After.

    I have found in asking many women and men, that women worry about things much more than men. Women tend to have many things on their mind at once. Men don’t seem to worry as much about things as we do. I think that having these movies on all the time just make women worry more than they need to. It’s true that women need to be more cautious than men do, but we do not need to live a life of fear!

    Sent: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 23:53:23 -0800
    Subject: Almeria
    Re: High plains drifters

    Most of the best tourist experiences of my life have been with 40 minutes before closing. Good for you.

    Sent: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 12:12:49 -0400
    Subject: BallyK-the series
    Re: BallyK ballyhoo

    I too have just become addicted to this show. Although I am a newcomer (I just found the show on PBS a month ago), it is my newest addiction!

    I do love the show, mostly for the scenery of the Irish countryside and seaside. How beautiful and old and historic.

    As an American, I unrealistically want living in Ireland to be like living in Bally K. It’s such an escape for the life I have here – 60 miles north of New York City and being encroached by an endless number of people transplanting themselves here. Farms going, huge homes being built for hundreds of thousands of dollars – up to millions. Where is the common man here?

    The show is so sweet. Everyday problems, but lots of respect and love between the people. Boy, do I wish it was like this here! Common people all trying to help one another. Real people – at least I hope so!

    Anyway, I love the show and hope I can continue to catch up with all the shows I have missed!

    Sent: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 13:27:41 -0400
    Subject: Join the 2500 Churches that will premiere the new Left Behind movie on October 21

    Add your Church to the list and be part of this incredible outreach.

    TO SEE WHERE LEFT BEHIND: WORLD AT WAR is playing in your area, Go to:

    Already, pver 2,500 Churches have signed up, and are ready to share the history – making world premiere of LEFT BEHIND-WORLD AT WAR with their congregations on the weekend of October 22.

    If you’d like to open your Church to the community – many of whom have never set foot in a Church – then why not visit and check out the two minute video preview of the movie – and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

    Sent: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 21:49:09 -0700
    Subject: strange you should mention Hanif Kurieshi
    Re: Buddha of Britannia

    A while ago I saw a movie on cable called “Intimacy” which was so good I rented it from Netflix so I could see it again and then I recently rented it yet again so I could watch it with [a friend] cuz I wanted her opinion about it. Thought-provoking movie! I wanted more info so I looked it up on the Imdb and was kinda surprised to see that it was written by the same guy who did “My Beautiful Laundrette”. There is nothing ethnic in “Intimacy” but the two main characters are both outsiders, pretending to be people they are not.

    Of course, this is not to say the only kind of movies an ethnic minority person can write is about being a minority. It’s only to say that Kureishi apparently has moved on from the ethnic kind of outsider to the more generic kind of outsider.

    I recommend it highly but be sure the munchkin is in bed cuz it’s got lots of naughty bits showing.

    Sent: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 17:44:13 -0400
    Subject: The Commentary

    Great job!!! I mean it!!!!! I just read the commentary on this site and it was very interesting and educational. This means that I liked it.

    Sent: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 17:01:27 -0400
    Subject: your reviews

    You know I just stumbled upon your site and have only read a few of them – but I must say I completely enjoy them. I’m going to read more.

    They are funny and witty and pretty damn spot on!

    Sent: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 17:37:38 -0700
    Subject: Lifetime – Television for Women – Feedback to Commentary
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    Your commentary is pretty pathetic! If you hate Lifetime “Television for Women” so much all you’ve got to do is simply ~~~change the channel! America was founded with freedom of speech in mind, this means different people are entitle to have an option to enjoy what they like, or to not tune in if they do not agree with what is been presented to them.

    In response to your two questions:

    The fact Lifetime’s slogan is “Television for Women” does not imply that all other channels are specifically targeted towards men only. Are you kidding me! It does give the viewer a clear outlook on the intention set forth by the producers and founders to entertain and meet the needs, questions, and concerns centered around women issues. Just like the “Disney” channel focuses on children, and “Spike” channel focuses on Male entertainment.

    Also just because your circle of friends do not meet the norm---males who are interested in sports and women who are more interested in intellectual & social pursuits does not mean most women can’t appreciate a richly rewarding and invaluable station as lifetime.

    I would even go to the extend of saying you must be in denial if you think your closest guy friends would let you know if they enjoyed watching “playboy”, taking into account how judgemental you sound. Besides, maybe them not paying the premium to own it have nothing to do with them been prudes, but simply not been able to afford it!

    I am also not sure what to make of why you would consider sports suitable for only sexually ambiguous or confused individuals! It sounds to me as if you are emotionally unstable and a little confused about your own sexuality. As far as I am concern sport, drama, cooking, kids, playboy, mtv they are all targeted towards a specific type of audience. This is call marketing and a lot of research and money goes to determine which market will attract the most viewers. In lifetime’s case, I am sure they are doing pretty darn fantastic as the majority of people in this country are women; women with different life experiences, races, backgrounds, social and financial status.

