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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Talking Like You Are From Boston

When I write movies I tend to have to – wait. When I write screenplays. No, when I write a screenplay. When I write a particular screenplay. Hang on, let me rephrase this. Let me rephrase that. For any given movie I write I often like to immerse myself into the setting. Right, let me start […]

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Casting Marilyn Monroe

Having sat through My Week With Marilyn earlier today, a few things occurred to me – that may or may not have before. For a start, how accomplished Kenneth Branagh is, becoming Laurence Olivier with that grouchy expression and flat bottom lip. Another great resemblance was Dougray Scott as Arthur Miller – sure, he did not have […]

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So, I Should Be Writing

This is, perhaps, the most common single strand thought I have. Perhaps. I have not checked, and would not really know how to check that. Upload the data from my thoughts onto my laptop? Even as I ponder on that ridiculous notion, I know I should be writing. And I don’t mean this post (though […]

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Opening: What’s Your Pitch?

And so it begins. Or rather begins again. Another shot at a blog, or whatever you are compelled to call it, surfaces like a much-better-than-the-first sequel. Like John Travolta’s movie career when he made Pulp Fiction. Kind of. Or not at all. And where do you start? I had no doubt when it popped into […]

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