Twenty (20) Interesting Films

We saw some of these in class, some we viewed as homework or for special projects. You may find them amusing.

  1. American Beauty*
  2. Pay It Forward
  3. Almost Famous*
  4. The Abyss
  5. Lantana
  6. Bandits
  7. The Man Who Would Be King
  8. Ararat
  9. Matchstick Men
  10. The Village*
  11. Bullets Over Broadway
  12. Groundhog Day*
  13. Garden State
  14. City Island*
  15. Sunshine Cleaning
  16. Scaramouche*
  17. Ordinary People
  18. Cinema Paradiso
  19. Cabaret*
  20. The Book of Eli*

* my favorites

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Book Look: A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin

SerialKillerNazi“The chilling true story of the S-Bahn Murderer.”

This book gets a strong rating of ☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆,  and is recommended particularly for amateur criminologists and fans of WWII history.

Scott Andrew Selby’s account of the S-Bahn Murderer is a fast read, a fascinating study in how the Nazi regime’s absolute control of the press and love of appearing all-powerful interfered with the most important criminal investigation of wartime Berlin. Continue reading

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Screenplay, Part 8

film-145099_150I’ve completed the first step in adapting my screenplay, In the Mouth of the Lion, to novel format. I took the simplest approach: converting the script into a text file, then removing sluglines, and so forth. In essence, I’m using the screenplay as an outline.

But why am I doing this? Continue reading

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Can you write when you’re tired?

If I write when I’m tired, often the work isn’t my best. Still, there will be some useful sections at the end of the day, or at least a good start for the next, though I’ll have to do more rewriting than usual. [Pages have to be extremely bad before I’ll discard them. Sometimes, lurking in the thought processes that led to them, there’s Continue reading

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Screenplay, Part 7

I’m changing gears here to talk about my earlier screenplay, In the Mouth of the Lion. My readers reported back several weeks ago. Based on their combined comments, I have quite a bit of work to do, a total of about 150 marks to resolve. This is now the longest punchlist I’ve ever worked with for a fiction project, 10 pages, compared to Continue reading

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My new screenplay, Part 5

SmallPoster3I’ve noted that as a screenplay, the events in Temple of Isis become more shocking. I’m a bit worried that although I have made the story understandable to modern audiences, it has added shock value due to the immediacy of film.

My approach will be to make the entire script a lot darker, particularly the opening. The events and their ultimate resolution will thus not be unexpected, based on the tone of the first scenes. Whether I can retain enough positivity to hold the audience remains to be seen.


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Character Arcs & Flaws

calabashIn case you’ve not already been taught this, it’s considered mandatory that your hero have a flaw, something for him/her to overcome, something to provide an inner journey while shooting up the world with an AK-47 on the outer levels, something to make the reader identify with him/her: “Hey, this character is Continue reading

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