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Finally watched Morbius

Finally watched Morbius and the moment Jared Leto opened his mouth, I immediately thought, “This would be lot better if Keith Richards played Morbius.” A few minutes later, Matt Smith showed up, got the youth jizz and started acting like Mick Jagger, so I know I was on to something. I’m sure Sony will make it if enough people talk about it because they have a track record of misreading data — smile

Keith Richards
Keith Richards

A lot of good points made in this article — smile

Namor played by Tenoch Huerta Mejía
Namor played by Tenoch Huerta Mejía

A lot of good points made in this article — smile

Black Panther 2’s Namor casting opens up Latino colorism debate – Vox

Watching Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams — smile

Watching Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams — smile

‘Fast X’ is going to bankrupt the studio

How the hell does this movie cost $340 million?!?

The Budget For ‘Fast X’ Has Reportedly Launched Into The Stratosphere Like A NoS-Powered Muscle Car

The Story Behind My Logo

This is an image that has been associated with me or characters I’ve played for the bulk of my career. It’s a still from the first film I produced, Death Fish, which was shot in August, 1997. One of writer/director Carlos Sanchez Lopez‘s influences was Sergio Leone, especially the film A Fistful of Dollars:

Still of Clint Eastwood from A Fistful of Dollars

When I was a kid, A Fistful of Dollars was on television a lot because westerns were still popular and Clint Eastwood was at the height of his superstardom in the 1970‘s. Also, it was only about 100 minutes long without commercials, so it fit perfectly into a two hour prime time TV slot. If Clint had a new movie out in theaters, Fistful of Dollars would be on The Million Dollar Movie all week, so I saw it a lot.

– Carlos Sanchez Lopez, writer/director
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Jim and Charlotte at The Quad

International icon Charlotte Gainsbourg does a Q&A with some guy from the neighborhood, Jim Jarmusch, after a screening of her new movie, Jane by Charlotte at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan.

On Made In Hong Kong

Most of you know that I’m not really a film critic, but my friend who is asked my thoughts on Made In Hong Kong about a month ago, and I’m just getting around to posting them now. This isn’t really a review, just my opinion. I suppose that is a review, huh? Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it:

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MADE IN HONG KONG [OFFICIAL TRAILER]
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I wasn’t sure I had seen the film based on the trailer. The cast looked familiar enough and I had seen plenty of movies back then. Even though the trailer mentions that this if the first time Made In Hong Kong was released in the US, there were plenty of movies shown in Chinatown (not to metion bootleg VHS tapes and DVDs) that never had official American releases. I don’t even know the titles of many of the ones I saw back then. It also mentions that this is the first independent HK film, but I’m sure Tsui Hark would take issue with that.

Turns out, I had not seen the film before. The 4K restoration I saw looked like the movie was shot yesterday. It looked better than it would have had I seen it back in the 1990s, because in those days the 35mm prints were beat up by the time I saw them. It was actually a little disconcerting to me at first, but not everyone is going to have that issue. While it isn’t for everyone, I enjoyed the movie. Given the plot, it could have gone the extreme melodrama route like similiar gangster youth films of the era. The director chose instead to keep things grounded, focusing on the characters, their relationships to each other and the greater societies they inhabit, occasionally injecting some social commentary. I wouldn’t call Made In Hong Kong a bleak movie, but it does have that streak of fatalism prevelant in HK cinema leading up to the Handover and uncertainty about the future. It’s worth a watch, but not if you’re in need of cheering up.

Update on What an Institution!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the Police Academy documentary. Got an email update yesterday from the team:

We finally got Steve Guttenberg on board and his 3-hour interview was amazing, but really reshaped the narrative of the doc. We tried to insert him in where he was needed but in the end, we felt we needed to start the edit from scratch. We strongly believe that this was the right decision and now the doc is shaping into something very special. We will have a more detailed update soon!

Team Cult Screenings UK Ltd. – March 8, 2020
Steve Guttenberg in a Police Academy T-shirt

So that’s that.