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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rothman's Oscar Picks, Part Four of Six.

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”   Terrific performance.  If he wasn't a sexual predator, he'd be a lock.

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”  Really good, but not overwhelming.

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”  Harkening back to yesterday, he was good, but was no Gene Kelly, no
Fred Astaire, no Donald O'Connor, no Mickey Rooney, no Robert Preston, hell, not even a friggin'
Van Johnson.  And where are their Best Actor Oscars?  Okay, Bing won for "Going My Way", but that was primarily not a musical. 
And Rex Harrison won for "My Fair Lady", if you call that singing.  I don't.

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic” Didn't see it, never heard of it, and on general principles, would never vote for anyone named Viggo.
 
Denzel Washington, “Fences”  Great as usual.  It's a two-horse race.  And with all these black nominees, I'd like to not be considered a racist. 
I'm hoping he did not do anything inappropriate with his dick, like Cosby.

The Winner:  Denzel.

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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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Monday, February 20, 2017

Rothman's Oscar Picks, Part Three of Six.

Best Actress:

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”  This is one of the few DVDs they didn't send me.  I have a feeling it wouldn't have made a difference.  Most Academy voters don't see everything,  but vote anyway.

Ruth Negga, “Loving”  Don't know the woman, but she seemed genuinely disinterested in what she was doing.

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”  I knew Jackie Kennedy.  She was no Jackie Kennedy.

Emma Stone, “La La Land”  Yeah, she was good, but she was no Eleanor Powell, no Cyd Charisse,
no Vera-Ellen, no Debbie Reynolds, no Alice Faye, no Leslie Caron, no Jane Powell--so where are their Academy Awards?  I know, Ginger Rogers, but that wasn't for a musical.

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”  The best we have, in perhaps her greatest performance.
And an even better musical performance than Emma Stone.

The Winner:  Streep.  No one else is even in the race.

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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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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Rothman's Oscar Picks, Part Two of Six.

Best Supporting actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”--Was unaffected by the movie, thus the performance. 

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”---One of those lifetime achievement awards.  I like voting for those, especially if I love the performance, which I did.

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”---Really good, but no real body of work.   Way too young.
Needs more of a resume.

Dev Patel, “Lion”---If anything, this should have been in the Best Actor Category.  But it didn't belong there either.

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals"---Made about 12 movies last year, and was great in all of them.  I can't get enough of him."Nocturnal Animals is probably his best so far.



The Winner---Jeff Bridges.  Shannon will probably make 12 more movies this year.  His time will come.

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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, February 18, 2017

Rothman's Picks For The Oscars, In Six Parts.


Each day, from now until Oscar Night, I will offer my selections for the awards, in six categorties.
Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture.
These are purely biased choices, based purely on my opinions.
This is not about who I think will win.
It's only about who I'd vote for.
First,
Best Supporting Actress. 


Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures-Great, and worthy.
Michelle Williams, Manchester ByThe Sea-Totally emotoioally wrenching.

The winner: Michelle Williams.  Not even close.
i
Sorry for the different colors. 
I didn't know how to fix 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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Friday, February 17, 2017

Report Card---"Touched With Fire"

This is a top quality film about two bi-polars who fall in love, and "what's to become of them"
They want to get married and have a  family, but is it fair to the child, or children?
There's certainly a lot to chew on here.  And it's done thoughtfully and intelligently.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Quite.
A.

Compelling even?

Often
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Certainly.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Excellent
A.

Is it well written?

Very much so.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Katie Holmes is terrific as the female lead.  Casting is first rate'
A+.

Well shot?

Yes.
A.

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

Dunno.
B.

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

Early.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect.
A.

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

Yes, and absolutely.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It reached a crossroads at the end, and I didn't see it coming.
A.

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

It's a topic that continually haunts me.
A.

Is it funny?

When it's appropriate.
A.

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

I think so.
A.

Is it impressive?

Extremely.
A.

Overall grade: A.

Deserved more attention at awards time.
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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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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Report Card---"The Meddler"

Oh dear, another chick flick.  And what's more, a particularly bad one.
It stars Susan Sarandon, who  I usually adore.
But she used a very affected New York accent.
She was terrible.
I've never witnessed this before.
It was shocking.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Never.
F.

Compelling even?

See above..
F.

Is it a story worth telling?

Not to me..
F.

Is it good storytelling?

See above.
F.

Is it well written?

Not at all.
D.

Is it well cast? Well played?

No. And a complete waste  of J.K. Simmons Much better in the Farmers Insurance Commercials.
F.

Well shot?

Not particularly
C.

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

No.
F.

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

It never mattered.
F.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way long.

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

No, and no.
F.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Not an issue.
F

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

Not even while I was seeing it.
F
  .
Is it funny?

Sarandon has some unintentionally funny moments.
B.

