Friday, January 20, 2012


Jazz musician (The Lounge Lizards), film score composer ('Get Shorty', 'Variety' & 'Excess Baggage'), actor (most notably for the films of Jim Jarmusch), former TV Show host ("Fishing With John") & painter John Luire was kind enough to bless this blog. I'm in disbelief. If you follow this blog you'd know that between my fictitious "Fishing With John Series" and my constant exploration in to the cinema of Jim Jarmusch (as well as the "No Wave" scene which Lurie is commonly associated with for both film and music), you'd know that Lurie is a PINNLAND EMPIRE-favorite.
I've been a fan of his since I was a teenager so this really means a lot even if it may not seem like a big deal to some of you (Lurie included haha).
We're on celebrity status now...

1. What are the last 3 movies you saw?

-John Lurie: Ides of March, Contagion, The Bill Cunningham documentary

2. Who, in your opinion, is the best active filmmaker working right now?

-JL: I like the Coen brothers - or kind of every other film I like a lotPT Anderson, Fincher is pretty great but havent seen the Dragon Tattoo yet

3. Putting aside the imaginary Fishing With John episodes I've done on this blog, realistically speaking, had the show gone on to have a 2nd, 3rd or 4th season, what guests would you have wanted on your show? 

-JL: Mike Tyson, Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, Rashied Wallace, Rebecca Hall, Claire Danes, Larry David, Vincent Gallo, Michael Moore, Serena Williams, Vince Vaughn, Louis Black 

4. You've done quite a bit of film scoring in your lifetime so far. Given the recent interest in film scores and soundtracks thanks to guys like Cliff Martinez (Drive & Solaris), The Tindersticks (35 Shots Of Rum & White Material) and Trent Reznor (The Social Network & The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), what are some of your favorite RECENT film scores? And if you cant think of any recent ones, what are your all time favorites?

-JL: I am thinking. Hollywood doesnt really allow composers to do good scores any more. American Beauty is the last one I can think of.

5. What is your favorite piece of art to come out of the "No Wave" Scene? (this could be a film, album, painting, etc. it doesnt matter) 

-JL: Youre right - doesnt matter

*BONUS QUESTION: What's you're opinion on "Hipsters"? 

-JL: I dont know what hipsters are.


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