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Monday, January 11, 2016

Report Card----"Spotlight"

"Spotlight" is essentially "All The President's Men" with the villain being the Catholic Church and the priests who have molested little boys.
As opposed to Nixon, who molested the country.
It's a little more complicated, as we suspect that one of the reporters is complicit in the cover-up.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Pretty consistently.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

By nature.

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?

I think it tipped it's hand a little early, but it was still very good storytelling.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is excellent.

Is it well cast? Well played?


Well shot?


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

Not at all.

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

Instantly. Boston.

Is it too long? Too short?

Length is not a problem.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally and totally.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I think I figured it out before they wanted me to.

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

Not a lot.

Is it funny?

Here and there.

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

Not really.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A.

This is a very good movie. The whole is better than it's parts.

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.
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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."