Killing Fields and a Carpet Bagger

Friday!!!

What do I care? I'm working every day from now til Thanksgiving.

My favorite little Korean pop star is in town for the AMA's. He is going to be performing. So we will be hustling around from hotel to rehearsal to hot spots in K-Town. I had the pleasure of hearing his new song last night. He played it from his phone for one of his friends wile we drove to dinner yesterday. The new track has a lot of the same elements as Gangnam Style, with a few new twists. I dont think it has anywhere NEAR the same catchiness as Gangnam Style, but hey, you never know, people might like it. The general pop music public never ceases to amaze me with the amount of utter crap they seem to gobble up and declare as good music.

So I booked that PSA gig! Feels good. I havent booked a legitimate acting job in quite a while. It's a PSA for SoCal Gas. We shoot on either the 28th or 29th of November. The gig is not necessarily a huge payday, but it's paid... and its a gig... and like I said... I havent booked any acting work in quite a while. So I'm happy with that.

Kristen and I watched TEXAS KILLING FIELDS on DVD the other night....


Texas Killing Fields, (also known as The Fields) is a crime film starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloƫ Grace Moretz. It competed in the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September 2011: In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389127/

This is another on of those films that I added to my Netflix list and totally forgot why I picked it out. I probably read an article about the best films from the Venice Film Festival, looked it up and lined it up for delivery.

It was mmmm okay. It's a DARK film. I'll say that. If you don't mind obvious holes and flaws in realistic scenarios and reasonable suspended belief.. and you LOVE dark, gritty and sometimes scary "serial-killer-and-the-cops-who-chase-them-films," you might really like this movie. I wont say I didnt like it. I myself, like the gritty aspect and a ot of the suspense held up pretty well, but there were so many times where I was saying to myself "come one.. that wouldnt happen like that" or "Thats stupid, those cops wouldnt do it like that." I started to wonder why the Director didnt SEE some of these moments in the film and say "hey, we have to make this better. It has to be more believable."

The movie was produced by Michael Mann. It was originally set to be directed by Danny Boyle (YES, Danny Boyle. I really like his work) but that didn't work out for some reason. Before he left the project he was replaced by Ami Canaan Mann, DAUGHTER of director Michael Mann. Hmmmm... interesting.

I'm not judging or saying anything too terribly negative. I just saw a handful things in the film that should have been worked over... and that would have been the job of the director. I guess I dont have any room to talk. I make my own mistakes and I havent even directed my first feature yet. See that? I said YET.

One other thing I found interesting about this movie is the setting. First, the plot is based on true events. The story focuses on several killings along Houston's I-45 corridor between Houston and Galveston; The film's screenplay was loosely inspired by true events surrounding the murders of women kidnapped from cities spread along 30 plus miles of I-45 corridor and dumped in many areas to include numerous bayous surrounding the oil fields of Texas City, Texas. In reality, the local moniker "The Killing Fields" applies to a specific abandoned property with acreage in League City, Texas known as Calder Drive.

When I first moved to Texas I lived in a town called Clear Lake, which is the next town over from League City, which is the next town over from Texas City. We used to drive down to Galveston to hang out at the beach all the time. I'm very familiar with that entire area, so I found that aspect of the film very interesting. To be honest, I dont remember ever hearing anything about killing fields.

There's a handful of shots in the movie that offer a really creepy and sinister depiction of the landscape down there. I turned to Kristen and said "Yeah, there's a lot of territory around there hat looks like that. Texas Bayou's. When I first moved down there. I kept saying to people that I thought Texas looked a lot like AFRICA." It does. I'm sure all those people really appreciated my wise-ass Northern "Carpet-bagger" candor.

They called me that.... "Carpet-Bagger." They called me that alot.



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