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Thursday, January 26, 2006

You oughta be in pictures...

...actually, I am in a number of them, but only as an "extra".
(A.K.A. "Moving scenery")

I really haven't even bothered to attend a casting call since '97...a year in which I worked on several movies.

Consequently, when the time comes for this Screen Actors Guild member to vote on the Screen Actors Guild Awards, I abstain...not feeling as though I'm actually qualified to do so.
(Not that it stops some voters)

But the production companies don't know that, and as I have said, at this time of the year I'm given the opportunity to see films that are under consideration for the awards, paid for by those very same production companies.

Now I've received a free DVD in the mail, for a film that is no longer in the theaters, called "Crash". According to the information I could find in a quick internet search, here is the synopsis:

A Brentwood housewife and her D.A. husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. An African-American television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple. They all live in Los Angeles. And during the next 36 hours, they will all collide.

The DVD came with the following message, on an enclosed card:

"Since CRASH is no longer playing in theaters, we have enclosed a viewing copy on DVD so you may watch the film at your leisure. Thank you for your consideration."

Hey, at least I get something for my union dues.

HERE is a link to a story about it...
(Tip o' the 'do rag to JR)

Late breaking news!
AP: LOS ANGELES - Screen Actors Guild (awards)...the ensemble drama "Crash" pulled off an upset win over "Brokeback Mountain" for the overall cast award.

Cool. Looks like it didn't need my vote...


Blogger kwl said...

I don't know if you get to go watch that blockbuster movie "BrokemyBack Mountain but to give you a quick overview, Jay Leno interviewed the actual characters. You can get to it here:
http://www.nbc.com/nbc/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/highlights/ then click on the Dusty and Stephan interview.
Gives you a good perspective of the jist of the show.

January 26, 2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Was "Crash" EVER in theaters? Sounds like a real piece of "junk mail" got sent your way!

I don't watch very many films, for the specific reason that the vast majority of them are crap! I don't like action-adventure films as they are beyond belief, I HATE science fiction and horror films, and crockumentaries are usually agenda-driven nonsense. Give me a wonderfully written and acted drama, love story, historical, or comedic film...and a few that are on the artsy-fartsy side, and I'm happy. Best film I saw last year was "Walk the Line." Good films I've seen over the past couple of years..."Love Actually," "Something's Gotta Give," "About Schmidt," "The Importance of Being Earnest," and probably a very few more, but I can't dredge them up right now! :-)

January 26, 2006 6:01 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

You must've missed THIS.
(But thanks for the URL)

'da Bunny:
Actually "Crash" was released last May, and made $55 million at the box office.

It got fairly good reviews, too...
(I don't watch many films, either)

January 26, 2006 7:21 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

I saw "Crash" a couple of months ago and thought it was very good. As I recall it has alot to do with people's perceptions and misperceptions of others. The character of the Mexican locksmith was particularly well-done. Watch it!

January 26, 2006 7:24 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Well, since they went ahead and sent me that free DVD...I will!
(Thanks for your review, tho')

January 26, 2006 7:24 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I "crashed" a few times. Totaled my 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL. Rear-ended somebody in my 1973 Pontiac Grand-Am. Rear-ended a Caddy in my 1981 Mercury Lynx. In my college days, "crashing" referred to something a little different... did that too. Sorry, don't remember any Mexican locksmiths, but hey... a free DVD is, well... a free DVD!


January 26, 2006 9:36 PM  
Blogger kwl said...

Nah, didn't miss it. However the thing on the Tonight show was absolutely hilarious.
Now about the real show, wouldn't waste a nickel on it.
Funny thing, a co-worker of mine went to the movies last weekend and when buying her tickets the booth next to her kept saying "excuse me?" and the guy buying the ticket would keep whispering something, and it kept going back and forth until the ticket agent got it and yelled out "OH, you want one ticket for Brokeback Mountain huh?"
Reminds me when I had to buy my wife some femine supplies and of course they had to yell out for a price check.

January 26, 2006 9:56 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Funny, my first car was a '64 Galaxie 500; I didn't crash it, but did let the oil get too low, so the engine seized.

Now I are [sic] an aircraft mechanic...

Well, since you didn't miss it, you should remember that I had no intention of seeing it...that won't change.

That little box office anecdote was funny, although not nearly as much as the Leno bit. Thanks for that one!

January 26, 2006 10:09 PM  
Blogger JR said...

Check out this News Story by MSNBC to find out why you got Crash...
Righ click and open in New Window

January 26, 2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Very interesting; thanks for the link. 130,000 copies, huh? Maybe I should make an exception to my usual policy, and actually exercise my vote in this case...not that it'd change the outcome, in all probability.

January 27, 2006 12:08 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

test run

January 28, 2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Looks as though you've passed...

January 29, 2006 2:09 PM  
Blogger onlineanalyst said...

The last movie that I saw in a theater was Wedding Crashers, which was pretty cliched and mighty stupid. And to think that I went on the recommendation of someone I trusted...

Let's see if test works. I needed some extra tutoring. Actually, I needed the answer key.

January 29, 2006 9:22 PM  
Blogger Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

Umm, the WFCCC' are no fairy tale. They truly exist.

Is this a ping back?

January 29, 2006 10:38 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

"Wedding Crashers" looked rather puerile and formulaic to me; apparently it was, too.

Anyway, it looks as though you passed.

Ms. RightWing, Ink:
I guess it could qualify as a ping back...but the WFCCC fairy tale to which I referred was the one wherein I received some of 'em for my birthday...

January 30, 2006 12:06 AM  
Blogger Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

Due to conditions beyond my control, like finding a ride to the post office, that problem was a nasty disgrace I reckon, but gee, I plum forgot when your birthday is (was). I had numerous boxes saved for shipping said products to various locations but things happen. Now due to the wonders of mobile seats and chairs I can better take care of matters, but like I said I forgot when.........

January 30, 2006 12:55 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Ms. RightWing, Ink:
Oh, don't you fret none; my birthday was New Year's Day...just like every year.
(I was in Hawaii, anyhow)

I'll email ya... :-)

January 30, 2006 1:10 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

I can't understandhow anyone couldnot like this movie. Just a bunch of typical American citizens ,going about thier business. We can all relate ,can't we ? They're just like us ,aren't they?
What ever happened to movies about heroes and bad guys ?
I'd rather CRUNCH than Crash.And I do mean crunch WFCCC's

January 30, 2006 2:16 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I haven't actually watched the movie yet, but typical American citizens are boring!

As for them thar WFCCC thangs [sic], I'll just have to take your word for it...
[So far, at least. :-)]

January 30, 2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I finally made it after remembering that my display is not my user name.(Novices)

Camojack,YOU are so cute ,you ought to be in pictures.

January 31, 2006 10:09 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Thanks! But I am visible (briefly) in a few of them...usually, however, I've wound up on the cutting room floor.
(It's probably for the best)

January 31, 2006 11:01 AM  

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