Film Tag – Questions

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I thought I’d do a film tag so you can get to know me and the types of movies I like, a little better. Hope you enjoy!

1. Favorite film of all time?

I have a lot of favorites but we will go with a classic…Titanic. That one just pulls at my heart strings. Also, Take Shelter.

2. Favorite scene from this film?

Right after Jack and Cal watch Rose get on a lifeboat then she jumps back on the ship and runs into Jack’s arms. The music blended with the images…so beautiful! “You’re so stupid, Rose. You’re so stupid. Why did you do that?”

3. Favorite action film?

I have a few but I tried narrowing it down to ones I could watch over and over again. King Kong remake with Jack Black and Naomi Watts or The Incredile Hulk with Edward Norton and Liv Tyler, but also Armageddon.

4. Favorite thriller film?

This changes a lot but I’ll say Black Swan.  Honorable mention: Office Killer.

5. Favorite psychological film?

Magic Magic by Sebastian Silva. I also appreciate Nasty Baby.

6. Favorite comedy film?

Little Miss Sunshine. But also, All I Wanna Do, by Sarah Kernochan, as a close second.

7. Favorite scene from this film?

**Spoiler alert** When Dwayne realizes he’s colorblind and jumps out of the van screaming.

8. Favorite black comedy?

This is probably one of my favorite categories of film. I have so many. Drop Dead Gorgeous, American Beauty, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Ghost World.

9. Funniest scene from this film?

I’ll choose my favorite scene from Drop Dead Gorgeous. I love the talent show portion, especially when frail Mary Johanson wheels across stage. It gets me every time.

10. Favorite horror film?

Magic Magic, Let the Right One In with Chloe Grace Moretz, We Are What We Are, The Descent. Too many to choose from.

11. Favorite animated film?

Ratatouille.

12. Favorite romance film?

I’m going to have to go with Titanic again.

13. Favorite drama film?

Take Shelter and Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus.

14. Favorite Mystery Film?

Mystic River.

15. Favorite sci-fi film?

E.T.

16. Favorite indie film?

This is tough but I would probably say Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols. Honorable mention: Charlie Bartlett.

17. Top 5 directors?

Sebastian Silva, Jeff Nichols, Lynn Shelton, Diablo Cody, and The Coen Brothers.

18. Favorite Film Score?

Titanic, Avatar, American Beauty, and Charlie Bartlett. 

19. Favorite Movie Soundtrack?

Juno and Across the Universe. 

20. Favorite guilty pleasure film?

Mean Girls and Scary Movie 1 & 2.

21. Most disturbing scene in a film?

In The Hills Have Eyes (2006), one of the creepy killers breastfeeds before killing Vinessa Shaw’s character. So disturbing!

I know this may be considered cheating, but I have to add some honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut: Thelma & Louise, Stranger Than Fiction, Sunshine Cleaning, Girl Interrupted, The One I Love, Carol, Pitch Perfect, The Others, The Uninvited, and The Faculty.

Let me know what your favorite movies are! Hope you enjoyed my selection.

SMC

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Upcoming Movies

There are some exciting movies coming out in the near future. I thought I would share the movies I’m most excited about and have been anticipating for a while.

Goat starring James Franco and Nick Jonas. The reason why I’m excited to see this film is because yes, I’m obsessed with James Franco, but also, it takes us inside a very intense look at the horrors of frat houses. Hopefully this film will shed light on the issue with pledges dying as a result of grueling initiations. Directed by Andrew Neel. Check out the trailer below. The film hits theaters on September 23rd.

