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Monday, February 8, 2016

Report Card---"Legend"

"Legend" is a very entertaining movie about identical twin London gangsters in the 60's.
They are both played by Tom Hardy, who is absolutely incredible as both twins.
That's mostly what I remember about it.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Very
A.

Compelling even?

Only Hardy's performance.
A.

Is it controversial?

Not really.
C.

Is it a story worth telling?

Yes.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Fine.
B+.

Is it well written?

Well enough.
B.

Is it well cast? Well played?

It's all Hardy.
A.

Well shot?

Yes.
B+.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

No.
C-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

Immediately.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

A little long.
C.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes.
B.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

No, and yes.
A.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

No.
C.

Is it funny?

On occasion.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

No.
F.

Is it impressive?

Only Hardy.
B.

Overall grade: B.

THIS is the one he should have been nominated for. Not "The Revenant" or "Mad Max", as good as he was in those.

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My books, "Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Report Card: "The Danish Girl"


"The Danish Girl" is not about a girl who sells Danish.
It's about the stone-age Caitlin Jenner.
It takes place in the 1920's, with Eddie Redmayne coming to terms with his sexuality.
And how he resolves it.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Not to me.
C.

Compelling even?

Perhaps to some, not me.
B-.

Is it controversial?

It was, and still is.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

I suppose.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

It was told so grimly
C.

Is it well written?

It was totally devoid of humor.
C-.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Eddie Redmayne was quite convincing as someone who might have this problem. He seems quite feminine.
It's not like it was Ernest Borgnine or anything.
Or Jeffrey Tambor. Wait, maybe that was a bad example.
Hmm, not really. What Tambor does on "Transparent" is primarily for comedic effect.
A.

Well shot?

Rather drearily.
C.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not in a positive way.
C-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

Immediately.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Too long to suit me.
C.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Sort of.
C+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I didn't know where it was going, nor did I care.
B-.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I don't care about Caitlin Jenner either.
C-.

Is it funny?

Asked and answered.
F.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

On no level.
F.

Is it impressive?

Redmayne was kind of impressive.
B.

Overall grade: C.

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My books, "Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Report Card----"Mad Max: Fury Road"

This is the kind of movie that I would never consider sitting through, except for the fact that they sent me the DVD, and it was nominated for
Best Picture.
It is post-apocalyptic Cowboys and Indians.
Not my favorite thing.
The first hour-and-a-half is a complete, extremely loud shoot-'em-up, with incredibly sophisticated weaponry.
And I gave less than a crap about it.
The story was buried somewhere in there.
I sort of cared about the last half-hour, but not enough to justify what preceded it.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Mostly not.
C.

Compelling even?

Never.
D.

Is it controversial?

No.
D.

Is it a story worth telling?

No.
D.

Is it good storytelling?

Mostly not.
C-.

Is it well written?

I barely detected any writing.
C-.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Tom Hardy is probably the best actor I never heard of until this year.
Charlize Theron was quite effective.
A.

Well shot?

Extremely.
A+.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not that I'm aware of.
C-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

Immediately.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way long.
C.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Somewhat.
B.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It's Good Guys vs. Bad Guys. So what do you think?
C-.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not at all. I was still trying to get the ringing out of my ears.
F.

Is it funny?

Rarely.
C-.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Knowing what I know now, I would have skipped it altogether.
F.

Is it impressive?

Only on a special-effects level.
C-

Overall grade: C-.

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My books, "Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Report Card----"Bridge Of Spies"

I was pleasantly surprised by "Bridge of Spies".
I was about thirteen when this story actually happened.
And I was just that much more than a fetus that I actually remembered much of what was reported about it at the time.
But there was far more to it than that, and far more at stake.
I didn't even know that the Tom Hanks character existed, and how pivotal he was to its success.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Far more than I expected it to be.
A.

Compelling even?

On occasion.
A.

Is it controversial?

Not so much any more. It was then.
B.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

It is great storytelling.
A+.

Is it well written?

Extremely
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Hanks is his usual great. I've seen Mark Rylance on Broadway, in a play called La Bete, and he gave one of the funniest performances I have ever seen.
He is one of those Alec Guinness actors who gets totally immersed in his characters and can do anything.
A+.

Well shot?

Extremely.
A+.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Spielberg always does.
A+.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

Immediately.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Never a problem.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Both. Tremendously.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Unless you're quite young, you know exactly where it's going. But it's all in the getting there.
A.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Mainly about how much I didn't know.
A.

Is it funny?

When it wants to be.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

I could have waited until HBO.
C.

Is it impressive?

Extremely.
A+.

Overall grade: A.

The less you know about this story going in, the more you get out of it.

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My books, "Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Okay, So Who's Worse, Governor Snyder Or Cosby?

