“There’s Hollywood Elsewhere and then there’s everything else. It’s your neighborhood dive where you get the ugly truth, a good laugh and a damn good scotch.”
(Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Super 8)
“Smart, reliable and way ahead of the curve … a must and invaluable read.”
(Down and Dirty Pictures Easy Riders, Raging Bulls)
“He writes with an element that any good filmmaker employs and any moviegoer uses to fully appreciate the art of film – the heart.”
–Alejandro G. Inarritu
(The Revenant, Birdman, Amores Perros)
“Nothing comes close to HE for truthfulness, audacity, and one-eyed passion and insight.”
(Salt, Clear and Present Danger, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Dead Calm)
“A rarity and a gem … Hollywood Elsewhere is the first thing I go to every morning.”
“Jeffrey Wells isn’t kidding around. Well, he does kid around, but mostly he just loves movies.”
(Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky)
“In a world of insincere blurbs and fluff pieces, Jeff has a truly personal voice and tells it like it is. Exactly like it is, like it or not.”
–Guillermo del Toro
(Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos, Hellboy)
“It’s clearly apparent he doesn’t give a shit what the Powers that Be think, and that’s a good thing.”
Director (The Punisher), Writer (Armageddon, The Rock)
“So when I said I’d like to leave my cowboy hat there, I was obviously saying (in my head at least) that I’d be back to stay the following year … simple and quite clear all around.”
–Jeffrey Wells, HE, January ’09
“If you’re in a movie that doesn’t work, game over and adios muchachos — no amount of star-charisma can save it.”
–Jeffrey Wells, HE
I look forward to the day when non-white Hollywood can be discussed on its artistic merit.
Some of us have been doing that for years and years, and we keep doing it. And we’re not going to stop… because it’s the ethically and morally right thing to do.
Doesn’t make us very popular. In fact, “doing the right thing” is a guarantee of unpopularity.
“When you think about the symmetry or the balance of this, it’s not a ridiculous idea.“
Of course it is. It’s blood guilt. It’s the sins of the fathers being visited on the children. It’s blood guilt. And blood guilt is always a ridiculous idea, when it isn’t downright evil.
I wouldn’t strenuously argue against what you’re saying.
“The civil war was 100 years ago! Goddamn, things were always quiet in this town until these agitators came”-circa 1964.
Take a step back: we have one movement in this country that would like to repeal the 20th century under the pretense of being against wokeism, and another that is full of imperfect messengers and a flawed hierarchy during a polarized moment that is trying to address equity. All the focusing on the pop culture war claptrap is meant to put a distance between substantive conversation about how the lives of minorities can be improved.
We hear a lot “Blazing Saddles couldn’t be made today!” remarks, but not so much introspection that JFK’s speech here would be making all the current anti-woke folks squirm in their seat.
Culture war is the only thing that’s preventing class warfare.
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