“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
Did I miss your trip to the museum? Because you need to go the museum, and you should liveblog it.
You’d think with a backdrop that impressive the presentation would be more about how it was used in the movie, the technology behind it, the history of backdrops, and not meaningless performative activism totally unrelated to filmmaking.
Can’t wait for the rebuilt LACMA to open with walls full of apologetic text disclaiming the sins of every artist on its walls, along with LACMA’s own sins for ever owning the art, and our sins for ever viewing it without feeling debilitating guilt and shame.
Oh, you dare love beauty? At what cost???
All the Picassos dumped in some drab corner, with the walls given over to #metoo apologia.
Every groin region painted away, every nipple chiseled off, every face in a bag, should the museum be unable to locate a signed & notarized statement of consent from the model depicted.
Each museum now a monument only to pain and suffering and the unredeemable terribleness of every human action when judged by the standards of that very day — please check your phone for the most up-to-date doctrine. For what was merely canceled last week may now require burning.
To do that in the museum? Artistic bankruptcy.
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