The Art of the Opening Shot
from Filmnørdens Hjørne

Clips from movies in order of appearance:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Apocalypse Now (1979), Zoetrope Studios
The Untouchables (1987), Paramount Pictures
TRON: Legacy (2010), Walt Disney Pictures
Léon: The Professional (1994), Gaumont
Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Horizon Pictures
Touch of Evil (1958), Universal International Pictures
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Lucasfilm
Rain Man (1988), United Artists
Taxi Driver (1976), Columbia Pictures Corporation
Sherlock Holmes (2009), Warner Bros.
Rear Window (1954), Paramount Pictures
Seven Samurai (1954), Toho Company
Heat (1995), Warner Bros.
Lost in Translation (2003), Focus Features
Casino Royale (2006), Columbia Pictures
Black Rain (1989), Paramount Pictures
Patriot Games (1992), Mace Neufeld Productions
The Dark Knight (2008), Warner Bros.
Deliverance (1972), Warner Bros.
The Hunt for Red October (1990), Paramount Pictures
There Will Be Blood (2007), Paramount Vantage
The Birth of a Nation (1915), David W. Griffith Corp.
Saving Private Ryan (1998), DreamWorks SKG
Blade Runner (1982), The Ladd Company
The Matrix (1999), Warner Bros.
Superman (1978), Dovemead Films
Stoker (2013), Fox Searchlight Pictures
No Country for Old Men (2007), Paramount Vantage
Thelma & Louise (1991), Pathé Entertainment
The Shining (1980), Warner Bros.
Take Shelter (2011), Hydraulx
The Searchers (1956), Warner Bros.
Gladiator (2000), DreamWorks SKG
Road to Perdition (2002), DreamWorks SKG


22nd Artios Awards

November 1 2006
Caroline’s on Broadway

The New York Casting Society of America (CSA) honored casting director Juliet Taylor (Taxi Driver, Annie Hall) with its Annual “Apple Award” for her significant contribution to the New York Film and Theatre community.

In addition to the Apple Award, for Artios Awards Outstanding Achievements in Casting were presented during the 22nd Annual Awards ceremony.

Winner for NY Broadway Theatre – Musical
“Jersey Boys”: Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Tara Rubin

JLY & Christian Hoff were present at the ceremony.


Casting Society

when your taxi driver is overly chatty and keep asking you questions when you’re tired and cranky and just want him to shut up but it’s rude to ignore him so you just go “hmm” and “haha” hoping you’ll get there sooner than soon but oh shit traffic jam 🎈

Brisbane area people, girls in particular - DO NOT GET INTO A TAXI IF THIS GUY IS DRIVING IT. I am writing this stone cold sober, this is a 100% true account of what happened tonight:

My housemate and I got into a taxi outside X&Y in the Valley, driven by the man pictured above, asking to go home (West End). He was abrasive and rude from the get-go, and also took us the longer route home after we specifically asked not to. I made it VERY clear that I was sober and Henri was drunk, he chose to let us in anyway. She gave him ample warning that she needed to vomit, opened the door and vomited out of the cab, not getting a spec of it on his taxi. At this point he became abusive, started screaming about it being a new taxi - Henri expressly said that she had not got any vomit on his cab and if she did she was more than happy to pay the fine. I tried to calm the situation down, and was told to shut my mouth and that, he “wasn’t talking to me”.

Henri needed to be sick again and I made that clear to him… He then VEERED AWAY FROM THE COURSE OF GOING TO OUR HOUSE, AND PURPOSEFULLY TOOK US DOWN A DARK, DESERTED STREET, pulled over and took Henri’s wallet. At this time she had stained the seat a small amount with her vomit, and we were both expressly saying, “We will pay for this, we’re so sorry.” At this time, he forcibly grabbed her wallet off her, got us out of the car and attempted to drive away with it. I very calmly told him that this was illegal, and he started screaming about the police. At this stage Henri walked up to him and tried to grab her wallet, he violently shoved her away from him and she stumbled over, so I called 000.

Somehow, whilst I was talking to eyewitnesses and trying to work out where the police were, this escalated into him pushing her so violently into a fence that not only was she knocked straight to the ground, but THE FENCE ACTUALLY CAME OFF ITS HINGES AND BROKE, she’s bleeding from the knee and elbow, with the green paint from the fence stained onto her arm, that’s the force with which she hit this fucking thing.

We are dealing with this assault in the correct legal way, four police officers arrived at the scene, we have two sober eyewitnesses as well as our own accounts, I’ve taken HD photos of all her injuries, but it still might not be enough to get this cunt what he deserves, so please, please pay attention to this and DO NOT GET INTO THIS MAN’S TAXI, he knew exactly what he was doing, he knew where to take us where hardly anyone would see, he tried to steal someone’s wallet, violently threatened her into giving him money (which he tried to force her to give in cash so there was no record), became physically violent towards a young woman half his size within minutes of the altercation, called me a “dumb slut” and told me to “shut up bitch” when I tried to talk some sense into him - this was not random, I would not be surprised if this man has a history of abuse because he was clearly getting off on it. He knew what he was doing. BE CAREFUL.

Report abusive taxi drivers in the Philippines

That’s what Taxikick (beta) allows you to do according to the site. There’s no need to signup, just enter the taxi’s plate number, violation, and your comments and submit. Your complaints will then be emailed to LTFRB at the end of the day.

There are a lot of recent complaints (by the minute) which can be viewed from the site, with violations like “refused boarding”, “rude behavior”, “over charging”. I do not know how true these complaints are, but judging by the comments, many of them seem quite legit.

I am unsure however if the service would work. Without spam protection, it could be flooded with phony complaints. I also doubt if LTFRB will actually read the complaints and take action.

Anyway, it is still in beta and has potential.

On one hand, stealing from people is wrong (Sanchez presumably added the amount of the tolls he wasn’t actually paying to his passengers’ fares) and we as a society need things like tolls so we can maintain our infrastructure, which is crucial to our Competitiveness in a Global Economy. On the other hand, tailgating through a toll booth 3,000 times without once hitting the gate sounds like some nifty drivin’.