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

I would die first.
F.

Is it impressive?

Not worth discussing.
F.

Overall grade: F.

The bottom of the barrel.
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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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Monday, February 13, 2017

Report Card---"Hacksaw Ridge"

"Hacksaw Ridge is the last DVD that I received that I considered worthy of Best Picture.
It takes place during World War 2, and is about a young conscientious objector, who nevertheless sees quite a bi of action without a gun in his hands.  To the point where he receives the highest medal for bravery.
It's quite a story.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Extremely
A+.

Compelling even?

Absolutely.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Extremely
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Excellent
A.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

From top to bottom.
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 was Mel Gibson.  Who am I to say no?
A.

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

Immediately.
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?

Not at all predictable.
A.

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

It's quite thought-provoking.
A.
  .
Is it funny?

Has its moments.
B.

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

My arm could be twisted on this one.
A.

Is it impressive?

Very..
A.

Overall grade: A.

Yet again another rip-roarer.
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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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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Report Card----"Hell Or High Water"

This is some good movie.
It's about bank robbers, whom you root for to succeed.
The son of one of them needs brain surgery.
One of the Sheriffs, chasing them, was Jeff Bridges.
And how do you not like Jeff Bridges.
And this was him at his most likeable.
So this at least made you feel conflicted.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Extremely
A+.

Compelling even?

Often
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Extremely
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Excellent
A.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Bridges is always fun.
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 suppose.
A.

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

Immediately. The seventies.
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?

Not at at all.
A.

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

Here and there.
B.

Is it funny?

Often.
A.

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

Perhaps some bucks.
A.

Is it impressive?

Very..
A.

Overall grade: A.

Another rip-roarer.
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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, February 8, 2017

Report Card---"20th Century Women"

"20th Century Women" has that fatal flaw, as far as I'm concerned.
It is a chick-flick.
Sorry folks.  I've seen enough of them to know that as soon as I recognize what I am watching is a chick-flick, that it will give me the heebie-jeebies.
'20th Century Women" is no exception.
It's about a young boy whose primary influences are the three women he lived with growing up.
The main one is Annette Benng.
She is easily the best thing in this movie.
But that's not saying much.
She looked terrible.
I hope that they made her up to look much older than she is.
I looked it up.  She isn't that old.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Slighhtly.
C.

Compelling even?

Never.
C-.

Is it controversial?

Not to me.
C.

Is it a story worth telling?

Not to me.
C.

Is it good storytelling?

Not to me.
C.

Is it well written?

I suppose.
B.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Bening was great.  I didn't notice anyone else.
A.

Well shot?

Well enough.
B+.

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

If he did, I didn't notice.
C.

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

Immediately. The seventies.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way long.
D.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and no.
C.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It didn't make a  difference.
C.

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

Not at all
C-.

Is it funny?

Never.
D.

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

Not any bucks.
F.

Is it impressive?

I wasn't impressed.
C-.

Overall grade: C.

Call me prejudiced, if you must.  I just don't like them chick-flicks.
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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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Monday, February 6, 2017

Report Card---"Florence Foster Jenkins"

I am amazed that this movie wasn't nominated for Best Picture.
It is wonderful on so many levels.
Certainly not the least of which is Meryl Streep's performance.
I've said it before, I'll say it again:  she's the best we have.
The entire movie takes place in 1944.
So you know that there are all those great cars.
It is stunningly shot.
Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg are both wonderful.
It is a true story that I knew nothing about.
Florence Foster Jenkins was an opera singer very much in the way Mrs. Miller was a singer.
She practically kept the Metropolitan Opera afloat financially.
And her wish was to play Carnegie Hall.
Hugh Grant, as her husband, was determined to make that happen for her as her health was failing..
This entailed bribing an entire audience so she wouldn't be laughed off the stage.
Watching her rehearse, and perform in public is beyond funny.
And tragic at the same time.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Fascinating
A+.

Compelling even?

Totally.
A+.

Is it controversial?

At the time, probably.  Now, it's just a piece of history.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely. 
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Great storytelling.
A+.

Is it well written?

Extremely.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Beautifully on all levels.
A+.

Well shot?

Gorgeous.
A+.

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

Very much.
A+.

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

Immediately.  And, of course, as indicated, I loved the cars.
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?

Never predictable. Always surprising
A+.

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

Often.  Mostly about how great Streep is.
A+.

Is it funny?

A major hoot.
A+.

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

By the time I got around to seeing it, they weren't sending DVDs any more.
And this was the one I really wanted to see.
It was available on On Demand for six bucks.
I went to the hip.
I would have spent twice as much.
A+.

Is it impressive?

Overwhelmingly.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

If it was nominated it would be in my top three.  But there are so many good choices this year.
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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, February 1, 2017

Live Podcast Tonight.

