Journal Entry Type #19: Seriously! Really! No Kidding!

For the last two weeks, I’ve been out of sorts and going through the motions of work without much going on except medical crap.  What I thought was a routine CT scan of my sinuses, to try to get some relief since I’ve been dealing with this what feels like forever, the radiologist wanted me to go back again for another scan.  I found out my sinuses are clear.  Really?  Where’s all this damn pain coming from I’ve dealt with since my late 20s?  I’m hoping for minor surgery after I prove the ENT doctor wrong what he suggested won’t work.  The whole ordeal has been annoying with a little bit of anxiety and craziness rolled into it.  The second time around the mass was identified in my face and need to wait to see the makeup of it.  Have I said before how much I hate needles?  I stopped donating blood for that reason despite Red Cross knocking on my door because of my blood type.  It’s good to not rush into things, but I desperately wanted answers today.   I haven’t been able to focus much on any kind of writing and instead have read the various stack of books near my bed, a few pages here and there.  I’ve been stuffing my emotions through eating and watching movies.  I realize it’s time to get back to the weekly grind of taking care of myself despite needing possible surgery.  I was okay with it in the beginning, but now am not okay because of everything that goes with it.  I would much rather spend my money in another way.   I don’t want to go through the healing process again.  It seems time has stopped for me, so to speak, and not in the frame of mind I would like to be: centered and whole.  I find myself wondering what other things will be growing where they shouldn’t, but what can I do?  Not much of anything, I guess.  I need to find a way to be okay with whatever happens.  I decided to post some pictures because it’s not every day you get to see the inside of your own body and right now I feel like sharing.

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TV Show Review: In the Dark (2019-)

Quote from In the Dark by Murphy

“I don’t need the dumb antibiotics.  Since the beginning of time, women have healed themselves.”

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Creator: Corinne Kingsbury

Executive Producers: Brian Dannelly, Frank Kiracusa, John Weber, Jonathan Collier, Jackie Cohn, Corinne Kingsbury, Michael Showalter, Ben Stiller, Nicholas Weinstock, and Emily Fox

Directors: Brian Dannelly, Norman Buckley, Patricia Cardoso, David Grossman, Ingrid Jungermann, Corinne Kingsbury, Anna Mastro, Ryan McFaul, Krya Sedgwick, Michael Showwalter, Steven K. Tsuchida, and Randy Zisk

Writers: Corinne Kingsbury, Kara Brown, Lindsay Golder, Louisa Levy, Eric Randall, Yael Zinkow, David Babcock, Daegan Fryklind, Ryan Knighton, Sarah Link, Chelsea Taylor, Amy Turner, Flint Wainess, and Daniel Rogers

Major Cast: Keston John, Saycon Senbloh, Perry Mattfeld, Rich Sommer, Brooke Markham, Casey Deidrick, Morgan Krantz, Thamela Mpumlwana, Derek Webster, Kathleen York, Nicki Micheaux, and Levi (the dog)

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 42 minutes per episode
 

*******

In the Dark premiered in January 2019 and was renewed for a second season in April 2019.  I watched it on Netflix as I gave it a shot based on the description.  A blind woman trying to find out who killed her best friend.  Why not?  I haven’t seen a main character be so unlikable in a while.  You could call Murphy a self entitled brat in some cases.  She wears a thick armor around her.  It had a tendency to bounce around which made it a little disjointed and at times appeared to be a patchwork quilt.  I wouldn’t label it a teeny bopper show like Beverly Hills 90210, but does have a certain feel to it that points to teenage angst.  As the show progressed, I got a little bit of compassion for Murphy and even more for her dog named Pretzel.  She’s the pseudo detective in a somewhat predictable plot.  Her self destructive tendencies often get in the way of forming meaningful relationships.  I hope they delve into the reason for her rebellion and stubbornness in the next season.  She might be like this just because, but there appears to be something deeper within her for why she is acting this way.  There’s nothing flashy about this show and yet, it offers enough tension to move it forward.  How the relationships play out between Murphy and Dean and Murphy and Nia will be interesting.  She might even work on her reckless nature and find someone who cares for her that has a 9 to 5 job.  Probably not but whatever happens, I’ll give it a try like I gave the first season.

I rate In the Dark GOOD with Three Fingers at 80%.

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Movie Review: IT Chapter Two (2019)

Quote from IT Chapter Two by Pennywise the Clown

“For 27 years, I’ve dreamt of you. I craved you. Oh I’ve missed you! Waiting for this very moment… TIME TO FLOAT!”

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Pennywise the Clown Returns

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There are not major spoilers in this review!

