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Monday, November 30, 2015

Report Card----"Truth"

"Truth" is Robert Redford as Dan Rather.
It's about his firing at CBS for reporting on George W. Bush's poor attendance record when he was in the National Guard, dodging the draft. They had him dead to rights but key witnesses were forced to recant after pressure was put on by the Bush family. This was right before Bush's re-election.
It's a great story, and the movie should have been made right after the election, when it might have done some good.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Extremely. And I knew nothing about it.
A+.

Compelling even?

Quite.
A+.

Is it controversial?

It cost Rather his job. It shouldn't have.
A.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Totally great storytelling. It's a great story.
A+.

Is it well written?

First rate.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes on all counts. Redford totally captures Rather.
A+.

Well shot?

Very.
A.

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

Not that I could see.
C.

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

It's never an issue.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I knew he was fired. Everything else was surprising and distressing.
A+.

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

Often. Mainly about how Al Gore should have been President. Twice.
A+.

Is it funny?

Sometimes very funny.
A.

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

If you like to spend money on movies....
A.

Is it impressive?

Overwhelmingly.
A+

Overall grade: A+.

This is another truly great movie.
It's starting to become an embarrassment of riches.

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Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
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And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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A+.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Great storytelling. It's a great story.
A+.

Is it well written?

Nobody writes better dialogue than Aaron Sorkin. And his fingerprints are all over this one.
A+.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Yes on all counts.
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's Sorkin's movie
B.

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

It's never an issue.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

At 2 hours, it just zips by.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It was all news to me.
A+.

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

Often.
A+.

Is it funny?

When it's called for.
A.

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

If you're so inclined.
A.

Is it impressive?

Overwhelmingly.
A+

Overall grade: A+.

This is a truly great movie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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@aol.com.

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.

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