1. "What I Learned From John Hughes." From Dame.
"I have JH to thank for a lifetime of falling for the most interesting guy in the room. John Bender. Duckie. Cameron. Keith (I still have SUCH a crush on Eric Stoltz). Pretty boys have their work cut out when it comes to me. Instead, I fall for the rebel, the artist, the geek, the guy who has the guts to wear crazy vintage shoes and knows all the words to "Try A Little Tenderness"...Oddballs and rebels everywhere owe John Hughes big time."
2. "Down and Dirty Pictures: Panel Discussion with Gregg Araki, Roddy Bogawa, Jon Moritsugu and Marcus Hu." Parts One and Two. Michael Guillen of The Evening Class recounts a San Francisco International Asian Film Festival panel discussion with the "bad boys" of Asian-American cinema, moderated by Marcus Hu, co-president of Strand Releasing. Cross-published at Twitch.
Hu: "Honestly, the thing about it is, a lot of Asian Americans have asked me that question: how come you're not distributing more Asian American movies? Well, I'm not going to distribute an Asian American movie that stinks. I'm going to distribute an Asian American film that's really great. Honestly, the best Asian American film I've seen recently was Better Luck Tomorrow. That was a really great film. Really fantastic in so many ways. But there's so few of those."
3. "Grindhouse premieres in L.A." By Anne Thompson, for Variety.
"The movie is broken into two 85-minute halves; one trailer unspools in front of the first and two in front of the second. Rodriguez's film, shot digitally, is a wild careening episodic crazy zombie flick with tongue planted firmly in cheek, artificially scratched and mauled to resemble the crap B-movies he and Tarantino are honoring. That the scene in which a mutating dripping gloppy Tarantino attempts to rape peg-legged femme fatale Rose McGowan (who comes off well in this flick, as does her stalwart gun-toting swain, Freddie Rodriguez) passed with an R-rating not only surprises me but Tarantino and Rodriguez as well."
4. "Dispatch From Texas: Newbie AFI Dallas Fest Kicks the Door In." From Indiewire, Mike Jones on the first AFI Dallas International Film Festival.
"While potshots at Dallas pretension are easy, it's as useless as shooting barrel fish. Dallas doesn't care what you think. They like their art and they like to pay for it."
5. "Please sir. Can I have Samoa?" Patrick Walsh on the most urgent issue of our time: Girl Scout cookies.
"Tagalongs are fine, Thin Mints are dull but gain a little elegance when chilled. Other than that, they're all shit! Shit!"
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