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Friday, February 17, 2017

Report Card---"Touched With Fire"

This is a top quality film about two bi-polars who fall in love, and "what's to become of them"
They want to get married and have a  family, but is it fair to the child, or children?
There's certainly a lot to chew on here.  And it's done thoughtfully and intelligently.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?

Very much so.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Katie Holmes is terrific as the female lead.  Casting is first rate'

Well shot?


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


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


Is it too long? Too short?


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

Yes, and absolutely.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It reached a crossroads at the end, and I didn't see it coming.

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

It's a topic that continually haunts me.

Is it funny?

When it's appropriate.

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

I think so.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A.

Deserved more attention at awards time.

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".
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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."