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Serious Squareness: an exclusive interview with Lorenzo Semple, Jr. on the creation of TV’s Batman

Holy unexpected delights! I opened my Tumblr inbox the other day to find a message from @jondambacher, and, well, let me just turn it over to him:

Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. celebrates a birthday today (March 23rd). The following is an excerpt from a number of long interviews I was blessed, honored & ecstatic to conduct in 2008, for Lorenzo’s biography I was writing.

To the King of Serious Squareness, I celebrate you, I thank you, I wish you a Happy Happy Birthday.

Jon Dambacher: I have a quote from Dozier referring to you as “the most bizarre thinker I knew.”

Lorenzo Semple: Good.

JD: Have you ever read that?

LS: I think I have, now that you mention it.

JD: What do you think he means here?

LS: I don’t know what he means. He obviously meant it as a compliment but it’s… I don’t know what he meant. I just could think of off-the-wall things. When he showed me, as I’ve told you, when I was living in Spain writing plays with a family, he sent me a cable to come up and meet him at The Ritz in Madrid there in the garden of The Ritz, he had a very strange face, as he pulled out of his pocket a “Batman” comic book. Said, “Would you believe it, this is what ABC has given us to do, because they’d owed us one, can you believe it? He was… Was so disdainful of it. I, uh, in all honesty, I took one look at it and thought of it and said, "I know exactly what to do.” I’ll go home and I’ll write it.“ That was the only discussion about "Batman.” The only discussion. As I say I wrote it, Bill loved it, he gave it to ABC, they thought it was excellent, but they were dumbfounded by it because there was nothing like it. All those things like, “Pop!” and “Bam!” were all written into the script.

JD: That’s awesome! Did you guys just share some crazy sense of humor together–is that how you were able to create this amazing…

LS: Yeah! It’s not really that crazy once you get the note of it, you know what I mean?

JD: Okay.

LS: It’s all out of that same… That dead serious nonsense, you know what I mean? Adam was actually perfect for it and Burt in his way, too. You know, they’d be chasing somebody and Robin would say, “Park here, they just went into that building…”

JD: And there’s “No Parking” signs…

LS: “No Parking” sign, right! That kind of thing. All these come out of the same level of dead serious, squareness, if you want to call it that. Dead seriously square. That was… Which isn’t that bizarre compared to modern movies, you know, like Charlie Kaufman and things.

JD: Right.

LS: It wasn’t too bizarre. Bill probably thought it was bizarre but we’ve both recognized he was a sophisticated guy. He recognized it as being funny. He didn’t mind me thinking up all these things like Bat-Shark-Repellent or whatever it was when the shark had him by the leg…

JD: Right, the Shark-Repellent-Bat Spray.

LS: I guess you could call that bizarre thinking. To me it’s all a part of one type of thinking; do you know what I mean? Bizarre isn’t quite the word, I’d say imaginative.

JD: Okay. We were talking about favorite lines from that film specifically, one that’s stuck with me over the years–I’ve always wanted to meet the man who wrote the line, “Ah, a thought strikes me–so dreadful I scarcely dare give it utterance!”

(Lorenzo breaks out laughing.)

LS: That’s very funny, I agree! I agree! That’s the kind of thing we’ve been–you know, that pompous squareness actually. Very good hearted. Adam was a very sweet guy. A very nice guy himself and Batman, you know, nobody was killed in it and there’s nothing–except the name–in common with the Batman franchise, the Warner Brothers ones. The people who say, “What do you feel about those movies” always expect me to say something, I say, “Actually I don’t like violent movies particularly and I stay away from them.” The Batman I wrote has nothing to do with these movies–really has nothing to do with each other… My Batman is more in the spirit of the comic and the very fact that millionaire Bruce Wayne, that’s all you have to say… The fact that you refer to him as Millionaire Bruce Wayne, I mean…

JD: The Millionaire Philanthropist.

LS: The Millionaire–thank you! The Millionaire Philanthropist. I had forgotten that. Just the fact that you’d refer to anybody like that–if you’re sophisticated it shows immediately–it’s ironic at best.

JD: That squareness.

LS: You’re right. That’s what I mean. The squareness, exactly.


