Repo Man Life: Aways Intense

A repoman life is always intense (1984)

Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky. His films include Alien, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, Red Dawn, Cool Hand Luke, Wild at Heart, and Escape from New York.He stars in HBO’s Big Love.

That doormat? That doormat? It was a gift. Got that years and years ago. “Welcome UFOs and crews.”

Churches. Catholics. Jews. Christians. Protestants. Mormons. Muslims. Scientologists. They’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

Everyone wants an answer. I think it was Gertrude Stein who wrote, “There is no answer, there never was an answer, there’ll never be an answer. That’s the answer.” It’s a hard sell, but that’s the ultimate truth.

For Ride in the Whirlwind, Jack came to me and said, “Harry I’ve got this part for you. His name is Blind Dick Reilly and he’s the head of the gang. He’s got a patch over one eye and a derby hat.” Then he says, “But I don’t want you to do anything. Let the wardrobe play the character.” Which meant, just play yourself. That became my whole approach.

Awareness is its own action.

We had a scene in One from the Heart. Francis Ford Coppola comes up to me and he says, “Harry Dean, why don’t you direct this scene?” Can you imagine that?

Ten seconds from now you don’t know what you’re gonna say or think. So who’s in charge?

I make my living asking questions, too. Acting, you ask questions.

There’s no answer to what made Paul Newman a great actor.

A friend is somebody who doesn’t lie. My friend Logan, great guy, said to me once, “Lie to me once, it’s strike one. Like to me twice, it’s strike three.”

Jack Nicholson could be president, easy.

Marilyn Monroe was used and tossed away. I told Madonna, “You’re not like that. Don’t be.”

I don’t know why I’ve never married. Again, I had nothing to do with it. I just evolved, you know.

No, I’m not curious about anything. I’m just letting it all happen.

There’s no answer to the state of Kentucky. Again, you’re looking for an answer and there is none.

I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive.

The Ten Commandments. What is that? That’s what they do in the army. Give you orders. “Thou shalt not kill?” And we immediately set on killing each other — in spades.

Most people as they get older don’t talk about it. But the sex drive lessens. You’re not driven by it.

I’d love to meet Gandhi. And Christ. I’m sure he’d be interesting. And a lot different than a lot of people would think.

The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

Oh, yeah, Marlon and I talked about this stuff all the time. On the phone once, he said, “What do you think of me?” And I said, “I think you’re nothing.” And he goes, “Bahahaha!”

Is there an interesting way to go? Who gives a fuck? You’re already gone.

The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born.

Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up?

Hang on, I gotta take this call. “Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed by this Esquire guy. We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”

Interviewed for Esquire  by Cal Fussman, November 7, 2008

Skinny Legs & All

img_2012_03_09_7563b_1600x1200“Η παράλογη συμπεριφορά των ανθρώπων οφείλεται συχνά στην ανικανότητά τους να αντιλαμβάνονται σωστά την πραγματικότητα. Και κάθε φορά που χρησιμοποιούν μια λέξη σλαγκ με γενική και αόριστη σημασία στη θέση των λέξεων που θα περιέγραφαν με ακρίβεια ένα συναίσθημα ή μια κατάσταση, περιορίζεται αυτόματα ο προσανατολισμός τους προς την πραγματικότητα, χάνονται ακόμη περισσότερο, βυθίζονται στα ομιχλώδη έλη της αλλοτρίωσης και της σύγχυσης… Η λέξη «φίνος» λόγου χάρη, έχει ακριβείς εννοιολογικές αποχρώσεις. Φίνος σημαίνει εκλεπτυσμένος, εξευγενισμένος, ραφιναρισμένος. Η λέξη αυτή μας είναι πολύτιμη για να περιγράψουμε ένα άρωμα, ένα λεπτοδουλεμένο τεχνούργημα ή το γούστο κάποιου. Όταν όμως χρησιμοποιείται γενικά και σε ακατάλληλες περιπτώσεις, όπως γίνεται με τη σλαγκ, η ίδια αυτή λέξη αποκρύπτει την αληθή φύση του πράγματος ή του συναισθήματος το οποίο υποτίθεται ότι αντιπροσωπεύει. Μετατρέπεται σε μια λέξη-σφουγγάρι που αν τη στύψεις βγάζεις νοήματα με τους κουβάδες και ποτέ δεν ξέρεις ποιο είναι το σωστό. .. Η σλαγκ χαρακτηρίζεται από μια οικονομία, μια αμεσότητα που είναι οπωσδήποτε ελκυστική. Από την άλλη όμως υποβαθμίζει την εμπειρία διότι την τυποποιεί και τη διαχέει. Κρέμεται ανάμεσα στην ανθρωπότητα και στον πραγματικό κόσμο σαν ένα, ένα πέπλο. Η σλαγκ κάνει τους ανθρώπους περισσότερο ηλίθιους και η ηλιθιότητα τους κάνει τρελούς.”

