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Charles Bukowski on Becoming a Barfly

“The movie is called Barfly, and it’s about me, because that’s what I was, a barfly,” Bukowski explained. “You ran errands for sadists and let the bartender beat you up, because you were the bar clown. You filled people’s days with your presence, and maybe you’d get a few free drinks now and then. ”

We were hunched down with our elbows on the padded edge of the bar, talking quietly like conspirators. Linda, Bukowski’s child bride, was taking down mental notes of everything.

“The way I became a barfly,” he said, “was, I didn’t like what I saw in the nine to five. I didn’t want to become an ordinary working person, paying off the mortgage, looking at TV, terrified. The bar was a hiding place, to get out of the mainstream. ”

“Did you decide to become a barfly, or did you just look up one day and see a barfly in the mirror?” I asked him.

“I can’t answer,” he said. “It was kind of a subconscious decision. Meanwhile, I was a writer on the side, selling short stories to dirty magazines. I gave up the writing after a while and concentrated on the drinking. I refused to accept the living death of acquiescence.”

Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert’s Movie Home Companion, 1989 Edition: Full-Length Reviews of 875 Films on Cassette

Movie Influence Connections Mapping Tool

What is Cinetrii?
Cinetrii is a service aimed at film enthusiasts who want to understand the context of the films that they love. Directors and screenwriters might take inspiration from works that have come before – Cinetrii tries to trace this lineage. The algorithm analyzes written reviews by film critics, seeks out references to other works and tries to rank the connections on relevance.

Box office from 20 years ago. Y2K

Domestic Box Office For September 2000

I saw The Exorcist in the theater and there was a family in the audience with two kids that looked like they were under eight years old. They walked out during the crucifix mastubation scene. Great movie. Not for all audiences though.

Amazon Review Translation Example

4.0 out of 5 stars Bon roman
Bon roman qui est écrit de manière simple.
La lecture se fait d’un trait.
On est plongé progressivement dasn la descente de Travis.

4.0 out of 5 stars Good novel
Good novel that is written in a simple way.
Reading is done with one stroke.
We are gradually immersed in Travis’s descent.

* I think this is automated translation. Could be wrong.
From this page: Taxi Driver by Richard Elman. (Looks like a novelization of the movie Taxi Driver. I’d check it out but dig those prices!)

I Can’t Hear the Dialogue So I Use Captions

Mathew Price is a production sound mixer who has worked on The Sopranos and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel. “When they take the sound we record on set and kind of undermix it, it feels like, ‘What did we try so hard for?’” he says. Price believes the problem is partly that modern directors have so many more tracks to play with, causing “track overload”, the result being that “the dialogue gets short shrift a lot of the time”. When he watches films or TV shows at home, he turns on the subtitles in case of clarity issues – he is far from the only one – and will limit the TV’s dynamic range.(In cinemas the dynamic range – the range between the loudest and quietest sounds – is wider than on home TV screens, and, although the sound is compressed in the transition to TV, the range can still be so wide that you are forced to turn up the volume for dialogue, then down again for action.)

Ralph Jones
The Guardian

Quarantine Watchlist

Pickpocket
The Outsider
David Crosby – Remember My Name
Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Wanderers
The Atlanta Child Murders
The Secrets of Nimh
Let the Right One In
La Jetee
Angel Heart
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control
Peterloo
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Cloud Atlas
Jack Reacher
808
Mulholland Drive
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
Withnail & I
Touch of Evil
Tender Mercies
Popcorn
Cromwell
Idiocracy
The Day of the Jackal
A Place at the Table
Dig!
Uprising
Hired Gun
Jew Suss: Rise And Fall
Children of Paradise
Up the Down Staircase
Crips and Bloods: Made in America
King Leopold’s Ghost
Raising Victor Vargas

Movies and tv shows watched from March 13 through August 24

Vincent Vega in the Bathroom – Pulp Fiction FAQ

5. Why did Vince leave his gun on the counter at Butch’s apartment when he went to the bathroom?
Quite simply, he didn’t, the gun belonged to Marsellus. Vince was clearly with somebody else at the apartment as he didn’t react when Butch came in, thinking it was his partner. Jules had given up ‘the life’ by this point and Marsellus was probably filling in on this job. For further evidence look at the scene where Butch runs Marsellus over; the ‘big man’ is carrying two cups and as he is near to Butch’s apartment, we can assume that he is Vince’s partner.

8. What was the book that Vince was reading on the toilet?
“Modesty Blaise”, a pulpy novel written by Peter O’Donnell in 1965 which is very much in keeping with the film’s title.

The film opens in a diner as a couple of thieves discuss the possibility of holding up restaurants. This leads us into three distinct strands; a date between a hit man and the wife of his boss, the boxer who is supposed to throw a fight and the cleaning up of a hit man’s mistake. The stories are told in non chronological order and we finally return to the diner for the final scene.

http://www.godamongdirectors.com/tarantino/faq/Quentin_FAQ.html#Pulp_Fiction

Cannes 1983

The Ballad of Narayama
In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.

The Meaning of Life
The comedy team takes a look at life in all of its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

L’Argent
A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy.

Nostalgia
A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.

The Case Is Closed
The servant boy, a minor, engaged in a middle class family dies mysteriously locked in a kitchen.

Carmen
A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee’s drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer).

The Story of Piera
This erotic drama about the incestuous relationship of a mother and daughter is based on the autobiography of Italian theater actress Piera Degli Esposti.

The Death of Mario Ricci
The tragic accident of an Italian laborer ,working on the Mont Blanc tunnel.

Cross Creek
In 1930’s Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida’s backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

The Wall
Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at …

Eréndira
While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother’s house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in …

Forbidden Relations
Based on a true story, a love affair develops between a half brother and half-sister. When pregnancy results and word gets out the public is outraged.

Heat and Dust
Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. As Anne delves into the history of her grand-aunt, she is led to reconsider her own life.

The King of Comedy
Rupert Pupkin is a passionate yet unsuccessful comic who craves nothing more than to be in the spotlight and to achieve this, he stalks and kidnaps his idol to take the spotlight for himself.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

The Moon in the Gutter
He is a revenge-obssessed stevedore whose sister was brutally raped and murdered. She is a wealthy, elusive woman. They try hard to get together… or do they?

One Deadly Summer
Oozing sensuality, a young woman arrives in a small town and gets married to the local mechanic. Was it love at first sight? What links her enigmatic presence to the family’s piano? Is it curiosity or is it something far more sinister?

El Sur
A woman reflects on her childhood relationship with her father, attempting to understand the depths of his despair and the truth of his myths.

A Railway Station for Two
A waitress from the provincial railway station falls in love with an accidental passenger. Before this passenger lies the menace of distant prison for the crime he didn’t commit.

Tender Mercies
A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

The Wounded Man
A young man discovers his homosexuality and begins a relationship with a manipulative huster/petty criminal that he meets at a train station.

The Year of Living Dangerously
A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

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