I will be interviewed on "StusShow" live on tonight live on the Internet beginning at 4pm PST,
7 EST, for the rest of the country, you do the math.
Just go and google StusShow and follow the link to the website.
I will on between 2 and 3 hours.
Hope you'll join me.

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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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Report Card---"Loving"

I had an odd reaction to "Loving".
It is an interesting well-told story about the Supreme Court case that led to the legalization of interracial marriage in Virginia in the early 1960s where it was outlawed.
This was something I wasn't aware of, so it was an eye-opener.
The problem I had was that the actors seemed more disinterested in their problem than I was.
There was a sense of detachment that seemed inappropriate, and hurt the film immeasurably.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Often
A.

Compelling even?

Not quite.  It should have been.
C.

Is it controversial?

Very
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Yes. 
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Yes.
A.

Is it well written?

Yes.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

There was a problem somewhere.  It might have been the casting.
C.

Well shot?

Well enough
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.  And, of course, I loved the cars.
A+. 

Is it too long? Too short?

A tad long.
B-.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes. But I'd like to have cared more.
B.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Never predictable.
A.

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

Only about my prior lack of knowledge of the case.
A.

Is it funny?

Not at all.
C.

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

Nope.
D.

Is it impressive?

Yes, but a little too dry.
B.

Overall grade: B.

Just should have been more of a grabber.  It certainly had that potential.
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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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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Report Card---"Moonlight"

"Moonlight" is a movie that I admired tremendously.
Extremely well crafted, and well acted.
The only problem is that I didn't enjoy it.
It didn't touch any part of my life.
It's all about the black experience and homosexuality, all handled very sensitively, but not enough
to make me give a shit.
So I just kept waiting for it to be over.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Here and there.
B+.

Compelling even?

To blacks, probably.  Not to me.
B.

Is it controversial?

Very
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Yes. 
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Yes.
A.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Very well.  That black guy from "House of Cards" is nominated for Best Actor.  He deserves it.
He may even deserve to win.
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 know.
B-.

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

It takes place over two generations and it takes its time letting us know this.
C.

Is it too long? Too short?

A tad long.
B-.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and yes.
B+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Never predictable.
A.

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

Not really.
C.

Is it funny?

Not really.
C.

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

Nope.
D.

Is it impressive?

Very. 
A.

Overall grade: B.

With all the high grades, you'd think I'd like it more.
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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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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mary.

The main reason I don't write here every day is that unless I can bring something unique to the conversation, I leave it to others to be repetitive.
You don't need me to tell you how great the "Chuckles the Clown" episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show" was, or how seeing Mary in those Capri Pants on the Dick Van Dyke Show first stirred my loins.
I have my own contributions to make.
I loved and admired Mary Tyler Moore as much as anybody else, but I had two up close-up encounters with her.
And it was neither of our finest moments. 
The first was a day that Jay Sandrich, who directed quite a few episodes of "the Odd Couple", and many, many episodes of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show, asked me if I'd like to come and visit their set.
They were shooting that week.
I wouldn't have missed that opportunity for the world.
It was a Wednesday afternoon, just after lunchtime, I got onto the set, and there everybody was.
I guess I figured Jay would at least introduce me to Mary.
He didn't introduce me to anybody.
Mary was seated at the long writers table, reading the paper.
And I was this stranger who was peering over her shoulder, probably making her more than uncomfortable.  There was no reason to blame her.
I'm sure I seemed like an interloper, someone who didn't belong there.
And that was that.
I loitered for about fifteen minutes, then secure in the knowledge that Jay was never going to introduce me to her, I skulked away, back to my car, feeling like I had intruded.

Our second and last encounter took place at the Lyceum Theatre, a Broadway house, in 2010.
Valerie Harper was appearing in previews in a very good play called "Looped" in which she portrayed Tallulah Bankhead brilliantly.
I had good seats in the orchestra
About ten minutes before curtain on this Wednesday Matinee, a commotion began stirring in the house.
It was Mary Tyler Moore being led down the aisle by her husband.
I was seated two rows behind her.
Everybody was thinking "gee, isn't it nice that one old friend is out there supporting another.
And I was thinking "My  God! This woman is blind!  Or at least very close to it.  The diabetes has
really taken it's toll."  That's the way it looked to me.
And she was really there to just listen to the play, which was still pretty courageous.
Shortly after this, Valerie Harper revealed that she ad cancer,
The kind that you die from.
She's still here.  I guess some sort of major remission has taken place.
Mary and Valerie appeared together after that on an episode of "Hot In Cleveland" where it was quite apparent that Mary, if not totally blind, could just barely see.
This was certainly not the way I wanted to remember her.
R.I.P.  Mary,

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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 25, 2017

Report Card---"Arrival"

"Arrival" is certainly a high quality alien movie.
If you like alien movies, you'll like "Arrival".
The problem with alien movies is that to be fair, you have to compare them to the best of them all:
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind".
It's not that good.
The major difference is that "Arrival" has no sense of humor.
"Close Encounters" does.
And a much better cast.
But "Arrival" is certainly a very fine movie.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Consistently.
A.

Compelling even?

Often
A.

Is it controversial?

Not particularly.
B.

Is it a story worth telling?

If you like your alien movies this should be right up your alley.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Very.
A.

Is it well written?

It's much more visual than verbal.
B.

Is it well cast? Well played?

It's Amy Adams again.  She's fine.  Otherwise, nothing exceptional.
A-.

Well shot?

Breathtaking, but still not "Close Encounters".
A..

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

He's no Spielberg.
B-.

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

Immediately.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Just right.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

It's totally involving.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was never ahead of it.
A.

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

Only "a pretty good flick".
A-.

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?

If I was in an expansive mood.
A.

Is it impressive?

Very.  Particularly technically.
A.

Overall grade: A..

It certainly deserves it's 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.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Report Card---"Lion"

I did not enjoy "Lion".
I'm generally not partial to anything Bollywood, going all the way back to "Slumdog Millionaire"..
"Lion" spends its first half smack in the middle of Bollywood.
The second half takes place in Tasmania, where we first see Nicole Kidman.
Things pick up at that point.  At least it's not Bollywood.
It's then, half-way through the movie that we learn that the first half takes place in 1987.
Why they kept us waiting all that time to learn this is anybody's guess.
In the interim the child who is the leading actor grows up to be Dev Patel, and it's twenty years later..

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Once they get to Tasmania.  It's too long to wait.
C.

Compelling even?

Not to me.
D..

Is it controversial?

No.
It's not about controversy..

Is it a story worth telling?

To some I suppose.
B.

Is it good storytelling?

It takes forever to get started.
C.

Is it well written?

I really couldn't tell.
B.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Nicole Kidman is the saving grace.
B+.

Well shot?

Tasmania looked good.  India didn't.
B.

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

I have no way of knowing.
C.

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

W-a-a-a-y too long.
F.

Is it too long? Too short?

W-a-a-a-y too long.
D-.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Somewhat, and somewhat.
B-.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I just didn't care enough.
D.

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

I would have preferred sleepimg.
C-.

Is it funny?

Not at all.
F.

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

Not any bucks.
F.

Is it impressive?

I'll give them ambitious.
B.

Overall grade: C-.

Spoiler alert:  There is no Lion in this film.  At the end we are informed that Lion was the actual translation of the lead character's name.  It's not worth hanging around for.
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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 20, 2017

Report Card---"Cafe Society"

This is the morning of Inauguration Day, which I intend to completely boycott and ignore.
Which no one needs care about or judge me on, it's just to explain why I'm writing a movie review at this moment.  I'm just trying to keep myself occupied.
"Cafe Society" is your typical Woody Allen movie of late.
He makes 'em , I go see 'em, and I'm usually disappointed.
There have been some really good ones since "Radio Days", "Anything Else", and "Blue Jasmine".
But many have been letdowns.
Nothing terrible, just less than the an incredibly high standard he once set for himself.
"Café Society" is just not all that funny and there is no other element to replace it.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Mildly.
B-..

Compelling even?

Never.
C-.

Is it controversial?

Not at all.
C.

Is it a story worth telling?

I feel like I've been there before.
C.

Is it good storytelling?

Not bad.
B.

Is it well written?

The man still knows how to write.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Jesse Eisenberg is doing the part that Woody knows he's now too old to play himself.
He pales in comparison.
C.

Well shot?

Extremely.  It takes place in the 1930s with exquisite attention to detail.
A+.

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

Always.  Particularly his  great use of music.
A+.

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

Immediately.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

No problem.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Somewhat, and somewhat.
B-.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Nothing surprised me much here.
C.

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

Not at all.
C.

Is it funny?

Here and there.  Mostly there.
C.

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

No, even though I would have
C..

Is it impressive?

With a better script, it would have been.
B-.

Overall grade: B-.

Woody, don't just keep makin' em just to make 'em.  Wait until you're sure you have a good 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@comcast.net
And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Report Card---"Hidden Figures"

"Hidden Figures" is a great, great movie on so many levels.
Its closest comp is "Apollo 13".
But "Apollo 13"was merely one-dimensional in comparison.
"Apollo 13" was simply about a space flight that has gone wrong and has to be rescued.
And going in, we all know that it will be.  So it's very predictable.
"Hidden Figures" is about something no one ever knew anything about.
Three young black female genius mathematicians  were responsible for figuring out how to get
John Glenn into orbital flight. Without help.
In 1962.
When Florida was essentially still as segregated as Selma Alabama.
And these women  had to deal with that on a daily basis.
Now we all know that he succeeded, but none of us knew this horrible back story of the indignities these women had to suffer.
It is a tribute to brilliance.
And there is as much tension as "Apollo 13".
This is just much better story telling.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Fascinating
A+.