It's a no-brainer.
At worst, Cosby raped around eighty women.
They all survived.
Certainly not without trauma, but with their health.
He's admitted to at least drugging some women, albeit ostensibly by their own consent.
But we all know better.
Even so, we're talking eighty relatively healthy women.
Governor Snyder was a total scumbag when he replaced legitimately elected officials in Michigan with his own appointed "city managers".
In predominantly poor, black areas.
And there is no doubt in my mind that he knew well in advance of the magnitude of the water problem in Flint, Michigan.
And was willing to tell their citizens that there was nothing wrong with the drinking water.
"Drink all you want! It won't hurt you!"
Major health damage will be done in Flint.
We can't even fathom the extent of it.
Ten people have already been killed because of this.
It might end up killing many, many children.
And adults.
There is most-likely irreversible brain damage on it's way.
Snyder is totally responsible for this.
The buck stops with him.
Nobody else.
He doesn't even seem to understand why he's being blamed.
Sure, he doesn't.
This was not his "Katrina" as Snyder put it.
Katrina was a natural disaster.
Flint is a disaster created by Snyder.
Just to save money.
Not even a lot of money.
So he could further justify the tax breaks he gave to the rich guys who elected him.
He was told there were problems from the beginning, and just turned a blind eye to it.
And, as of this writing, nothing of substance has been done to fix the problem.
This is of course, inexcusable.
And don't give me "lack of intent".
Yes, Cosby had darker intentions, and no, Snyder didn't deliberately want to inflict damage on an entire city.
He was merely disinterested about it.
How much better is that?
At best, you can say he is a bottom-feeder, a political hack.
At worst he should be regarded as a mass murderer as the death toll mounts.
Along the lines of Adolf Eichmann, the difference being that if believed, Eichmann was only carrying out orders.
Snyder essentially gave the orders.
He must resign, be prosecuted, and throw himself on the mercy of the court, who should show him none.
Why isn't this THE biggest story of our time?
Of ANY time?

Give me Cosby any day.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Abe Vigoda

Two things about Abe Vigoda:

I lost an actor who I wanted for the lead in a pilot we were going to shoot in the seventies.
He gave a great audition and we wanted him badly.
But the series "Fish" had sold and the actor in question was offered the third lead in "Fish".
The actor was torn.
He knew that our pilot script was better than what they were doing and what he would be doing with "Fish".
But "Fish was a guaranteed thirteen on the air.
We were just a pilot that might or might not sell.
For him, it was a virtual no-brainer.
You don't turn down a guaranteed thirteen on the air.
And he didn't. And we lost him.
They ended up shooting thirty-five episodes.
Our series also sold, and we ended up shooting twenty-seven.
In retrospect, I'm sure he felt he made the wrong choice.
I know we thought so.
And the ghost of this other actor lingered over our set during the entire run.

I always thought that Abe Vigoda worked much better in small doses, like on "Barney Miller".
I don't think they ever gave him more than one line to say at a time.
And he always scored.
Same thing with Jack Soo.
I watched 'Fish" once.
They gave him a far bigger load to carry.
He really couldn't.

My other memory of Abe Vigoda, which for the life of me, I can't fathom why I remember it, was that at around 1969, when I was making the rounds in
New York, trying to get work as an actor, I would get the trade papers every week.
Show Business and Backstage.
And in both of them, during one week, there was an ad taken out announcing that actor Abe Vigoda had changed his name to "Gabe Vigoda".
I'm not kidding.
I had heard of Abe Vigoda at the time.
He was a working, or at least semi-working actor.
This was before "The Godfather" and "Barney Miller".
This flirtation with "Gabe" couldn't have lasted more than a few months.
Did he really think it was going to change his life?
Who the hell knows?

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Report Card----"Room"

"Room" is a totally compelling movie about a woman who has been imprisoned by her husband in a 10x10 room, along with her very young son.
When the boy is five they successfully escape, the boy encounters the real world for the first time. It is a wondrous experience for him, as you would expect it would be.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Fascinating.
A+.

Compelling even?

Totally.
A+.

Is it controversial?

On all levels.
A+.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

It is great storytelling.
A+.

Is it well written?

Extremely
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Brie Larson, as the mother, is tremendous.
A+.

Well shot?

Fine.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not that I could see.
C-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

It doesn't clearly, but it really doesn't matter.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Just right.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Both. A lot.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Never predictable.
A.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

It is quite haunting.
A.

Is it funny?

When it wants to be.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Very much.
A+.

Is it impressive?

Stunningly.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

You get the feeling I liked this picture.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Report Card---"The Revenant'

"The Revenant" is a large movie.
Everything about it is large.
It has a huge canvas.
It takes place in the freezing cold wilderness near Yellowstone Park, somewhere in the distant past.
We're never quite told when.
It involves Leonardo DiCaprio as a fur trapper.
Under the circumstances, this is not a safe job.
Bears are attacking him, Indians are attacking him, his own men are attacking him.
The whole movie cries out "Stay in your house. Get a desk job."
He isn't having any.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

On occasion. Not nearly enough.
C.

