The story of the charming, honest ad campaign DDB created for VW… universally acknowledged to be the greatest and most influential of all time.
Metallica’s back with a two-disc album due out November of this year. First song:
The Lodger: A Story of London Fog (two cameos)
Clip 1: The man shouting into the phone in the bottom center
Clip 2: In the middle of the crowd with the fake beard
Easy Virtue: walking with a cane on the right
Blackmail: sitting on the left being harassed by a child (one of his longest cameos)
Murder!: walking across the shot from left to right
The 39 Steps: walking to the right and tossing a piece of paper on the ground
Young and Innocent: to the left fiddling with a camera (another of Hitchcock’s longest)
The Lady Vanishes: walking to the left smoking a cigar and shrugging his shoulders
Rebecca: in the background walking to the left wearing a bowler hat
Foreign Correspondent: reading a newspaper on the left
Mr. and Mrs. Smith: walking from left to right as the camera pulls out
Suspicion (two cameos)
Clip 1: leading the horse
Clip 2: mailing a letter in the background
Saboteur: top left corner under the light bulb
Shadow of a Doubt: playing cards with the doctor
Lifeboat: in the ad for Reduco “the obesity slayer”
Spellbound: leaving the elevator smoking a cigar and carrying a violin case
Notorious: drinking champagne
The Paradine Case: on the right, smoking a cigar and carrying a cello case
Rope: walking on the sidewalk in a blue suit and holding a newspaper
Under Capricorn (two cameos)
Clip 1: in a blue suit, brown pants, and top hat in the middle of the frame
Clip 2: same outfit in the middle of a group of three people
Stage Fright: on the right turning and looking at the main character
Strangers on a Train: boarding the train with a stand up bass
I Confess: walking across the horizon
Dial M for Murder: sitting at the table in the picture
Rear Window: winding the clock in the piano player’s apartment
To Catch a Thief: Sitting on the right in the bus
The Trouble With Harry: walking on the left in a trench coat
The Man Who Knew Too Much: standing the bottom left of the crowd
The Wrong Man: This cameo is different. Because The Wrong Man is based on the experiences of a real person Hitchcock wanted to approach the whole thing differently.
Vertigo: walking from left to right carrying a trumpet case
North By Northwest: failing to catch a bus
Psycho: in the window wearing a cowboy hat
The Birds: walking his real-life dogs out of the pet shop
Marnie: exiting a room on the left and looking directly at the camera
Torn Curtain: holding a small child on his knee
Topaz: sitting in a wheelchair and then standing up to shake hands with someone
Frenzy (two cameos)
Clip 1: in the middle of the crowd wearing a bowler hat
Clip 2: same hat in the bottom center
Family Plot: silhouette seen in in the window of Registrar of Births & Deaths
A passionate argument that all Adam Sandler movies are part of the same universe.
Just got off the phone with the wife of my old neighbor, personal chiropractor, home improvement mentor, beer buddy, and big brother from another mother, Eric Melzer. If you’re from San Pedro, you may know Eric through his Halloween parties, his legendary tiki room upstairs, his sports bar downstairs, or his chiropractic office down on 7th Street.
We lost Eric yesterday to a heart attack. He was born March 21, 1961, putting him at 55. He went quickly and painlessly at 3PM, doing what he loves to do most: working on the front yard. I’m confident he wouldn’t have wanted to go any other way.
Every so often — once in a lifetime if we’re lucky — we’ll meet a person who marches to the beat of their own drum. Time stands still as they do their thing. They exist like a comet on the horizon, with only a select few being lucky enough to witness it. It’s not until the person’s gone that we can begin to digest what we just saw, and how rare it was. That person was Eric. Part Clark Griswold, part Frank the Tank, all Melzer.
Eric lived life hard and on full-blast. The most extroverted guy I’ve ever met, with an irresistibly obnoxious presence that hijacked any room. I loved him. Even enough to honor his request to be Captain Jack Sparrow for his kid’s birthday party one year. I’ll never get used to the idea of Eric not being on this planet. His passion made him seem invincible.
When Eric loved something, he loved it all the way and then some. Among his targets were his family, Halloween, horror, Kauai, sushi, Zeppelin, Disneyland, tiki mugs, and anything remotely related to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. One of his many aspirations was to have an entire room devoted to that movie. With blacklights.
A favorite Melzer memory I’ll always carry with me is when he’d drag me out of bed at like 6AM on a Sunday to go with him down to the flea market at Veteran’s Stadium in Long Beach. Early bird gets the worm was the theory. After pounding a few sunrise MGD’s, he’d run off to snatch up any tiki item he could find, while I’d stock up on vintage aloha shirts and forgotten board games. We’d be done by 10AM.
Eric called me out of the blue a few weeks ago, May 28. No real reason, he said. He just wanted to say he loved me. Although my voicemail’s at 95% capacity these days, for some reason I haven’t been able to bring myself to delete that voicemail. How thankful I am for that right now. That voicemail can be heard at the top of this post.
Love and condolences to Eric’s wife Rebecca, his daughter Carlie, and his sons Gavin and Talan. I hurt with you. I’ve lost a brother. <3