    Before you decide to feels such a strong emotion such as “HATE” you may want to do a little introspection and find out of what it is that you really hate. It sounds to me as though you are a victim in your own life and circumstances and for this reason that is what you are choosing to connect with and identify with, when watching their feature movies. I personally think the fact you took the time, energy and effort to put your opinion in this message board about this channel is somewhat of an oxymoron. Do you hate the channel or do you hate your life. I find it odd you do not have anything better to do than watch television every afternoon, and not just television but the same channel that supposely you “HATE” so much. Maybe the focus of your attention shouldn’t be on “Lifetime” but “YOUR LIFETIME” which title seems to fit perfectly " A Lifetime of agony”. I would suggest finding something more productive and meaningful to do with your time. Volunteering work, Actually working, or Meeting some normal people!!!!

    I think lifetime is a great medium for women to become exposed to other people’s realities and mind sets. I am not sure what you mean by saying that women are portrayed in a “victimized” light, quite the contrary, most movies are focused on empowering women and offering choices, and options by simply learning from other people’s mistakes. If you are a self made woman, motivated, independent and self sufficient, you wouldn’t perceive this channel as a “Cry me a River” or “Poor Me” channel. You would be able to appreciate how different women are, and how we all come in different packages! This is what lifetime celebrates our diversity, similarities and differences! LIfetime “Television for Women” is a much needed medium of expression for the strongest gender yet imaginable. It not only offers entertainment for women but extends professional and highly skilled females the opportunity to create, express and manifest their “gift” to the world through the creation of their movies.

    Instead of bashing on another great outlet, women need to rejoice that at least their voice is being heard!

    I am so Glad Lifetime was created and rejoice on the fact that opinions like yours can’t bring them down!

    Sent: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 21:08:31 +0600
    Subject: Exchange of links with your site

    We several Websites with high PR, our main target is to get links for site s with tattoos, veterinarians, plastic surgeons, sattelite TV, weight loss and beauty products.
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    Sent: Wed, 11 May 2005 23:40:09 -0400
    Subject: Life time movies for women
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    I just read an article from a man who absolutely detests the choice of movies on this channel and I couldn’t agree more with his opinon.

    The commercials for this channel always say enjoy the hilarious comedies, romance, blah blah, but the NUMBER ONE thing that is consistently on is just another horror story of someone getting murdered……enough already, this is totally depressing. Then to add insult to injury, the same movies are shown over and over again.

    Where are the comedy and romance movies….I don’t think they exist.



    Sent: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 19:06:24 +0200
    Subject: leaving las vegas

    John O’Brien, author of the book that inspired the movie Leaving Las Vegas, didn’t drink himself to death. He shot himself when the movie was about to begin production. A little documentation, please!

    Sent: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 23:24:43 -0800
    Subject: right on
    Re: Separate but equal?

    I mean. Look at Janet Reno, one of the biggest sex symbols in recent history.

    Besides, Love Actually was just a sucky movie. And if she wants to take pot shots at that movie, she overlooked the stupidest thing: the guy who flew to Michigan expecting to get laid by all those mindlessly horny and stupid American girls—and DID! You could probably write a whole column about how dumb that movie was. And you know what? I liked it. Ha.

    Sent: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 11:22:08 -0800
    Re: Cannes do

    It’s pronounced CAN.

    Sent: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 09:40:22 +0530
    Subject: link exchange request

    I am contacting you about cross linking. I am interested in because it looks like it’s relevant to a site for which I am seeking links.

    This site is about home-based medical testing kits…

    Sent: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 11:24:44 -0800
    Subject: the answer is “yes”
    Re: ‘Tis the season

    “…the HFPA are basically a bunch of whores who can be bribed or perhaps intoxicated into submission to support whatever movies, TV shows or actors the studios promote most heavily…”

    I saw a documentary about this a while ago somewhere on a channel I can’t remember—it outlined the facts as you’ve stated them and was a catalog of just exactly who these individuals are. Pretty much without exception, they’re all a bunch of star worshippers who don’t particularly know jack shit about movies or films, just happen to be foreign and happen to live in LA and suck up to the right people. Some of them aren’t even journalists. They get special access to Hollywood figures for interviews, are feted and given lavish gifts. The Foreign Press Assn. people repeatedly blocked his attempts to interview members once they figured out what he was doing, so it was hard for him to get first-person info. But the picture was painted vividly enough to convince me.

    Sent: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 11:13:59 -0800
    Subject: Theo Van Gogh
    Re: Dying for a film

    I read with interest your commentary about his murder. Here’s a link to an article I read about it back a few weeks. You make some very valid points. He’s a tough guy to use as a poster child for freedom of expression—a bit like using a shock jock or smut film producer, but the fact remains, it is a disturbing incident in and of itself, but the lack of response is almost more disturbing. We seem to be a nation of bystanders.

    Sent: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 11:11:37 +0530
    Subject: link exchange request

    I am contacting you about cross linking. I am interested in because it looks like it’s relevant to a site for which I am seeking links.

    The site offers valuable information on corporate event entertainment. The company provides corporate comedy, which features a well-known professional corporate comedian…

    Sent: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 22:01:29 -0700
    Subject: film composers
    Re: Can’t stop the music

    Now I don’t know if you’re reading my blog or not, but I have talked quite a bit about film music here and there—rather an ongoing topic. I think I even mentioned Elmer Bernstein’s death a month ago. Often I see again a movie I’d seen in the past and realize HOW MUCH the music sucked me in, “delivered” the movie to me—it’s incalculable, in my view. It can be argued that the soundtrack can make or break a movie.

