Bong’s ‘The Host’ featuring Jerry Stiller

I saw a Bong Joon Ho double feature and met the director in SF, in 2007, and then saw the movie twice and told a lot of people to go find it

Yesterday I read the Times’ preview of the TNT pilot of an adaptation of another Bong movie, “Snowpiercer” and commented that current Hollywood should do a remake of “The Host” as a comedy, with Jerry Stiller as the creature. (I had heard Terry Gross interview with Jerry Stiller in the car, especially while driving along the Alameda estuary). Thinking of my friend Marsh McCall and a kid from Hebrew school named Ed Solomon. Bong Joon Ho won the Academy Award of three of them for “Parasite” which I saw thrice, at Palo Alto’s Aquarius downtown. “The Host” which is a monster movie about distrust of government — in the way that “Godzilla” is about nuclear war — and it would be interesting to see it again in context of coronavirus. Which reminds me: I had posted to PAW and it was quickly deleted something that sought to link two threads, one about Tesla’s defiance of worker safety laws — separately Robert Reich was quoted as calling it “capitalism at its worst — he wants to put worker’s health sacrificed to profit” — and ramping up the testing — I suggested that all the tissue or fluid extraction was a presage to the story of “The Matrix” — how much blood do they need? I guess my suggestion would be randomized testing not billions of venipunctures. I will try to watch “Snowpiercer” at least the pilot — I just saw the movie for the first time. The series stars Daveed Diggs of Berkeley and “Hamilton” fame. Does he get to sing? I also saw in WSJ before my wife tossed all my tear sheets, a quote from Gretchen Peters and an ad for a store in New Orleans selling Elvis’ wristwatch. Meanwhile the Chronicle had an article about Susan Skaggs founder of Different Fur, who passed at age 80; and about Stern Grove — with pictures of Pete the bluegrass activist from 1980 and Carlos Santa — Seeger — his niece Cassandra Seeger was a schoolmate — Carlos Santana rather — I meant to do a headline and its own post “Later later alligator for Tank and The Bangas and Stern Grove”. Dig?

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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