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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Report Card---"Private Life"

"Private Life" starts off very slowly.  But stay with it.
It's a very good movie about a middle-aged couple trying to have a child, and they run into problems all along the way.
It stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamanni.
They are both excellent.

On to the scoring.

Is it interesting?

For about the first forty minutes, it isn't then it picks up tremendously
B+.

Compelling even?

As it progresses.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

It could get where it's going faster.
B+.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

The leads are both great. Molly Shannon turns in a wonderful performance in a supporting role.
A. 

Well shot?

Very well.
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.
B-.

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

Immediately.  The present.
It deals with options that are only now just available.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

A little long.
B-.

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

Yes, and yes.
A.
.
Is it predictable?

Not to me.
A.

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

A little.
B.

Is it funny?

Often.
A.

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

No.  Another Netflix.
B. 

Is it impressive?

Very.
B+.

Overall grade: B+.

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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@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Report Card---"The Kindergarten Teacher"

When Netflix sends you DVDs of films you already have on Netflix, they are telling you that they consider them to be award worthy.
"The Kindergarten Teacher" is one such film.
And it is.
If only for Maggie Gyllenhaal's awesome performance.
She is a teacher unsuccessfully trying to come to terms with her extremely limited talents as a poet.
It is heartbreaking.

On to the scoring.

Is it interesting?

Verging on compelling.
A.

Compelling even?

Sometimes.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Excellent.
A.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?
Gyllenhaal is tremendous..  Everyone else is good.
A.

Well shot?

Very well.

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

Not really.
B-.

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

Immediately.  The present
It doesn't make much difference
B.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect.
A.

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

Yes, and yes.
A.
.
Is it predictable?

Not at all.
A.

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

Quite a bit.
A.

Is it funny?

Occasionally.
B.

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

No.  That's why I have Netflix.
B. 

Is it impressive?

Very.
A.

Overall grade: A.

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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@comcast.net
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."