Category Archives: film

Randy Quaid has lost it

Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are on the run and living out of their Prius in Canada

People started noticing there was something seriously amiss with the Quaids about three years ago, when Randy left the Broadway-bound musical Lone Star Love and was then banned for life from the Actors’ Equity Association, the stage union, for physically and verbally abusing his fellow performers. Then came the arrests and the couple’s bizarre appearances at various court dates: They wore pink handcuffs. Evi carried Randy’s Golden Globe and had a "valid credit card" affixed to her forehead.

By the time they arrived in Canada, calling themselves "refugees" and claiming they were targets of an assassination plot, the Quaids had gone viral.

I asked them when they believed their troubles began. They said it was in Marfa, Texas, the rural artists’ community where Giant was shot. They said they had traveled there in the summer of 2009 to "look at ranches and stuff" and erect a "Randy Quaid museum." (They’d been fixing up a building in the middle of town-reportedly without the proper permits.)

Already, Evi said, "something really weird had started happening with Randy’s mail. His royalty and residual checks weren’t coming. We were really, truly panicked." Adding to their unrest was the recent demise of the actor David Carradine, a friend of Randy’s whose death from apparent auto-erotic asphyxiation in Thailand the Quaids believed to be suspicious.

"They" — the aforementioned Hollywood Star Whackers — "decide, O.K., if we knock off David, then what we can do is simply collect the insurance covering his participation in the television show he was working on overseas," Evi said. "It’s almost moronic, it’s so simple."

She said she also suspected Jeremy Piven’s falling ill from mercury poisoning was another sign of a dastardly plot by the Broadway producers of Speed-the-Plow to collect insurance money. "It was an orchestrated hit," she said. "They could have put mescaline in his water bottle." Jeffrey Richards, one of the producers of the play, declined to comment.

It’s kind of sad.  This gets the attention because of Quaid’s body of work and notoriety.  For many people it just happens and they end up on the street, confused and lost. via

Hollywood (Saskatchewan)

I am not sure how many of you watch the SCN but every once in a while they show some great programming.  Lately I have been enjoying Hollywood (Saskatchewan), a look at the Saskatchewan television and film industry (video clip).  While I am on the topic, since the SCN has been purchased by new owners, there seems to be a plethora of new Saskatchewan programming which is good for both the viewer and the producer.  Hopefully this new trend can continue to make it’s owners, producers, and the entire industry some more money.

Mystery of the Nile

Mystery of the Nile Mark and I watched the IMAX movie, Mystery of the Nile last night.  I never knew this but until 2004, no one had ever travelled the entire Blue Nile River from it’s source to the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s a journey that took 114 days and was done by a team of explorers and amateurs led by Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown.  They faced rapids, bandits, Nile crocodiles, civil war in Sudan, and other seemingly insurmountable challenges as they make their way along all 3,260 miles of the river to become the first to complete a full descent of the Blue Nile.

It’s a great journey but after watching it, I was somewhat disappointed as I wanted more.  A two hour film was not enough time to show a 114 day, 3,260 mile journey.  They could have made an entire television series or a long mini-series just on their adventures with the Nile crocodiles and several episodes could have been dedicated to the people they met as the floated down the Nile River, their adventures with bandits, and even the background of the cultures they are engaged in. 

So for all of you filmakers out there, feel free to steal my idea and make this series.  I’ll be the first to purchase it.

Check the boxes creativity

Investors in Disney are getting upset that Pixar isn’t selling out more.

“The worries keep coming despite Pixar’s track record, because each film it delivers seems to be less commercial than the last,” Mr. Creutz said.

Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, responded, “We seek to make great films first. If a great film gives birth to a franchise, we are the first company to leverage such success. A check-the-boxes approach to creativity is more likely to result in blandness and failure.”

Good for Iger.  I was worried when Disney acquired Pixar that we would be seeing a bunch of direct to DVD releases of inferior quality with Pixar’s name on it but while the investors are mad, the movies are still worth watching.

One size fits all?

One size fits all A couple weeks (crap, maybe it was months ago, I have been kinda busy…) I got a copy of One size fits all and it is a DVD about innovative Christian gatherings across across Canada.

It was done by Joe Manafo and Nathan Colquhoun from Sarnia and they did a good job in this this 45 minute examination of missional, emerging ideas and experiments.

Some of the leaders they interview include Pernell Goodyear of The Freeway; Greg Paul of Sanctuary, Cyril Guerette of Freedomize, Jamie Howison of St Benedict’s Table, Kim Reid of The Open Door and Garry Castle at Next Church.

If you are interested in what is happening in the fringes of the church in Canada, it is worth the time to sit down and watch, alone or with your entire community.

The National Film Board Opens the Archives

I think we are all in agreement, that is the greatest Canadian short ever made.  I found it while checking out the National Film Board‘s new site which has high quality streaming videos for free.  Not only does this excite the historian in me, it excites the Residential Coordinator in me as the guys at the Centre love documentaries.  With a laptop, wifi connection and a television, there is a lot of good stuff to show that would quite difficult to get otherwise. 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone WarsMark, Wendy, Oliver and I watched Star Wars: Clone Wars movie tonight.  Mark had a good time but there went two hours that I will never get back again.  I was a little disappointed in the animation.  It felt more like watching a two hour cartoon rather than an animated movie.  I guess when you have come out with such television classics in the past, keeping the streak alive is hard to do, even if you are George Lucas.

Prince of Peace – God of War

John Campea’s movie, Prince of Peace – God of War is now out and getting some good reviews from the film festivals. Yes I am in it and no I haven’t seen my part yet… I hate the sound of my voice so I will see if I can get a special director’s cut without me in it to see what McLaren, Campolo and others have to say. There is a trailer and more information on the site. As they say, it will also be coming to a theatre near you.