June 25, 2015

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Bill Cosby

"Deep in most of us is the potential for greatness or the potential to inspire greatness."
— Jean Brodie (Maggie Smirh), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
Mark Twain

Heaven's Gate (1980) (part 1 of 13)
  • Considered one of the most notorious screen disasters in the history of film. After struggling with personal films that went nowhere, Michael Cimino finally got to make The Deer Hunter (1978), a very personal project that brought him critical and commercial success and earned five Academy Awards. Afterwards, United Artists was willing to allow him anything he wanted. Cimino got $11.6 million to make his next project, which was initially budget at $7.5 million (according to Steven Bach's "Final Cut"). The film was to be a simple lower-budget western about a land war in Johnson County, Wyoming, featuring a first-rate cast. The film went over budget almost immediately, mostly due to Cimino's insistence on absolute perfectionism. Stories abounded that Cimino was tearing down sets for no reason and hiring and firing crew members almost weekly. Many of the stories were exaggerated, but the film ballooned to a then-astronomical sum of $40 million. When Cimino presented the film to United Artists, it ran well over 5 hours. After some squabbling, Cimino agreed to trim it down to less than 3 hours. The film was a commercial and critical disaster that destroyed Cimino's career as a director and nearly caused United Artists to file bankruptcy. When UA was sold to MGM, MGM acquired UA's pictures. That year MGM had a hit in For Your Eyes Only (1981). Cimino didn't get work for another five years. To date, his career has never recovered. When Waterworld (1995) was being made in the mid-90s, its production encountered so much difficulty and Kevin Costner received so much negative press concerning the shooting, it was called "Kevin's Gate", a sly reference to this film.

  • All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    Edmund Burke

  • Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century.
  • The U.S. Post Office handles 43 percent of the world’s mail.
  • A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found on the sun’s surface.
  • There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may feel uncomfortable
  • In the Scottish Hebrides, an island is defined as being an island only if it is big enough to sustain 1 sheep

  • We're 5 little items of an everyday sort, you'll find us all in a tennis court. What are we?

    Benjamin Franklin
    “Nor Eye in a letter, nor Hand in a purse, nor Ear in the secret of another”

    “Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.”

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