Shut Up, Listen and Learn!

Shut Up!

shutupLet’s take a moment of silence, for the late Gene Wilder, also to make my title fit. It took me a full two minutes to connect the dots and come up with a film quote that connected the two below, I liked it so much that I’m forcing this one in, because I can.

An alternative for you twitchy fingered folk who can’t bear silence, maybe utilise the time to watch this 2 second clip of Kevin Spacey saying it in an audition film for Horrible Bosses (2011) some decades prior.

Swimming with Sharks (1994) – Full Movie is on YouTube: 26m 39s for a more heated version of the above moment.


Alright, hopefully the entree didn’t distract you there for 90 odd minutes. With that out of the way, on to the main course of what’s winning the web for me this week!


My fascination for film & TV is no secret, but the underlying depth of emotion behind it lies in basic storytelling. Now, it may be a golden age for TV in America, but the old art of telling a story from one person to another is an evergreen one.

Tall Tales have run a series of successful events where people get the opportunity to do so with a live audience. I’ve been to a couple myself, the content has been a mixed bunch, from moving to hilarious.

Well, recently they’ve started a Take-Away service of sorts as a FREE podcast. I’ll be taking that, thank you very much! Yes, it is produced by a good friend of mine & my voice may be in it for a brief second or two, but it is quality, if I pimped out every party I crashed, you would not be too pleased. This is a worthy one.

You can find it on iTunes:

..or here for you non fruitarians. ;)


Coming on to the dessert, will keep it short & sweet. (I’m on a cinnamon roll with the bad puns!). Some kind soul has decided to collate and publish a plethora of English and American TV scripts for ‘educational’ purposes. I for one am extremely grateful. Sharing in the name of caring.


Dirty Laundry

Something struck me that made me come out of my blogging hybernation. I saw this tweet from @TheDarkHours while at work and pretty much rushed out of the office to go check this out:

Those of you that know me well, will know why I was quite excited to see this 10 minute short with Thomas Jane doing what all us fan boys wanted to see a little more of since 2004, where he did the most perfect film portrayal to date of Frank Castle.

The production value here is admittedly not fantastic, (interestingly he tweeted that it was shot on a Canon 5D). The score has been borrowed from the James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer collaborations on the scores of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but even so, it was definitely a welcome little video homage to a character that I can only hope becomes a reality with him on the big screen again some day. What I found touching, aside from the film was the little note attached at the bottom in the description:

“I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.” — Thomas Jane

With over 650,000 views within a matter of a day, I hope LionsGate or any alternative studio for that matter, sees some sense & gives him another shot at continuing where he left off. Frank Castle is dead.. they call me..