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?

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My Top 5 Kirsten Dunst Movies

I am currently obsessed with Kirsten Dunst. Actually, I don’t think my obsession ever subsided. I’m on season 2 of Fargo and I’m in love with both the show and Kirsten herself. So I thought I’d list my top 5 Kirsten Dunst movies in order starting with my favorite.

  1. All I Wanna Do
  2. Drop Dead Gorgeous
  3. Fargo
  4. Bring It On
  5. Jumanji

I know Fargo is a TV show, but y’all gotta agree she is great in it. (I totes ship her and Jesse Plemons in real life by the way).


It was nearly impossible to choose between Fargo and Drop Dead Gorgeous as the number 2 spot, but the hilarity that Amber Atkins is, trumps all!

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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?

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Most Annoying Things In Movies

It really blows when a movie states the obvious facts in the most unnatural way. Examples being something along the lines of:

  • “Hey big brother.” “What’s up, cousin?” etc.
  • Remind me why we’re at a cemetery at night?”

Stupid obvious shit like that will first off, make your audience cringe. It sure makes me cringe. There are better ways to show your audience who your brother or cousin is. But on the contrary not showing/telling us clearly who’s who is off putting as well and just plain confusing. We want to know who our characters are and what the hell they’re doing at a cemetery at night.

Just had to get that off my chest.

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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.

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.

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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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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!

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Elizabeth Moss in Queen of Earth

I love Elizabeth Moss. Love her. To bits and pieces. She has plenty of great accomplishments to her name, including Mad Men, Girl Interrupted, The One I Love (my personal fave), and she even has five upcoming projects. One in particular that I’m eager about is Queen of Earth. It’s a psychological drama that follows Moss‘ character, Catherine, as her and her best friend spend time at a lake house together following a traumatic event. Let’s just say shit’s about to get real and Moss is going to get a bit “cray cray.” I just love watching characters deteriorate on camera. (Is that bad to say)?

Entertainment Weekly has graced us with a 2 minute clip of the film. Check it out. Let me know your thoughts.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/21/elisabeth-moss-queen-of-earth

From that link, you can watch the clip. Also, here is the trailer for it.

 

Just check out the artwork for the movie.

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The eye makeup says it all. Queen of Earth was written/directed by Alex Ross Perry and comes to select theaters August 26th.

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Still Alice – Script of the Week

The script of the week this week is Still Alice, written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, based on the book by Lisa Genova. I am well aware this film won all sorts of accolades but I was less than convinced. I read the script before watching the movie. While reading the script I found it very rushed and hasty. The emotions, events, and relationships felt unnatural, and I was unable to connect with these characters. I realize with most movies you only get 2 hours tops to tell your story, but I felt at nearly 2 hours, (1hr 40) the script fell short. It’s as if Alice was fine one scene and the next she had Alzheimer’s. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the hell out of the concept, I just don’t think it was executed properly.

Like I said, after I read the script, I watched the movie. I went in with an open mind. Maybe I just rushed through the script and didn’t give it time to marinate. I love the cast, maybe the cast will be amazing and will do the movie justice where the script didn’t. These were the thoughts lingering in my mind. After watching the movie, I was left with a sense of longing…perhaps longing for something better, something more, something deeper?? The movie fell flat. Many lines of dialogue seemed forced and unnatural, comparable to the script. I thought Julianne Moore was great, that’s just because she’s great in everything she does. Besides the wonderful Julianne Moore, the film held nothing exceptional.

This could have been a great script, a great movie even, but sadly for me, it was not. Tell me what your guys’ thoughts are on the script or movie.

Script –> Still Alice 

Trailer:

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