(Μετάφραση Γιώργος Μπαρουξής)

El Chapo Speaks | Rolling Stone


On Friday, January 8th, nearly six months after his escape from Mexico’s most secure prison, Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a.k.a. El Chapo, was apprehended and taken back into custody. Just months earlier, Sean Penn had traveled in secret through the Mexican jungle to meet with Chapo, then America’s most wanted international fugitive. Upon meeting Penn, the drug kingpin consented to an interview at a later time. Ultimately, it proved impossible to do the interview in-person, but Penn sent questions by BBM device and Chapo agreed to record his responses on videotape. Without being present, Penn could neither control the questioning, nor prod for elaborations into his responses. Here, you can view the 17-minute video that Chapo sent back in its entirety.

El Chapo Speaks: A secret visit with the most wanted man in the world

Source: El Chapo Speaks | Rolling Stone

IMDb: 10 Noir Hidden Gems

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According to Giannis Zouboulakis [for the (Greek) Cinema Magazine #239 (Winter 2015)]

Source: IMDb: 10 Noir Hidden Gems – a list by GeorgeFertakis



Image of The Pretender

The Pretender (1947)

Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress,Claire… (69 mins.)
Director: W. Lee Wilder
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The Sniper (1952)

A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant. (88 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
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I Died a Thousand Times (1955)

When aging criminal Roy Earle is released from prison he decides to pull one last heist before retiring by robbing a resort hotel.(95 mins.)
Director: Stuart Heisler
Image of The Killer Is Loose

The Killer Is Loose (1956)

An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle. (73 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
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Blast of Silence (1961)

A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way. (77 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
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13 West Street (1962)

An aerospace engineer (Ladd) ignores a policeman (Steiger) and hunts down a gang of juvenile delinquents. (80 mins.)
Director: Philip Leacock
Image of The Girl Hunters

The Girl Hunters (1963)

Legendary detective Mike Hammer has spent seven years in an alcoholic funk after the supposed death of his secretary, Velda. He is brought back to the land of the living by his old friendly enemy, police lieutenant Pat Chambers. (98 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
Image of Twilight of Honor

Twilight of Honor (1963)

A murder case that can’t be won is assigned to a young defense attorney. He asks his old ailing friend, a legend among attorneys, for help on the case as his consultant. (104 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
Image of The Outfit

The Outfit (1973)

When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that his brother was shot by two mob killers… (103 mins.)
Director: John Flynn


Image of The Nickel Ride

The Nickel Ride (1974)

Small-time criminal Cooper manages several warehouses in Los Angeles that the mob use to stash their stolen goods… (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan

The Story of The Day The Clown Cried

The fascinating tale of the notorious unseen film from Jerry Lewis.


Listen on BBC Radio Solent – BBC Radio Solent Special,

Watch Video: The Story Of The Day The Clown Cried, presented by David Schneider Jewish comedian David Schneider discovers exclusive unseen material from one of the world’s most notorious unseen movie projects. This programme contains references to the Holocaust that some viewers may find distressing.

Source: BBC Radio Solent – BBC Radio Solent Special, The Story of The Day The Clown Cried


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