IT Chapter Two is a drama, fantasy, and horror movie with a running time of two hours and 49 minutes. The MPAA rating is R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material.  The screenplay is written by Gary Dauberman and the movie is directed by Andy Muschietti.  The characters of Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Liberher), Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly Marsh (Sofia Lillis), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhand), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer), Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff), and Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs) are all grown up.  As adults, the characters are played by James McAvoy (Bill), Jay Ryan (Ben), Jessica Chastain (Beverly), Bill Hader (Richie), James Ransone (Eddie), Andy Bean (Stanley), and Isaiah Mustafa (Mike).  Teach Grant plays the older Henry Bowers and Bill Skarsgård reprises his role as Pennywise the Clown.    There are a two notable guest appearances by Stephen King and Peter Bogdanovich in this Warner Brothers production.  The movie is basically about the good versus bad in small town U.S.A. 

Red Balloons Don’t Always Pop

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It is now 2016 and twenty seven years later everyone has left Derry except one of the members of the Loser’s Club.  As they find their way back to the little dinky town they grew up, each one remembers the power behind the clown from their past.  They learn what each has done in their lives, mainly career and family status, although none of them have children of their own over dinner at a Chinese restaurant.  They try to piece together the missing parts and accept the fact Pennywise has returned, stronger and meaner. When Mike and Bill are alone after the great fortune cookie scene, he confides in Bill what his plan is after meeting with other Derry locals.  It means they each have to connect with something from their past and the audience gets a nice flashback sequence of their childhood clubhouse.  There’s a glimpse of how cruel children can be, the target being Richie, and how it ties to the beginning scene.  Bill is drawn to the town carnival and as he makes his way through the maze of mirrors, he is haunted by his past and sets in motion the plan to kill IT.   The Loser’s Club arrive at the abandoned house where IT is often found.  They encounter Pennywise in its many forms and would say it is much scarier when compared to the original TV mini-series.  Each member comes face to face with their unresolved past and most notably Bill regarding himself and his younger brother Georgie as Pennywise continues to torment the Loser’s Club.  The scenes leading up to the ending and the ending itself was overall well done.  The movie ends with the members beginning the next part of their lives despite everything that happened.
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Watch the IT Chapter Two Trailer

Evaluation of It Chapter Two

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I preferred this over the first movie except for one scene at the end.  I thought it was a little weak where I asked myself the following question.  That is all it took?  I’m sure children can be just as vocal as any adult.  It begs the question of how powerful IT was to begin with but maybe over time it loses its power.  Despite this flaw and lack of screen time for Pennywise, IT Chapter Two definitely kept my attention.  The opening scene was an attention grabber and pulled you into the movie.  I wanted more scenes similar to Pennywise in the bleachers.  It was the best scene where Bill Skarsgård showed his ability to be playful and menacing.  I jumped during one scene because I wasn’t expecting such a close up of the character.  I would’ve liked more of those scenes and the humorous dialogue was neither here nor there.  There was comic relief spread throughout the movie as well as some pretty dark moments.  It had a nice mixture of both and for all the complaining I did about the head shaking of Pennywise in the first movie, it didn’t show up this time.   If it was included, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been so bothered by it this time.  Therefore, I recommend IT Chapter Two to anyone who likes  horror movies including scary clowns.

Evaluation of Pennywise the Clown

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Most people are loyal to the original actor playing a character and Tim Curry is no exception, but Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal was closer than I thought (for me at least).   Both were able to pull off the fake vulnerability of a psychopathic clown and turn into the monster beneath all the makeup with a pop of a balloon.  I did prefer the make up and wigs in the remakes as Curry’s clown costume was more outrageous and borderline gaudy.  While Skarsgård’s clown costume was more subdued, there was no denying it belonged to someone damaged and how many red balloons can he really hold in one hand?  It served as a great visual of him floating in the air.  Skarsgård’s facial expressions, eye movement, and drooling pushed the craziness of Pennywise even further.  If I had to pick which version I preferred when it came to appearance (costume, wig, body movements, and facial expressions), it would be the one done by Bill Skarsgård.  If I had to pick which version I preferred when it came to voice, sounds, and laughter, it would be the one done by Tim Curry.  If I were to rate the two next to each other, they are within millimeters of each other.  The one part I thought was weak deflated his menacing nature somewhat, but I still wouldn’t want to meet IT day or night.

I rate IT Chapter Two with FOUR FINGERS and ONE THUMB at 95%.

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Mid-September Forbes Quotes

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Poem: Frankenstein Scar

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This is my body in the hospital bed.

It will not be awake,

nor will it be sleeping,

somewhere between a dream and nightmare.

This is my face with tired eyes.

They will not see clearly,

objects will be blurry,

forcing me to look elsewhere.

This is my neck wanting to be scratched.

It will not be the same,

the itch will find temporary relief,

remind me of what’s inside.

