Sunday, January 20, 2008

My Dinner With Someone Not Named André

As if I didn't have enough to write about already, I discovered today that I've been tagged by my pal Andrew Bemis of Cinevistaramascope for the currently-in-progress My Dinner With ______ meme. Anyway, I suppose we should start with the ground rules:

1. Pick a single person past or present who works in the film industry you would like to have dinner with. And tell us why you chose this person.

2. Set the table for your dinner. What would you eat? Would it be in a home or at a restaurant? And what would you wear? Feel free to elaborate on the details.

3. List five thoughtful questions you would ask this person during dinner.

4. When all is said and done, select six bloggers to pass this Meme along to.

5. Link back to Lazy Eye Theatre, so people know the mastermind behind this Meme.

Moving on. This is actually my kinda meme, since I had a similar idea a few years back. Well, some of the details were different- my idea was for a TV show on IFC or Sundance for a series in which two movie industry professionals have a conversation in city they have in common. It could be where they were born- say, an episode about Scorsese and Spike Lee walking around NYC- but it needn't be. Anyway, one of the episodes I had in mind, back when I was more confident that I had a real future in the movie industry, involved talk between me and a respected filmmaker who came from my hometown. I don't see why that wouldn't also work here. So, I give you...

Coffee, and Perhaps a Few Cigarettes...

...with Jim Jarmusch

Like me, Jarmusch is an Akron boy, although we're separated by about three decades. Still, I think we'd have a lot to talk about, even if it's only about the city we've long since escaped. Because of this, we'd definitely have to have the dinner in Akron. And rather than making reservations at a fancy eatery (he's still an indie filmmaker, after all), we'd probably just find a good take-out joint. If it was my choice, perhaps we'd stop at DiVitis' Italian Market on North Hill- their sausage sandwiches were a staple of my youth- or maybe drive in to Swenson's (home of the Galley Boy™), but since he's the guest of honor I'd naturally let him choose.

And then we'd just walk or drive around, check out the city, see what's changed. Because of this casual format, I don't think I'd have a list of questions for Jim. A lot of it would probably end up being us driving past an old movie theatre and talking about the movies we saw there, or stopping at our old schools, and so forth. You know, just a couple of guys, talking about how it used to be, back in the old days. That the old days would be different for each of us, so that would make things more interesting.

I'm tagging the following suckers friends:

Jason at I Hate Blogs

Donna at Union, Trueheart and Courtesy

Steven at the Ongoing Cinematic Education of Steven Carlson

Dennis at Sergio Leone at the Infield Fly Rule

James at James' Mad Grasp for Relevancy

Adam at Blog Bilong Adam

Bon appetit!


James said...

Did it! Took me a while to decide on who to pick.

Jason_alley2 said...

Just letting you know that I totally will do this, it might just take me a while!

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Paul, I've been asleep. I just found this tag! I will do it, however. It's a great idea! Hopefully within the next week! BTW, I like how your time with Jarmusch feels just like one of his movies. (And I mean that as a compliment...)