Happy Birthday: Mike Judge

mikejudge.jpgMike Judge

Born: October 17, 1962 in Guayaquil, Ecuador

[on the characters in ‘Silicon Valley’] These type of people, had they been born 200 years ago, would not be the wealthiest people in the world. You look at whoever the richest person in television is today, and they probably spent 20 or 30 years just working their asses off, staying up until three in the morning, writing episodes. And then you look at the Tumblr guy who’s a billionaire. There are these guys in college who were smart but introverted people who suddenly have a billion dollars, and they’re still socially awkward. That’s just great for comedy.

Office Space
1999
dir. Judge
Starring
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston
EXTRACT Movie PosterExtract
2009
dir. Judge
Starring
Jason Bateman
Krista Wiig
Ben Affleck
MOVIE POSTERIDIOCRACY
2006
dir. Mike Judge
Stars:
Luke Wilson
Maya Rudolph
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Happy Birthday: Steve McQueen

stevemcqueen.jpgSteve McQueen

Born: October 9, 1969 in London, England, UK

[on how similar the world of art is to film] Film is way different. When you’re twenty feet tall on a massive screen and you’re seeing people’s lives played out on it, it’s different from a nice painting. Film is important; it can be more than reportage or a novel – it creates images people have never seen before, never imagined they’d see, maybe because they needed someone else to imagine them.

 

SHAME
dir. Steve McQueen
Stars:
Michael Fassbender
Carey Mulligan
HUNGERHUNGER
dir. Steve McQueen
Starring:
Michael Fassbender
Liam Cunningham

MOVIE POSTER12 YEARS A SLAVE
2013
dir. Steve McQueen
Stars:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Michael Kenneth Williams
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Happy Birthday: Guillermo del Toro

guillermodeltoro.jpgGuillermo del Toro

Born: October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Married to:
Lorenza Newton (1986 – present) (2 children)

I remember the worst experience of my life, even above the kidnapping of my father, was shooting Mimic (1997) [del Toro’s first Hollywood feature, in 1997, which was severely compromised by producer interference]. Because what was happening to me and the movie was far more illogical than kidnapping, which is brutal, but at least there are rules. Now when I look at Mimic, what I see is the pain of a deeply flawed creature that could have been so beautiful.

CRONOSCronos
1993
dir. del Toro
starring
Federico Luppi
Ron Perlman
HELLBOYHellboy
2004
dir. Guillermo del Toro
BREACHPan’s Labriynth
2007
dir. del Toro
Starring
Ivana Baquero
Sergi López
MOVIE POSTERPACIFIC RIM
2013
dir. Guillermo del Toro
Stars:
Idris Elba
Charlie Hunnam
HELLBOY IIHellboy II
Directed by del Toro
Starring
Ron Perlman
Selma Blair
BLADE IIBlade II
2002
dir. del Toro
Starring
Wesley Snipes
Ron Pearlman
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Happy Birthday: Buster Keaton (1895–1966)

busterkeaton.jpgBuster Keaton (1895–1966)

Born: October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, USA
Died: February 1, 1966 (age 70) in Los Angeles, California, USA

I’ve had few dull moments [in my life] and not too many sad and defeated ones. In saying this, I am by no means overlooking the rough and rocky years I’ve lived through. But I was not brought up thinking life would be easy. I always expected to work hard for my money and to get nothing I did not earn. And the bad years, it seems to me, were so few that only a dyed-in-the-wool grouch who enjoys feeling sorry for himself would complain.

The Boat: Short Film
1921
dir. Keaton
starring
Keaton
the balloonatic buster keatonThe Balloonatic
1923
dir. Keaton
Starring
Keaton
Phyllis Haver
THE FROZEN NORTHThe Frozen North
1922
dir. Keaton
Edward F. Cline
starring
Keaton
Bonnie Hill
COPSCops
1922
dir. Keaton
Edward F. Cline
starring
Keaton
Virginia Fox
Sherlock Jr
1924
dir. Keaton
starring
Keaton
Kathryn McGuire
The GeneralThe General
1927
dir. Keaton
Clyde Bruckman
starring
Keaton
Marion Mack
AT THE CIRCUSAt the Circus
1939
dir. Edward Buzzell
starring
The Marx Bros
Keaton co-writer
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1966
dir. Richard Lester
Starring
Zero Mostel

Born in 1895 in Kansas, into a vaudeville family performing with the likes of Houdini (who coined his name ‘Buster’), Keaton was an early physical talent.

He entered film in his early twenties making shorts, and was deemed a star upon his first feature, 1920’s The Saphead. Keaton wrote, directed and starred in many of his own films, as well as doing studio comedies which did not garner him critical success.

With the discovery of lost stock of his early work, and 1952’s Limelight with Charlie Chaplin, Buster was finally recognized as an icon of his genre. Buster Keaton died in 1966.

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Happy Birthday: Stanley Kramer (1913–2001)

stanleykramer.jpgStanley Kramer (1913–2001)

Born: September 29, 1913 in Hell’s Kitchen [now Clinton], Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: February 19, 2001 (age 87) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

[on Katharine Hepburn] The most completely thorough, driving, constantly seeking actress with whom I’m been associated. She’s never really satisfied; she never stops thinking about what she’s doing and about what everybody else is doing. She is a marvelous woman who has a capacity for many emotional areas and she has great talent. She can trigger an emotional truth at precisely the right time. I don’t know what she draws on; it’s a deep, deep well.

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER
1967
dir. Stanley Kramer
Stars:
Spencer Tracy
Sidney Poitier

THE DEFIANT ONESThe Defiant Ones
1958
dir. Stanley Kramer
Cast
Tony Curtis
Sydney Poitier
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Happy Birthday: Nicolas Winding Refn

nicolaswindingrefn.jpgNicolas Winding Refn

Born: September 29, 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark

The auteur theory is such a strange theory, because you’re dealing with human beings. You only make good stuff if your collaborators are a part of your process and a part of your ideas, and there’s no point in fighting them or them fighting you. Even Ingmar Bergman had a lot of discussions with his actors about pros and cons. An auteur doesn’t have to write every single word, because the writer’s there to help the director do what the director wants to do, and that was certainly my case.

DRIVE
dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars:
Ryan Gosling
Carey Mulligan
movie posterVALHALLA RISING
2009
dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring:
Mads Mikkelsen
Maarten Stevenson
BRONSON
2008
dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring:
Tom Hardy
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Happy Birthday: John Sayles

johnsayles.jpgJohn Sayles

Born: September 28, 1950 in Schenectady, New York, USA

[1983 interview] Because directing is very political and social, it takes up more of your time than writing does. It’s more demanding because you have to make the movie when the money is there. A book can just sit there; it doesn’t depend on anyone else. That’s what’s nice about it. You don’t have to rely on anyone else – you either do it or you don’t. Fiction writing is a break from movie-making for me.

EIGHT MEN OUT
1988
dir. John Sayles
Stars:
John Cusack
Clifton James

 

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