Rogue One (2016)

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Cinematography by Greig Fraser

favorite films since your birth year meme
tagged by @heterophobialec thank you!!
I’m sorry, I’ll cheat and sometimes list two films

  • 1993: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 1994: Stargate
  • 1995: The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
  • 1996: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • 1997: Anastasia
  • 1998: The Prince of Egypt
  • 1999: The King of Masks
  • 2000: The Road to El Dorado
  • 2001: LotR:FotR
  • 2002: LotR:TT / Treasure Planet
  • 2003: LotR:RotK / Master and Commander
  • 2004: Saving Face / D.E.B.S.
  • 2005: Corpse Bride / King and the Clown
  • 2006: Pan’s Labyrinth / Tekkon Kinkreet
  • 2007: Stardust
  • 2008: Were The World Mine
  • 2009: Coraline
  • 2010: How To Train Your Dragon / Little Big Soldier
  • 2011: Kung Fu Panda 2
  • 2012: Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • 2013: W Imie… /  Warm Bodies (was considering not putting it here but i’s a shakespearean zombie romance and I’m Weak)
  • 2014: What Do We Do In The Shadows
  • 2015: The Silenced
  • 2016: Train to Busan
  • 2017: Mystère à la Tour Eiffel

I uh dunno who likes doing memes but I’m tagging @lucrezianoin @cy-lindric @caranthirella @neavi @visnomer @melodramaticmelon @misbehavingmaiar @paticmak @twinkmastertoudou also anyone who wants to do this, you can say I tagged you


Robert Pattinson Knows What You Think, but He Can Work With That

By MANOHLA DARGIS MAY 28, 2017 for the New York Times


About Cosmopolis:

It was, however, “Cosmopolis,” the 2012 dystopian fantasy from David Cronenberg, based on the Don DeLillo novel, that effectively set Mr. Pattinson’s career path.

“I think it was the first time when I worked on something that was quite complex,” he said. “Cosmopolis” was, he added, essentially the first movie he made after he finished the final chapter of the “Twilight” series. “I especially love the fact that it came out really at the height of my popularity,” he said. Cast as a master of the universe who endures a spectacular, increasingly violent and humiliating fall, Mr. Pattinson sees the movie as “the big turning point for me — I just realized that was what I wanted to do.”

Mr. Cronenberg had made a movie without a mold, and his star became eager to follow suit. “I think it’s so rare for something to break a pattern,” Mr. Pattinson continued. “I feel like almost everything in the world is designed to be predictable.”

About transfiguration and transformation

It’s common for stars to obscure their looks, pop on a fake nose and fright wig, of course; it’s less common for actors to wholly embrace the irredeemable and risk the audience’s love.

“Anyone can look ugly,” Mr. Pattinson said. “It doesn’t take much.”

In “Good Time,” the ugliness he taps into goes beyond Connie’s greasy hair and torrents of flop sweat, and seems to exude from his very pores. Mr. Pattinson, who conveys a warmth and openness in person, conceded that it could be a problem when audiences confuse actor and character. But that hasn’t happened to him, which is why he is, he said, “pretty blasé about it.” If anything, he seemed happy at all the “revolting parts” he has coming up.

About his future projects

Looking further ahead, he would love to work with the German director Maren Ade, whose “Toni Erdmann” played big at Cannes last year. During this year’s festival, it was announced that Mr. Pattinson would star in “The Souvenir,” an ambitious movie from the British director Joanna Hogg that Martin Scorsese will executive produce. Mr. Pattinson also hopes that this summer he can start on a project (“High Life”) that he and the French director Claire Denis — he counts her film “White Material” among his favorites — have been working on for three years. (“That, to me, that’s kind of the biggest thing I’ve got. I literally still can’t really believe it.”)

About his past work

“I think one of the best things, basically, about being a bit of a sellout,” Mr. Pattinson said, is “if you’ve done five movies in a series, you’ve had to accept some responsibility for playing the same character.” He didn’t sound regretful, just matter-of-fact. Working on the “Twilight” movies, he said, was “an amazing luxury” and it was “amazing luck, as well, to just have fallen into it with the group of people I worked with on it.” They were kids in it together, kids who rebelled or tried to, and felt emboldened to act out. He even came close, he said, to being fired on the first movie, until his agents flew in to straighten him out. “I didn’t have to kiss anybody’s” rear end “the entire time,” he said. “I don’t think I did, anyway.”

