#DFNYFocus On: Milton – Songwriter, Singer

(Milton is a songwriter, singer and bandleader & touring musician from New York.  He wrote and performed the score for David Holbrooke’s 2008 HBO film, “Hard as Nails”)

Q: Which song do you think is most inextricably linked to a film or vice-versa?

M: “Over the Rainbow” Wizard of Oz, “As Time Goes By” Casablanca. I don’t think any two songs will ever be as connected to their films as those two. Also…Wes Anderson is my hero of our time of connecting wonderful songs to wonderful moments on film, enriching them both, and there are at least 10 such songs that come to mind from his films.

Q: Which musical do you love that might surprise people?

M: There’s a rather awful old heist comedy film called “Double Dynamite” from 1951 in which Groucho Marx co-stars and does a duet with Frank Sinatra. I’m a freak for unsuccessful old black and white movies and I’ll watch anything Groucho ever did. Just the ridiculousness of the whole outing is good enough for me.

Q: If you could pair up any two singers, living or dead, in a musical, which two would it be and what kind of movie?

M: Did Kenny & Dolly ever do a movie? They would have been great. Great singers that ooze personality. I don’t know if they could act, but if Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell could have done a movie in the 60’s that would have been a killer too.

Q: Which song in a film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

M: Well probably any of the Beatles songs in Yellow Submarine. I saw that movie when I was about 5 or 6 years old and all I wanted to do was to live in the world of those wonderful songs with those wonderful guys. That’s pretty much defined my whole life. As far as a song in a movie flooring me, Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” in Spike Lee’s Malcom X was the first song that came to mind. I think that was the first time I ever heard that song. I don’t think anyone could ask for more in a song. It made me ache in my chest when I first heard it. The story of a person struggling. One of the most beautiful voices to ever sing a song in the English language, pouring his heart out in his own composition, very shortly before he himself would meet an outrageous, tragic, violent death, almost as if he knew it.

Q: If you could remove any song from any film what would it be?

M: I’m trying to think of a song whose presence I really hated in a movie. In old Hollywood they used to make some very ill-suited actors sing. But I kind of love those moments. You ever see John Wayne dubbed singing in one of his early cowboy movies? …So ridiculous that it’s wonderful. The voice is so obviously not his.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

M: I’d take the red balalaika from Dr. Zhivago.  It’s rare and beautiful and it embodies the poetic muse as it gets passed down through the story.

Click here for Milton’s Website, www.miltonmusic.com

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DFNY Focus on: DFNY

(Daily Film Watcher, Kanji aficionado)

Q:   Which film do you love that might surprise people?

DFNY: I have a weak spot for the 1973 musical remake of Lost Horizon, I know every word to every song (by Burt Bacharach & Hal David) – it’s one of the first films I remember seeing in the theater, I remember having a lot of fun listening to the songs with my sister and her friends.  To this day, I can’t experience a snowstorm without thinking of the lyrics to “If I Could Go Back”….!

Q:   If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?

DFNY: I always thought that an older Victor Mature with a F.I.S.T.-era Sylvester Stallone would have made an awesome father-son 40’s gangster duo.

Q:  Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

DFNY:  Easily, The Karate Kid (1984) – I went to a karate dojo the next day (rather, my 15 year old self was  driven there by my mother), and there began a course of study that would eventually lead me to Japan and a 16-plus year study of the language and culture.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

DFNY: Kirk’s copy of A Tale of Two Cities from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?

DFNY: A day in the life of a bank Compliance Officer (my day job)

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#DFNYFocus On: Melanie Wise – Producer, Stuntwoman, Actress

(Founder of The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, Producer & Actress in horror-action film, “Hanah’s Gift”)

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?
MW: Serenity.  Should have been a huge hit.  I LOVE Joss Whedon.  Great cast with lots of differently strong women – not all of them kicked ass, but they were equal members of the team and equally invaluable.
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Spy.  I absolutely adore that fact that Paul Feig turned pretty much every female stereotype on its ear & did so with a very deft comedic hand and excellent direction.
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Galaxy Quest – funny as hell and I love to laugh my ass off!
 
Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
MW: Katharine Hepburn and George Clooney would have rocked a romantic comedy.
I think Denzel and Sandra Bullock would be great in a thriller, suspense, or comedy film!
For action, me and Arnold! 😀
 
Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
MW: There’s a ton of them.  But if I have to pick one, V for Vendetta.  Not only did it have a woman character who discovers she is not helpless in the world, but the whole movie was about personal empowerment against impossible odds.  Great action, inspiring dialogue that forces one to look at some pretty transparent boxes we live in. Can’t beat that!
 
Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
MW: I would absolutely LOVE the M134 handheld mini-gun used in Predator by Jessie Ventura and Bill Duke!!! I want to mount that to the top of my Bronco for all the terrible Los Angeles drivers!!!
 
Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?
MW: Anything that glorifies violence against weakness.  I won’t do a movie where women are just weak things wringing their hands in fear, whining about how bad things are or hoping bad things go away and  where the women need saving as well as the only men are cast as bad guys who hurt women.  There are great men out there and strong independent women out there.  Show more of both please!

Melanie Wise’s IMDB Page:

Bio: Artemis Film Festival Founder – An accomplished actress and stuntwoman, Ms. Wise has been acting professionally for over a decade. As lead actress of the award-winning horror-action film, Hanah’s Gift, Ms. Wise won best actress at the IndieFest Film Festival. Her character was so popular with young women that it spawned two fan clubs in Southern California. Standing six-feet tall, a former basketball standout and licensed physical trainer, Ms. Wise possesses a presence and charisma that is groundbreaking in feature films — more Clint Eastwood than girlfriend-next door. Ms. Wise is also an accomplished producer having overseen the production of two indie feature films as well as multiple shorts and commercials. She is an adept video and sound editor, graphic designer, 2D motion graphics designer, and specializes in polishing troubled projects.

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#DFNYFocus On: Michael Zakin – Producer

(Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon, A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix and JOSHY, a Lionsgate Summer 2016 release)

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?

MZ:  A Face in the Crowd, and not surprising that I love it, but because it seems so under-appreciated as the timeless classic firing-on-all-cylinders that it is.

Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?

MZ:  Peter Sellers and Sacha Baron Cohen, and I’d follow their lead re: what kind of film.

Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

MZ:  Porky’s Revenge taught me to never give up dreaming.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

MZ:  Porky’s speedboat.

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?

MZ:  Never say never.

Michael Zakin’s IMDB Page

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#DFNYFocus On: Charles Shyer – Screenwriter / Director

(Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride 1 & 2, The Parent Trap)

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?

CS: Lindsay Anderson’s “O’ Lucky Man”.  It’s one of the first rock and roll movies – shockingly original.  Malcolm McDowell is brilliant as the lead character (Mick)… who you know is heading for disaster every step of the way.  You feel like reaching into the screen, grabbing him by the lapels and screaming, “Don’t go there!”

Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?

CS: Diane Keaton and Cary Grant.

Woody Allen and Carol Lombard.

The reason:  There’s a very good chance the result would be two of the best romantic comedies ever, ever, ever made.

Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

CS:  I’m not sure there is one film… I feel “The Apartment”, “All About Eve” and “Back To The Future” are three “perfect” screenplays… And since I think of myself as first, a writer – those screenplays had a huge impact on me.  As far as movies go, I remember walking out of the theatre after seeing “Raging Bull” and saying, “Well… this is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. In my life.”

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

CS:  Easy.  The crow bar Jim Stark (James Dean) throws over the wall of the Griffith Observatory in “Rebel Without A Cause.”  I also wouldn’t mind having the engraved cigarette case Gloria Swanson gives William Holden in “Sunset Boulevard”… “Mad About The Boy”.

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?

CS: I would never make a film where a character wears a Hazmat Suit.

Charles Shyer’s IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0458884/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

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#DFNYFocus On: Marc Klein – Screenwriter / Director

(Serendipity, A Good Year, Suburban Girl, Mirror Mirror)

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?

MK: John Carpenter’s The Thing.  I write mostly female-centric films, and there’s not a single woman in Carpenter’s movie, but the atmosphere of isolation and doom is expertly crafted.

Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?

MK: 1970’s Goldie Hawn and 1970’s Barbara Streisand in a screwball buddy comedy!

Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

MK: City Lights.  Beneath the humor, it’s still the most moving film I’ve ever seen.  The end shot sums up what it means to be human.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

MK: Captain Kirk’s tunic from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?

MK: As a white male, there seem to be many subjects the PC police have deemed off limits for me.  That said, I’ve never really liked movies about men in drag.

Marc Klein’s IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0458884/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

#DFNYFocus is a new series from Daily Flick NY focusing on the personal film tastes of Screenwriters, Directors, Producers and other individuals working in the film industry