My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 6/17-24/2016


First, a word from our sponsors: I wanted to say thank you to everyone who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign for 15 Conversations in 10 Minutes. We did very well due to you folks. For those who weren’t able to give, keep us in your thoughts. And if you are able to contribute in the future, contact me and I’ll tell you how. I will even honor the perks on the original campaign.
I am now offering a new consultation service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00.  For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you.  I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one. 
 
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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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/17-24/201
A change here. I now also have HBONOW and Amazon, as well as Netflix and Hulu, so I will be rotating these from now on.
ff 1ON AMAZON: 1945’s And Then There Were None is quite possibly the best adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel (I have yet to see Acorn Channel’s new version) in which a group of people are invited and then trapped in a remote location whereupon they are killed off one by one in accordance to a nursery rhyme. Directed by Rene Clair (probably his best American film) and wittily written by Dudley Nichols, one of Hollywood’s best screenwriters. It also boasts a fun cast of some our best character actors including Walter Huston, Barry Fitzgerald, Roland Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Mischa Auer, Richard Haydn and Judith Anderson.
ff 2ON NETFLIX: Carlos is a television mini-series about the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez ‘Carlos’¸who eventually earned the nickname The Jackal after the man who tried to assassinate De Gaulle. Directed by one of France’s best director Olivier Assayas and written by Assayas, Dan Franke and Daniel Laconte, it’s a first rate political thriller in which Carlos is often portrayed as leading a gang that couldn’t shoot straight. And with a compelling performance by Edgar Ramirez in the title role.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING:  Finding Dory, Tickled, The Keeper of Lost Causes, From Afar, Bang Gang, Genius, The Witness, De Palma, King Jack, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Fits, The Wailing, The Nice Guys, Love and Friendship, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, The Measure of a Man, The Lobster

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My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 6/10-6/17/2016


First, a word from our sponsors: I wanted to say thank you to everyone who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign for 15 Conversations in 10 Minutes. We did very well due to you folks. For those who weren’t able to give, keep us in your thoughts. And if you are able to contribute in the future, contact me and I’ll tell you how. I will even honor the perks on the original campaign.
I am now offering a new consultation service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00.  For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you.  I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one. 
 
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
 
and check out my Script Consultation Services: http://ow.ly/HPxKE
My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/10-6/17/201
A change here. I now also have HBONOW and Amazon, as well as Netflix and Hulu, so I will be rotating these from now on.
ff1ON NETFLIX: Cold in July, written by Nick Dimici and the director Jim Mickle, is a very clever and effective neo noir with great performances by Sam Shepard and especially Don Johnson, who steals the show. A mild mannered family man shoots an intruder and it turns out he was wanted for other crimes. But the family man discovers this might not be true. One of the best films of its year.
ff 2ON HULU:  Night on Earth is a portmanteau film from writer/director Jim Jarmusch. It dramatizes five different cab rides in five different locations on earth. The stand out is probably Roberto Benigni who picks up a priest late one night in Rome.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING:  De Palma, King Jack, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Fits, Therapy for a Vampire, The Conjuring 2, The Wailing, Chevalier, The Idol, The Nice Guys, Love and Friendship, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, The Measure of a Man, The Lobster Continue reading

My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 6/3-6/10/2016


First, a word from our sponsors: I have just launched the indiegogo campaign for my short film 14 Conversations in 10 Minutes. Check it out http://ow.ly/SblO3005HHu.  Below is a video sample of the short. Think about contributing (the lowest contribution is only $5.00). Please view and share anywhere and everywhere.

I am now offering a new consultation service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00.  For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you.  I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one. 
 