The next movie I am DYING to see is The Intervention, which is written and directed by the AMAZING Clea Duvall. I’ve been wanting to see this ever since it hit Sundance, where it won 2 awards. The movie has an outstanding cast (Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall, reunited as lovers once again) and is about a group of friends who stage an intervention for a couple who really needs it. This technically was in select theaters August 26th, but it would be a sin not to throw it in. Check out the trailer below:

The next film is getting a lot of buzz. Nocturnal Animals written and directed by Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon. The trailer is intense. It sort of reminds me of Nightcrawler starring Jake G. Usually you know it’s a good film if the trailer is obscure and doesn’t give too much away. Fingers crossed. It will hit theaters December 9th. Check out the trailer below:

The next movie that has been much anticipated is Miss Sloane starring my girl, Jessica Chastain and it follows Chastain’s character as she attempts to pass gun control legislation, a much needed movie right now. Written by Jonathan Perera, directed by John Madden. This movie also hits theaters December 9th and will be competing with Nocturnal Animals for the #1 spot. Check out the trailer below:

The last film I’m excited about is Kate Plays Christine starring Kate Lyn Sheil. The film follows Kate getting into character to play Christine Chubbuck, a 1970’s television anchor who committed suicide on live television. The movie differs from Christine by Antonio Campos in the sense that it’s more of a Documovie (Documentary/Movie), whereas Christine is a straight up movie. It’s the same story being told in two very different fashions. I’m looking forward to both. Katie Plays Christine is written and directed by Robert Greene. Christine is written by Craig Shilowich and directed by Antonio Campos. I will post both trailers below:

What movies are you guys excited to see? Let me know.

SMC

Sebatian Silva’s Nasty Baby

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**Spoilers**

I’m a little late on the train, but I just saw Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby. And my mind is just spinning with thoughts and emotions. I’ll try to get them out in a structured way.

The movie is about two gay partners (Sebastian Silva and Tunde Adebimpe) who are trying have a baby via their best friend (Kristen Wiig). Can I just make a quick observation? Two actresses who were in Orange Is The New Black were in this film…Constance Shulman and Marsha Stephanie Blake. It was beautiful. That’s all.

Anyway, I’d like to first touch on the beautiful cinematography by Sergio Armstrong.

It played out like an Instagram filter and added to the indie experience. And I will say it did look different than his other films (Magic Magic and Crystal Fairy). It felt more personal and rather than playing like a film, it played out like an experience, (such as Nasty Baby, the exhibit). But it was an experience I enjoyed.

It was a bit of a roller coaster, but a roller coaster I was willing to ride for an hour and a half…Yeah, I’ll stop with the cheese. If you know director/writer Sebastian Silva, then you know he has a specific vision for his films. They don’t cater to everyone, hell, I’m not even sure I fully understand all of them, but he knows how to keep it real. And he stays true to his roots of thriller/horror. This was depicted in the ending. (I’m not going to get too deep into the movie but I will discuss the ending). This movie took a sinister turn real fast when Silva’s character Freddy ends up having a bad day and the neighborhood nutcase provokes him by calling him a slew of homophobic slurs, and at this point Freddy’s had it. The nutcase, Bishop, throws a rock at him and Freddy slugs him and Bishop goes down, hitting his head on the concrete. He bleeds, Freddy freaks out then, out of options in fear of being deported and becoming a new Dad, he panics and ends Bishops misery… That’s the end in a nutshell. And more than anything it made me realize that it’s a lot easier to accidentally commit a murder and appear guilty than you’d think, which sounds pretty twisted, but I think Silva wanted to portray a part of that in his film.

Sebastian’s films may appear scatterbrained but stick with him because he tends to tell stories in a beautiful unique manner. This movie has such an extreme tonal shift, it deals with 3 subjects condensed in one movie: having a baby, Bishop, and Freddy’s artistic job, creating Nasty Baby. I will credit Silva in that his films feel very raw and pure. It really is like watching an experience and being captivated for 100 minutes.

Also, the reason why this review is all over the place is because it’s supposed to represent Sebastian Silva’s style of film…I guess.

Check out the trailer:

SMC

Diversity within the Oscars and the Movie Industry

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“At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”  – Jada Pinkett Smith

“I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them.”  – Lupita Nyong’o

“If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African-Americans were nominated.”  – George Clooney

Let me start off by stating there’s not only a lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations, but a lack of diversity in the media everywhere. To go along with that, yes, racism, white privilege, sexism, etc. are still very prominent in our society.

And it sucks we’re still having this conversation, but honestly we’ll be having this convo for the next 100 years, unless we change it.

