Sunday, June 03, 2007
SICKO IS SOCKO; SHOOTOUT IS BOFFO; CANNES CAN & DOES
I've been enjoying Sunday Morning Shootout more and more each time I watch it. Last week they presented a great show from the Cannes Film Festival.
Sunday Morning Shootout on AMC TV is a joint effort from Peter Bart, editor of Variety, and Peter Guber, a producer and former Chairman of Columbia Pictures.
Interviewing Michael Moore, currently promoting his new film Sicko, about the health care system, Bart commented that Variety (famed for its headlines, and newly coined words) had proclaimed "Sicko is socko," to which Moore replied that "Shootout is boffo". [**]
Also interviewed was Sarah Polley, from the jury at Cannes, an actress, and now director of Away From Her with Julie Christy. Not quite 30, Polley has more than 50 acting credits on IMDB, starting at the age of about 6, plus numerous writing and directing credits. Though she was soft spoken, it would be interesting to have someone like her, an actress, director, and film jurist as a guest judge On The LOT.
[**] For those unfamiliar with Variety slanguage, socko is a compliment suggesting a successful box office. It may derive from "sock" as in sock it out of the park. Boffo is a similar compliment with a similar meaning whose derivation I can only guess at. As it usually refers to Box Office results, the BO in BOffo may derive from that.