And I thought the earthquake victims in Haiti, Chile, New Zealand and Hawaii had it bad! To have to shovel down the slop they serve at the Boulevard Diner and then on top of that frightening experience to have to put up with the negative attitude of so many Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members is close to unbearable.
I couldn’t do it.
This guy’s name Sam keeps dropping…Pierre le Plume. We might be related. My birth father was a French gangster who ran guns to left wing resistance movements in North Africa and Indochina in the 1950’s named Jean le Plume. After the latter date raped my mom in what is now Vietnam where she was serving as a lay Catholic religion indoctrinator, she became pregnant and they got married and named me Andre. So before I was Andrei Scala I was Andre le Plume (why should Felix be jealous of me!)
I wasn’t totally serious about the cockroach den the fellows were contaminating their innards in the other night. They do breakfast nice there I must admit but their half chicken isn’t worth bat turds.
Sam, as Fish said to Upham: “…once again I find myself curiously arroused by you.”
It’s those glasses…those lady glasses…
Sam, Dennis: you both were right onstream to launch a diner-heist scenario! I loved it.
Also, your remarks about The Social Network getting blindsided intrigued me. Only very recently have we come to appreciate social media’s marketing potential. Gotta see that movie.
Thanks Jim!!! Yes, the inexplicable fall from grace of THE SOCIAL NETWORK among the AMPAS fraternity will be a major story for 2010, though understandably many have already tuned out. I’d love to hear or read your views on David Fincher’s film!
Hi! Sam Juliano and Dennis…
What an interesting conversation between you, and Dennis…I have already provided a link to your conversation on the sidebar and I plan to incorporate the video in the countdown post too!
Thanks, for sharing!
Tony, take a bow for your terrific “alternate” cut. I looked at it just a few minutes ago and almost wet myself from spontaneous laughter.
It’s true, Sam DOES have a personality SO big that a weekly television show could only do him justice. Now, if we could only get Jason to follow Sam around on an hourly and daily basis we would have a reality show that could easily swamp AMERICAN IDOL, THE BIGGEST LOSER and THE APPRENTICE in viewerships and ratings. Fact is, most people don’t believe myself and those that tell stories of Sam’s adventures and escapades. In reality, the old saying, “you gotta see it to believe it” really does apply here. The story about Sam racing from school to school during his lunch break to commandeer this site is totally true, he DOES go into the dollar store and buy dozens of pairs of womens reading glasses (the skeletons of which are peppered all over the floor of his computer office at home and his rendition of “IF I WERE A RICH MAN” is far funnier when he’s wrapped in a shawl in front of his desk, looking like an Italian Grandmother and singing at the top of his lungs) and his animated gesturing and emphasis on detailed verbal story telling is the stuff that legend is made of.
Frankly, these videos are only the tip of the bigger ice-berg. To really fully appreciate the man you have to meet him and his family in person.
I’ve known Sam now for 20 years and he is, without doubt, the greatest source of amusement in my life, my most learned friend and proff positive that a good laugh can enrich and give meaning to life. To be honset, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if he weren’t in my life.
Whenever I call him on the phone he doesn’t say “hello”. Instead he holds the phone to the birdcage and lets the Parrots do it for him.
We need more of these video as a chronicle of one of the great characters the net has ever known…
Thanks to everyone here on WITD for the kind words they have labored upon me and Jason and the star of the day, dear Sam, for our work on this little look into our whacked out take on everyday life.
Dennis, I am scanning through the comments, while simultaneously doing some Oscar related stuff, so I am not meaning to give you short shrift. I’m over my head with things to do, and that doesn’t even include completing the blogger appreciation piece posting tomorrow on Jeffrey Goodman, and the still-unstarted Diary. Suffice to say this is a tremendous comment from you that sizes things up most fondly!! Many thanks my excellent friend!!!
Wonderful Sam :) More please…I second JAFB in saying that I want to see a video of you & others watching the telecast. Just in case there may be an upset at the awards (even though that seems unlikely), I want to see raw emotions in the footage :)
Also, you and Pierre need to feature in the same video discussing the categories. Maybe a live webcast?
I’d love to have a webcast with Pierre Sachin, especially since he lives out in Minny. And I do hope tonight’s party is well documented by Jason-though I know it will be! Thanks for the flattering words and confidence! Much appreciated!
