Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Few Titles

Part of my job is to deal with the archives. Today I had a special assignment that had a lot of scripts passing through my hands.

A sampling of some of the titles:

Absence of Malice
Adventures of Robin Hood
My Fair Lady
Fugitive
Public Enemy
The Matrix
Risky Business
The Right Stuff
Rebel Without a Cause
Shawshank Redemption
Forrest Gump
Casablanca
Dirty Harry
Driving Miss Daisy
Harry Potter
Chariots of Fire
Collateral Damage
Streetcar Named Desire
Searchers
Magnolia
The Usual Suspects
Unforgiven
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Exorcist
Maltese Falcon

Gotta say, I love my job.

Just my thoughts,

Sean

Friday, April 23, 2010

How To Write Badly Well

One of my favorite sites; the last line of this posting drew a loud guffaw out of me.

HOMAGE WEEK #5: Try too hard to be J.R.R. Tolkien

Rocket Man + Susan Boyle =



On Lopez.

Do We Trust Truth?

Very convicting and thought-provoking blog by Donald Miller today. 

Aimed at the Church, it starts by wondering what the Bible would be like if the modern Church were in charge of writing it. 

Ends up saying things like, "Part of the problem is ours is a religion of image."

Worth the read.

Just my thoughts,

Sean

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Late Breaking Medical News


Favorite line of the day:

In a news report on a new million dollar/mulit-year medical study, the doctor explaining their results said,

“What we discovered was that female physiology is different than that of the male.”

In 2010, the medical field figured that out.

I conducted a similar study that came to the same conclusion several decades ago.  My study was called “puberty.”

Just my thoughts,

Sean

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Positive Side to Extremism

Thanks to Kevin for this.



"And, of course, moderates."

Just my thoughts,

Sean

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Syfy: The Sports Network


I don’t get it.  What happened to identity?

The Syfy Channel just made a deal to increase its wrestling programming by making Friday nights Smack Down night.

Yep.  Dr. Who. Stargate Atlantis. Eureka.  Caprica.  And Sweaty Men In Tights.

What gives these days?

I understood when a channel would branch out in a related way – like the History Channel making a historically-based movie; or Cartoon Network making a live action episodes of Ben Ten – a cartoon.

But they’re not even trying anymore. 

Cartoon Network is making random live actions; good luck finding a music video at Video Hits One; and not only has AMC officially renounced the “C” in their name, the “M” doesn’t fit with their programming either. 

(Hey, I’m all for Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Prisoner – but what do they have to do with American Movie Classics?)

And now the science-fiction network adds wrestling to its identity.

You know what’s around the corner.

Lifetime partners with World Extreme Cage Fighting.

Hannah Montana does a cross-over episode with Dexter.

Nickelodeon puts a Sex and the City block between Spongebob and iCarly.

BET gears their prime-time programming to celebrate Confederate History Month.

Jason tried to calm me down when I saw the news about Syfy (pronounced “siffy” “s” plus “iffy”). 

He suggested that maybe the wrestlers will be monsters versus mad scientists.

Okay, maybe I can get on board.

Just my thoughts,

Sean

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fun Around the Web

Some fun from around the web.

First, some beauty - as Jeff Berryman takes his camera out for some stunning floral shots.

The satiric Hollywood Roaster gives a list of the Top Ten Script Notes from Marketing.

My fav:  2. We’re already at page 30 and you haven’t set up the sequel yet.

And Mashable is reminding us of some of the best trailers re-cut for a different meaning.  The most enjoyable for me are the first - Scary Mary (Mary Poppins as a horror movie ), and the last, The Shining as a feel good comedy.

Enjoy.

Just my thoughts,

Sean


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Famous Tweets from History: Ernest Hemingway Edition


"My wife’s ringtone sounds like mine.  I sometimes can’t tell which phone is ringing; she told me to stop bugging her by asking, cuz it’s usually for me."

Monday, April 05, 2010

Thinking, Controversy and Fear


A few links to places that made me think a bit. 

First, Donald Miller takes on Black & White Thinking.  A quote that struck my fancy:

“Black-and-white thinking is attractive because it’s reductionistic, it simplifies everything so we don’t really have to comprehend. It allows us to feel intelligent without understanding, and once we are intelligent, we feel superior. People who don’t agree with us are just dumb.”

Next up, Ben Bartlett over at Christ and Pop Culture has a take on how controversial politics and the power of numbers are poisoning the church.  The blog note that got him thinking should also give us pause:

“A few days ago a prominent woman in my church posted a note on the internet for her friends to see. She stated that her 4 year old son liked to listen to Rush Limbaugh with her, and he had just told her “I hate liberals.” This excited her and she boasted of how proud she was of her little 4 year old.”

Which to me ties in with Chase Livingston’s take faith in the culture of fear.  A few samplers:

“When fear is our only language, we can’t read any other signs.”

And

“Fear sells as well as sex does. They even make fear sound sexy.”

Add to that the mention of comic books, and you can see why Chase’s article takes up space in my brain.

I find that all three of these articles feed each other.  How about you?

Just my thoughts,

Sean