Compelling even?

Totally
A+.

Is it controversial?

Extremely, considering how shabbily these women were treated.
A+.

Is it a story worth telling?

Of course.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

First rate.
A+.

Is it well written?

Extremely.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

It's got Kevin Costner as the boss, who was totally unaware of these women's problems, but steps right up to fix it when he is made aware..  He is a great presence.  It has Jim Parsons doing a great turn as the adversary, as he keeps watching these women stealing his thunder.  And it has Octavia Spencer, who has as much right to bake a shit pie and bring it in for Parsons as she did in "The Help".
The cast is uniformly top-notch.
A+.

Well shot?

Extremely.
A+.

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

I couldn't tell, but it didn't matter.
A.

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

Immediately.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

It never dragged.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely and totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

You knew how it was going to end, and that didn't hurt it one bit.
A.

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

Only that it was exceptional
A.

Is it funny?

When it needs to be.
A.

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

I'd have sprung for the dough on this one.
A+.

Is it impressive?

About as impressive as you can get.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

It's a two horse race now for me, between this and "Manchester By The Sea"
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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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Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Dick Gautier Story.

I told this story quite a while ago on this blog.
Long ago enough that it's not even on the blog any more.
Hearing of Dick Gautier's death, I thought it bore repeating.
I was Exec-Producing a show called "She's The Sheriff" starring Suzanne Somers.
It was, as it sounds,  about a lady Sheriff.
It took place in the Lake Tahoe area.
I was part of the package before she was.
They made her jump through hoops to get this part.
They made her audition.
After they signed her we had our first sit-down.
I was passionate that the only way this show could work to my satisfaction was if Suzanne played the Sheriff intelligently.
And I just knew she was itching to play it like Lucy.
I knew that this would give the show absolutely no chance at integrity, and that she was, in fact, not Lucy.
Through gritted teeth, she agreed to my terms.
We shot five episodes which Suzanne played with admirable restraint  and intelligence, very
un-Lucy-like, and they were very well received by the live audience.
That weekend, the staff was all invited to Las Vegas, where Suzanne was headlining at the Desert Inn. 
Opening for her were the Smothers Brothers.
They were great.
They should have been headlining.
I was already asking myself "What's wrong with this picture?"
Then Suzanne came on, and kind of cocked around on stage, really having no reason being up there.
I made it a point to notice how the rest of the audience was reacting to Suzanne.
It was tepid at best.
That night, Suzanne and her husband invited me to come to their house on the outskirts of Vegas the next day for lunch.
It turned out to be an afternoon of lunch and pummeling.
They worked me over for three hours, trying to get me to agree to make her character more like Lucy.
All those good reasons we had to not do that went out the window because we had five episodes in the can.
At that point, if I didn't listen,  I became expendable.  She couldn't be replaced. I could.
I didn't want to be replaced.
So I agreed to give it a shot.  I thought that maybe there was a way to minimize the damage.
I thought "I Love Lucy" was great---about a third of the time.
I thought it was okay--about a third of the time.
I thought it was downright annoying ---about a third of the time.
I thought it was okay when they did shows about Lucy trying to get into show business.
I thought it was downright annoying when it involved scheming so Ricky and Fred would buy the new dresses, or hats, or whatever it was they were scheming for.
I thought  it was great when Lucy was a victim of circumstance, like when she got locked in the freezer, or got the trophy stuck on her head and had to get on the subway with it on.
Or when they were all stuck in a motel room in Ohio,  with the train going right outside the window every five minutes, causing their beds to travel across the room every five minutes.
This allowed Lucy to play at the top of her intelligence.
So that's what I aspired for with Suzanne.  Turn her into a victim of circumstance.
So I contrived a story about an FBI agent on his first field assignment, who decided, as a practical
joke to put Suzanne and her troops through their paces with a phony assignment.
I wasn't sure it would work, but it was the best I could come up with.
We put together an at best a decent script.
I was hoping that Suzanne would see all its weaknesses, but she embraced it.
Okay, so now we had to cast the part of the FBI man.
The head of casting at Lorimar did not trust my casting ability.
For not any good reason, as I had never let her down.
It was either just casting out of my head, or choosing from the usual substandard dance-card that she would provide me with.
The politically wise thing to do was to cast one of her fair-haired boys.
I had resisted this option until now.
But as I had just as much rooting interest in this episode failing as succeeding, I cast one of the fair-haired boys.  And he wasn't very good.
On Tuesday of a show that was being shot on Friday, this actor dropped out.
I then decided to take matters into my own hands.
I decided to attempt to succeed, and suffer whatever Lucy consequences might ensue.
I got out my copy of the Academy Players directory, Characters and Comedians section, which consists of, in alphabetical order, all the actors available for work, all making funny faces on their 8X10's.
Anybody who uses these books knows that you have a leg up by having a last name that begins early in the alphabet.
Casting people, myself included, are not all that ambitious.
I got all the way to the G's.
I spotted Dick Gautier's picture.  I had worked with him on "Happy Days" and he was brilliant.
I bellowed to one of the other producers "Get me Dick Gautier!!!"
He was there the next morning, and did the run-through late that afternoon.
And he was, once again, brilliant.
And I told him so right afterwards.
And he said "If I'm so brilliant, why did you wait until yesterday to bring me in here??
I didn't want to admit that so much of it was political, and how powerless a position Suzanne had put me in.
We shot the show on Friday, and even with Dick's great performance, the show got the tepid response it deserved.
And Lucy went back out to pasture.  



