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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Report Card----"Get On Up"

This is the one about James Brown.
I was never that big a fan of James Brown.
My intelligent college friend, the one with the Barbara Walters lisp, was once quoted as saying "People buy James Bwown wecords to wisten to him dance."
I understood totally.
Watching this movie doesn't wequire buying any of his wecords.
There is pwenty of dancing and singing.
And the combination is vewy entertaining.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Very. I knew almost nothing about him beforehand. Now, I do. It is a gritty, gut-level show business story.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Not really, but it doesn't matter.
No grade.

Is it a story worth telling?

Why not?

Is it good storytelling?

Pretty good.

Is it well written?

Not bad

Is it well cast? Well played?

Chadwick Bozeman, formerly known for playing Jackie Robinson, showed enormous range playing Brown.
He displayed an equal amount of incoherency as Brown did.

Well shot?

Very. It added to the dynamism of the proceedings.

Is it too long? Too short?

Maybe a tad long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

I believed it, and I cared.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

All I knew was that he died at the end. I didn't know how he got there.

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

Not really.

Is it funny?

Not really.

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

It may have been more impressive that way, but not thirteen bucks worth.

Is it impressive?

It is an overwhelming movie, with tremendous entertainment value.

Overall grade: A-.

I still wouldn't buy any of his wecords.


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".
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
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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

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 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."