Noted and quoted

“A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.” — Gore Vidal, inufferable novelist and activist

In defense of “Scary Movie 4″

Remember George Clooney‘s self-important Oscar speech? He’s got nothing on UCLA screenwriting professor Richard Walter — For better and for worse, American film is world film. For better because American films rightly merit their reputation for high-end film art and craft. For worse because their power overwhelms international markets and promotes the homengization of world … Continue reading In defense of “Scary Movie 4″

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams

Happy birthday to Gene Wilder, who turns 70 tomorrow. His performance as Willy Wonka ranks among the greatest in filmdom, pitch perfect — creepy, funny and endearing all at once. It’s been awhile since Wilder had a role he could sink his teeth into, but he’s in luck. There’s this script I’m quite familiar with, … Continue reading We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams

Noted and quoted

“My Lord. This muggy (June) weather gives me the horribles.” — Jean Robert Delatour Fontaine Dauterive (via “King of the Hill”) Runner-up: Hank: “So, Jean Robert, how are the Saints looking this year?” Jean Robert: “I’m afraid I’m more familiar with sinners than saints. And sinners always look good.”