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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 11, 2017

Report Card----"Fences"

"Fences" is based on August Wilson's play.
 Denzel Washington starred in the play in 2010, and reprises his role here.
The play resembles "A Raisin In The Sun".
There's nothing wrong with that.
Denzel is the muscle here.  He also directed it.
He plays a blue collar garbage-man in Pittsburgh in the fifties.
Viola Davis plays his wife.
The play is very good, and it translates to a very good movie.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Extremely
A.

Compelling even?

Sometimes.
A.

Is it controversial?

Not really.
C.

Is it a story worth telling?

It's familiar turf.
B.

Is it good storytelling?

Very.
A.

Is it well written?

Extremely.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

If you like Denzel, and Viola,  you'll certainly like them in this.
A+.

Well shot?

It was a slightly expanded play.  And it looks it.
But they didn't hurt themselves.
A.

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

He made no mistakes, but that's not saying much..
B.

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

Immediately.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Just about right.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely and totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was never ahead of it.
A.

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

Only that I just saw a really good movie.
A.

Is it funny?

When it needs to be.
A.

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

I could have easily waited for cable.
B-.

Is it impressive?

Very
A.

Overall grade: A.

This is very good work, if not earth-shaking.
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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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Monday, January 9, 2017

Report Card---"La La Land"

What's good about "La La Land"---It's very imaginative, it's musically exquisite, it's extremely well acted and directed.
What's bad about "La La Land"---It's just not all that interesting.
This is the same man responsible for "Whiplash", a much better movie that never stops being interesting.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Only stylistically.
C

Compelling even?

Naaah.
C-.

Is it controversial?

Not really.
C.

Is it a story worth telling?

It's been told many times.
C.

Is it good storytelling?

Very.
A.

Is it well written?

Okay.
B.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are first rate.  And he found a part for J.K. Simmons.
Always a good idea.
A+.

Well shot?

Stunningly.  The style is what all the shouting is about.
A+.

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

Absolutely.  He's probably the only one who could have sold it.
A+.

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

Immediately.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Just about right.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely and totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Never predictable, always surprising, except that you know that boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and boy gets girl.
B.

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

Yes.  About how visually sumptuous it is.
A+.

Is it funny?

Often
A.

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

About five.
B-.

Is it impressive?

Undeniably.
A.

Overall grade: A-.

I certainly liked it far more than I disliked it.  But I don't think it deserves awards.
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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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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Report Card---Silence"

"Silence" is a two hour, and forty five minute snooze-fest.
I watched it last night, and fell asleep at the thirty minute mark.
I woke up, and it was over.
I went back, and after my long nap, I tried it again.
And I watched the whole thing.
It was Martin Scorsese, so based on past history, I felt I owed him the courtesy.
I mean, he directed "Raging Bull" and "Hugo", two of my favorite movies.
So I plodded ahead.
"Silence" is about religious suppression in Japan in the 1600s.
Two hours and forty five minutes.
This time I forced myself to stay awake.
There was a lot of gore, a lot of torture, no interest, no humor.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Every now and then.  That's not enough.
C-.

Compelling even?

Not to me.
C-.

Is it controversial?

If you care about such things, I suppose.
B. 

Is it a story worth telling?

Marty thought so.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

You could cut out a good hour, and it would only be improved.
C.

Is it well written?

Not as far as I can tell.
C.

Is it well cast? Well played?

The lead actors seemed too young, or were Japanese.
I guess you had to have the Japanese actors.
I wasn't impressed.
C.

Well shot?

Exquisitely shot gory images.
A.

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

His fingerprints were all over it.
A.

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

Immediately. 
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Asked and answered.
D+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely and sometimes.
B.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Not particularly, But I'd completely lost interest.  I staggered over the finish line.
C.

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

I know what to do if I'm experiencing insomnia.
A.