    The ones I have been looking up on the IMDb most are:

    Thomas Newman: Fried Green Tomatoes, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, The Green Mile, Pay It Forward, the TV show Six Feet Under, Road to Perdition, the tv movie Angels In America. There are a whole bunch of others; he’s been a busy guy. Someone who knows more about music could explain this to you, though: all of these work with a minor key, a mournful sound associated with the blues or Southern culture or the Depression-era 1930s down-home folksy-country-type thing. Very distinctive.

    I think I’ve also talked about Michael Nyman—The End of the Affair, The Piano, Carrington being some notable favorites. And Bernard Hermann of course. Seriously. Try separating a Hitchcock movie from its score. Alfred Newman: All About Eve, Wuthering Heights, so many others.. But I suppose all in all, John Williams is the Man, judged by both quality and quantity. I think.

    Sent: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 09:05:57 +0530
    Subject: link exchange request

    I am contacting you about cross linking. I am interested in because it looks like it’s relevant to a site for which I am seeking links.

    The site belongs to a company providing foreclosure and real estate investing services…

    Sent: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 15:51:07 -0700
    Subject: Bourne Supremacy

    Hi there! Was just reading your review and – since we don’t get the chance to do this like we used to – had some lingering thoughts about this one that prompted me to write.

    First of all, didn’t you find the camera work somewhat distracting? The jittery, hand-held feel supposedly adds to the tension, but it was so prevelant that it was hard to tell what actually was happening in some scenes. In the one fight scene in the apartment, I could have sworn the camerman was IN the fight.

    Second of all, with all his quick-thinking and attention to small details to get him out of tight spots, don’t you think Bourne would learn to disguise himself better and get a different passport when entering a country? “Dang, they’re onto me again!”

    Finally, do you think Matt Damon is at risk of being stereotyped as a shy, unassuming, slightly schizo, fade into the background character actor? Will Hunting, Private Ryan, Tom Ripley, Jason Bourne…all essentially the same “I can’t look you in the eye” role. Admittedly, I missed some of his other films between these characters (and can’t really remember what he was like in Ocean’s Eleven), but thought it was worth observing.

    Sent: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 15:29:55 EDT
    Subject: Hume Cronyn
    Re: An actor’s character actor (1911-2003)

    I always went to see a film with Hume Cronyn, knowing it would be an interesting one as well as one to remember. The ONLY exception I make is the one he made in Mt. Dora, Florida. Except for the additon of a pink elephant gliding on the lake the film was undoubtedly the biggest waste of good talent I have ever seen! My husband and I lived in a community close to Mt. Dora and we were so pleased to think we might be able to see Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in person. I will say it was unusual in that they had painted all the buildings downtown PINK! Anyway we were disappointed in that we didn’t see Hume or Jessica and actually didn’t get to see the film until we visited friends in San Diego, Calif and there was only one other couple viewing the film in the theater. It had been running a while by then. Enough said. The film was “Honky Tonk Freeway.”

    Sent: Thu, 05 Feb 04 05:54:01 +0000
    Subject: Soméoné is interésted in you

    One of your friends set you up on a Blind Date with another friend. Click here to accept the invitation…

    Sent: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 13:59:09 -0500
    Subject: Re:

    I am creating a web directory,, and would like to include your website under the “religion/unitarian universalism” category. If you’d like to be added, please follow…

    Sent: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 07:15:53 +0000
    Subject: Zither in The Third Man
    Re: The Third Man

    Just stumbled onto your website. Thought I’d make a comment about the soundtrack of The Third Man. Zither is not just popular in Greece. It’s actually sort of the national instrument of Austria and I guess southern Germany, in a way. I’m not a classical music expert, but I believe even Schubert composed for the instrument. So the use of zither is very appropriate for the locale.

    Moreover, it’s actually a very sophisticated soundtrack. There are elements where the melody played by the zither makes distinct commentary on the action in the film. It’s subtle, but there.

    Sent: Tue, 9 Dec 2003 12:51:53 -0500
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    Liftetime television has been a huge success. Men and Women think different. They process things differently from men. The Lifetime Channel helps connect women together. They can relate. Women love to share. Feel that they are part of something. Of course their movies are about victims. As a man, you don’t know what women feel in a man’s world. Women have grown up in a much different situation than you or I. Many have been victimized, at one point or another. The movies you see on Lifetime often, are movies that women can place themselves into, see a reflection of themselves, and route for that hero in the movie. Men are more about independence, surviving on their own. Women want to see themselves as one element in a group, not as a whole. The reason why ESPN does not highlight that it is for men is because that would directly erode the element of independence. No man really wants to be perceived in a click, or a group that shares. As men we prefer to think of ourselves as one.
    (A mans viewpoint)

    Sent: Sun, 7 Dec 2003 16:55:06 -0500
    Subject: Sierra Madra
    Re: Hollywood North?

