Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Women film makers are so cute

Yesterday was a crazy gung ho writing day and Writing Partner and I got a ton of work done on the script. So yay on that.

I was supposed to meet with Lead Actor Sunday to go over the script and look at the new chapters, but he blew me off because of his hangover and offered to reschedule for Monday. Monday he didn't call until 10pm and said he'd been feeling sick so we rescheduled for tonight when I will show up on time and proceed to rip him a new one for his disrespectful attitude. I do believe he's under the mistaken impression that he can't be replaced.

All my conversations about the script mean I only got to see the first hour of On The Lot last night, but what I did see was educational.

Why is a film about two party aliens puking on a stoic cop funny when a woman peeing in a cup on a bus is disgusting? I have no idea, but it is. The judges agreed. The judges kind of agreed on everything, which is probably going to change because arguments between judges get better ratings. But for right now they just kind of keep repeating each other.

Did you notice how hard Garry Marshall was trying to pretend he's not a sexist asshat? Almost every time a woman was on stage he said, "I'm all for women film makers..." to remind us how cute he thinks it is that women still try to break into the business. When the black guy was up there (Was there only one? Because it looked like there was only one) he didn't say "I'm all for black film makers..."

And whenever a woman made a film that involved pee or farting he asked why they tried so hard to be like men. "Why can't you stick to something nice?" he asked. The girls just nodded politely and pretended he hadn't just insulted the crap out of them.

Speaking of nicely worded insults, I loved this one from D.J. Caruso:

"It's a bad concept poorly executed" he said with a disarming smile. Ouch. The girl just nodded in her mummu and acted like her spirit wasn't just crushed into tiny bits.

How about that one guy who did his entire one minute film in one shot? That takes some major planning ahead and patient actors. Very impressive.

Did the contestants get extra credit for including that weird looking Verizon cell phone in their picture? Because the fact that it kept showing up in closeups was making me a little ill.

Yes, it's reality TV, but it's still kind of cool to see Fox giving the prettiest film makers in America and Italy the chance to show their talents to Carrie Fisher. I approve.


  1. Anonymous11:21 AM

    I haven't seen the show, but what right does Garry Marshall have to critique other filmmakers. He is responsible for several of the worst films of the last couple decades. Even when he gets one right, it's not as though it was the direction that was amazing.

  2. I caught the first episode, but I haven't seen it since. I wasn't sure if I liked it. I think it could have been done better, but it was fairly entertaining.

  3. The "shoes" area isn't big enough.


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