Oooh, Denis McGrath over at Dead Things on Sticks tagged me with my very first meme. Why do we hate chain letters but love memes? Is it because it’s a cool word with a cool non-blog definition? Anyway, apparently Fun Joel started this one for screenwriting bloggers, but outsiders can play too.
What was your earliest film-related memory?
I have a vague memory of throwing up in the lobby when my mom took me to see some movie that disturbed me. I think there were lots of swirling psychadelic colours. Or maybe blood. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Herbie Rides Again – I wasn’t that sensitive a kid – but that’s the first movie I clearly remember seeing in a theatre when I was about four. Though not very clearly … I was going to say Herbie the Love Bug except I looked it up on IMDB and I wasn’t born yet for that one.
Name two favorite lines from movies
- “How dare you make love to me and not be a married man.” – Ingrid Bergman to Cary Grant in Indiscreet
- “I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed.” – John Cusack in Say Anything
Three jobs you’d do if you could not work in “The Biz”
The Biz? You mean the writing for the non-profit world Biz? Um, yeah, so obviously I’m not actually in The Biz, I just like to write about it. But if I wasn’t in the glamorous world of web and newsletter production, with a side of blogging about entertainment, I’d like to be:
- a librarian (except the movies have really ruined that as an exciting career choice, haven’t they?)
- a linguistic anthropologist
- a travel writer with a hefty expense account
Name four jobs you have actually held outside The Industry.
- Sears lingerie department clerk. Not as sexy as it sounds (and given the “Sears,” it probably doesn’t sound very sexy to begin with) since it involved fitting a lot of old women – and the occasional man – for bras.
- Teaching English to French New Brunswick high school students (for a year) and Mexican business people (for 2 months). Taught me to fake patience well. And that I have no desire to be a teacher.
- Barista at Starbucks. I know lots about coffee, except why people think it tastes good without lots and lots of steamed milk.
- Administrator for a tiny playwrights’ organization, which convinced me that writing plays and scripts must be the hardest kind of writing there is, and who would want to do that?!
Three book authors I like
Gah, just three? I’ll stick with ones who aren’t dead and whose next book I’m always anticipating: Anne Tyler, Nick Hornby, Ann-Marie MacDonald.
Name two movies you would like to remake or properties you’d like to adapt
Well, I guess I’d hire Denis or someone to adapt Life of Pi by Yann Martel and The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (I don’t care if you like them or not – in this fictional world where I’m making movies, I’m paying big bucks).
Name one screenwriter you think is underrated
I like Denis’ answer: “all of them.” It’s why I started trying to interview some TV writers (Lawrence Kaplow of House for one, and stay tuned for another one next week) – I got annoyed and amazed at how some fans tend to give credit to the actors for everything, including plot and dialogue, and also that the Emmys were thinking about making winning writers and directors pre-tape their acceptances speeches so they didn’t take up valuable awards show time (my slight rant on that is here).
Oh, I have to tag people now? No one in The Biz knows me, so I’ll pick a spec monkey and two people who should write more:
Great to see this expanding beyond the so-called Scribosphere itself. 🙂
You know, I was talking to my dad about Gus (the movie I listed as my earliest memory) and he said that he might have taken me to see Herbie earlier (which I remember seeing). I too said that Love Bug was too early, and he said they may have rereleased it around the time that Rides Again came out. So that actually COULD be the one you remember.
Then again, throwing up and lots of psychadelic colo(u)rs… Sure it wasn’t a rerelease of Easy Rider? 😉
Ha! Well, I think the throwing up and the Herbie movie were two separate memories, so anything’s possible … my mom was a bit of a free spirit. If it was Easy Rider, that might have made me the hippest preschooler around.
Good to know it might have been Love Bug, because it was a bit of a letdown to realize my first movie experience was a sequel. I think I’m going to go with the rerelease theory anyway – it’s not like anyone can disprove it.
the best deal going is Starbuck’s daily house blend… why spend $5?
Well that works if you like coffee. My point was it needs to be diluted or … ick. Irish whiskey and Kahlua works, too. But I mostly stick to tea.
the corrections.. i just love that book by jonathan franzen :)..