Compelling even?

Almost never.
D.

Is it controversial?

Some interesting moral issues are brought up.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

I suppose.
B.

Is it good storytelling?

There is about a half hour's worth of storytelling stretched over two-and-a-half hours. The last half hour picks up a little, but it's still by the numbers.
F.

Is it well written?

There doesn't seem to be a lot of writing.
C.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Thomas Hardy, whom I will write about when I talk about "Legend" was terrific. DiCaprio, except for maybe five lines, grunted his way through the movie.
B-.

Well shot?

Fine.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not that I could see.
C-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

It took way too long.
D.

Is it too long? Too short?

It is way, way, way too long.
F.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes but I really think these characters get what they deserve from making poor career choices.
C+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I knew exactly where it was going after about forty minutes into it.
D.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about how it cost me about three hours of my life.
F.

Is it funny?

Not to me.
F.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Oh, God, no!
F.

Is it impressive?

Only visually.
B+.

Overall grade: C-.

You shouldn't get a nomination for grunting, or for being this movie.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Report Card---"The Big Short"

"The Big Short" has a great premise.
A few guys have figured out that the housing bubble was about to happen in the mid 2000s and the economy is about to collapse.
Nobody takes them seriously.
So they decide to bet against the economy.
If it tanks, they win.
If it doesn't, everybody else wins, and they lose.
We like these guys, and as an audience find ourselves in the strange position of rooting for them, against our own interests.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Totally.
A+.

Compelling even?

Often
A+.

Is it controversial?

Very.
A+.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Excellent. It got a little technical. I think I would have enjoyed it a little more if I had more of a business background. My wife does, and she enjoyed it even more.
I was a little confused, but I think it was my bad.
A.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is excellent.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Great cast. Great performances.
A+.

Well shot?

Fine.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not that I could see.
C-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

It was a lot of places, and it never mattered
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Length is not a problem.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally and totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was not ahead of it.
A.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

It certainly is thought-provoking.
A+.

Is it funny?

Quite often.
A+.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Yes.
A+.

Is it impressive?

On all levels.
A+.

Overall grade: A.

Certainly deserves its nomination.
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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Monday, January 11, 2016

Report Card----"Spotlight"

"Spotlight" is essentially "All The President's Men" with the villain being the Catholic Church and the priests who have molested little boys.
As opposed to Nixon, who molested the country.
It's a little more complicated, as we suspect that one of the reporters is complicit in the cover-up.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Pretty consistently.
A.

Compelling even?

Occasionally.
A.

Is it controversial?

By nature.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

I think it tipped it's hand a little early, but it was still very good storytelling.
A+.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is excellent.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Uniformly.
A+.

Well shot?

Fine.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not at all.
C-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Instantly. Boston.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Length is not a problem.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally and totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I think I figured it out before they wanted me to.
C.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not a lot.
C.

Is it funny?

Here and there.
B.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not really.
F.

Is it impressive?

Quite.
A.

Overall grade: A.

This is a very good movie. The whole is better than it's parts.
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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

My Pat Harrington Jr. Story.

I'd never met Pat Harrington Jr. until maybe three years ago.
But in the late eighties I had a couple of very ugly phone conversations with him.
I was living in Columbus Ohio at the time, and I had recently written a play.
A friend of mine there, the local mover and shaker in Columbus, read the play, loved it, and wanted to produce it, either there, or use Columbus as a launching pad to get it to New York.
He apparently knew everybody with money in Columbus and tried to put together a reading with celebrities, and a party for potential investors that these celebrities would attend and glad-hand with the potential investors.
He asked if I could get Penny Marshall. They'd give her a first class plane ticket, put her up in a first class hotel, and feed her.
I said I'd ask.
She was in New York.
I flew to New York, script in hand.
She was staying in Lorne Michaels' Central Park West Apartment by herself.
Pretty impressive digs.
During our meeting, the phone continued to ring.
Part of her deal was that she'd have to answer Lorne Michael's phone.
At one point, she actually had to put Neil Simon on hold to talk to Paul Simon.
Then put Paul on hold to talk to Neil.
I was sitting there hoping that Carly Simon would call for the Trifecta.
No such luck.
She liked the play well enough to agree to get on the plane to Columbus, implying that this would be doing me a major favor.
I expected nothing less, and reported back my success at landing Penny.
Now, it was a matter of nailing down a male lead.
I don't remember who first came up with the name, but someone mentioned Pat Harrington Jr.
I thought it was a good idea.
I called his agent who gave me his number.
I called Pat, explained the situation to him and his first question was "How much am I getting paid?"
I was given no budget to pay anyone and told him that.
He said "Then why should I do it?"
I said that "well, Penny Marshall is doing it"
He said "Can you guarantee me that if I do it that if there is a production I will be given the part?"
I started doing my version of "homina-homina-homina".
"Are you guaranteeing this to Penny?"
It never occurred to me that Penny would even consider actually doing a production of the play.
So I say "It hasn't even come up".
He says "Well it's come up with me."
I wasn't going to lie to him.
If it was totally up to me I'd guarantee it. I knew he'd be right for it, and respected his talent that much.
But what if he came and did the reading, and stunk out the joint?
And the potential investors vetoed him?
So I said "I would like to, but I can't guarantee anything. But it's just one night out of your life, and you'll be treated well, but it is an audition.
You should want to do it because the play and the part is that good."
He was willing to look at the script, and was not impressed enough to get on the plane.
He wanted to get paid.
Ever since, I wasn't able to look at Pat Harrington Jr. on TV without getting a bellyache.
I couldn't watch "One Day at a Time" again, so it did have its upside.
We didn't attempt to replace him because shortly after, of course, as is her wont, Penny bailed on us and the event never happened.
Cut to: three years ago.
I was in L.A.
My friend Mark Evanier invited me to attend a meeting of Yarmy's Army, a social club made up of older comedians, many of whom I had hired at some point.
Pat Harrington Jr. was there. He was a founding member of Yarmy's Army. I knew he'd probably be there, and it made me anxious.
Mark Evanier introduced me to everyone.
One of the most effusive greetings I got was from Pat Harrington Jr.
Of course, I thought he had held a grudge against me all those years.
Of course, he never even remembered my name. And I hadn't met him until that night.
What on earth was I thinking?