    Early on, Hollywood used Kern County’s desert terrain for location filming of westerns in the 1930s, including The Red River Valley, The Plainsman and Stagecoach. In 1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was filmed there,…

    Unless I’m mistaken, John Huston was given much credit for filming Treasure of hte Sierra Madre on location in and around Tampico, Mexico. Here is an excerpt from

    Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first American films shot almost completely on location outside the US. Tampico, Mexico, was the jumping off point, but Huston wanted his cast far from civilization as possible, which to Bogart was anyplace where you couldn’t drive to Mike Romanoff’s restaurant for a drink. “John wanted everything perfect” he said. “I have to admire him for that, but it was plenty rough on our troupe. We had nice quarters—sure. But, John didn’t make any shots around that beautiful little resort village where we stayed. No. He had to go up in the hills. I mean MOUNTAINS. If he saw a nice, close mountain, than that was no good. If we could get to a location site without fording a couple of streams and walking through rattlesnake-infested areas in the scorching sun, then it wasn’t quite right. We got to calling him ‘Hard Way Huston.’ Huston father and son took the opportunity of sampling marijuana on location, but not Bogart. And, he found only two Spanish words worth learning: “Dos Equis,” so he could order a beer. Stage veteran Walter Huston thought “acting is not supposed to be done outdoors.” But, Bogart conceded, “It’s always better to shoot a hot weather picture in a hot country. You get a different expression on your face.”

    Sent: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 15:52:17 -0500
    Subject: Re:

    I am creating a web directory… and would like to include your website under the “beverages” category. If you’d like to be added, please follow this url…

    Sent: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 22:32:17
    Subject: Lock Up Your Sons and Daughters

    Thanks for your great review of my show, Lock Up Your Sons and Daughters!.. Just a quick note, that ‘Being Different’s abrupt conclusion was MADE that way, as it was a ‘What Would You Do?’ film, whereas the film would end, and then the class would talk about it. Did I not say that in my opening remarks? I’m sure I must have.

    Anyways, I LOVED Cork, I can hardly wait to come back.

    Sent: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 11:23:56 -0500
    Subject: Hollywood Wives: The New Generation

    Last night I viewed a movie with Farrah Fawcett, Melissa Gilbert and Vivica K. Fox. What in this world has happened to Farrah Fawcett’s smile. It used to go halfway around her pretty face! Now it is only a half smile. Someone or somebody has really done a doosey on her beautiful smile. Otherwise she was the great Angel a I knew her. How could some?one?body have done this to her. She can’t even smile the whole way! Just concerned.

    Sent: Sat, 18 Oct 2003 00:00:19 -0400
    Subject: Music and Background sounds
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    I enjoy most of the Lifetime Movies but please pay more attention to excessive background noises; and excessively loud background or mood music that drownds out the dialog.

    Sent: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 15:27:56 +0100
    Subject: diff

    Thanks for your site! Simple as that-thanks. I stumbled accross your site today while troling through google measuring corks internet presence and was genuinely surprised and delighted. Well done i love your reviews and comments , i was just wondering why you there was no comment about DIFF as a festival (did you not like?)Any way I hope you enjoy Cork, its a great festival one of the best in my oppion. We are holding DIFF in feburary this year 12-22.

    Sent: Sat, 04 Oct 2003 11:37:50 -0400
    Subject: Enjoyed the reviews

    Hello, I enjoyed the reviewes, which I’ve read over a couple of long, wet nights here in Montreal. Especially the little-known films which only get shown at the festivals. Thanks for paying attention.

    Sent: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 23:35:53 -0500
    Subject: Intl. Society for Excellence in Christian Film & Television

    Dear Scott,
    Hope all is well with you and the Missus. As you can see from our press release, we are at it again.
    Be blessed.
    the ever mysterious,

    International Film & Television Awards come to California October 25th

    With the CFT Excellence Award announcements just three weeks away, preparations and participants alike are becoming a bit frantic. Voting closes at midnight GMT on the 17th and ballots, video tapes and publicity photos are flying back and forth over the Atlantic and Pacific like mad to make it under the wire.

    The Intl. Society for Excellence in Christian Film & Television rewards outstanding achievement in productions that are sympathetic to the Christian faith. The awards committee of the ISECFT has announced that Pasadena, California will be the site of this year’s awards presentation. Dublin, Ireland was host to the ceremony last year.

    Nominated for the CFT Excellence Award for Best Motion Picture of 2002 are Evelyn, Joshua, Time Changers, The Climb and Tribulation Force. Distinguished actors Alan Bates, Pierce Brosnan, Kirk Cameron, Tony Goldwyn and Gavin MacLeod have been nominated for the CFT Excellence Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture. Nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress are Julianna Margulies, recording star Mandy Moore, Jennifer O’Neill, Janaya Stephens and ten-year-old Sophie Vavasseur in her motion picture debut.

    Up for Best Television Series of the 2002 season are Doc – PAX TV; Hack – CBS; Just Cause – Minds Eye Entertainment; Life with Bonnie – ABC; and Touched by an Angel – CBS. The actresses nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series are Roma Downey, Bonnie Hunt, Lisa Lackey, Donna Murphy and Tracy Shreve. John Dye, George Dzundza, Derek McGrath, David Morse, and Richard Thomas have been nominated for an award in the Best Television Actor category.

    The BBC’s production of Moses, the first American account of the life of C.S. Lewis, along with The Jesus Experience produced by the Catholic Paulist organization are among the nominees for Best Documentary Film of 2002. Winners in all categories will be announced on the evening of October 25th, 2003.

    Mel Gibson’s controversial production, The Passion, graphically depicting the last hours of Jesus Christ will also be previewed during the ceremony. Details of the society and the awards can be found on the ISECFT web site.

