Saturday, October 22, 2005

Today's the day

“I hate people. Do you hate people?”
“I don't hate people. I just like it a lot better when they're not around.”

Name that movie. *

Today was one of those days where I just wanted to work. Just work, be left alone. Thank you very much.
The actual outline for the day went some - thing - like - this.

  • Modem acts funny.

  • Goes down.

  • Damn it!

  • Call the cable company (on the land line which I haven’t quite disconnected yet)

  • Talk to them for a while.

  • Stump them.

  • Damn it!

  • A service guy will be there between 1:00 and 7:00.

  • Be thankful that it’s not Monday instead.

In the meantime, try to work.
No, because:

  • Time for a meeting.

  • Damn it!

  • Cable guy eventually shows up.

  • Can’t figure out the problem

  • Finally gets cable limping along.

  • Schedules a lineman for Monday.

  • Cable guy leaves.

  • Try to work.

  • FIRE ENGINE pulls in front of my house, lights flashing, horns HOWLING – followed by EMT truck doing the same.

  • WHAT THE---?

  • Watch all the goings-ons through the window because really – what else are you going to do when THAT happens?

  • I guess someone with an overly reactive 911 trigger finger made a call -- as the gurney was wheeled out of the house as empty as it went in. That’s a good thing.

  • Visit from another filmmaker in town for a festival.

  • She leaves and I can sit down to hopefully write.

  • Call from another very angry filmmaker seeking advice about crooked distributors and what to do about them.

  • Dinner Date.

And so was my day. I wrote one goddamn line of story. Oh, and I had already written that one line about fifty times before.

I’m hoping tomorrow will be better.

I now have a stat counter hooked into this blog. I’m amazed by how many people are reading it. Hundreds, thousands. Well, not really, but more then ten people, I guess. It’s nice, but now I feel this pressure to perform.

So, in order not to completely disappoint, I present a bit of trivial news you can use if you’re up for risking twenty bucks:
I finally got my copy of “The American Astronaut”. I saw this movie at a festival in North Carolina a couple years ago. It blew me away and in scan/checking the DVD, I see it will be as great on second viewing. If you’re looking for the coolest, weirdest movie to blow THOSE friends away - you know, the ones that think they know everything cool before you do - this is the movie with which to knock them out. They will be humbled and see you as the finder of odd, cool movies.
Imagine you’re the one who discovered Eraserhead and was the first to show it to your friends.

Trust me on it.



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  2. The line is from "Barfly."

    And what DO you do about crooked distributors?


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  4. There's a lot of things you can do about crooked distributors.

    Why doesn't any filmmaker spend two hundred bucks, hire a big thug, and break some thumbs?

    That would change things REALLY FAST!
    While these guys are lizards, they're spineless lizards. Not like the construction business or anything serious.

    Fight fire with fire or in this case, slime with slime.
    It works elsewhere.

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  6. That guy's right! Filmmakers should all unite, pitch in some money and have a group of thumb & leg breakers working for us full time (it would take a full time gig to break all the femur's that need snapping in this town - especially during AFM - SCUM central). How much JOY would we all get outta seeing sleezy distributors maimed? Maybe even more than we would from getting the money due us from all our hard work.