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams by her , Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally signed by me, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My Review of This Year's Kennedy Center Honors.

There was a request for this in the comment section.
So, okay, here goes.
First, they were all good choices.
And it would have been unfortunate if any of them were to die before they were awarded this.
Show wise, I think the batting order was right on.
Open lively with Rita Moreno, with dancers performing "America".
She should have gotten this award years ago.
Certainly before Chita Rivera, her closest comp.
Chita won it nine years ago.
I'm sure Rita has been stewing ever since.
She is far more famous, at least outside of New York City.
What took so long?

Same thing with George Lucas.
He invented everything that Spielberg "appropriated" in his films.
As they showed the montage of Lucas's films, I was surprised how many of them I thought were directed by Spielberg.
Maybe the nominating committee thought so too.

Seiji Ozawa---They needed someone classical. He was as good an idea as anyone.

Cicely Tyson---Great body of work, still working at 90. Great idea.

Carole King---The highlight of the evening. They showed highlights from "Beautiful", her Broadway show.
Just the kind of show I had no desire to see, until I saw those highlights.
I think it's playing in Chicago at the moment, and I think I want to see it, although I'm pretty sure this version doesn't have
James Taylor singing "Up On The Roof".
And this gave the audience the best opportunity to do a sing-along since they honored Neil Diamond and he was serenaded by the audience with
"Sweet Caroline", ending with Caroline Kennedy leading the serenading.
They then did the most anti-climactic thing I've ever seen by closing the show with a very subdued tribute to Yo-Yo Ma.
Somebody was asleep at the switch.

That's what I've got.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally signed by me, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

My new e-mail address


macchus999@comcast.net

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally signed by me, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Report Card----"The Hateful Eight"

Of Quentin Tarantino movies, I hated "Kill Bill" 1 and 2.
I've loved all the others.
Including "The Hateful Eight".
It's got everything there is to love about Tarantino movies.
Great storytelling, great dialogue, great violence, great directorial flourishes, great casting and performances.
He doesn't miss a trick in this one.
It's a western starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Pretty tough to miss with that start.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Relentlessly.
A+.

Compelling even?

Often.
A+.

Is it controversial?

It's a ripping yarn. That's all it needs to be.
No grade.

Is it a story worth telling?

Any yarn that's ripping is worth telling.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

It is uniquely Tarantino in it's approach to storytelling. Reminiscent of "Pulp Fiction" in its non-linearity.
A+.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is great.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

All wonderful.
A+.

Well shot?

Incredibly.
A+.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Does he ever.
A+.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Early enough.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

It's almost three hours and just zips by.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally and totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Lots of surprises.
A+.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Just about how fun it all was.
A+.

Is it funny?

Extremely.
A+.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Sure.
A+.

Is it impressive?

In every way.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

I think I've run out of compliments.
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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Report Card----"The Martian"

"The Martian" is a first cousin once removed to the movie "Gravity".
You know. The one with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in outer space.
This one has Matt Damon in the Sandra Bullock part.
And it's just as unbelievable.
I mean, how can you do a movie about major space exploration without some major movie star's life being in jeopardy?
I ask you.
Because, after all, all astronauts are major movie stars.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Occasionally.
B-.

Compelling even?

Never.
F.

Is it controversial?

