We’re back, having overcome a bout with flesh-eating bacteria (but
never will we overcome our tendency to exaggerate for dramatic effect). While we catch up, a few selections:
"I wouldn’t be here today
if it wasn’t for [MC] Hammer," Lin said. "When I was using all my credit
cards, I had maxed them out and had to go out trying to get investors
… the only guy I knew was MC Hammer, who I had met once in Vegas. It
was at a trade show, and I was doing some research. And we talked, and
he gave me his number."
"I called him and said: ‘Hammer, I know you don’t really know me, but
I’m doing this passion project. … It’s called ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’
and I just need some help." The rapper stepped up to the plate, "BTL"
made Lin an in-demand Hollywood filmmaker, and now he’s determined to
never forget such kindness.
"He wired me the money," Lin marveled. "He didn’t even know me, and he
gave me the money and saved my ass. So we became really close friends,
and I’m forever grateful."
In the mid-Eighties, when Isabella Rossellini’s daughter – Elettra – was five, the little girl’s teacher asked her class:
"What would you do if you got lost in the airport?"
Without hesitation, Elettra shot back: "I’d look for my mamma’s poster and wait underneath it for help."
The Toronto Star‘s ever-interesting Geoff Pevere weighs in how to become a good film critic (or filmmaker):
That’s why, when I’m approached by students or aspiring movie critics (frankly, a breed of aspirant who continues to mystify me) and asked for advice on what path to pursue to get a gig like this one, I suggest doing anything but going to film school or studying journalism. At least initially. Get out into the world first: explore, study, discover. Give yourself some experiences to build the kind of foundation that both journalism and filmmaking can only be enriched by.
(Or try this: study movies, if you want to practice journalism; or journalism, if you want to make movies.)
"(We’re) working on something but it’s not by any means a slam-dunk. (It has to be) either a wonderful character in a wonderful film or a character that was acceptable in a film with some social content."
Redford jokes, "The real question is whether he can remember his lines or not."
Maybe they could do a sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in which the two come back as eternal warriors fighting their way through all the wars in history, including Vietnam (bless you if you have any idea what we’re talking about).