I’m ashamed to admit I’m guilty of not including more diversity into my scripts. I’ve written about 6 or 7 full length features and of those, only 2 (scripts) include diverse characters (from African-Americans to Hispanics). It’s an unconscious thing, but nevertheless it’s there. Of course, casting directors (and directors) are the ones who cast the actors, and they may choose whatever actor they see fit, but it’s my responsibility as a writer, to consciously describe a character as having more diverse features. And we should be creating scripts and roles that cater to these actors and audiences. We also shouldn’t be writing movies that solely portray races in a  stereotypical manner. For example: black people being cast as gangsters, or “from the Hood,” Mexicans as cholo’s, etc.

So allow us to take one step forward and diligently create that sine qua non the entertainment industry needs.

From now on, I vow, as a Mexican, Woman, and a Lesbian, I will conscientiously create screenplays that are more diverse. They will be filled with more openly diverse characters and content. This is where my contribution starts.

Let’s all take this vow.

And if you’re in the industry, vote on the actual best, regardless of race/age/gender. Amen.

SMC

New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s officially 2016. One more year of your life is officially over. Or for you optimistic people out there, it’s the beginning of a new year to prosper, learn, and grow. That is what I will be indulging in…hopefully.

I, like most people, have a few problems that tend to set me back when trying to get work done: I get lazy, which can consist of me not getting enough work done. I have ADD/ADHD (I’m sure), which results in getting distracted easily. And I live my life going through different phases which results in me going from one thing to another. One month I’ll be obsessed with Youtube, the next writing, the next filmmaking, then photography, etc. The list goes on and on.

That’s why this year, I hope to GET MORE SHIT DONE. I will do this by having more structure in my life and creating less distractions. This year is my year, I can feel it. Instead of wasting the valuable time I have, I will be doing something that is PRODUCTIVE. This is the year of productivity.

I will do more. I will create more. I will write more. I will experience more.

I can be a pretty boring person. I rung in the new year completing a short script, about 35 pages, but for me, that was a kick ass way to start my new year. Accomplishing more. Doing more. Focusing more. That will be me.

So down below, I’ll name a few goals I have for this new year:

  1. WRITE MORE

I hope to write, and COMPLETE more screenplays. I have so many scripts that I have started but haven’t finished. I strive to accomplish more by putting pen to paper…or hand to keyboard I should say.

2. READ MORE

I hope to read more in general, whether it’s news, novels, stories, but mostly I’d like to read more screenwriting books. I have read a lot, but I have so many that are collecting dust.

3.  EDIT MORE

I hope to do a lot more editing of my scripts so I can get them sent off to Hollywood or in competitions.

4.  WATCH MORE MOVIES

This includes new movies along with classics.

5.  BE MORE PRODUCTIVE ALL AROUND

In all facets of my life.

Those are my New Year’s resolutions and I hope to stick to them. Good luck with all your New Year’s rezzies. May you have a productive year!

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

SMC

Best Movies I Watched in 2015

I’m going to do something a little different. In 2015, I was pretty busy with work, life, and school so I wasn’t able to watch a lot of new movies that came out. (Pretty shitty for a screenwriter, I know). So instead of naming my favorite movies of 2015, I will name the best movies I watched in 2015. Some will be newer and some older.

Best of 2015:

  • Wolfpack
  • Jurassic World
  • Queen of Earth
  • The Road Within
  • The Foxy Merkins
  • Stand By Me
  • Welcome to Me
  • The Disappearance of Elanor Rigby
  • Housebound
  • Young Ones
  • Fort Bliss
  • Frank

I’m sure there are many more I’ve seen that have been the best of 2015, but my mind’s drawing a blank. realistically, who actually remembers all the movies they’ve watched in a year?

SMC

Sexism in Hollywood

Sexism in Hollywood is a very prevalent subject. A great article was just published on that very subject matter. It’s a great read.

It’s written by Maureen Dowd, who’s a columnist for the New York Times.

