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What are some good scary DVD rents for October?

Gotta admit, I’m a huge fan of (ye olde mail in) netflix! I want to support the USPS from being shut down by a certain political party who only wants to raid their 70+ year pension fund requirement after it fails from such impossible business model.

I was raised during the era of comic book mail ins, I fell for and to this day still satisfied at all the little toys I got in the mail for under $5. Who doesn’t love getting something in the mail, even if- especially if it’s a card with actual hand written sentiments? Not talking about batch texted, “merry xmas day everyone!” (didn‘t get you anything).

So I mastered a 3 day plan, theoretically if I mail a movie back every day, I should always be receiving a movie 6/ 5 (on 3 day weekends like this) days each week.

I decided to have my 3rd Scary movie Rocktober. One year, I made the mistake of thinking it would be fun to rent documentaries and was actually horrified that rivaled my final cable binge the week after 9/11. Some of you know this, so bad I haven’t had cable since.

The second year, I decided to see movies I call “red corn syrup” films, hokey and knowingly fake so I could enjoy it. I had to avenge that horrible industry/ political docu year. It did make me more aware and a physically present activist, but whew. I focused on classical movie series like Chucky and got to appreciate not only Freddy, but the messages of those that fought the evil, good and bad. Even the bad movie had redeeming qualities, like inform other kids how to deal with, and organize with others to combat the fears (Jason) presented. More importantly, how to exploit the weaknesses of predators, even though you’re scared shitless at the time. Freddie, like Dr. Cox in Scrubs has a reputation of being an asshole, but they’re actually teaching a lot of resilience and facing different levels of cowardice and avoidance.

So this year, I have rented a bunch of movies/ shows that have been awesome so far. I know awesome gets overused, but it’s tough to find a new word/ phrase that society doesn’t whore out until it means nothing. “Feel good!” “amaze balls!” “A love letter to….!” “coming of age!”

With a choice of 2 odd families, I passed Munsters for The Addams Family. I loved the reboot movies, although the rap element was on the dark side of hokey, which is odd in a supposed twisted movie to that bent. Cant’ beat the original? Is it a victim of http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SeinfeldIsUnfunny ? It had a case of “it’ll warp society!” And now, it’s completely tame and may even be relegated to quirky in today’s standards.

Creepshow series! I LOVE this, I’m on disk 2 right now. Everyone from the early 90’s is in this and also, how the hell did I not know anyone with HBO in the 90’s to be exposed to this?! And apparently on myspace, it was before the netflix binge watching era where everyone recommends a dozen different series “you should see.” Again, I’m hoping some pre 9/11 movies make a comeback before all this dark anti-here dad/ entitled socialite crap. The bad guys were as homicidal, but their trendy wardrobe at least makes them hilarious (blonde afro Mohawk!?)

Monster Squad! I loved this, another example of movie/ series released just in the last 5 years that I hope get popular, beating current popular trends.

New Scooby doo! First of all, best cartoon in the category of youngn’s exposing greedy old guys who control people with fear to profit from them. Wish they would go to congress, amirite people? Well this incarnation is aware of it’s own tropes, has more suspects and red herrings and is actually difficult for even us old folk to figure out. Although, I have seen a couple fo random elements you couldn’t even guess (I.e. pictures being developed and only revealed when the baddie is revealed). and apparently there’s a series arc that addresses actual problems with local economy?!  from all the people around town they exposed. Deep.

Walking dead & Grimm. I saw a whole season of each of these (random library season rental). With walking dead, I need to go back and see season 1, so it’s like a prequel to me. I got into both and decided to pick this month to get caught up. With walking dead, I think a nihilistic side of me likes the elimination round of characters that apparently can’t be brought back after they’re killed. New info flashbacks are okay, but certainly now meeting someone new that is a RINGER for them! That’s bullshit.

And there are others, I’ve already gone on. What good Halloween movie (series) and tv shows are good to see?

 

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2013/10/12 Posted by | MOVIE SIGN! | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

20130220:15 Let’s write a story, part 1 of 10

Writer’s Blog, blank screen date: 130220:15

Of TEN, how’s that for commitment? Really, the segments I’ve studied break down to 8 parts, but I need this entry to explain my dilemmas and a thing at the end for the inevitable things I’d forget and or updates with situations therein.

I have read about and studied screenwriting and play writing. I have taken courses in college and have more film books than I can read. Honestly, history gets a little dry, which makes no sense. By definition history should be interesting if not exciting.

Currently I’m reading about just that, making every sentence exciting, losing those participals I keep dangling and extraneous prepositions.

Most films and plays follow a 3 act structure, but that’s odd to me. It’s too brief, too simple, but every act has a ton of elements in them. Tv is structured like that, half hour and hour shows, but none of them are formatted that way. They’re formatted to commercial breaks.

A half hour show has a lead in, opening credits, 3 commercials and closing credits. That’s at least 4-5 segments of story, each of which has to have a “teaser” to keep you from changing the channel while those annoying commercials come on. It’s similar for hour-long shows, they theoretically have more time to concentrate on a “b” story and even a C, if they have a lot of characters and they each have things to do.

Scrubs is kinda genius with this, since they developed by the 3rd season to mastering the 3 simultaneous story theme going on. Coincidentally, they’re made to parallel each other which is smart, coincidental or even dumb depending on how all 3 stories are executed.

I have also read short story writing books and read short stories. I like short stories because you quickly cover all the senses and all the w’s, all the character development, even mystery to your story. It’s why a lot of writers like me are super fans of things like Twilight Zone. There are horribly outdated things in those shows (small towns, imagine leaving your front door and car unlocked). But the concepts and feelings of a characters eventual desperation or situation develops.

Twilight zone is a forerunner to Star Trek on it’s best episodes. Those are the episodes that look at humanity from the outside as alien research. There’s things trying to be science fiction right now that are ridiculous, characters shouldn’t be invented based on their costumes or weapons to sell action figures. Sci fi lost its way with the whole dark, grim obsession. They want to be noir without the tragic ending.

So, I’m starting this for a few reasons: 1) to take you in and eventually by the end you should see the problems I’m having and hopefully have recommendations; 2) I want to write this to unlearn what I’m learning, even though that term is getting blurred with it’s over use; 3) if I can teach what I know, I’ll have to remind myself of the back corners of details that may spark something I have been overlooking. 4) If you’ve never taken a writing course, you’re about to save thousands of hours and dollars and commute to USC.

Weather I/ we write a story via blog entry, vlog, telling one at a bar, you tube video, short story in an anthology or film and tv, it can be broken down to the items to the following 8 stages. It’s true there are exceptions, but to those like me trying to “make it,” this format has to remain true. Those that get to break the pattern have made millions and can finance it themselves. We can’t.

If you think this is familiar, it’s a mishmash from a bunch of different screenwriters whose names reappear if you have studied writing format:

1. There’s a status quo, a place where the story starts off at.
2. There are characters, and their needs or wants will be presented.
3. There’s a “call to action,” the characters will be faced with having to deal with a threat and they will have to decide to do something about it. They will have to leave their comfort zone to do something about it.
4. They will have to adapt and “face trials” on learning how to combat the threat. Trial and error. Research, learning from others. Making more allies and enemies.
5. They will get the thing they want, but of course there are annoying strings attached that will screw other things up.
6. The characters, good and or bad will have to make sacrifices and take some big losses once the “thing” is obtained or achieved.
7. The characters will have to return to status quo land and they will have to decide to do this.
8. They will be back to another day similar to the beginning, but they will have knowledge and experience to deal with a threat that will be reoccurring or developing somewhere else.

 

2013/02/20 Posted by | Writing course in 10 sessions | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment