Sometimes Screenwriting Means Being A DJ

Listening to music can be more difficult than just listening to music. You’re chilling out on a Sunday afternoon and really fancy some classical. Or that little extra motivation you need to get up and clean the house is one of the great rock albums. Those, and a hundred and one other reasons why we […]

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Small Screen Big Screen Childhood: Act Three

When it comes to the Oscars of 1990, I think I will always defend Dances With Wolves when it gets slapped about for not being the epic that warranted Kevin Costner and co winning on the big night. Remember, at that time I was transforming into someone who knew he wanted to avidly follow and […]

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Small Screen Big Screen Childhood: Act Two

One of the first shows I remember recording on our VCR with regularity was Poldark, a period drama based on books my mother had read. And a show that she watched devotedly many years early, when she was expecting a child in fact. The lead character was Ross Poldark, and was played by Robin Ellis. […]

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Small Screen Big Screen Childhood: Act One

“I was just thinking that of all the trails in this life, there are some that matter most. It is the trail of a true human being. I think you are on this trail, and it is good to see.” – Kicking Bird When you are young, a child, you look at cinema and television […]

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There Can’t Be Many Owl Movies

So while I was in Greece last week, I saw a movie about owls. A computer-animated movie. I did not see the whole movie, it was clearly, judging by the intensity of the action and the dialogue, somewhere in the third act. So I had missed quite a bit. But we just happened upon on […]

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Thoughts In English While Living In Greek

So I was sitting in a bar, a Greek bar, in Athens. A bar that is more like a cool hang-out, a den with cushions and awesome music. There is Charlie Chaplin on one wall, and Laurel and Hardy on another. The staff bring you cold water as soon as you sit down, and you […]

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A Little Bit Of What For Your Consideration Ads Mean to Me

I remember the days of dial-up internet connections. And not having the internet at all for a while. Not sure of the circumstances now, but one time I had to listen to mediocre coverage of the Oscars on the radio on the night Crash won Best Picture – and then watch the show in full […]

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This Movie May Truly Kill Me

If you opened my skull you would see that the whole Gone Girl thing has got very out of hand for me. Sometimes a movie comes along with so much weight behind it, that you just can’t look forward to something this much ever again. Well, not quite. But the anticipation is right there somewhere. […]

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There Should Be More Good Movies Set In Greece

There should be more good movies set in Greece. I think this every time I come here. Athens, Greece. In my head, and I am sure I am not the only one that does this, I live parts of my life like in a movie. A conversation would make great dialogue. A nice surprise would […]

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Academy, You Can Take Comedy Actors Seriously

Who remembers watching Philadelphia for the first time and being blown away by the performance of Tom Hanks as Andrew Beckett? And not just because he was playing someone with AIDS. Or because he was actually brilliant. Or that he held his own and beyond opposite the incredible Denzel Washington. Part of the impact was […]

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Watch That Interstellar Trailer Again – And Again

I’m not about to start reviewing trailers. Or at least not on a regular basis. The third trailer for Interstellar, though, deserves some real attention. As trailers go, in this cram-packed awards season, this is quite old news now – but made a huge impact on its release. The movie has not been released as […]

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She’s Just Slept With Sean Parker – She’s Just Slept On Sean Parker

I have a little niggle. A gripe. It’s not a major one, but it has bugged me somewhat since last year. In fact the gripe is kind of two-fold. But does include me being a little bit judgemental about the way American TV ditches shows and the career choices of others. Although I am not […]

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Wrote A Movie Scene For Me, Pretty Much

Okay, so you are just walking to work, listening to music. Pretty standard. Leading into this let me just say that walking to (or from) work is actually a time when I do some of my clearest and / or creative thinking. No real distractions, and it is just me. And maybe some traffic. Or […]

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