Yep. Still no facial hair.
Some of the mail you guys sent about the new aesthetic choice I've made regarding my chin was charming, some of it was hilarious, and some of it was downright creepy. I treasure it all.
That last episode sort of winded me. Then we got caught up in a couple of very busy weeks. And now I'm leaving for Toronto, where I'm going to be working non-stop until September 11th, with something like 28 reviews and/or interviews scheduled for that time. We wanted to make sure that we got one more "Ask Drew" delivered to you before I hit that plane at 6:00 AM, and once again, you guys sent us a strong set of questions to pick from.
I apologize in advance. I may have said "screw you" to the gentleman who sent in this week's Movie God. Purely involuntary, I assure you. I'm sure you are a tremendously good person, and you just happened to come up with an ugly head-to-head match-up that will no doubt make half of you question my sanity.
There's one question in particular that I want to focus on this week, though. I was asked about offering up a list of essential films as a syllabus if I were teaching a class on film. I've flirted with several different versions of this already here on the site. There was the Motion/Captured Must-See Project, and we also kicked off The Basics with a special List Of Duh. I'm curious to see how many of you would want a sort of searchable list like that with reviews for all of the films. I think there would be real value in something like that, something that I could link out to any time those movies came up in reference, but in order to even begin a project like that, I'd want to know it was something that more than one person is interested in. Film Nerd 2.0 (the latest edition of which just went live) is another attempt to discuss how you introduce film to someone and how you can approach the larger messages and ideas that are conveyed.
Is that a conversation you guys would want to have, and in what form?
We'll shoot the next "Ask Drew" on September 16th, so make sure you send your questions by then to email@example.com, and as always, thanks for your participation.
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
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