I’m so deeply humbled by the mere mention of my name — or should I say the mentions of my mere name? Either way, it’s an honor to be considered amongst such illustrious company by one equally illustrious Mr. Juliano.
And Andrei — I’ve reviewed my family’s geneaological records (which are extensive). Although there is a “Jean” in the de Plume background, the only allusion one might associate with “date rape” emanates not from the de Plume’s but, rather, from my mother’s side: Great-grandpapa Arthur the gigolo, who had countless affairs, 3 wives, and no divorces on record!
Ha Pat!!! You may be on to something. I’ll definitely be checking out your Oscar post momentarily, and have a great time at your party. i look forward to sharing notes with you, although I am not expecting too many surprises. The director’s race is a barn-burner, as is supporting actor. And some are now claiming that Bening is gathering steam. We’ll see!
While I’m late to the discussion it’s only because I wanted to watch these when I could sit down relax and take it all in, rather then friday at work in a rushed environment.
They are entertaining, and I wished the ‘meat’ of the discussions was given more air time, as I feel that’s were the true pearls probably reside (as funny as these shown hijinx are). Oscars and film talk is always fun.
Plus I’m dying to know what film Sam is refering to when he say “(it’s) austere, cold, nihilistic…” Though he’s in the negative I believe, it sounds like a film I’d like!
Jamie, you are not the first one to indicate that the meat and potatoes was cut out. I must speak to Jason about a complete cut that contains the actual predictions, which is really the whole point of the meeting anyway.
I do believe I was talking there about DOGTOOTH, a film I must say I dislike.
author Sheri Chinen Biesen’s new book “Shadows Noir Musical in Film Noir…”
Smoke, Shadows, and Moody strains of jazz. Welcome to the world of “noir musical” films…
Where Film Noir and Musical Come Together. Film noir expert Sheri Chinen Biesen explores how noir musical films use film noir style and bluesy strains of jazz to reveal the dark side of fame and the American Dream.
[Just "tap" the book-cover to find out more info about
Music in the Shadows: Noir Musical Films and Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir.
Coming to the Film Forum-Femmes Noirs Series- July-18 – August-07-2014
Can You Feel The Heat ?!-(1946, Tay Garnett) “Give me a kiss or I’ll sock ya.”
In order to view the full schedule-just "tap" Garfield or Turner.
[Or the cigarette...] In order to watch Garfield's angst just follow the link to
darkness to light
The Black Widow in”Double Indemnity…”all week 08/01-08/07
as a Summer Of Femme at the Film Forum ends…
Directed by Billy Wilder...
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray,Edward G.Robinson-70th Anniversary
New Restoration-[(1944,Wilder)] “Office Memorandum: I killed Dietrichson,”
The Summer Of Femmes Continues-at Moma-as Columbia look at miss Rita and
…Crime films which were a staple at Columbia Pictures—07-11-08-01-2014
during the studio’s first decades as a budget-conscious, high-volume producer of mass entertainment. This exhibition traces the evolution of the genre at Columbia, from the atmospheric whodunits that dominated the early 1930s (By Whose Hand?, The Ninth Guest) through the moody, despairing films noirs of the 1940s and 1950s.
The series includes both celebrated, A-level productions like Gilda (1946) and The Lady from Shanghai (1948)—both centered on Columbia’s biggest star, Rita Hayworth—
[Just "tap"miss Rita to view the schedule.
Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957-July 11–August 4, 2014]
The Femmes at Le Pacific Cinémathèque-in Vancouver in august too !
From August 01-28, 2014-Summer, Murder and Femmes a deadly combo-
The Pacific Cinematheque’s annual
Film Noir summer season celebrates one of the American cinema’s richest and most creative periods in all its stylish, seductive, and cynical glories. Just "tap" M.M. to view the line-up Of usual-suspects.
During the month of August, a dozen dark, delirious gems from noir’s hard-boiled heyday [the early 1940s to the late 1950s...]
a new film noir book to be released in September-Film noir 101
To read more info just “tap” the book cover…
...Collecting 101 noir movie posters of, arguably, the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics "The Maltese Falcon, " "Laura, " and
" Double Indemnity ").
Reproduced in a stunningly designed, over-sized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. -
Just follow the link to visit Mark Fertig's website:
"Where Danger Lives..."
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