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
 
and check out my Script Consultation Services: http://ow.ly/HPxKE
My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/27-6/3/201
A change here. I now also have HBONOW and Amazon, as well as Netflix and Hulu, so I will be rotating these from now on.
ff 1ON HBONOW: Citizen X is about the search for a serial killer in 1980’s Soviet Russia hampered by the idea held by many at that time that there are no serial killers under Communism since it was only the product of the decadent Capitalistic west. Fascinating, with strong performances by Stephen Rea as the forensics expert put in charge of the case and Donald Sutherland seeming to have a great time as his superior officer. With a cameo of Max von Shadow as something unusual for Soviet Russia, a psychiatrist.
ff 2ON AMAZON:  Lady of Burlesque is a nice, fun noir based on the book The G-String Murders. Made in 1943, it was hampered a bit by censorship (there’s not a lot of strip and even less of tease), but Barbara Stanwyck is great in the title role, trying to solve a series of murders before it gets to her. Screenplay by James Gunn and directing by William A. Wellman.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING:  Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, The Wailing, Chevalier, The Idol, The Nice Guys, Love and Friendship, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, The Measure of a Man, The Lobster Continue reading

My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 5/27-6/3/2016


First, a word from our sponsors: I have just launched the indiegogo campaign for my short film 14 Conversations in 10 Minutes. Check it out http://ow.ly/SblO3005HHu.  Below is a video sample of the short. Think about contributing (the lowest contribution is only $5.00). Please view and share anywhere and everywhere.

 

I am now offering a new consultation service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00.  For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you.  I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one. 

 

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

 

and check out my Script Consultation Services: http://ow.ly/HPxKE

 

My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/27-6/3/2016
ff 1ON NETFLIX:  This week a television series: Occupied, created by Karianne Lund, Jo Nesbø, Erik Skjoldbjærg, takes place in the near future when Norway decides to stop producing oil and instead produce the more environmentally friendly element thorium. Russia, backed by the EU, has a velvet glove takeover of the nation. A tense and engrossing series and a must see. Russia was not happy with it, to say the least.
ff 2ON HULU:  Based on a true story, Memories of Murder, written by Sung-bo Shim and my favorite Korean director Joon-ho Bong (in spite of Snowpiercer, which I refuse to mention…oops), is about the first recorded Korean serial killer. A strong procedural as well as strong character study of the city mouse (a Seoul police detective) who comes to the country mouse (a local detective) and they join forces to find the murderer before he strikes again.
ff 3OF SPECIAL NOTE: Laemmle’s Royal is showing a new restoration of Carol Reed and Graham Greene’s movie The Fallen Idol. Highly recommended.
ff 4FIRST RUN and OPENING:  Alice Through the Looking Glass, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Idol, Presenting Princess Shaw, Australia’s Lost Gold, The One’s Below, The Nice Guys, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Love and Friendship, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, A Bigger Splash, The Measure of a Man, The Lobster Continue reading

My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 5/20–27/2016


First, a word from our sponsors: I have just launched the indiegogo campaign for my short film 14 Conversations in 10 Minutes. Check it out http://ow.ly/SblO3005HHu.  Below is a video sample of the short. Think about contributing (the lowest contribution is only $5.00). Please view and share anywhere and everywhere.

I am now offering a new consultation service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00.  For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you.  I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one. 
 
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
 
and check out my Script Consultation Services: http://ow.ly/HPxKE
My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/20=27/2016
ff 1ON NETFLIX:  To Catch A Thief, written by John Michael Hayes and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is not top drawer Hitchcock, but it’s still pretty good. A retired cat burglar must come out of retirement when someone starts using his MO to steal jewels. This leads to Grace Kelly using double entendres over a picnic to woo Cary Grant. Fun.
ff 2ON HULU:  The Demon, written by Masato Ide from a story by Seicho Matsumoto and directed by the Japanese Alfred Hitchcock, is a brutal and riveting tale of what happens when a man’s mistress drops his three children with him and his unsuspecting wife. As pressure mounts, the lives of the children become at stake.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING:  The Nice Guys, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Angry Birds, Love and Friendship, Maggie’s Plan, Weiner, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, A Bigger Splash, The Measure of a Man, A Monster With A Thousand Heads, The Lobster Continue reading