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Friday, September 29, 2006

-SCRIP CLIP-


MAGNOLIA-Paul Thomas Anderson


INT. SMILING PEANUT BAR - THAT MOMENT

CAMERA pulls back from the TELEVISION above the bar, playing
the show. We see Jimmy start to chat w/and do intro's for the adults.
(Director's Note: This runs through scene and a complete script
is avail/will be shot.)

Donnie and Thurston and the Patrons continued;

DONNIE
....do you know who I am?

THURSTON
You're a friend of the family I presume?

DONNIE
What? What does that mean?

THURSTON
Nothing special, just a spoke in the wheel.

DONNIE
You talk in rhymes and riddles and
ra...rub-adub --- but that doesn't mean
anything to me, see....see...see I used
to be smart....I'm Quiz Kid Donnie Smith.
I'm Quiz Kid Donnie Smith from the tv --

THURSTON
Might of been before my time.

PATRON #1
I remember you. I remember. In the 60's right?

DONNIE
I'm Quiz Kid Donnie Smith.

THURSTON
...like you said...

PATRON #1
Smart Kid! Fuck, yeah, he-he. You got
hit by lightning that one time, right?

DONNIE
So what?

PATRON #1
I heard about that.

PATRON #2
Did it hurt?

DONNIE
Yes.

THURSTON
But you're alright now, so what's the what?

DONNIE
What?

THURSTON
That's right.

DONNIE
I used to be smart but now I'm just stupid.

THURSTON
Brad, dear?

Brad turns and looks:

THURSTON
Who was it that said: "A man of genius
has seldom been ruined but by himself."

DONNIE
(to himself)
-- Samuel Johnson.

BRAD
I don't know.

Donnie looks up at Brad. Brad smiles with his braces, Donnie looks
away quick --

THURSTON
It was the lovely Samuel Johnson who
also spoke of a fella "Who was not only
dull but a cause of dullness in others."

DONNIE
"The" cause of dullness in others --

THURSTON
Picky, picky.

DONNIE
-- and lemme tell you this: Samuel Johnson
never had his life shit on and taken from
him and his money stolen -- who took his
life and his money? His parents?
His mommy and daddy? Make him live this life
like this -- "A man of genius" gets shit on
as a child and that scars and it hurts and
have you ever been hit by lighting? It hurts
and it doesn't happen to everyone, it's an
electrical charge that finds it's way across
the universe and lands in your body and your
head -- and as for "ruined but by himself,"
not if his parents take his friggin' life and
his money and tell you to do this and do that and
if you don't? well, what --

PATRON #1
You're parents took your money you won
on that game show?

DONNIE
Yes they did.
(turns quick to Thurston)
What does that mean, "spoke in the wheel?"

THURSTON
Things go round 'n round, don't they?

DONNIE
Yes they do, they do, but I'll make
my dreams come true, you see? I will.

THURSTON
This sounds Sad as a Weeping Willow.

DONNIE
I used to be smart but now I'm just stupid.

THURSTON
Shall we drink to that?

Donnie looks to the television for a moment, starts to tear up,
CAMERA pushes in slow to an EXTREME CLOSE UP.

By Zach Hart with 1 comment

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Smith, Elliott

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

MOVIES AND YOU

HALF NELSON

























I would tout this movie as the opposite of Dead Poet's Society with a pinch of drug use, Indie rock music, civil rights preaching, and a screenwriter who wrote simple scenes from his own life, like going to a bar...or waking up and having a smoke...or something else that is utterly mundane. With all this said, I enjoyed the film and would recommend it. I'm a sucker for films that attempt a character study based on a 24/7 interacting with our protagonist. The quest for reality is sometimes painful but works as a cinematic investment, you leave the theatre feeling connected with the problems the character faced over the two hours. The acting was slightly above mediocre and the constant civil rights reminders don't seem to connect or make any sense to the stories overall themes. The film is about being trapped. Trapped with a drug addiction, a poor lifestyle, a rich lifestyle, the inability to connect with the opposite sex, and basically trapped by life. When the film focuses on this overall theme, the audience is sucked in...but the constant tampering with the films narrative ultimately renders any special moment lame. It's a movie about talking but when the characters enter a house/room to continue the conversation and get to the meat of their feelings the narrative cuts and begins building the viewers interest somewhere else. The score, mainly supplied by Indie Gods, Broken Social Scene works perfectley and mimics the tone/visuals that the director employs. I have a lot of negitives to say but overall I feel like I've gained something from this film, some little nugget about life...don't do drugs? Don't live in a large city? Not those...maybe something about living up to potential or touching the lives around you. Whatever the gain, the film needs to viewed and then maybe you can tell me what I should have been touched by.

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Philanthrology














OF MONTREAL-Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Yes folks, once again Phil comes through while the time runs down. This musical gift is the new Of Montreal album. The verdict: the album is great. But I love Of Montreal...so is that really fair? Well, expanding, this album is the darkest and seems to be the most special presentation since the magical Cherry Peel album. Below is my favorite track off the album. It's a pop epic, a toe tapper, one for the whole family but at the same time you have to cover the babies ears becuase they aren't mature enough to enjoy the rock. Check it out and if you want the whole album...well, give me a call.




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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Movies I Want To See

Here a few films I want to see:

The Motel
Stranger Than Fiction
Running With Scissors
Fast Food Nation
49 Up
The Science of Sleep

And the movie of the year so far, Little Miss Sunshine, won't leave my mind...so here is a track from the movie.

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