Is it funny?

Not ever.
F.

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

Not my dough.
F.

Is it impressive?

I could see that others might think so.
B.

Overall grade: C.

Not my cup of saki.
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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 4, 2017

Report Card----"Concussion"

"Concussion" is a compelling true story about the NFL's thus far successful attempt to hide what they know about long term injuries to all of the players.
This is a story with good guys and bad guys.
The rooting interests are clear
It's all about money.
The NFL has made minor concessions in dealing with the problem, but it's way short of what's needed.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Riveting.  This was becoming common knowledge before the picture came out.
This added to my enlightenment
A+.

Compelling even?

Consistently.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Totally
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Excellent
A+.

Is it well written?

Extremely
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes, on all levels.  Will Smith  was fine, if you can't get Denzel.
Albert Brooks does a fine turn as coroner Dr. Cyril Wecht, whom I remember as one of the JFK assassination conspiracy advocates.  Wecht was bald, and much is made about that here.
This makes me wonder if Brooks has lost his hair, or if it was shaved off just for this part.
Alec  Baldwin is also one of the good guys.  He's some good actor.
A+.

Well shot?

No problem.
A.

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

The writer was the director, so I'm always inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.
A.

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

Immediately.  Not an issue.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Never an issue.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely and constantly.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Not particularly, although it probably should have been.
A.

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

Whenever I watch football, which is a lot.
A+.

Is it funny?

There is some dark humor.
A.

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

It played in the movies so briefly, I wouldn't have had time to determine.
A.

Is it impressive?

Very.  And very sad, too.
A+.

Overall grade: A.

When it appears on cable, you should definitely check.it out.
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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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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Report Card----"Nocturnal Animals"

"Nocturnal Animals" is an absolutely absorbing, first-rate thriller.
It is a great examination of the writing process, and a great love story.
It stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaall.
They are wonderful.
And what do you know?  There is a substantial part for Michael Shannon, and he walks off with the
picture.
As I've already indicated, Michael Shannon is in every movie this year.
I'm beginning to understand why.
What I can't figure out is how he finds the time to be this ubiquitous.
But he is quite a find.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Fascinating.  It plays with time and imagination quite effectively.
A+.

Compelling even?

Consistently.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Doesn't need to be.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Masterful.
A+.

Is it well written?

The novel within the movie has the conceit of referring to itself as being great.
And it lives up to the conceit.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Up and down the line.
A+.

Well shot?

Spectacularly
A+.

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

The writer was the director, so I'm always inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.
A.

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

Time is played with deliberately.  Just go along for the ride.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Never an issue.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

You cared where the filmmaker wanted you to care.
A.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was constantly on the edge of my seat.
A+.

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

It's quite haunting.
A+.

Is it funny?

It's not really about being funny.
No Grade.

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

If anything is, this is.
A.

Is it impressive?

Nothing but.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

So far, the best film I've seen this year.
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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, December 28, 2016

Why I Will Miss Carrie Fisher.

I was never a fan of the "Star Wars" films.
I wasn't crazy about her work in "Shampoo".
I loved "When  Harry Met Sally", but not because of her.
She was hilarious in the episode of "30 Rock" that she did.
I saw her in person when she did a cameo on "Laverne & Shirley" as a girl trying out to be a Playboy Bunny.  She was very tight with Penny Marshall at the time.
None of this is why I will miss her.
I will miss her desperately because of her work as a novelist.
I have read them all, except the new one, which I just downloaded.
She is one of those writers whose voice you can actually hear as you are reading her work.
This only makes it that much better.
I mean, could she push words together!
She is intensely interesting.  All the time.
I'm not talking about her ghost-writing on screenplays, because I have no idea what her contributions were.
In that assembly line that is screenplay ghostwriting, it's very hard to tell.
I saw her Broadway show, "Wishful Drinking" which she wrote and starred in, in 2009.
It was well-publicized as being an autobiography.
It was wonderful.
An older man sitting behind me, who spent the half-hour before the show started bellyaching about the last five Broadway experiences he had being major disappointments, stated at intermission and I quote, "All she does is talk about herself!"
Just what did he think he was walking into?
This was written talk.
Extremely well-written talk.
This to my knowledge was what she always brought into the room.
When I wrote my first novel, one of my first thoughts was "is this up to Carrie Fisher's standards?"
I'd like to think that it was .
If you haven't read any of her books, there are four of them on Amazon Kindle.
That's a great place to start.
R.I.P.  Carrie.

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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 27, 2016

Report Card---"Elvis and Nixon"

"Elvis and Nixon", with Michael Shannon as Elvis, and Kevin Spacey as Nixon, is a true story about how and why they met in Nixon's White House.
It is a complete hoot.
What makes it as funny as it is was the decision to depict both Elvis and Nixon as complete shmucks.
Elvis wants to be made a "special FBI agent".
Nixon doesn't see any value in meeting with Elvis and has to have his arm twisted to agree to even meet with Elvis.  No matter how much publicity it would derive.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Fascinating.  No matter how much it stuck to the facts.
A+.