Check it out here:

Sexism In Hollywood

A word on the subject: It seems men in Hollywood (similar to all men really) can’t get something through their tiny brains: women are ubiquitous. They’re in offices, they’re CEO’s, he’ll they’re even directing and writing movies. (Shocking I know). I don’t know why that’s such a difficult concept to grasp for men. We’ve had a black male president, we’ve had women run for presidency, so I’m not sure why they can’t accept the work of a woman. I’ll give you my opinion. I think they’re scared. Men are intimidated by a hardworking woman who knows what she wants. Because deep down men are these fearful creatures who subconsciously fear the wrath of their mothers. (Just analyzing here). Women have a different perspective from men, so shouldn’t that be refreshing in the entertainment business? You’d think so, but our world is still progressing a tiny bit at a time. We’re moving in slow motion, and we need to catch up. It’s 2015 and women are still getting paid less than men for the same jobs. You know what I say to that? Fuck you!! *Middle finger* It’s sickening that this is still an ongoing thing. The end.

SMC

The Foxy Merkins – A Lesbian Film Made By Lesbians

Last night I came across a great movie on Netflix. It’s called The Foxy Merkins, but you probably haven’t heard of it. It’s a super indie movie that came out in 2013 about two lesbian hookers who become friends whilst servicing Manhattan women. I mean if that doesn’t hook you right away, then what does?

I can honestly say I laughed out loud so much during this movie. Surprisingly enough, it’s one of the funnier movies I’ve seen and that was so damn refreshing. There are so many awful movies being produced, and although this movie isn’t perfect, it is genuine, hilarious, and entertaining.

It’s written by Madeleine Olnek, Lisa Haas, and Jackie Monahan and directed by Madeleine Olnek. It stars the two writer Lisa and Jackie as the lesbian hookers. A familiar face is also in the movie: Alex Karpovsky from Girls.

Let me give you 5 reasons why you need to watch this movie:

  1. It’s hilarious. Like seriously, it’s actually really hilarious. I LOL’d on several occasions.
  2. Lisa Haas is genuinely hilarious in it.
  3. It’s a refreshing buddy/lesbian comedy.
  4. The comedy is on point. Perfect comedic timing.
  5. It’s free to watch to Netflix or Amazon.
  6. Because we see Lisa Haas full frontal and it’s phenomenal.

I added an important 6th in there because I can. And also, Lisa Haas has a wonderful voluptuous woman’s body and I’m a fan! Let’s feature more woman like her on screen, please!

But seriously, check out this comedy. I give it a 4/5.

Check out the trailer:

SMC

Alone With People Short Film

I came across this short film on Vimeo that was posted a week ago. It’s called Alone With People and the title is quite telling. It’s about a 15-year-old girl who comes to terms with her sexuality with the help of her therapist.

It’s so powerful, awkward, and quirky. It provides us with such a positive message. It’s a great depiction of a young girl accepting who she is. She reminded me so much of myself when I was younger, minus the pot smoking and sneaking around watching The L Word.

What makes this piece so palpable is how relatable it is. Literally, this girl is a lot of us lesbians out there. She is as awkward as we were when we came out. She is as honest as we were and definitely as curious. What’s even more amazing is the girl who stars in the film, Quinn Marcus, (from MTV’s Girlcode) wrote it and it’s based on her coming out experience. What a great, personal story she shared with the world.

I just have to say, did Quinn really watch The L Word with her Dad? (Cringe worthy) How awkward is that??? Seeing as how 50% of the show is sex, but again, it was amusingly portrayed.

Like I said before, Alone With People was written by Quinn Marcus and directed by Drew Van Steenbergen. Make sure to check it out. You won’t regret it.

Here is the film:

Enjoy!

SMC

“The Root of the Problem” Short Film

I came across this great short film on Vimeo called The Root of the Problem. It’s written by Ryan Spindell and Mark E. Davidson, and directed by Ryan Spindell. It was nominated for best narrative short in 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Synopsis: In the candy-colored world of 1950’s suburbia, a reluctant housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret… but is it just the anesthesia, or is something more sinister hiding just below the surface?

“Open up and say AHHHHH!”

Ryan Spindell brings us into this creepy world where things aren’t as they seem. I definitely recommend checking it out.

SMC