Ah, I forgot to post this after I filmed it earlier in the year. Not many people dug it, and even less did after I explained what it was about (basically: be nice to the earth and it’ll be nice to us). But I do like it still. Maybe because it stars my old pal Cat, who is awesome.
My last student film of the year, co-directed by Anka Tyminska. I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to keep making films. I feel creatively drained. But this one turned out quite well, so who knows.
I forgot how awesome Lloyd Bridges is as Admiral Benson in Hot Shots! All of his lines are hilarious.
Admiral Benson: I slipped on a crab. Who put that crab there? Lt. Commander Block: I don’t see any crab, sir. Admiral Benson: Don’t tell me. There were two crabs. They work in pairs.
Lt. Commander Block: Are you alright, sir? Admiral Benson: Of course I’m alright. Why, what have you heard?
Admiral Benson: I would like to thank you for having us over for dinner the other night. Cheryl and I thought the stroganoff was marvellous. Lt. Commander Block: But sir, we didn’t have dinner the other night. Admiral Benson: Really? Then where the hell was I? And who’s this Cheryl?
Admiral Benson: Pete ‘Dead Meat’ Thompson is dead. So is Mo Green, Tataglia, Barzini, the heads of all the five families. It is at moments like these, my dear friends, that we must ask ourselves: “How can this not be part of some larger plan?” Do good men like Dead Meat Thompson just blink out one day like a bad bulb? I mean, one minute you’re in bed with a knockout gal… or guy, and the next, you’re a compost heap. Doesn’t that bother any of you? Because it scares the living piss outta me!
Admiral Benson: Ah, I look out there on all you wonderful guys and I say to myself, what I wouldn’t give to be 20 years younger… and a woman.
Lt. Commander Block: Admiral Benson! Admiral Benson: Really? That’s my name too.
Lt. Commander Block: Every aerial photo and recon report indicate a defensive arsenal in the D, and perhaps negative C, categories. There’s also some anti-aircraft squadrons. They can send up an ack-ack umbrella high enough to make any attack ineffective. What do you think? Admiral Benson: I don’t have a clue what you’re talkin’ about, Phil. Not a fuckin’ clue.
Admiral Benson: Gentlemen, we’ve waited a long time to hear this. In exactly 5 hours and 17 minutes, we hit the enemy toast. Lt. Commander Block: I think that’s the enemy coast, sir. Admiral Benson: Coast? Well… it’ll take a little more planning, but it doesn’t matter.
One of the things that annoys me about lots of cinema and television, whether it be comedy or drama, is there’s a lot of cynicism at hand. Irony and post-modernism - this seems to pervade everything now and it’s tiresome. When post-modernism kicked in, it was necessary. It was a reaction to something. But I feel it’s become this sort of invidious thing where people are scared to just be sincere.