Not at all.
F.

Is it a story worth telling?

It is pure fiction.
F.

Is it good storytelling?

It is as predictable as "Gravity", which is to say "Very".
F.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is okay.
B.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Damon's pretty good. But really no great shakes.
B+.

Well shot?

If that's what Mars looks like, it's gorgeous. That's probably the edge it has over "Gravity".
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

No one else has ever attempted to film Mars, except maybe Melies, if that was Mars, and it was better than that, Still, I have no clue.
?

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. Mars and Houston, in that order.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way too long. They could have cut about twenty minutes. Just about any twenty minutes.
F.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

I really didn't go along for the ride. Although Damon was rather engaging.
C+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It was never not predictable. That was the main problem.
F.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Just about how formulaic it all was.
F.

Is it funny?

Here and there.
B.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

The special effects were awesome, if that's the kind of thing that matters to you. It doesn't to me.
C-.

Is it impressive?

Visually, perhaps. That's all.
C.

Overall grade: C-.

The only positive thing I can say about it is it was not as bad as "Gravity" and Matt Damon is a lot easier to take than Sandra Bullock.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Report Card----"Joy"

"Joy" is a most entertaining, wonderful story. It's about Joy, the inventor of the self squeezing mop that we all now have.
And how against all odds, she was able to retain the patents for them.
Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful in it as Joy.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Extremely.
A+.

Compelling even?

Often.
A+.

Is it controversial?

It is a triumph of perseverance.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Extremely.
A+.

Is it well written?

Very.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

De Niro has a big part, and is great. Isabella Rossellini was a great idea. I'm starting to get what all the shouting is all about with Bradley Cooper. And I long ago predicted that Melissa Rivers future lie in hawking her mother's jewelry on TV and portraying her mother whenever the gig came up. Both came up in "Joy". She did not embarrass herself.
A+.

Well shot?

Very.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Yes.
A.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. Boston. Mostly in the nineties. Mostly by the cars. They weren't as good as the cars of the fifties, but you can't have everything.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Not any problem.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

It's a true story, although I understand that they only took out the boring parts. You love the characters.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I never knew where it was going and I was completely sucked in.
A+.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Just about how much I liked it.
A+.

Is it funny?

Very. Particularly De Niro, who is a complete hoot.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Ohhh...why not.
A+.

Is it impressive?

Totally.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

The winners keep comin'.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Report Card----"Carol"

"Carol" is an extraordinarily well-made movie that is utterly absorbing, with an incredibly nuanced performance by Cate Blanchette.
We see the beginnings of a lesbian love story between Cate and Rooney Mara in the early 1950s.
This is complicated by a child custody battle in Cate's upcoming divorce.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Fascinating.
A+.

Compelling even?

One of THE most compelling films I have seen in a long time.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Stories about lesbian relationships in the 1950s are by nature controversial.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Extremely.
A+.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is quite excellent.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Cate may be replacing Streep as the best we have.
A+.

Well shot?

Exquisitely. And, of course, I love the cars.
A+.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

It seems so.
A.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. Manhattan.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

You're so into it that you don't even notice.
A+

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Utterly, and utterly.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

You never feel like you're ahead of it.
A.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Just about how good it all is.
A+.

Is it funny?

On occasion, for a pretty substantive film.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If that was the only way to see it, absolutely.
A+.

Is it impressive?

Totally.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

Another in a spate of truly great films.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Report Card----"Brooklyn"

"Brooklyn" is a movie that you really want to fall in love with.
And for the first two thirds of it, I was in love with it.
Then, the story took a shallow, meaningless turn, and never recovered from it.
It takes place in the early 1950s.
It is about a young Irish girl who has the opportunity to move to America, specifically Brooklyn, where a better job awaits her.
She leaves behind a mother and a sister who she adores.
Will she make the adjustment?
Soon enough she has an Italian boyfriend and is head over heels in love with him.
For reasons I won't divulge she returns to Ireland for a "short visit".
Will she return?

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

It's never not interesting.
A.

Compelling even?

Not quite.
B.

Is it controversial?

No.
B-.

Is it a story worth telling?

There really isn't enough of a legitimate conflict.
Perhaps it could be fixed.
B-.

Is it good storytelling?

Until about the 1 hour and ten minute mark.
C.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is quite engaging.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Extremely.
A+.

Well shot?

Extremely. I love the cars.
A+.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

It is very atmospheric. But I suppose anyone could have done it as well.
B-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. First Ireland, then Brooklyn.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Length was not the problem. I just thought the ending was arrived at totally artificially.
B.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Until the two-thirds mark.
C.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

That's the problem. Once you see where it's going, it's totally predictable.
D.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I'm still trying to figure out how to fix it. And it's too late.
C-.

Is it funny?

It's often quite charmingly funny.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

'Fraid not.
C-.

Is it impressive?

On some levels.
B.