This is emotion consuming me.

It will not go away,

begging for attention every moment,

a place of more uncertainty.

This is my body in an unexpected situation.

It will find a home,

there will be an answer,

somewhere between predictability and surprise.

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TV Show Recommendation: Forged in Fire (2015-)

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Executive Producers: Paul Hogan, Jaim Pasquarella, Shawn Witt, Simon Thomas, Steve Ascher, David George, Tim Healy, and Brent Montgomery

Directors: Michael Pearlman and Alfonso Trinidad

Host: Wil Willis

Major Cast/Judges: J Neilson, David Baker, Doug Marcaida, Jason Knight (season 3 and 4), and Ben Abbott (season 4-)

TV Rating: I didn’t it listed but would rate it TV-MA

Running Time per Episode: 43 minutes

*******

Forged in Fire is a reality show, but it’s also educational.  I watch it on the History channel.  Every episode contains random blade smiths from the United States who compete for the prize of $10,000.  I guess that’s a lot of money in the blade smithing world.  There is three rounds and each round someone may get eliminated by not producing what the judges ask for at the end of the first two rounds.  The first round is forging the blade, the second round is making any changes to the blade and adding a handle, and before the last round the blades are tested on animal carcasses, ice blocks, car doors, sand bags, and ropes.  The blades and contestants that survive advance to the third round where they have four days to create a version of the weapon chosen by the judges.  The blade goes through similar strength and sharpness tests and the judges (J. Neilson, David Baker, and Doug Marcaida) declare a winner by the end.  The show started with eight episodes but over time they increased the number and now there is 16 episodes per season.  The sixth season started on February 6, 2019.  I used to watch this show more back in the day, but I enjoy a episode now and then.   Watch the trailer below although some of it is graphic especially for animal lovers and rights people.