Compelling even?

Often.  Mainly due to the strength of the two leads.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Only if you are concerned with how accurate it is.  I wasn't.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Marvelous.
A+.

Is it well written?

It particularly lets Spacey chew the scenery.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Every year, there is one actor who has it in his contract to appear in every movie.
This year, it's Michael Shannon.
And he's earned it.
Spacey is his usual brilliant self.

Well shot?

Totally.
A.

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

I can't tell.
B.

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

Almost every movie I've been seeing lately takes place in the seventies.  The cars are a dead giveaway.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

It seemed to fly by.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

You certainly could believe that they were shmucks, as were Haldeman and Ehrlichmann.
You didn't care about them, but both Shannon and Spacey made you care about Elvis and Nixon.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I didn't know most of the details.  If true, it was quite illuminating.
A.

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

It made me wonder just how many presidents Spacey can play convincingly.
A+.

Is it funny?

Devilishly.
A+.

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

I could wait until Amazon Prime, like I did.
A.

Is it impressive?

Very.
A.

Overall grade: A+.

Loved 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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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Report Card---"The Comedian"

"The Comedian" is a disaster of major proportions.  Robert DeNiro plays an aging down-on-his-luck insult comic.  They want you to buy into the fact that at one time he was good.
There is no evidence of this.
Deniro's comedy chops haven't improved since he played Rupert Pupkin in "King of Comedy"
He is consistently over-the-top-embarrassing, which is often.
I don't think that this is the effect the director wants, but go argue with DeNiro.
The director is Taylor Hackford, who has never displayed any flair for comedy.
If there is a bad taste choice to be made, and it seems like there always is, Hackford makes it.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Like a train wreck.
F.

Compelling even?

Never.
F.

Is it controversial?

Only that it got made.
D.

Is it a story worth telling?

No.
D.

Is it good storytelling?

Horrible, and horribly executed.
D.

Is it well written?

It's full of what good comedians refer to as "hack material"
D.

Is it well cast? Well played?

There are some very good actors in this.  Patti Lupone, Cloris Leachman, Charles Grodin,
all wasted.
C.

Well shot?

Too many arbitrary, extended stockshots of  New York City bridges at night.
Nothing special.
C.

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

Hackford brings such a lack of style to just about everything he touches, that it is rather unique.
F.

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

You don't know that the whole film takes eight years ago until the very end, when it shifts to the present, all for one lame joke.
F.

Is it too long? Too short?

It's two hours of my life that I'll never get back.
F.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Nothing was believable, except how everyone thought DeNiro's character was  a complete putz.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I had truly lost interest.
F.                                                                  

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

Still trying to get it out of my head.
D.

Is it funny?

Only in that very hacky way..
F.

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

It's a complete atrocity.
F.

Is it impressive?

Never.
F.

Overall grade: F.

Don't say you haven't been warned.
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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 20, 2016

Report Card---"Jackie"

How big the problems are with "Jackie" depends on how old you are, and how well you remember the Kennedy era.
If you are young enough to not have any first-hand memory of it, it's as good a representation of what happened as anything.
I'm old enough to remember everything.
And this causes some problems.
It was a very superficial treatment of her life, concentrating only on her years in the White House.
I kept hoping that I'd learn something that I didn't know going in.
All that I learned was that she smoked like a chimney and drank like a boozehound.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Mildly.  Even for me.
B-.

Compelling even?

Never.
F.

Is it controversial?

I was hoping they'd get into how she dealt with JFK's infidelities.
It never even came up.
F.

Is it a story worth telling?

Not really.  Any existing documentary footage tells it better.
D.

Is it good storytelling?

For the most part, it almost totally lacks drama.
D.

Is it well written?

Not particularly
C.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Almost everybody seemed miscast.  Could they find anybody who at least resembled Bobby Kennedy?  This guy had light red hair.  LBJ didn't even have big ears.  JFK at least looked the part, but he was given very little to say.  Natalie Portman wasn't very convincing.
C-.

Well shot?

OK.  It was probably mostly stock footage.
B.

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

No.
F.

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

Immediately.  Not a problem.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

At 90 minutes, it still seemed long.
D.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Everyone did.
A.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Yes, and no.
C-.

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

Not in the slightest
C.

Is it funny?

Never.  It takes itself very seriously.
F.

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

Maybe if you were paying.  Not me.
F.

Is it impressive?

Not at all
C-.

Overall grade: C-.
.
There are much better ways to learn about the Kennedys than this attempt at pageantry.

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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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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."