June 27, 2015

“Like the minor poet who knows the meanness of his gift, I am doomed to a lifetime of frustration: to be able to comprehend beauty, but not create it.”
Elizabeth Bear

"Love is too weak a word for what I feel - I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F's, yes I have to invent, of course I - I do, don't you think I do?"
— Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), Annie Hall (1977)

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
Henry A. Kissinger

Heaven's Gate (1980) (part 3 of 13)
  • One of the most egregious examples of Cimino's abuse of the film's budget was the construction of an irrigation system under the battlefield to assure the grass would be vividly green before it was turned red by the blood of the ensuing carnage.
  • Tom Noonan called this film one of the worst experiences of his life. He claims Michael Cimino abused the actors and the crew, and at one point, held a loaded gun to Noonan's head during a dispute.
  • Director Michael Cimino kept an armed security guard posted outside the editing room during post-production to keep United Artists executives from interrupting him.
  • After the film received scathing reviews after its New York premiere in November 1980, Michael Cimino sent a signed memo to the head of United Artists that asked them to pull the film from theaters so he go back and re-cut the film to a version that everyone would be satisfied with. It had been a misconception for years that it was United Artists that had pulled the film despite its negative press and reviews.
  • Many of the actors in the movie had to undergo training in various areas to achieve director Michael Cimino's auteuristic authenticity. Actors attended classes in such disciplines as dancing, bull-whipping, horseback riding, wagon driving and roller-skating.

  • Each person must live their life as a model for others.
    Rosa Parks

  • Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
  • There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
  • Antarctica is the only continent that does not have land areas below sea level.
  • The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.
  • Claustrophobia is the fear of small spaces.

  • What can be seen, but cannot be touched, and when put in a barrel, will make the barrel lighter?

    If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

    “One goes through school, college, medical school and one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness but a good deal about success.”

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