Overall grade: B-.

Obviously, I'm leaving out the spoiler alert.
If you want it, send me an e-mail and I'll send it to you.
My e-mail address is below.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Report Card----"By The Sea"

Well, the last five movies I saw and did Report Cards on have been so good that I was starting to think that I was never going to have to see a bad movie again.
Then, I saw "By The Sea".
So much for that theory.
This movie is so dreadfully wretched that I am astounded that anyone would give them the money to make it, even though it had Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie.
It was "written" and "directed" by Ms. Jolie.
I use quotes because it doesn't seem to be written or directed by anyone.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

One of THE most boring movies I have ever seen.
F.

Compelling even?

The concept isn't even amusing to think about.
F.

Is it controversial?

Only in the sense that it got made.
F.

Is it a story worth telling?

There WAS no story.
F.

Is it good storytelling?

There WAS no story.
F.

Is it well written?

There was no writing. To quote Truman Capote, there was only typing.
F.

Is it well cast? Well played?

If it was anyone else, it wouldn't have been made, so no.
F.

Well shot?

It was very scenic, but so is a travelogue.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

I think you can only do that with something of quality.
F.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. But vaguely. It's a seaside resort in the Mediterranean. But we're never told when it takes place.
There is an old television set, but it's Europe. Pitt plays a writer with writer's block. And he has a typewriter.
Not a computer. Their car is a foreign sports car of indeterminate age. After I saw it, I went to IMDB. They said it took place in the 70s.
C.

Is it too long? Too short?

It was interminable. And I sensed that it would be in the first minute. My shit detector was in overdrive.
F.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

No, and no.
F.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Only that it would end at some point. With about fifteen minutes left, it hinted at being about something.
Too little, too late.
F.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

As soon as I'm done writing this I'm going to attempt to blot it out of my memory.
F.

Is it funny?

Maybe unintentionally, here and there.
F.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

They don't have enough money in the world to get me to sit through it again.
F.

Is it impressive?

Not ever.
F.

Overall grade: F.

A total vanity production, from top to bottom.
Avoid it like the plague.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Report Card---"Trumbo"

I think it would be almost impossible to make a bad movie about the life of the legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
"Trumbo" certainly does not disappoint.
I've seen Trumbo being interviewed many times, and Bryan Cranston nails him.
He is perfect.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Extremely. It tells you everything worth knowing about the blacklist. I thought I knew everything.
Turns out I didn't.
A+.

Compelling even?

Always.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Probably the most controversial story of the 20th century. .
A+.

Is it a story worth telling?

Of course.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Great storytelling on every level.
A+.

Is it well written?

First rate.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes on all counts. Except one. There is an actor in it who plays Edward G. Robinson, who was a "Friendly" witness, something I wasn't aware of. And there's another actor, Roger Bart, who plays a studio executive. He looks just like the actor who plays Edward G. Robinson. It's another case of "Is that him or the other one?" Those of you who know me know how much I hate that.
C+.

Well shot?

Very.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not that I could see.
C.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally, and totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I pretty much knew the story. It did not deter my enjoyment of the film.
A.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Often.
A+.

Is it funny?

Quite.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If you like to spend money on movies....
A.

Is it impressive?

Overwhelmingly.
A+

Overall grade: A+.

Yet another truly great movie.
Mainly due to Cranston.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Report Card----"Truth"

"Truth" is Robert Redford as Dan Rather.
It's about his firing at CBS for reporting on George W. Bush's poor attendance record when he was in the National Guard, dodging the draft. They had him dead to rights but key witnesses were forced to recant after pressure was put on by the Bush family. This was right before Bush's re-election.
It's a great story, and the movie should have been made right after the election, when it might have done some good.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Extremely. And I knew nothing about it.
A+.

Compelling even?

Quite.
A+.

Is it controversial?

It cost Rather his job. It shouldn't have.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Totally great storytelling. It's a great story.
A+.

Is it well written?

First rate.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes on all counts. Redford totally captures Rather.
A+.

Well shot?

Very.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not that I could see.
C.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

It's never an issue.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I knew he was fired. Everything else was surprising and distressing.
A+.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Often. Mainly about how Al Gore should have been President. Twice.
A+.

Is it funny?

Sometimes very funny.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If you like to spend money on movies....
A.

Is it impressive?

Overwhelmingly.
A+

Overall grade: A+.

This is another truly great movie.
It's starting to become an embarrassment of riches.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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A+.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Great storytelling. It's a great story.
A+.

Is it well written?

Nobody writes better dialogue than Aaron Sorkin. And his fingerprints are all over this one.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes on all counts.
A+.

Well shot?

Very.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

It's Sorkin's movie
B.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

It's never an issue.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

At 2 hours, it just zips by.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It was all news to me.
A+.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Often.
A+.

Is it funny?

When it's called for.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If you're so inclined.
A.

