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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Report Card---"Mary, Queen Of Scots"

"Mary Queen Of Scots" is a truly boring movie.
A quick check of IMDB informed me about just how historically inaccurate it is.
I don't care about that as long as it is entertaining.
It wasn't.
That's why I liked "The Favourite".
I don't know if that was at all accurate.
But it was tremendously entertaining.
Makes a difference.

On to the scoring.

Is it interesting?

Almost never.

Compelling even?

Never.
F.

Is it good storytelling?

Not particularly.
C-.

Is it well written?

No.
C-.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Apparently, the two leads never actually met.  So, no.
C-.

Well shot?

Sometimes.
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?

It wasn't last Tuesday.
B+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way  long.
C-.

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

No, and no.
D.

Is it predictable?

If you know anything about history, you know that Mary faced the guillotine.
F.

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

No,
D.

Is it funny?

No.
F.
.
Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

No.
D.

Is it impressive?

No
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".

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Report Card---"The Hate U Give".

"The Hate U Give" is a very difficult movie for me to speak about intelligently.
It speaks to a black audience, of which I'm not one of.
It's one of those "White Cops beating up and killing blacks."
I feel like I've heard it all before.
Blacks most likely feel like they can't hear about it often enough.
I don't say this kind of thing about most movies I see.
Or even most movies I see geared for black audiences.
I'm just saying.

On to the scoring.

Is it interesting?

Often.
B.

Compelling even?

Not to me.
B-.

Is it good storytelling?

Fairly good.
B-.

Is it well written?

Not bad.
B-.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes, and yes.
B+.

Well shot?

Yes.
A.

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?

I'm still not  sure where it takes place.  Apparently a fictionalized black city area.
The present.
C.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way  long.
C-.

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

Yes, and not really.
B-.
.
Is it predictable?

Very.
C-.

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

No,
D.

Is it funny?

No.
D.
.
Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not mine.
D.

Is it impressive?

To some that are not me.
C.

Overall grade: C+.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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."