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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Report Card----"Detroit"

This is bout the Detroit riots of 1967. About the biggest ones they've ever had.
Do they tell you anything about them that you didn't know?
If you're me, then no.

On to the scoring:   

Did you have any built in expectations about this film, and if so, were they met, or even exceeded?

Just that it would be heavily dramatic. It certainly was.
A. 

Is it interesting?

Totally
A.

Compelling even?

Not so much.
B.

Is it good storytelling?

Pretty good.
B.

Is it well written?

Yes. 
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes.
A.

Well shot?

Okay.
B.

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

No.
C.

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

Immediately
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

About right.
B.

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

Yes, and yes.
A+.

Is it predictable?

It's based on historical fact, so yes.
B-

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

Not really.
C.

Is it funny?

Never.  It could use a little humor.
C-,

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

No..
F.

Is it impressive?

In it's way.  But you get the impression that the entire Detroit riots took place in this building.
B-

Overall grade: B+.

If you like it, you'll probably think it's better than the grades I gave it,
And perhaps it is.

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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 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, there's my reading f my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Report Card---"Okja'

"Okja" is most intriguing.
It's futuristic science fiction, taking place 10 years in the future.
It involves major corporations creating mutant pigs designed to provide much more efficient pork products to market.
The problem is that there is one little girl who lives in Chile, who grows way too close to her pig, Okja.
And doesn't want to see her be led to the major slaughter that will take place in New York.
I had the same problem here that I had with "Schindler's List."
This is a spoiler alert.
With the mass slaughter that is taking place, they want you to care that a deal was struck to spare Okja.   Just like in Schindler's List" you were supposed to rejoice that Schindler's people were saved, out of all of the Jews who weren't.

On to the scoring:   

Did you have any built in expectations about this film, and if so, were they met, or even exceeded?

None whatsoever
B.

Is it interesting?

Totally
A+.

Compelling even?

Often.
A.

Is it good storytelling?

Excellent.
A.

Is it well written?

Yes. Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Very.
A.

Well shot?

Very imaginitavely. The special effects are fascinating.
A+

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

Very much so.
A.

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

Immediately
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

The story leaves you as a downer.That's the only problem.. If it didn't bother you in Schindler's
List, it won't bother you here.
C..

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

Yes, and yes.
A+.

Is it predictable?

No.
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?

Not mine..
C. 

Is it impressive?

Very.
A.

Overall grade: A--.

Really just needs a better ending.
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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 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."