Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Toxic Memes

I've been tagged with Fun Joel's meme by Dave and Richard. This is actually somewhat relevant to my recent work. BTW Richard, Tina the llama seems to spend all her time walking in front of the text I'm trying to read on your blog; I've heard that a possible solution involves tasty mesquite flavoring and also nets you a free rug.

ONE (1) earliest film-related memory:

What’s Up Doc? - My dad took me to this and we couldn’t stop laughing on the way home in the car. In fact, 30-some years later we can still mention scenes from this and crack up.

TWO (2) favorite lines from movies:

“A man’s got to know his limitations.” - Magnum Force
“Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.” - Dr. Strangelove

THREE (3) jobs you'd do if you could not work in the "biz":

  • Theoretical Physics
  • Computer Game Programmer
  • Pilot

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

  • Parking-lot-in-desert sweeper
  • Person who tells customers that “no, we cannot give a discount for not including the mouse and keyboard” since the company didn’t want to admit that the mouse and keyboard cost maybe a grand total of $1.55
  • Nonsense disseminator and evaluator
  • One article published in Dragon Magazine for a massive 5 cents/word, 3 times the RPG publishing industry average, w00+!

THREE (3) book authors I like:

  • Alan Moore
  • Stephen King
  • Clive Barker

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

Terminator 3: Not only did the actual one completely nullify the theme and purpose of Terminator 2, but the setting is also perfect for a fascinating story. Might it occur to people that the Terminators in the first two movies and John’s dad come from a future that doesn’t exist? What other sorts of things might come back from futures that don’t exist? The possibilities are downright scary and mind-bending.

The Chronicles of Amber: Mostly so that I can listen to all my friends tell me how their choices for who should play who is so much better than what would actually turn out.

ONE (1) screenwriter you think is underrated:

The screenplays I’ve read have all been both pretty good and pretty famous and I’d just be talking out my ass if I made a judgment based on a film since God knows what the original screenplay looked like, so I’m just going to duck this one.

THREE (3) people I'm tagging to answer this meme next:

I think the entire crowd has been tagged already so I’ll just go for broke: William Goldman, Shane Black, and Raymond Chandler.

What is your favorite line of dialogue you have ever written?

This one was added by Scott and struck me as a particularly fun question. I'll go for one from my single comedy:

We categorically reject the colonialist attempt to interfere with our cultural heritage of footbaby, basketbaby, and rollerbaby.


Grubber said...

Based on that line alone, I want to read the rest your comedy!! :)


Steve Peterson said...

Thanks Dave; if you'd like to trade a read sometime I'd be happy.

ScriptWeaver said...

Hey Steve--

Thanks for the update on Tina. She's a bit mischievous when I'm away. I'll go slap that Bitch right now.

dan said...

that line reminds me of Bender from Futurama for some reason:

"Yeah, well I'm gonna build my own lunar space lander! With blackjack aaaaannd Hookers! Actually, forget the space lander, and the blackjack. Ahhhh forget the whole thing!"

so very funny

i'd like to read that script too, after that we can collaborate on a script about surfing lawyers, and sharks, and blackjack, and hookers.

Grubber said...

Would be glad to Steve. I will have something coming up very shortly.


Fun Joel said...

Thanks for playing along. That Strangelove quote is one of my all time faves too. It is an absolutely vrilliant line in a brilliant film!