50 Films For Christmas – Part 10 Of 10

Finally we arrive at the tenth and last part. Five more films for New Year’s Eve. And five pieces of crucial advice. Yeah right. Hope you enjoyed the whole thing, maybe we will see you next year for more. Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment below. Don’t Mix With The Wrong Crowd (Four […]

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50 FILMS FOR CHRISTMAS – PART 2 OF 10

The wife and I are really getting through these Christmas-related films in a real hurry. A real mixed sack of film presents here, one best left under the tree, while others you’ll be playing with all day. We’re going right back to the 1930s to kick things off here. The Thin Man (1934) The Thin […]

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Revisiting Cannes – The Bleak, Brilliant 2014

I’m not going to the Cannes Film Festival this year. And have still never been. It gets more devastating to me as each year passes by. Envy is a big deal, when you look at the venue, the range of films that open there every year, the talent that flocks under the sun, I could […]

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Oscars: And The Winners Could Well Be…

My oh my, the Oscars are a funny old institute. I simply can not help myself when predicting, an act I don’t wholly want to comply with, when making my choices I like to be just a little bit out there from time to time. You could say I stuck to my guns, like to […]

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Results: The Not So Predictable Oscars Quiz

So let’s get these results out in the open. I know you are all popping blood vessels in anticipation. To sum up, there were 25 questions revolving around the Oscars, the kind of truly ridiculously trivia that only super-nerds like me know. I mean, experts, super-experts. Yeah right. So from those 25 questions, 50 points […]

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The Not So Predictable Oscars Quiz

*** Contest Now Closed *** As promised, here is what I initially labelled the Super-Tough Oscars Quiz, but after assembling the whole thing I now have doubts over its difficulty. Regardless, have fun plowing through the following Academy Awards test, which shouldn’t take too much of your time. There are three varieties of brain-teasers, revolving […]

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Predictions: Live Not From Cannes

The coverage of Cannes is simply magnifique. The official site, first of all, is like a new world all on it’s own – a new world I want to discover over and over again. If only I had the time. I’ve watched hours of footage now. Interviews, photo calls, arrivals on the red carpet, film […]

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No My Screenplay Was Not Ready To Submit

You know you are not going to make the next round of voting in the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition when the ‘What I Like’ section of the written feedback for your screenplay submission is hardly a hundred words – but the ‘What Needs improvement’ section is six paragraphs. It is a bit like buying a […]

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Screenplays Nine Years In The Making

Currently working on ‘Monsters and Angels’, a screenplay I conceived nearly 10 years ago, and is still not complete. There are many reasons for this, so many I guess, that I could likely dedicate one single blog article to that alone. Why did you not go to the beach when you fancied it earlier? How […]

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3 Oscar Wishes No.3 – Refreshingly Surprise

My third Oscar wish is for a good show (the first and second wishes here). A good show that takes us by surprise, perhaps gasp as the winner is announced. As much as we like to know, or think we know, who will win, it is still refreshing when the name read out is not […]

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3 Oscar Wishes No.2 – Honor Film History

My second Oscar wish is for a good show. A good show that honors, not just those we believe were the “best” in any given category, but also signifies achievements that transcend a moment, a scene, a movie, a year in film, a body of work spanning decades. There’s no shame in making cinematic history. […]

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3 Oscar Wishes No.1 – Entertain Us

My first Oscar wish is for a good show. A good show that is, probably more than anything else, entertaining. I know, I know, it is going to be long. All the more reason then. I’m not, at the moment, talking specifically about the actual winners or their speeches. Nor am I talking about the […]

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To Begin With, I Am A Screenwriter

I just had the urge, as we reach the final straight of this awards season, to just talk about screenwriting. For those of you that don’t know, I am a screenwriter before I am a blogger. And ahead of those I am, in the real world, a husband and father too. But let’s keep this […]

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Oscar Nominations: A Reaction Rant

Movies are like cookies, there are so many different kinds, you simply cannot please everyone. I won’t be listing them in top 10 form, but I am going to talk about what was not nominated (often referred to as snubs). What else usually stands out as the dust settles is how the awards are also […]

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5 Unopened Christmas Treats – Television

It is probably no secret to you, that I love writing, here on the blog, and my screenwriting. But I would also like to declare that I also love Christmas. And in the next few days I am really looking forward to just putting the laptop down a while, putting my notes aside, and just vegetating in […]

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First Ten Pages: American Sinners

I wonder how many of you have a general idea of the significance of the first ten pages of a screenplay. That there is a kind of rule that means you ought to capture your reader’s attention in those first pages, or else that, and the other one hundred plus pages, end up in the […]

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Yes My Screenplay Is Ready To Submit

No, my screenplay is not ready to submit. But I will anyway. That is not a lie, not really. As a screenwriter I never feel ready to submit my work {and I suspect I am not the only one}. Not completely. Half the time I am not ready for people to read my work. Not even […]

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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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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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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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