“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
“She was practiced in the art of deception.”
I don’t like Stone’s dismissive “blogger” label toward you, Ghost Dog. Am I going to have to gather a posse and raid the Awards Daily comment section again? Where’s Mr. Sunset Terra Cotta? RELEASE THE HOUNDS.
Sasha says it’s Campion’s best ever. You two are headed for a showdown. Or, failing that, at least another podcast.
Jeff Wells doesn’t know whether he is a man of the people or someone who stands above the eloi.
On the one hand, he’ll throw a fit about the critics celebrating the latest Jane Campion film. “Whatever happened to good, solid, old-fashioned audience picture? Where are the liberal-minded, social-issue dramedies that could’ve easily been made 20 or 30 years ago? The hellish “Power of the Dog” made me feel trapped.”
On the other hand, he’ll try to maximise injury to festival favourite “Belfast”. “These people need to be straightened out and maybe even slapped around. “Belfast” is for lightweight “entertainment”-seekers only. Plebs. Where was the risk-taking?”
I was coming out of a shopping mall this week when I noticed a mother herding a bunch of kids toward a nearby cinema. I overheard her tell them: “That’s the best thing about going to the movies , getting the popcorn.” I kept thinking it was a promising sign about the future of movie houses and film.
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