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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Report Card---"Booksmart".

"Booksmart" is my idea of a very bad movie.
It stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as teenage female "buddies" about to graduate
high school.
They are both tremendously unpleasant as actresses.
And you're supposed to be crazy about them.
But that's me.
This is a movie that was not designed for me to like.
I am way too old to appreciate it.
If anyone can.
It is also a movie that performs relentlessly at the top of its lungs.
It is a loud movie.
A loud soundtrack and loud dialogue.
It is monstrously boring.

On to the scoring.

Is it interesting?

Lisa Kudrow is in the cast, and I held out hope that I'd like her in this.
It turns that she was in two little scenes as the mother of one of the teenagers.
C-.

Compelling even?

Never.
F.

Is it good storytelling?

It's not a good story.
F.

Is. it well written?

No.
D.

Is it well cast? Well played?

I will not become a Beanie Feldstein fan.
F.

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

I don't know who's to blame.
D.

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

Immediately.  The present.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

For a film under 2 hours, it seemed way too long.
F. 

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?.

Boy, I hope nobody is really like this.
D.

Is it predictable?

I gave up trying to predict early on.
C.

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

Not really.
C.
  
Is it funny?

Here and there.  Not often enough.
C+.
.
Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not a nickel.
D.

Is it impressive?

Not at all.  Unremittingly boring.
F.

Overall grade: D.

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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries 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, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Report Card---"Once Upon A Time---In Hollywood".

This is Quentin Tarantino's latest film.
If you don't have a sense of what it was like in Hollywood about 50 years ago, and you don't have
knowledge of what the Manson family's impact was on our culture, then there's nothing to enjoy here.
However, if you're like me, and you have that sense, and you have that knowledge, "Once Upon A Time---In Hollywood" is a great ride.

On to the scoring.

Is it interesting?

Fascinating
A+.

Compelling even?

Often.
A+

Is it good storytelling?

Mostly.
B+.

Is. it well written?

Extremely.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Up and down the line.  Damian Lewis (from "Billions") does an incredible Steve McQueen impression.
A+.

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

Tarantino is one of a kind.
A+.

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

Immediately.  1969.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

For a film that's almost 3 hours, It flew by.
A+. 

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?.
Yes, and yes.
A+.

Is it predictable?

Don't ever try to outguess Tarantino.
A+.


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

Often
A+.
  
Is it funny?

Often hilarious.
A+.
.
Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Oh, yes.
A+.

Is it impressive?

Truly.
A+

Overall grade: A+.

There is a major spoiler alert.
If you want to know what it is, email me at macchus999@aol.com.  

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries 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, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie 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."