16 January 2006

Meme Streets

Proving conclusively that this meme has now well and truly jumped the shark, run its course, shot its wad and bought the farm, Julie.O from Mental Origami tagged me to drag this bloated dead horse of a topic yet a few feet further. Don't get me wrong: I'm not complaining (much), but I know enough to know that if blog-meme makes it down to my sad benthic depths, then surely all the pretty fish swimming above in sparkling clear waters have already had their fill. Any day now I expect to have someone tag me to describe "your favorite three new disco moves."

Anywhooo... on with the show:

1. ONE (1) earliest film-related memory:
I recall the old threading projector GENERAL CINEMA lead-in, and I recall sitting in a crowded theater to see THE ARISTOCATS (1970). I'm pretty sure I also saw THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN (1969), as I have clear recollection of boith that movie as well as the theatrical trailer for KRAKATOA EAST OF JAVA, a movie which I have never heard mentioned anywhere or seen on TV. When I check IMDB, I see that KRAKATOA came out that same summer as BoB, so it makes sense.

2. TWO (2) favorite lines from movies:
-- "Let's play ball." (final words spoken by Roy Hobbs in THE NATURAL)
and
-- "We can't all be lion tamers." (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA)

3. THREE (3) jobs you'd do if you could not work in the "biz":
-- graphic designer
-- home builder/remodeler
-- magazine columnist

4. FOUR (4) jobs you actually have held outside the industry:
-- graphic designer
-- construction worker
-- ice cream scooper
-- ditch digger

5. THREE (3) book authors I like:
-- Clive Cussler
-- David Foster Wallace
-- David Brin

6. TWO (2) movies you'd like to remake or properties you'd like to adapt:
remake: THE GREAT RACE-- a ridiculously overblown period comedy by Blake Edwards from the early 60s which re-paired Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, it was always one of my favorite movies to catch when I was a kid, and now on DVD my own kids insist on watching it at least once a month.

adapt: [not gonna say]. Seriously, that's not meant as a joke, but there are three or four biographies I'd love to take a crack at, and I'm not going risk contaminating any of them by sharing them with a pond brimming with hungry screenwriters. I may be stupid, but I ain't dumb.

7. ONE (1) screenwriter you think is underrated:
-- Richard Maibaum (1909-1991)
The man started his career in 1936 with fare like GOLDDIGGERS OF 1937, and his last credit is posthumous for the story for the 1996 Mel Gibson flick RANSOM (Maibaum died in '91). But in the 60 years between those career bookends, he basically defined modern cinema's longest running franchise, penning THIRTEEN of the James Bond movies, including ALL the early Connery Bonds which pretty much defined the franchise:

DR. NO (1962)
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
GOLDFINGER (1964)
THUNDERBALL (1965)
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE 1971)
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
OCTOPUSSY (1983)
A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
LICENSE TO KILL (1989)

That's one hellacious run of iconic movies, and loads of memorable scenes and dialog exchanges, yet you never hear Maibaum's name mentioned.

Genius? Perhaps not, but "underrated?" Oh hell yeah.

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So at this point in the proceedings the tag-ee (me) would normally be expected to tag three other friends to carry on the meme, but seeing as how I have no friends, and as how this meme has already been driven into the ground like a tent stake into soft sand, and how the remaining untagged bloggers available for such a hand-off are of the sort who are far more into Lithuanian death metal, I think I'll just let the meme trail end here.

"And there was much rejoicing..."
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5 comments:

suzbays said...

What? I'm not your friend? Fine. Fine. No, really, it's fine.

...seriously? I'm not your friend? Okay, I get it. Sure. But I've stopped eating dirt-covered garlic so the really strong smells should be gone by now, or next week at the latest. Does that help?

...OH! I get it. Look, you don't have to feel bad that I went to a better university than you did. I *had* to go there so even though we all know it's a better place with more beer halls than your rinky-dink uni will ever have, that's no reason to discount me as a possible friend.

Your un-friend,
Susan of the National Championship Longhorns

:)

Brett said...

I'm sorry-- I wasn't paying attention. Did you say something?

And feel free to claim one of my unused meme-tags if you like: I assumed you'd already been tagged somewhere and had opted not to play.

As for t.u.s win... this is what happens when you are forced to count on a damned California school.

Oh well. Onwards.
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Warren said...

Nicely done. For those of you in L.A., Richard Maibaum's personal script collection - every one he ever wrote, as far as I know - is available for your viewing pleasure at the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library. Just ask for a script from the Maibaum Collection. I've skimmed through them. Pretty impressive.

Brett said...

Wow-- the Maibaum Collection? Very cool.

I think that's what really blows my mind about screenwriting when I take time to actually ponder it: that once upon a time some guy sat in a room and stared at a blank sheet of paper until GOLDFINGER somehow appeared on the page.

"Surely you don;t expect me to talk."

"No-- I expect you to DIE, Mr. Bond."


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Fun Joel said...

Man, has it jumped the shark already? It is only like a week since I started it! Wow. Things move fast in the blogosphere.

Thanks for playing along!