A new review of my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader by Tanya Klein that appeared on Stormblog, the official blog of Coverage, Ink.


“If you want to know what the bleep goes on in a script reader’s head, Howard Casner’s “Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Consultant” is a good place to start and it’s currently available on Amazon. “ For the full review go to: http://ow.ly/zlGDs
UntitledEver wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks of your screenplay?  Maybe this will throw some light on the subject.
I am proud to announce the publication through Amazon of my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader. This is a culmination of many of my blog writings as well as my 2013 movie reviews.
“Great read for any screenwriter, just starting or an old dog looking for new tricks. Been following the writer on Facebook and reading his blog for a while now. This collection of his “Rantings and Ravings” is just what a screenwriter needs. Sage advice, encouragement and the truth. As a writer and screenwriting coach I can tell you he speaks to the things that we all need to pay attention to. Not just the obvious, but the little things that really matter. Buy this book! I did.” Steven Esteb, writer/director (Dirty Politics, Baller Blockin’)

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APEOCALYPSE NOW, OR OF APES BOTH NAKED AND HAIRY: Venus in Fur, Life Itself and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r
Warning: SPOILERS
venusThe new movie, Venus in Fur, co-written by bad boy old timer Roman Polanski (who also directed) with relative new comer David Ives, from a play by Ives that was influenced by a book by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (yeah, that Sacher-Masoch—oh, no, don’t even try it, you know very well whom I’m talking about, you can’t fool me), begins during a somewhat impressionistic rain storm on a deserted street in France (so I guess the slight touch of impressionism shouldn’t be a surprise) backed by a music score of sublime slyness.
In fact, the score is so sublime, so sly, so clever, so flippant, so wicked, so…well, just so everything that I found myself being driven crazy because I couldn’t place the composer. And then at the end, during the credits, there it is—the name Alexandre Desplat, and all I could think was, of course, who else could it possibly have been. Continue reading

DEPT. OF SELF AGGRANDIZEMENT: My screenplay The Last Tree Standing Motel makes quarter-finals at PAGE


My screenplay The Last Tree Standing Motel has made the quarter-finalists of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.  This makes me one out of six hundred, though it sounds a lot better if I say I made the top 10%, so I’ll say that: I made the top 10%.

Much joy, great tidings in the land and more than heartfelt congratulations to all the other finalists as well as good luck as the next set of finalists is determined.

THE LAST TREE STANDING MOTEL is a self-contained, neo-noir tragi-comedy.  After two hired killers murder someone at a remote motel, they receive a call from their boss telling them they can’t leave the motel until he gives them permission; so they find their lives intermingling with the regulars while they wait and they wait and they…wait.

It’s basically Waiting for Godot meets In Bruges.

For the first ten pages, please go to: http://howardcasner.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/the-last-tree-standing-motel-the-first-ten-pages/.

UntitledAlso, don’t forget to check out my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader now published on Amazon. http://howardcasner.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/ranings-and-ravings-of-a-screenplay-reader-now-available-through-amazon/

And also don’t forget, on July 20th, I’m supposed to be on On the Set With Jasper Cole, a radio program on UBN network, about my book Rantings and Ravings….  I’m scheduled to start around 3:30. http://ow.ly/z6JBz

 

CUT THE CRAP: Snowpiercer


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r
Warning: SPOILERS
snowpiercerThere is one clever and rather effective scene in Snowpiercer, the new movie about a train containing all the survivors of a global warming apocalyptic event that travels the world and can never stop.
Just as a battle royale is about to erupt, everyone is ordered to stop and wait while some of the participants count down from ten as the train passes over a certain bridge, a bridge the train passes over only once annually, meaning that it’s, wait for it…yes, New Years.
Once the countdown is over, it’s back to the bloodshed.
But outside of that, I’m sorry, but I have to say…no, you know what? I’m not sorry.
Snowpiercer is crap.
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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: The Amazing Catfish and Gabrielle


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r
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amazing catfishI really feel as if I should apologize. A movie came and went, not too long ago now, that played only a week and that I saw and that I never got around to reviewing.
And it’s shame because it’s one of the finer films of the year.
The movie is The Amazing Catfish, a movie from Mexico written and directed by Claudia Saint-Luce. It revolves around a young woman, Claudia (no relation), who works in a supermarket handing out samples. She has no relatives in the big city and has in fact left her small town because her family really has no use for her and doesn’t much care if she’s around or not. Continue reading

WOMEN IN UNREQUITED LOVE: Violette


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

Warning: SPOILERS
Violette_1_largeViolette, the new biopic of French feminist writer Violette Leduc (she was a contemporary of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre and Jean Genet), is a beautiful film to watch. From a technical standpoint, I think anyone would be hard pressed to find much fault with it. The cinematography is gorgeously, if not depressingly, dark; the sets and costumes faithfully rendered; the music score is enticing; the story is never uninteresting.
At the same time, when it was over, I have to be honest and say that I never really had an emotional connection to the title character. Continue reading