Mr. Pattinson seems entirely at peace with “Twilight” and has clearly found a way to harness its legacy, which includes going dark and making the kinds of art films that find love at Cannes. He says he always thinks he’s terrible in every take. “I can’t say that about anyone I work with,” he added. “I’ve never seen anyone give themselves such a hard time. I’m beating myself up afterward. And I think there’s some weird perverted energy that comes out of when people criticize previous work or think you represent this certain thing; it gives you this energy.”

Maybe that sounds disingenuous, but I believed him. He was on a roll, though, and soon added that he was “almost scared of anyone saying anything I do is good.” He then laughed, perhaps a touch self-consciously.

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Who’s your favorite movie character to wear glasses? 

For National Eyewear Day, here’s our tribute to our favorite bespectacled characters from Sundance Film Festival titles throughout the years. Glasses are often used as visual shorthand for the stereotype of a ‘nerd’ or ‘weirdo,’ but these characters stand out for their charm, depth, and personality. Whether near sighted or far, horn-rimmed or aviator: here’s lookin’ at you, four eyes!

Film stills courtesy of Welcome to the Dollhouse, Napoleon Dynamite, Cronies, Little Miss Sunshine, Smoke Signals, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore (Photo by Allyson Riggs), Enigma, and Waitress.

Distortions - White Noise p. 4

→ Reader x Cyborg!Baekhyun

→ Futuristic AU; in which you refuse to let your fiance leave you in oblivion.

Pt. 1 (M), Pt. 2, Pt 3

→ Warnings: Indications of attempted rape.

Word count: 1,6K

“What’s your problem? I’m paying you, you’re supposed to do your job.”

“What?” He breathed out, his hand nervously tugging on the collar of his coat.

“You said he was able to be fixed - why aren’t you fixing him? Nothing is happening.”

His warm eyes fall as he understands there is nothing to hide anymore, and that it actually is not much of his problem what he was about to spit in your face; “A few days ago, I received a message - so did all the others in my field. We are to halt anymore physical therapies for the cyborg soldiers.”

Your heart misses a beat. “What?”

He pauses, staring weirdly into your eyes as if he’s hesitant to answer that. In the end he sighs. “They were officially deemed unimportant; all services for cyborg soldiers are now being closed down.” He sighs again, looking at you with sad, dark eyes.

“I’m sorry, you’re on your own now.”

“Baekhyun? Would you like to taste something I made?” You called out into your apartment, listening intently if there was any small sounds, indicating that Baekhyun was standing up from the sofa and shuffling into the kitchen. “It’s a new recipe I discovered.” You lied, smiling as he shuffled adorably around the corner of your small yet cozy kitchen.

Things were going neither good or bad. For a whole month now, you had been exposing Baekhyun to your old perfumes, slipping old photos of you to him, trying to retell stories you had experienced together and letting old lingerie pieces lay around the apartment in hopes of Baekhyun’s mind to reminisce about the many times you had worn those for him and only him. You tried cooking all his favorite dishes, cooking the dishes you had introduced him to, talk about his past before you, tell him little facts about himself.

Tell him little facts about yourself.

Another smile. “It’s buns. Cinnamon with vanilla glaze.”

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succubuscheerleader  asked:

What are some of your favorite films set in the Midwest? What about the Pacific North West?

Hi I’m so sorry this is late!

Have you watched anything by Kelly Reichardt? I think all of her films (except River of Grass) are set in the midwest. I’ve actually only seen Certain Women but it was one of my favorite films last year. 

Twin Peaks, of course! (technically not a movie but 100% worth watching) 

Some other films I looove: Election, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Fargo, The Music Man, Wild, The Wizard of Oz, Brokeback Mountain, The Goonies (!!!), Stand By Me, Captain Fantastic, Say Anything, 10 Things I Hate About You

(SEMI) related but I also found this article that’s a list of 50 great American films (1 for each state). It’s a cool lil overview of ~American Cinema~ and had quite a few films that I’ve never heard of

Saving Face: The Cutest Lesbian RomCom You’ll Ever See

Saving Face has been among my all-time favorite films for over 5 years now. I personally counted it among classics such as Imagine Me & You, D.E.B.S., and I Can’t Think Straight. So you can imagine my surprise to find out that it’s not nearly as popular as I’d thought–or as popular as it deserves to be.

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