Is it impressive?

Overwhelmingly.
A+

Overall grade: A+.

This is a truly great movie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Report Card-----"Steve Jobs".

I was truly surprised by how little I knew about Steve Jobs before I saw this movie.
Afterwards, I checked out Wikipedia to get a sense of how accurate it was.
Turns out, it was pretty accurate.
This is a fascinating story about a complete megalomaniac.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

I'll use the word again. Fascinating.
A+.

Compelling even?

Most of the time.
A+.

Is it controversial?

He seems to have been a lot of different things to a lot of people. Some give him very little credit for his contributions to
Apple's success. Some give him a lot. It's difficult to tell where the truth lies. This adds to the overall interest.
A+.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Great storytelling. It's a great story.
A+.

Is it well written?

Nobody writes better dialogue than Aaron Sorkin. And his fingerprints are all over this one.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes on all counts.
A+.

Well shot?

Very.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

It's Sorkin's movie
B.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

It's never an issue.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

At 2 hours, it just zips by.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It was all news to me.
A+.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Often.
A+.

Is it funny?

When it's called for.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If you're so inclined.
A.

Is it impressive?

Overwhelmingly.
A+

Overall grade: A+.

This is a truly great movie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Report Card-----"Black Mass"

"Black Mass" is Johnny Depp as the notorious criminal-turned-FBI informant Whitey Bulger.
I was vaguely aware of his case.
"Black Mass" lays it out completely.
I don't know why it's called "Black Mass"
It's a particularly off-putting, inappropriate title, and wouldn't lend itself to my wanting to see it.
That being said, there are lots of good things to say about it.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Pretty consistently.
A.

Compelling even?

Occasionally.
A.

Is it controversial?

Nobody really disputes what happened.
B.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely. And it's true.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Very violent, and gory. Much like his life.
A.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes on all counts.
A.

Well shot?

Very.
A.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

I don't think so.
C.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

It's immediately and quite colorfully established immediately as South Boston in the mid seventies and then the mid eighties.
Great looking cars.
I miss them.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and yes.
A.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I had no recollection of what happened to Bulger. I was somewhat surprised when that information was revealed.
A+.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not really, but it doesn't matter.
B.

Is it funny?

When it wants to be, which is often enough.
B.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Probably not.
C.

Is it impressive?

Fairly impressive.
B.

Overall grade: B+.

When it shows up on HBO, I'd keep an eye out for it.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

THE Eaton Magoon Jr.


So I'm watching a rerun of the old "To Tell The Truth" series, because there is just so much Paris news that I can stomach.
It's from about 1961.
Don Ameche is one of the panelists.
Bud Collyer is promoting and plugging Ameche's new Broadway musical, "Thirteen Daughters".
Now, I have prided myself in knowing everything there is to know about every Broadway musical, and who appeared in them.
I had never heard of "Thirteen Daughters".
I knew about "Silk Stockings" the Cole Porter show he starred in, and "Goldilocks" which had Elaine Strich and a wonderful Leroy Anderson score. And "Henry, Sweet Henry" which was an adaptation of "The World Of Henry Orient", with a nice score by Bob Merrill.
They all had Ameche.
But "Thirteen Daughters"? I was drawing a blank.
But the Internet didn't let me down.
I did a search. I learned that it took place in Hawaii in the late 1800's, and had book, music, and lyrics by one Eaton Magoon, Jr.
It also contains a song called "Puka,Puka Pants". Apparently not a highlight, at least according to Walter Kerr, who reviewed it.
This all begs the question "How do you raise the money for a piece of drivel like this?" How do you get Don Ameche to star in it?"
But somehow the money was raised and Don Ameche was roped into it, and spent the evenings speaking in pidgin English, with his eyebrows taped down.
It ran 28 performances before they had to fumigate the theatre.
This led me to check out Eaton Magoon Jr.'s other credits if he in fact had any.
One other credit: In the early 1970's, Magoon resurfaced by providing the book, music, and lyrics for another musical about Hawaii in the 1800s.
It was called "Heathen!"
This one didn't have no Don Ameche.
It didn't have anybody that I had heard of.
This begs the question "Did he have the nerve to go back to any of the original investors of "Thirteen Daughters" for another
go-round?
"Heathen" folded after opening night, unanimously slammed by the critics.
How the hell did he raise the money for this one?
This one baffled me.
So, in desperation, I called the only expert on Hawaii that I know. my sister Leslie.
She has spent half her life living in Hawaii.
I held out very little hope that she could help me, but I took a shot.
She never heard of Eaton Magoon Jr.
But after a minute or two she recalled the name Magoon as someone who was a member of her health club.
She did a search, and learned that the Magoons were one of the wealthiest families in the Hawaiian islands.
Old man Magoon could have easily sprung for whatever it cost to mount a Broadway musical in 1961, or 1972.
So there you have it.
They were both total vanity productions.
And I consider my knowledge broadened.


