I'll be updating this as the week goes along:
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I'm trying to decide what the worst thing about this image for DROP DEAD SEXY is. Could it be that Glover and Lee's names don't line up on the top? Wait, are those really Crispin Glover and Jason Lee on here? The guy on the right looks a little like Lee but more like Robert Downey Jr. on a really bad day. And the guy on the left? If you insist that that's Crispin Glover, well, I guess I could buy that, if I squint a little. I think the lone quote from Boy Blunder Harry Knowles sums it up best.
I thought that Dale Carnegie was a ubiquitous American character. The author of How to Win Friends and Influence People entered my consciousness years ago when I found a used copy of his seminal self-help book in a used book store. During my years in the corporate world, Carnegie's name and the class that teaches his philosophy have come up time and again.
I'd heard nothing but good things about the Carnegie class and asked if I could attend at the last place I worked. Though it was deemed a good idea, I wasn't worth their investment. Luckily, the place I'm working at now agrees that training is worthwhile and footed the tab for a Carnegie class. Now, when folks talk Dale Carnegie they're usually talking about the "Effective Communications & Human Relations" course. I've heard that this is a nightmare for people who fear speaking in public. Rather, I opted for the "Leadership Training for Managers" course.
While speaking in front of a group doesn't give me much pause, the thing that made me anxious about attending my Carnegie class was the vibe I'd gotten over the years that Carnegie is something of a cult.
I've been attending classes for four weeks now and we've not dispatched of any sacrificial animals but it strongly brings to mind FIGHT CLUB. The first week everyone went around the room and introduced themselves. Afterwards, everyone else repeated their name twice. I kept waiting for someone to introduce themselves as Robert Paulson. "His name is Robert Paulson, his name is Robert Paulson..."
This week our homework assignment wasn't to start a fight but to give someone a compliment, just to get their reaction. I'm waiting to see what other homework we'll get this week to see if it's another item that Project Mayhem turned on its ear.
It's unusual to find anyone that's ever heard of me -- the real "Mike White" as I like to say, not that one from CHUCK & BUCK or SCHOOL OF ROCK -- much less that's read a single issue of Cashiers du Cinemart. Managed to do both over the last few weeks when CdC contributor Mike Malloy turned me on to an ad from a local webzine that was looking for a "cult film writer." Hoping that they were looking for more than just films about cults (RACE WITH THE DEVIL, HELTER SKELTER, GUYANA TRAGEDY, HOT FUZZ, etc), I dropped 'em a line.
I was especially pleased to see that they were already linking to this blog (one of the few people who do, according to Google). This indicated that they must have good taste.
Long story short, I met with two of the guys from Detour-Mag.com this week and got the big thumbs up today to start hunting and pecking on my keyboard to bang out some movie reviews for their site. Look for links to those as they come up. In the meantime, if you have any cult films that are near and dear to your heart that you feel deserve attention, leave a comment and I'll "take them under advisement."