    Sent: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 05:51:31 -0400
    Subject: Beverages Directory
    Re: Popping my Cork


    I checked your website… and I believe it is compatible with mine, and I think it would be great to make a link exchange. This is my site: “”…

    Sent: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 22:38:57 -0700
    Subject: The Magdalene Sisters

    Why have you not seen this movie yet?

    Sent: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 11:58:32 -0700
    Subject: Hi Scott
    Re: Moore suprises

    Always enjoy your comments and now that I learn you were “that close” to Mike, I wonder if I can get your autograph.

    Sent: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 19:33:08 -0400
    Subject: smut and language

    What has happened to the movies that had good wholesome English without a lot of cursing and using the Lords name in vein? With all the bad language, sex, violence, and down right uninteresting movies out today, my wife and I only get to see about 3 or 4 movies a year. We use to go about every other week. We will not sit and watch movies with filthy language and a lot of blood and gore. Who do we complain to that will actually listen?

    A Movie Fan

    Sent: Tue, 20 May 2003 13:42:24 -0700
    Subject: how to pronounce Cannes
    Re: RE: Cannes

    It’s pronounced ‘can.” Like can of coke. see below.

    Sent: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 19:00:47 -0700
    Subject: Play it again

    I have never heard it said better.

    Hope you don’t mind if I copy it and send it around.

    Sent: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 10:56:42 -0700
    Subject: RE: Cannes
    Re: The CORRECT pronunciation of Cannes

    A couple of friends of mine got into a ferocious argument over the pronunciation of Cannes the other night. The one friend is going there to see a short film she wrote and starred in and was pronouncing it KAHN. The other friend *went* several years ago and swore that it was CAN and while he was there, was continuously corrected by the “natives.”

    Since it’s something I’ve always avoided saying because of things like this, I looked it up online. For everyone that claims it’s KAHN, there’s another claiming it CAN. (It would never be CANS because the last ‘s’ is almost always silent in French.) But French *does* have some very harsh sounds like the flat and nasally ‘a’ of CAN, which is how it is actually pronounced.

    But the reason I’m writing you is because someone posted a message on your site about how silly and stupid Americans are for pronouncing it like ‘beer can’ (as if the beer part of that phrase soiled it). In fact, it is silly and ignorant Americans who pronounce it WRONG to appear educated. I have three sources for the correct pronunciation:

    Pronunication database

    I can’t find a pronunciation on the Official Website of Cannes (but maybe you could email them) but I found their link from this guy’s site, so I imagine he’s an authority:

    Anyway, I thought you might be interested. Obviously, there are many people who insist that it’s KAHN and I’m sure those differing opinions will continue to exist side-by-side.

    Sent: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 15:35:10 -0700
    Subject: Im from Porterville.
    Re: Hollywood North?

    Well, How cool is that. I grew up in Porterville. I still live here actually. I enjoyed reading your page. Found it doing a search for movies filmed in Porterville after watching a Movie filmed here “The Last Best Sunday”.

    Sent: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 09:30:12 -0800
    Subject: Ballykissangel
    Re: BallyK ballyhoo

    Northern Exposure was my all time favorite TV series and I have taped every show.

    I would love to see Ballykissangel. Do you know if it is available in the US?

    Sent: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 23:50:35 -0800
    Subject: Ballykissangel
    Re: BallyK ballyhoo

    Nobody confesses to watching it because it has a silly title.

    Did you see that Ruth Ann died a few days ago? Saw it in the paper. It reminded me for a minute of that great episode where Ed realizing Ruth Ann is old and will die sometime, probably soonish. So he buys her that plot of land out on a bluff overlooking a beautiful valley, and they stand out there and dance on her future grave. Lovely closing shot circling up from them. I hope someone goes to her grave (Peg Phillips, the actress) now and dances on it.

    Sent: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 11:33:02 +0900
    Subject: hello

    I come from Japan.

    Your site is very interesting.
    The comment is carried out with the viewpoint different from Japan.

    I want to write many things in fact.
    But, I weak English.
    Can’t write long letter.

    Good bye!

    Sent: 02 Oct 2002 18:29:01 -0700
    Subject: Are we a country of Gun Nuts or just plain Nuts?


    You have received this e-mail to help support a movie that might change lives. Michael Moore, the controversial director of the award winning documentary Roger & Me, is back with another thought provoking film entitled “Bowling for Columbine.”

    In his latest documentary, Moore takes a satirical and provocative look at gun control and the events that took place at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO on the morning of April 20th, 1999. Through the course of the film he reveals a side of these stories that most people are not aware of. Much like Roger & Me, a behind the scenes look at how the Ford Motor Company’s move out of this country for greater financial gain contributed to the downfall of a town and the lives of people who lived and worked there, this film is designed to open eyes when most choose to look the other way.

    Please take a couple of minutes to read the synopsis attached and view the trailer by clicking on the link provided below. We think you will agree it has tremendous social importance and we hope you will help us get the word out. m/28/Theatrical/bowlingf_56k.asx

    As you probably know most documentaries such as this do not have large budgets. We are sending this in hopes you will find the subject matter compelling enough to post the trailer on your website, so it can reach the general public in which it was created for.

    Sent: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 12:44:24 -0500
    Subject: lifetime movies for women
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    the movies are for women, so stop watching them if they bother you. I think most of them are great. you are correct, they most often portray women as victims, but unfortunately women are often victims of rape, murder, etc. Remember, these movies are most often based upon true life stories. That should prove to you how many women are victimized every day in this country. I think it is important to become aware of these issues, I personally look forward to these movies. I wish we could go back to the days of “June Cleaver”, sad to say that there are so many psychos out there, (mostly men), who intend to do bodily harm to women for whatever reasons.

