I agree, Hank said somewhere that the first thing he saw on cable was "Eraserhead" and he was surprised and impressed. I thought maybe it was in "the captain is out to lunch..." but no it isn't.
cirerita's post after mine made me check a few of my browser bookmarks:
In an interview with for Film Comment magazine in 1987 Hank says:
We got cable TV here, and the first thing we switched on happened to be Eraserhead. I said, "What?s this?" I didn?t know what it was. It was so great. I said, "Oh, this cable TV has opened up a whole new world. We?re gonna be sitting in front of this thing for centuries. What next?" So starting with Eraserhead we sit here, click, click, click?nothing.
You can read this interview at: http://www.artdamage.com/buk/ginsoaked.htm
Personally, I must say how much I enjoyed seeing Jack Nance as the dick in Barfly. made me smile. Shame they toned his character down from the screenplay tho'.
In 'Hollywood' Hank refers to meeting Manz Loeb, the director of "Pencilhead" and "The Rat Man". He doesn't say if he preferred either of those movies :)
Also, in 'Hollywood' the movie director Hector Blackford
still owns the rights to the first novel, Shipping Clerk
"I'm still gonna make a movie out of Shipping Clerk some day".
Maybe after Taylor Hackford's success with Ray
, we might still see a big budget 'Post Office' someday.