At this point in its life, I always thought of The Simpsons as more of a symbolic show to be on than anything else, in that no one really WATCHES it–you maybe you watch an episode here or there or see clips online, but hardly anyone religiously watches it week after week. It’s just there because it’s comforting knowing that it’s on because its original 10 or 11 great seasons had enough goodwill behind them that they can now float through anything.
With Harry Shearer, the voice of Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Mr. Burns, Otto, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Lenny, Dr. Hibbert and many others, now gone–FIRED–from the show, it’s clear that there’s no heart to the show anymore. It isn’t simply coasting by on its past glory or some duty to nostalgia, it’s a moneymaking, soulless machine that can’t even be bothered to slow its roll for the sake of one of the most important cogs in its wheel.
Mike Nichols was one of the greatest directors of his or any generation, past or present. He had a way with actors, much like the equally gifted Sydney Lumet. He was never one for flashy visuals or obnoxious set-pieces… he was all about the performances and what they brought out in order to service the story.
He lived a talented life and left a legacy for all of us to enjoy. Beginning with his satirical comedy days with Elaine May, he moved into film directing. Below, are some of my favorites.
Los Angeles is where the movies are made. Well, not all of them, but a hell of a lot of them, and if you want to pursue your dream of making them, LA is the best place to start. The movies that feature this city, though, never do it justice (or are filmed in Canada) and mostly showcase a watered-down version of the place that looks idealistic, clean and like a cloned version of Anywhere, USA.
These are the movies that, to me, show the real deal.
Sometimes, a song is featured in a movie and can never be disassociated from that scene. Sometimes, a more obscure song wouldn’t have had had the audience it would have had it not been for that movie. I am forever grateful to have these songs in my life.
Here are some of my favorite musical moments from movies.
Q Lazarus – Goodbye Horses (The Silence of the Lambs)
I first heard about Boyhood when I was 16 or 17, back when it was called something like “Untitled 12 Year Linklater Project” or something like that. I’d just seen Waking Life for the first time and pulled up IMDB to see what Richard Linklater was working on next. I’d forgotten about the project until the trailer had been announced and it was soon to be released in theaters.