    Sent: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 12:08:26 -0500
    Subject: Dublin Ireland venue for intl entertainment awards


    Ireland Chosen to Host International Television Awards

    The Christian Film & Television Excellence Awards committee has announced that Dublin, Ireland will be the site of their awards presentation to the 2001 television season winners. Mike Dawson, spokesman for the international society, said that it seemed only appropriate that the ceremony commending the BBC Northern Ireland series be held in the country where it was filmed.

    The winners of the CFT Excellence Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Television Series are Niall Toibin (kneel toe-bean) and Aine Ni Mhuiri (Anya knee Worry) who are both Dublin residents. Mr. Toibin and Ms. Ni Mhuiri are being honored for their performances in the final series of Ballykissangel.

    The BBC Northern Ireland series, Ballykissangel, won the society’s award for Best Television Series beating out the American WB Network’s series 7th Heaven and Touched by an Angel produced by network television heavyweight, CBS.

    In the motion picture category, actor Michael York took the Best Actor award with Ms. April Grace winning Best Actress for her role in Barry Berman’s film Waterproof, which also won Best Motion Picture.

    The Dublin awards ceremony is set for the 29th of October followed by the ceremony for the CFT Excellence film awards which will be held in California. Awards results in all categories and details of the society can be found on the ISECFT web site.

    Sent: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 14:51:11 -0700
    Subject: The CORRECT pronunciation of Cannes
    Re: Pronunciation of Cannes

    Actually, the statement highlighted below that was posted on your site is very incorrect. Any French person, or anyone who has ever studied the French language, will tell you that the correct pronunciation of the city is “Kahn” like in “Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn,” or James Kahn.

    Only stupid Americans who mutilate other languages in their attempt to sound pretentious would ever think the city is pronounced like “beer can.”

    It also bothers me that many American entertainment reporters even mispronounce it – just to appease the dumb Americans in regards the to the film festival held there. (Just like they mispronounce Los Angeles like “Las Anjel – iss,” when it is correctly pronounced: “Los (Like Los Lobos) Ahngle S.”

    So, whomever wrote that ignorant pronunciation as “can” like “beer can” - obviously you like to perpetuate your ignorance to others.

    Sent: Mon, 13 May 2002 21:41:58 +0200
    Subject: Dogma 95
    Re: The King Is Alive

    In your comment on #4 The King Is Alive, by Kristian Levring, you willingly humiliated and offended the Dogma brethren! the dogma 95 movemnet is a group of 4 DANES (Vinterberg: #1, Von Trier: #2, Kragh-Jacobson #3 and Levring #4) (because it is important that they are DANISH) that wanted to spark a revolution in contemporary cinema! and they succeeded: not only is dogma 95 one of the most influential film groups ever in film history, they also had large international succes with films like #1 The Celebration (Festen), #2 The Idiots (Idioterne) and also #3 Mifune (Mifunes Sidste Sang), winning a truck-load of internationally renouned awards, such as the Golden Palm (Cannes) and several golden and silver bears at the festival of Berlin!

    so, considering dogma 95 to be one of the 5 big courants in film history (the others: German Expressionism, Italian Neo-Realism, French Nouvelle-Vague, Iranian Neo-Realism and the fifth and sixth generation of chinese directors), there is no reason at all to laugh at them or react to them in such cynical way!!!!

    since dogma 95, the number of films with unlocked images (the shaking image) has become uncountable!!!!)

    as a life-long fan and admirer of the dogma 95 “vow of chastity”, i hope you see i thought it necesarry that i’d react to this rather shocking line: The director is the Dane Kristian Levring, and this film subscribes to Dogma 95, in which a bunch of European (they’re Danish!!!!) filmmakers agreed that they wouldn’t use any technology in their movies that might make them interesting (nice special effects can’t necesarrily make a film more interesting; e.g. Star Trek, STar Wars, Dune, etc.) to watch.

    Sent: Mon, 6 May 2002 21:37:27 -0500
    Subject: The Penis Graduation Song?

    Love your web site. You are terrific!

    Have you seen this? The Penis Graduation Song?


    A review of a newly released movie…sound enticing?

    By Bob Westal
    * * 1/2

    Rarely in the history of cinema has a title been more completely descriptive of an entire work…

    [Link to full attached review]

    Sent: Sat, 6 Apr 2002 16:48:18 -0600
    Subject: RE: lifetime of agony Oct.25 2001
    Re: A Lifetime of agony

    Finally a kindred spirit. My wife and I have on going debates as to the worth and quality of the Lifetime network. A good friend described it as the “Men Suck” network. Basically as I see it the lessons you can learn from the programming are as follows:

    Your Husband/boyfriend that you stole from your best friend is probably a serial rapist who is planning on having his mistress kidnap your children. Of course those children were conceived while you were fooling around with this smooth talking young man who secretly is a member of some Nazi organization and is very busy with his illicit drug business and may be his spawn. Meanwhile your mother (or mother-in-law) is badmouthing you behind your back and is scheming to have you committed because she thinks you are fooling around with her husband / boyfriend. Now you could go to the police with wild accusations about all of the above parties, but they will only launch a flaccid investigation until they are distracted by a doughnut. The FBI? No, because they all golf with your serial rapist/killer Husband/boyfriend.

