Thursday, January 12

Up to Bat

Warren at The Screenwriting Life tagged me for the now infamous Scribosphere Meme, which I hadn’t noticed until this morning since I’ve been MIA the last few days. Argh, I hate being on the tail end of things. But thanks, Warren, much obliged.

ONE (1) earliest film-related memory:
My parents, mis padres, love the movies. Married 45 anos, their earliest dates consisted of going to el cine in their small, Texas town and when they had seen all of the films playing locally, they’d hop on a bus and head over to the nearest town to catch movies they hadn’t seen there. That said, they didn’t stop when they started having kids, movies became and important part of tiempo con el familia, family time together. My earliest memories are of Luke in the Rancor pit (sp?) in Return of the Jedi and watching Indiana Jones run away from the impending stone ball rushing after him in Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s also an early memory I have of watching Rebel Without a Cause with my dad. “You’re tearing me apart!!!” Then there's also watching and crying at La Bamba con mi familia.

TWO (2) favorite lines from movies:

“It can’t rain all the time.” – Eric Draven, The Crow
“Stay frosty.” – Cpl. Hicks, Aliens.

THREE (3) jobs you’d do if you could not work in the “biz”:

Film Studies Professor/teacher
Own a Comic Book Shop

FOUR (4) jobs you actually have held outside the industry:

Graduate Assistant to a Professor of Business
English/Math tutor
Boys and Girls Club Counselor
Hardware Handyman, True Value Hardware

THREE (3) book authors I like:

Sherman Alexie
John Steakley
Luis J. Rodriguez

TWO (2) movies you’d like to remake or properties you’d like to adapt:

John Steakley’s Armor, a great, pulpy sci-fi epic... and another project which I’ve been developing off and on for a while which I will leave unnamed for now. Gotta keep one in the bag. Con Safos.

ONE (1) screenwriter you think is underrated:

Tom Mankiewicz, who was responsible for making Superman into the film we all know and love. He turned what was originally a completely campy script into what we now know as one of the greatest Superhero films of all time.

THREE (3) people I’m tagging to answer this meme next:
Well since almost everyone I know has been tagged already, I’ll try:
The Write Brother
Phillip Morton (as Warren stated before me, let’s see if we can get any of the big boys involved in this)


Warren said...

Nicely done. And Sherman Alexie is also an excellent screenwriter, if I'm not mistaken.

American Knight said...

Yes he is, he wrote Smoke Signals, which is lossely based on his short sotry collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, and he wrote and directed The Business of Fancy Dancing.

The Awful Writer said...

'Armour' is awesome! I forgot about that book. Another good candidate would be 'Ender's Game' by OSC.

oneslackmartian said...

Cool, you're the third blogger to choose a quote from Aliens. All different quotes.

Fun Joel said...

Good stuff brother. Bueno! (Is that completely wrong grammatically? Yo no habla (hablo?) espanol.


American Knight said...

Well done, Joel, well done.