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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Report Card----"The Imitation Game".

"The Imitation Game" is an incredibly wonderful, intellectually and emotionally stimulating movie, that has you hooked from the get-go, and never lets up.
It is easily the best movie I have reported on this season, which isn't saying much, and knowing what I'm going to report on in the near future, is saying even less.
But in any year, it can easily be the best film.
As of now, it gets my vote.
It is about the trials and tribulations of a young genius Britisher who attempts to break the Nazis code machine, Enigma, during World War II.
And that's all you need to know going in, if that much.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?

Almost constantly.

Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?

It is GREAT storytelling, on all levels.

Is it well written?

Excellently written.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Uniformly excellent on all scores.

Well shot?


Is it too long? Too short?

Not even an issue.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

It's a true story, and there is overwhelming caring.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Only one element is predictable. He's going to crack the code. If he didn't, there would be no point in making the movie.
So that's a given, and it doesn't matter. But so many surprising things happen after that.

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

So far, often.

Is it funny?

It doesn't aim for that too much, and it isn't missed.
No grade.

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

Whatever it takes.

Is it impressive?

I was ten pins, and it was a bowling ball.

Overall grade: A+.

Don't have the bad taste to miss it.


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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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."