    I don’t much care for it, tune me in to HGTV or even (god forbid) The HSN.

    Sent: 04 Apr 2002 20:27:03 -0800
    Subject: Press Release: MIB II Alien Preview!

    Hello - I wanted to give you a “sneak” preview into the biggest movie this summer - Men In Black II. Every Friday Sony Pictures will release a new alien on the official site,, for “Alien Fridays.” I have attached a press release regarding this event.

    This Friday, April 5th, we will feature the alien ‘Mosh Bulb’. I have included his information below and have attached his picture for your use. Feel free to post information about ‘Mosh Bulb’ and “Alien Fridays” because I know your readers will enjoy this preview into the movie!

    Contact me if you have any further questions. I will be sending you the next alien on Thursday, April 11th.

    Name: Mosh Bulb
    Age: 234
    Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 245 lbs.
    Health: Medium
    Armor: Strong
    Speed: Medium

    Bio Information: This rowdy and cantankerous individual hails from the jungle planet Doldunn, where the plant-life dominates the world. Mosh Bulb himself is a sentient plant, with chlorophyll instead of blood. The bodies of your average Doldunnian are short and squat. Their skin is green with small red hairs that can absorb sunlight. The most noticeable feature is the huge dangling bulb at the end of their nose, which contain seeds for creating more of their race. Mosh Bulb was incarcerated by the MIB for killing a man who accidentally ate some of his seeds (The victim thought they were sunflower seeds). This is just one incident where misunderstanding has occurred between the Doldunnians and Earthlings. Mosh Bulb is being held until a representative of his planet arrives.

    Sent: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 16:14:47 -0600
    Subject: Press Release

    Irish Lead the Field in Award Nominations

    Ireland is the home of four out of six CFT Excellence Award nominees up for best television acting in the 2001 television season. The US based Christian Film & Television Excellence Society reward outstanding achievement in production and performance in media presented from a Christian viewpoint. Categories for recognition in the field of television are Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Television Series, Best Advertising Spot, and Best Documentary.

    The BBC N.Ireland/World-wide Productions series, Ballykissangel, has been nominated for the Best Television Series along with Touched by an Angel on CBS and WB Network’s 7th Heaven. Irishmen Niall Toibin and Gary Whelan are both nominated for Best Actor along with New York native, David Gallagher. The two Irish lasses vying for the title of Best Actress are Roma Downey and Aine Ni Mhuiri. Actress and recording star, Della Reese is also nominated in the Best Actress Category.

    Further details of the society and the awards can be found on the CFTES web site.

    Sent: Tue, 08 Jan 2002 16:37:09 -0800
    Subject: Hi Scott!
    Re: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    I have been telling [my husband] that we really must go see Lord of the Rings, and you have given me the extra push that I have needed. Hopefully by next week end the lines won’t be so long. That it got into your all time best 5 star movies is really a BIG rating…..Love your site.

    Sent: Sat, 5 Jan 2002 20:43:45 -0000
    Subject: Lord Of The Rings Review
    Re: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    I hold the opinion as do you that The Lord Of The Rings is one of the greatest pieces of literature that has ever been written (wrote?), and that the film is indeed deserving of the 5* rating that you gave it. I didn’t miss Tom Bombadil or the Ents either, but here’s the thing, I didn’t miss Tom Bombadil because all he did was sing or dance and talk in riddles, but I didn’t miss the Ents because they don’t come into the story until the 2nd book, The Two Towers. I just thought that I’d point it out, nothing personal! Great site, keep up the good work.

    Sent: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 12:06:36 -0800
    Subject: Vanilla Sky
    Note: Contains spoilers

    This, without a doubt, is the worst movie I have been drug to in a long time. My wife makes a habit of taking me to movies that, in many cases, are sorry. I can’t say this is the sorriest movie I’ve ever sat through, though, since I’ve seen ‘The Last Tango in Paris’. (I don’t think I’ll ever forgive her for that one).

    This movie’s script line is about a hot shot (Top Gun/Tom Cruise) young company president (51% inherited from his father, with the rest given to the Board, who may or may not figure in this story) who becomes too familiar with one girl before he meets the one he really wants. After the first girl attempts to kill both the hot shot and herself, but succeeds only with herself, the boy friend is left with a godawful disfigured face. I think he imagines that his face is put back to normal after a second operation and he then re-establishes bliss with his preferred. With guilt piling on guilt, wheels within wheels begin to spin as the hot shot imagines his preference suddenly turns into the deceased (once or twice, I can’t remember and it really doesn’t matter). All this happens in the midst of sex (which he sees no point in cancelling) and later smothers her with the pillow. This part may have really happened since he finds himself in the dock where a sympathetic psychologist tries to get at the root of his problem. A wierd cryogenics man then tries to talk him into having himself frozen stiff so that his DNA can be used at some future date to resurrect his original body (with the pretty face), and apparently does. I think the contract is signed, though I’ve become quite lost in the plot line by now. Finally, meeting on the roof top of a skyscraper with the twin towers of the WTC in the background, the final confrontation occurs between wierd cryogenics, sympathetic psychologist, and hot shot. Convinced as I was that sympathetic Freud had it about right, he finds he can’t even answer the question as to what his daughter’s names are! This does it for Hot Shot as he accepts Cryogenics as the true reality and proceeds to fling himself from the roof, believing Cryogenics will scrape him off the walk and crystalize him in liquid nitrogen to be resurrected at some later date. Or maybe none of this happened and it was all nightmares as my wife thinks? I’d rather not think about it.