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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Report Card----"99 Homes"

"99 Homes" is a totally absorbing, tragic story about the recently burst housing bubble---the victims and the victimizers.
It's a very literate film, totally geared for adults.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Constantly.
A+.

Compelling even?

Constantly.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Extremely.
A+

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

It is a model of good storytelling.
A+.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

It's got Laura Dern, having an adult son, and a young grandson. I don't like to think of Laura Dern in those terms.
but she was very good.
B.

Well shot?

Very.
A..

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

I don't think so. All that's needed is to follow the script.
C.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

It's established early on as Orlando Florida.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and yes.
A.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Slightly predictable, but it surprises in its execution..
B.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Yes. It's subject matter is mesmerizing, and I learned a great deal about it.
A+

Is it funny?

Occasionally, in a deadpan way.
A.


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If you're so inclined.
A.

Is it impressive?

One of the most impressive.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

There should be more like this one.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Report Card----"Trainwreck"

I had much higher hopes for this one.
I love Amy Schumer's TV show.
I think Bill Hader is extremely talented.
And the first five minutes, a flashback of 23 years where Colin Quinn, as Amy's and her sister's father, explains to them why he's divorcing their mother.
It is manic, and easily the funniest thing in the movie.
So it peaked in the first five minutes.
And went steadily downhill from there.
Not much of a spoiler alert, but Quinn's character dies half way through.
His scenes were the only things I had to look forward to.
It reminded me of "City Slickers".
When Jack Palance died the movie died.
But "City Slickers" at least had the good taste to be hilarious for the first 45 minutes.
"Trainwreck" was only funny when Colin Quinn was on the screen.
So when Quinn's character died, the movie died.
I've been reading Judd Apatow's book of interviews with comedians, which turns out to be as much about Judd Apatow as the comedians he's interviewing.
There is a running thread about how he is less than happy about his film output.
He doesn't seem to enjoy his movies.
All I can do is agree.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Intermittently.
C.

Compelling even?

Never. Not even in Quinn's scenes.
C-

Is it controversial?

Not at all.
D.

Is it a story worth telling?

There's nothing new here.
C-.

Is it good storytelling?

It is unnecessarily dark and painful.
D.

Is it well written?

It's a complete contrivance.
F.

Is it well cast? Well played?

They have Quinn, and Norman Lloyd. The rest are all people I like to see, but are totally wasted.
B.

Well shot?

Not particularly.
C.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Amy Schumer wrote it, and is capable of so much better. Maybe Apatow is a bad influence on her.
C-.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

It's New York, and it's early enough.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way too long,
C-.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

No, and no.
F.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Totally predictable, and absolutely no surprises.
D-.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about my disappointment with it.
D.

Is it funny?

Only Quinn. That's not enough.
C.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

No thank you.
F.

Is it impressive?

No.
F.

Overall grade: C-.

This movie was marketed fraudulently. They were selling a non-stop laff-riot.
What you got was a depressing downer that violated it's own reality.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

" The Squeaky Wheel...."

Al Molinaro died yesterday.
He was a lovely man.
I did two series with him.
He could always be counted on to get his laughs.
Mainly on the strength of his extremely funny face.
It used to drive Tony Randall crazy how effortlessly Al could get laughs.
Penny Marshall used to refer to Al as a shtick-tician.
He worked shtick like nobody's business.
Al had virtually no formal training.
He made an entire living with his face.
At one of the wrap parties, Garry Marshall said "there are graduates of Yale Drama School working as boxboys at
Ralph's supermarket, and Al Molinaro gets work."
I waited until his passing before telling this next story:
About five years into the run of "Happy Days" Al grew discontented that there were no stories being developed about his character.
He was an adult on a show about teenagers. As if anyone cared about stories about Al's character.
This was a man who should have been counting his blessings that he had a steady gig on an enormously successful show.
But it apparently wasn't enough.
Undaunted, he publicly pitched a story about the unrequited love of his life, Rosa Coletti.
He was totally indulged (not by me, I was merely an observer at that point.) and a script was shortly developed where Rosa Coletti appeared on stage, and in his life, but just once.
I didn't believe a word of it.
But it didn't hurt the show.
Nothing could. It was done purely just to mollify him.
But it was a tribute to the concept of the squeaky wheel getting the grease.
If Al hadn't brought it up so brazenly, we never would have seen Rosa Coletti.
As if this made any difference to Al Molinaro's career.
I guess you do anything at your disposal to call more attention to yourself, but all that Al will be remembered for is how funny he was.
Maybe I'm telling tales out of school, but Al was not above engaging in that particular underbelly of show business.
I never would have had the nerve to attempt something like that.
This was the only chink I ever saw in his other-wise spotless armor.

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My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
e-books. But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at macchus999@aol.com. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."