23 October 2008

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15 October 2008



Hey Everybody,

In a few hours, Madonna and film screenwriter.director Guy Ritchie will be calling it quits, divorcing after all the rumors are true. My plan of attack has finally met it’s day, and a divorce means I can finally get in there. So, as the news trickles down, I will use this time to pack my bags and see if I can finally get my chance. No no no, I don’t care about Madonna, sure she looks fit and still sings “Lucky Star” when she tours, but it’s Ritchie I need to speak to.
To think of talking to Ritchie while married to Madonna was a “no no”, I could never say “Guy, between you and I, this woman is bringing you down as a creative thinker.” It would be as pointless as you persuading your friend away from his succubus. It never flies, and you two are no longer friends, then when she leaves him and he’s got nothing, he calls you, and blah blah blah. Percy Sledge sang it best in “When A Man Loves A Woman”, sure it’s cliché and I’ll not be quoting the song. But, GUY, call me! I’m still here.
Now now, I know some of you are saying “who gives a shit about Guy Ritchie as a director?” I DO! This man showed some huge potential with “Lock, Stock…” and “Snatch”, and then he meets Madonna and promises “I’ll never put her in one of my films”, and the next film on his roster was the MASSIVE BOMB “Swept Away”, with newlywed Madonna. But, here’s why I give a shit…
This isn’t me saying Guy Ritchie was to be the next Paul Thomas Anderson, a young and a brilliant creative writer/director. Would Guy Ritchie EVER make a “There Will Be Blood?” Probably not. BUT! When Guy Ritchie is able to put his name on the map for “gangster” film as John Carpenter does to “horror”, we need to talk. Sure you can branch out, listen to our PODCAST this week…”Jumping Genres” helps from time to time. But not when you USE YOUR WIFE as a “muse” as you liked calling her…it’s Madonna, Guy, we have our own thoughts of her. As if she would have it any other way.
Sure, Ritchie may be back with his latest film “RockNRolla” and let’s see what critics say to boost this man’s ego and film making. But, can he keep it up after a decade of making a film with an impact. “Revolver” you say? Let’s put this man’s last ten years to rest and see what happens, I think we see “The Thing” or “In The Mouth Of Madness” forming for Ritchie.

Good luck!




09 October 2008

MSNBC and Indie Filmmaker Justin Dillon and Call + Response

What’s better than enjoying your “Morning Joe” (MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Morning Show…see how they got the name, aren’t they clever?) with coffee? With indie filmmaker and musician Justin Dillon presenting his debut documentary (rockumentary, actually) “Call + Response” with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff.
Call and Response, a daring doc coming out nationwide tomorrow. C+R tackles human trafficking and how it’s the largest moneymaker in the world. There are more slaves in the world now, than there has EVER has been before. Can you imagine the money that Starbucks, Nike and Google make combined? Well, Slave Traders makes more than that…combined!
C+R features music from Cold War Kids, Moby, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, etc. Call and Response has an impressive list of cities on it’s opening weekend, but we can still have the film play out more. Watch the trailer, but also check out the site. www.callandresponse.com.

15 September 2008

KEVIN SMITH'S Q&A (ranting) at the Independent Film Week

So, some of you keep asking through the last year, “Do you think Kevin Smith saw There Will Be Blood?” My answer was always “I couldn’t give two shits to be honest”, but in a nicer manner. Then, some of you may not know the war Kevin Smith started with writer/director PT Anderson. Grab some hot cocoa, put a log on the fire, and read up.
Kevin hated “Magnolia” and the world was forced to care, through “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” Long story short. That’s about it.
Last night at the Independent Film Week in Chelsea, Manhattan, Kevin Smith was to speak to the indie filmmakers and us Industry folk about 15 years after “Clerks” and him screening at their IFP Market. Well, he briefly mentioned it, but did his usual Q&A (same questions same answers, but this time he had Zack and Miri to promote). After an hour and forty five minutes, there was room for one more question. I spoke up. I asked the famous “What did you think of There Will be Blood, and is the bullshit between you and Paul Thomas Anderson over?”
He went on this 5 minute explanation about Magnolia, and it was shit, then Punch Drunk Love and that was shit, then explain meeting Paul at the doctors office and realizing, “he was a stand up guy.” He went on to mention “Jay and Silent Bob…” and how that movie could be very self-indulgent (sure) and that in the long run…”There Will Be Blood should have won the Academy Award last year! Thanks! Goodnight!”
There ya go friends, I asked for ya, and there’s your answer. PT 2; KS 0. Off to party it up! I can’t wait to blog about the films and filmmakers I am meeting. But really quick, a shout out to Nashville Film Festival and Mandy McBroom. It’s always nice to meet amazing people on the festival circuit.

18 August 2008

BYS adds another contributor...FROM THE VAULTS this week: Midnight Meat Train


BYS is always looking for experienced journalists or bloggers who love their indie films, but most of all in our very picky and critical passion...where do we start? We have some in mind, but we're looking for people who like to have great cuban food on our bill...it's not as easy as it seems.
Well, we had to look no further than local pop culture expert and always brutally honest author Liz Langley to share a great cuban sandwich and hot sauce with. We have followed her blog for a few months now, but it's her recent review of Midnight Meat Train that reeled us in. We know that Midnight Meat Train maybe playing a theater or two still, but her review was PERFECT! A must read. So good, in fact, wait til you read next weeks From The Vaults when we go into some steamy sex cinema from the 1979 (oh Penthouse Films, how did you only make one picture?), and from there we tackle controversial documentaries from the late '60's. GOOD TIMES!
But for now...PLEASE read this excellent writers blog, subscribe, and welcome Liz to our staff of writers. Liz has her hands full, and we're extremely honored that we fit like a glove.

Liz Langley's Blog:
Alice The Goon


05 August 2008

TRIP TO NYC...MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES (Gonzo, Baghead, Man On Wire)


It was great to see all of you in NYC and I was finally allowed to play some catch up on some films I NEEDED to see. I was already able to catch In Search Of A Midnight Kiss, Tell No One and Kabluey at film festivals and American Teen or The Wackness I will see next week when it hits theaters at home.
So, 3 movies in 3 days? Which ones would you see? I HAD to go to Landmark Sunshine, Angelika and I guess I will head to the Lincoln Center, so I did.
If you have been reading the blog, then you know I had to go to Landmark and see Baghead. Vanessa and I could be the press packet for the Duplass Brothers. I am VERY proud of the Duplass’ and Baghead is amazing, for what it is. It's wildly funny to see them poke fun at a genre in film festivals that they may have created. Congrats guys!
Then off to head RIGHT down the street on Houston, the Angelika to meet with my friends Chuck and Ellen. What’s great is Chuck lives right down the street from me here in Florida, and I see one film in New York, one more I had seen with him in Orlando all year. Weird. Gonzo is a must! This documentary on Hunter S. Thompson, told mostly by well, the man himself…Hunter S. Thompson (from amazing older stock footage). Dives deep and very very thought provoking.
Then, next day, Lincoln Center to see Man On Wire…YES! Pretty incredible. One man, one wire, equals Twin Towers. Nail biting in every minute, and the outcome extremely satisfying. This will be around in cities near you, for sure. Take the family.

Well, three movies is catch up? What? I know…it’s a midnight snack for me, but at least I was able to get some cool air from the NYC heat. To be honest…I HAD to catch Liverpool destroy Rangers Saturday morning, so the double feature was off. Amazing times in NYC, and thanks to everyone for taking good care of BYS.
See you in Sept.