    If you really want to play a joke on someone, send them to this movie and have them tell you what it was all about!!

    Sent: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 14:45:56 +0100
    Subject: Disco Pigs correction
    Re: Disco Pigs

    > sacrificed. First-time director Kirsten Sheridan (daughter
    > of James) cast the two actors who originated the
    > characters on stage. Elaine Cassidy is skilled in the role

    Actually, Elaine didn’t play the original Runt in the first stage production. Eileen Walsh (Janice Beard 45WPM) played the first Runt and Orla Fitzgerald (Company of Strangers, TV) took over after her. goes into the first production (including a picture of a young Murphy).

    I’ve seen the play twice, but have yet to see the film.

    This may sound like a dumb question, but how does a US based critic end up over here so often?

    Sent: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 21:20:05 -0700
    Subject: Commentary
    Re: Horror

    Don’t rush back to you topic of consumer fraud-----

    Your reflections on recent events are inspiring.

    Sent: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 03:43:24 -0400
    Subject: Thank you.
    Re: F*@k the Disabled

    Thanks for the review of F*@k The Disabled. I’ve linked you on my sight.


    Visit The Official Greg Walloch web-sight:

    Sent: Fri, 3 Aug 2001 00:55:49 -0400
    Subject: Pronunciation of Cannes
    Re: Cannes do

    Cannes is pronounced can, as in beer can. Ask any French person.

    Sent: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 23:56:24 -0800
    Subject: Stanley Kramer
    Re: The other Stanley K. (1913-2001)

    It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is one of the first movies I remember seeing where I followed it all the way through from beginning to end. My whole family cherishes it; it’s part of our lexicon, we joke about the Big W and quote lines from it all the time. I agree, it’s a classic.

    Sent: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 23:21:18 -0800
    Subject: Robards
    Re: [A thousand clowns’ journey into night (1922-2000)]

    I couldn’t agree more.

    BTW……… typo in Borstal Boy……. you’ll be wanting to say “who”……

    Sent: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 22:00:24 +0000
    Subject: Tuntematon sotilas
    Re: The Unknown Soldier

    You wrote (probably ages ago) of the movie Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas):

    “This movie is billed as the Finnish Platoon.—Although it runs nearly three hours and there is not a single note of music in the entire soundtrack, the time passes quickly.—From the lengthy credits, I would say virtually everyone in Finland worked on this movie.”

    Didn’t the movie start with Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia, the great symphony? And for your information, there are over 5 million people in Finland =)

    Nice to notice that someone else than a Finnish person has actually seen a Finnish movie. Remember where you saw it?

    Sent: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 23:30:57 -0700
    Subject: Review

    Well, we are waiting for the review on your wifes delivery – - -

    Sent: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 19:47:00 -0700
    Subject: yo adrian
    Re: Cinema interruptus

    Another delightful musing from you. But I think you should have me proofread your essays before you post them. I think you wanted to say “Law *and* order was never a problem under the Pinochet regime”….

    Same goes for me, if you ever see anything on The Bystander, let me know.

    That reminds me, do you say “Pinochett” or “Pinochay”? I hear it both ways in the press. Spanish speakers would say Pinochett, wouldn’t they?

    Sent: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 18:36:29 -0700
    Subject: How to see a movie
    Re: Right and wrong ways to see a movie

    I’m spending a fortune setting up a home theater with surround sound, cable movie channels by the dozen, DVD, VCR ---

    Set up leather chairs and cup holders. It even has a popcorn popper.

    However, I world give anything to find a way to download an appreciative audience.

    You are right, that opening night experience is hard to beat.

    Sent: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 15:19:24 -0700
    Subject: new URL for my home page
    Re: Post-Oscar musings

    The Oscar Fest was fun; I’m thinking that booze, food, and a gathering of irreverent film fans is the only way to watch this turkey. (I did like how one snippy online columnist referred to the display of filial love from Angelina Jolie as the broadcast’s creepy “Angels & Insects moment.”)

    Sent: Sun, 2 Apr 2000 17:52:30 -0700
    Subject: congrats on your new feature
    Re: Post-Oscar musings

    Taking your meta-entertainment thing a step further, the other night I found myself plastered to the tube watching (of all things) Joan Rivers’ post-Oscar fashion analysis. Armed with her array of weirdo fashion experts and her replacement unit (daughter Melissa). Stranger still was the fact that my husband was also sitting on the couch unable to tear himself away long after it was his bedtime. He who truly madly deeply does *not* care about what Gwyneth did with her hair. Why? Why? And yet, so utterly compelling, in that car-accident-voyeurism way. Yes, I watched the whole thing, including the post-coverage coverage, the post-coverage, the whole long show, and the post-show fashion analysis. Why? So I could get yet another look at Angelina Joie’s get-up? Like we need to see that again? Or maybe it was just Joan Rivers’ face, me thinking about the movie Brazil with the elderly ladies and their post-facelift faces melting to mush…. Who knows.