Simple Exercise To SHOW instead of tell

This exercise is going to seem pretty elementary and it’s so obvious but it didn’t hit me until earlier today. I was sitting in a room surrounded by things. All sorts of things. An ice cream machine, a pitcher of iced tea, hot coffee, a popcorn machine, etc. I took a look around and thought to myself, “I’m going to write down everything I hear and everything I see.” When I started jotting my surroundings down, I thought nothing of it, but as I was truly immersing myself into my surroundings, the simple idea hit me: Writing down my surroundings will help me to become a better writer. How? Well, describing your surroundings is an easy way to practice SHOW, DON’T TELL. I found myself describing what I saw with such detail. Seriously, it’s so stupid because it’s such a simple and easy exercise. But seriously, give it a try. Become aware of yourself as a writer and embrace your surroundings. It’s that simple. Do it as often as you can and practice it and soon enough your writing skills will be so sharp you can slice through glasss. (That was dumb) okay, bye.

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:

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“Tusk” Movie Review

I finally saw the movie “Tusk“, written and directed by Kevin Smith. I was waiting a long time to watch this movie and when I finally did, I’m glad I did…but there are some words to be said.

This movie was pretty fucked up to say the least. In theory I loved the concept, but it was executed rather poorly. It seemed as though the first half of the movie was a completely different film from the second half. Once Johnny Depp’s character came into play, it turned into something of a French western. It threw me off a bit, but I will say my attention was never lost, except when Michael Parks’ character, Howard Howe dozed us into one of his creepy elongated spiels.

There were parts of this film which I loved and others that I didn’t necessarily care for. For example, I enjoyed the suspenseful music that went along with Justin Long’s character, Wallace Bryton’s journey on the road trying to find Howard. I didn’t particularly care for Johnny Depp’s dopey character. There was something off about that character, clearly. And at times he lost my interest. I did really enjoyed the sadistic Howard Howe. A character well executed by Michael Parks. He was one creepy mother fucker who was driven by obsession.

Something I really want to talk about is how unlikeable Wallace Bryton is. He’s crude and crass and a completely unlikable guy, yet I think it works having him as a protagonist because Howard Howe is so much more unlikeable that we start to feel for Wallace. We feel bad he’s in that situation. We feel bad he’s at the hands of a psycho. Some people might say he got what he deserved, but truly, who actually deserves to be turned into a walrus?

Let’s talk about the walrus suit…umm…could they have made a suit that looked better or more realistic? It was a little too fake horror for me. That part of the movie looked like a B horror film. Don’t get me wrong, I love B horror films, but this was supposed to be A I think.

Overall, I enjoyed experiencing the movie. It wasn’t the greatest, but it wasn’t the worst either. I give it a 3/5.

★ ★ ★

Would I recommend this movie to people? Yes, because who doesn’t want to see Justin Long be turned into a walrus? Ar Ar (walrus sounds). It’s an experience.

Just a note: I know in a typical movie review, people explain what the movie is about. I don’t feel the need to do that. The trailer suffices.

New Blog…Welcome to my world of screenwriting!

Hello, world! My name is Sarah and I’ve always wanted to become a screenwriter. I now consider myself a screenwriter, although I’ve had nothing optioned, I hope to someday. This blog will consist of a myriad of posts pertaining to screenwriting, movies, the industry…anything and everything alike. I don’t claim to be an expert, I actually consider myself a novice. I’m only 25 and still learning new things about screenwriting and movies everyday. I still haven’t seen all of the classic films needed to call yourself a well educated screenwriter, (or movie buff) but I’m getting there. I’m not perfect, I’m just being Miley…only few will get this, haha.

My blog will consist of:

  • Movie Reviews
  • Movie/Screenwriting Articles
  • Anything Screenwriting/Movies, really
  • My progress on breaking into the industry
  • TV and TV shows even, why not?
  • My thoughts…basically whatever the F I want

I look forward to posting things, and although I’m hardly knowledgeable in this colossal world, I will do my best and try to sound and appear smart. Okey? OK! Just kidding…Okay.