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richard
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 12:18 am:   

Just cracked and went out and bought the plus extras DVD of Near Dark (something I don't do for many movies). Apart from re-living the film for the first time in years (yep, hasn't aged a day, still a fucking superb piece of cinema), I got to thinking during the interviews with director Kathryn Bigelow and acting heroes of mine like Lance Henriksen & Bill Paxton - the impression I got was that this was movie making like they don't do it (much) anymore - a bunch of passionate, intelligent people pursuing a vision - and the film bears this out - no info-dumping/dumbing down for the hard of thinking, a lot of sly, work-it-out-for-yourself hints at a bigger picture and other stories beyond the one you're being told. MAN, I loved this movie!
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 04:26 am:   

If you're a Bill Paxton fan, have you had a chance to check out Frailty yet? It's his directorial debut, and I loved it.

Jason
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richard
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 04:44 am:   

Yeah, I saw it a while back - thought it was a very odd mix of arthouse and HBO movie of the week - some of the time, like you, I loved it, at other moments I was close to walking out. Still not quite sure what it was that didn't fit the mix for me....

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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 08:57 pm:   

The anecdote on the extras of the NEAR DARK DVD, about Lance Henrickson, in costume and "character", messing with a real Police officer who had pulled him and Paxton over was alone worth the cost of the DVD. Definitely a brilliant film that held up over time.

Richard, did you see/like A SIMPLE PLAN? Paxton starred, with Rami doing one of his best directing jobs, IMO.
-JL
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richard
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 03:53 am:   

JL,

Simple Plan - yeah, Paxton at his tortured best, and superb accompanying performance from 'ole Billy Bob. Fantastic movie

Yeah, I liked the LH anecdote too. And Paxton's thing with the train driver. And what was all that stuff with Adrian Pasdar and Jenny Wright - "I don't know where she is, man..." He looked genuinely upset. Talk about stories within stories... And it's a good question - where is Jenny Wright these days?

It also seems pretty clear from the extras that the whole cast fell hopelessly in love with Kathryn Bigelow from day one - seems like a remarkable woman. Just a shame she isn't let loose with more stuff like this and Strange Days. Oh well, we live in hope...
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Chris
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 07:55 am:   

Re Jenny Wright, from IMDB

The Talented, unpredictable, opinionated, and uniquely beautiful Jenny Wright was born March 23, 1963 in New York City. Her father was an artist and her mother was a teacher. They instilled a love of the arts and a strong devotion to self education in Jenny at an early age. Her parents later seperated, and Jenny moved to Cambridge, New York to live with her mother and two sisters. After her sisters left for college, Jenny and her mother moved back to New York City. Once back home, Jenny decided to pursue acting, and enrolled herself in the Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute. There, she immediately captured the attention of modeling and casting agents. At the age of 16, Jenny modeled for artists Antonio Lopez and Salvidor Dali. She then went on to act on stage, in an off Broadway play, "Album", with Kevin Bacon. And in 1981, Jenny made a brief appearance in the t.v. film, "Rape & Marriage" with Mickey Rourke. She continued to act on stage, even garnering rave reviews for her portrayal of Dorcus Fray in Joseph Papp's Broadway production of "Plenty." In 1982, Jenny was cast in "The World According To Garp," after impressing director George Roy Hill with her blend of sensuality and innocence. Jenny then arrived in London for "Pink Floyd: The Wall," where she played an abused groupie. She then quickly followed up with four months in Utah for the t.v. documentary/drama, "The Executioner's Song," which proved to be a more substantial role. Jenny returned to New York afterwards, and back to the stage and took a break from films. She went back to films in 1984, for "The Wild Life" with Eric Stoltz and Chris Penn. Jenny also made appearances in films such as "St. Elmo's Fire" (1984) and "Out of Bounds" (1986). By appearing in films with actors such as Rob Loew and Anthony Michael Hall, Jenny was put in the 'Brat Pack' category. It was something she found to be uncomfortable, and wanted to shake off. Thus, Jenny's film choices became edgier, starting with Near Dark in 1987. With her girl next door look, large soulful eyes, and sensuality, Jenny made the role of sweet yet dangerous Mae her most memorable part of her career. She credits director Kathryn Bigelow with creating the film's mood and atmosphere, which makes "Near Dark" a stand-out film in the vampire genre. While "Near Dark" didn't fair too well at the box office, it did receive cult status, bringing Jenny independent,'left of center' film roles. Finally, Jenny successfully rid herself of the 'Brat Pack' label. She went on to teen roles in the critically acclaimed film "The Chocolate Wars" (1988) and in the off-beat "Twister" (1988). Those roles then gave way to conventional parts in the mainstream films "Young Guns II" (1990)and "The Lawnmower Man" (1992). After that, Jenny quit the film business. Her last film appearance was a small role in "Enchanted" (1998).

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