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Greatest Screenplays by WGA

The WGA (The Writer’s Guild of America) took a vote in 2005 among film and TV writers of the best screenplays in Hollywood. This list of 101 greatest screenplays is a nod to those writers who create greatness on blank white paper. Out of the scripts chosen, 45 were original, 56 were adaptations, 60 were dramas, 26 were comedies, and 15 were comedies and dramas. Out of the screenplays, 39 won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and 36 were nominated for Best Screenplay. I have seen 70 out of the 101 films listed below.
# Film Title
(Year and Director)
Scriptwriter(s) and Original or Adapted Source Material Memorable Line of Dialogue
(Performer/Film Character)
101 Notorious
(1946; dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Written by Ben Hecht “I’m a fatheaded guy, full of pain. It tore me up not having you.”
— Cary Grant as T. R. Devlin
100 Memento
(2000; dir. Christopher Nolan)
Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, based on the short story “Memento Mori” by Jonathan Nolan “Just because there are things I don’t remember, doesn’t mean my actions are meaningless. The whole world doesn’t just disappear when you close your eyes, does it?”
— Guy Pearce as Leonard
99 The Wild Bunch
(1969; dir. Sam Peckinpah)
Screenplay by Walon Green and Sam Peckinpah, story by Walon Green and Roy Sickner “When you side with a man, you stay with him. And if you can’t do that, you’re like some animal. You’re finished. We’re finished. All of us.”
— William Holden as Pike Bishop
98 The Grapes of Wrath
(1940; dir. John Ford)
Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck “We are the people that live.”
— Jane Darwell as Ma Joad
97 The Searchers
(1956; dir. John Ford)
Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the novel by Alan Le May “That’ll be the day.”
— John Wayne as Ethan Edwards
96 The Hustler
(1961; dir. Robert Rossen)
Screenplay by Sidney Carroll & Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Walter Tevis “Admit it. I’m the best you ever seen, Fats. I’m the best there is. And even if you beat me, I’m still the best.”
— Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson
95 Hannah and Her Sisters
(1986; dir. Woody Allen)
Written by Woody Allen “I had a great evening; it was like the Nuremberg Trials.”
— Woody Allen as Mickey Sachs
94 Patton
(1970; dir. Franklin J. Schaffner)
Screen Story and Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, based on “A Soldier’s Story” by Omar H. Bradley and “Patton: Ordeal and Triumph” by Ladislas Farago “We’re not just going to shoot the bastards. We’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads on our tanks.”
— George C. Scott as General George S. Patton
93 Do The Right Thing
(1989; dir. Spike Lee)
Written by Spike Lee “Who told you to step on my sneakers? Who told you to walk on my side of the block? Who told you to be in my neighborhood?”
— Giancarlo Esposito as Buggin’ Out
92 Psycho
(1960; dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Screenplay by Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch “Mother… What is the phrase? She isn’t herself today.”
— Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates
91 The Verdict
(1982; dir. Sidney Lumet)
Screenplay by David Mamet, based on the novel by Barry Reed “I changed my life today. What did you do?”
— Paul Newman as Frank Galvin
90 Sideways
(2004; dir. Alexander Payne)
Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Rex Pickett “Come on, man…. Hemingway, Sexton, Plath, Woolf. You can’t kill yourself before you’re even published.”
— Paul Giamatti as Miles Raymond
89 Forrest Gump
(1994; dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel by Winston Groom “Mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.'”
— Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump
88 Field of Dreams
(1988; dir. Phil Alden Robinson)
Screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson, based on the book by W.P. Kinsella “Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta): “Is this heaven?” Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner): “No, it’s Iowa.”
87 8 1/2
(1963; dir. Federico Fellini)
Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi. Story by Fellini, Flaiano “Happiness consists of being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone.”
— Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi
86 Harold and Maude
(1971; dir. Hal Ashby)
Written by Colin Higgins “I haven’t lived… But I’ve died a few times.”
— Bud Cort as Harold Chasen
85 La Grande Illusion
(1937; dir. Jean Renoir)
Written by Jean Renoir and Charles Spaak “The theater is too deep for me. I prefer bicycling.”
— Jean Gabin as Lieutenant Maréchal
84 The Princess Bride
(1987; dir. Rob Reiner)
Screenplay by William Goldman, based on his novel “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
— Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya
83 Rear Window
(1954; dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich “She’s too perfect, she’s too talented, she’s too beautiful, she’s too sophisticated, she’s too everything but what I want.”
— James Stewart as L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies
82 Cool Hand Luke
(1967; dir. Stuart Rosenberg)
Screenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Donn Pearce “I can eat fifty eggs.”
— Paul Newman as Luke Jackson
81 Being There
(1979; dir. Hal Ashby)
Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski, inspired by the novel by Jerzy Kosinski “There will be growth in the spring.”
— Peter Sellers as Chance
80 Witness
(1985; dir. Peter Weir)
Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley, story by William Kelley and Pamela Wallace & Earl W. Wallace “Listen, lady, you take my picture and I’m going to rip off your brassiere and strangle you with it.”
— Harrison Ford as John Book
79 The Producers
(1968; dir. Mel Brooks)
Written by Mel Brooks “How could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?”
— Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock
78 Rocky
(1976; dir. John G. Avildsen)
Written by Sylvester Stallone “Adrian!”
—Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa
77 Adaptation
(2002; dir. Spike Jonze)
Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, based on the book “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean “Coffee would help me think…. Coffee and a muffin.”
— Nicolas Cage as Charlie Kaufman
76 Raging Bull
(1980; dir. Martin Scorsese)
Screenplay by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin, based on the book by Jake La Motta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage “You win, you win. You lose, you still win.”
— Joe Pesci as Joey La Motta
75 High Noon
(1952; dir. Fred Zinnemann)
Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on short story “The Tin Star” by John W. Cunningham “You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again….. And in the end you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star.”
— Lon Chaney as Martin Howe
74 Being John Malkovich
(1999; dir. Spike Jonze)
Written by Charlie Kaufman “Do you know what a metaphysical can of worms this portal is?”
— John Cusack as Craig Schwartz
73 Amadeus
(1984; dir. Milos Forman)
Screenplay by Peter Shaffer, based on his play “Forgive me, majesty. I am a vulgar man. But I assure you my music is not.”
— Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
72 Thelma & Louise
(1991; dir. Ridley Scott)
Written by Callie Khouri “You get what you settle for.”
— Susan Sarandon as Louise Sawyer
71 The Lion in Winter
(1968; dir. Anthony Harvey)
Screenplay by James Goldman, based on the play by James Goldman “I’ve snapped and plotted all my life. There’s no other way to be alive, king, and fifty all at once.”
— Peter O’Toole as Henry II
70 The African Queen
(1951; dir. John Huston)
Screenplay by James Agee and John Huston, based on the novel by C.S. Forester “Well I ain’t sorry for you no more, you crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!”
— Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnut
69 Dog Day Afternoon
(1975; dir. Sidney Lumet)
Screenplay by Frank Pierson, based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore “Attica! Attica!”
— Al Pacino as Sonny
68 Star Wars
(1977; dir. George Lucas)
Written by George Lucas “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
— James Earl Jones (voice) as Darth Vader
67 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
(1982; dir. Steven Spielberg)
Written by Melissa Mathison “E.T. phone home.”
— E.T.
66 Jerry Maguire
(1996; dir. Cameron Crowe)
Written by Cameron Crowe “Show me the money!”
— Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire
65 Singin’ in the Rain
(1952; dir. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
Screen Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green, based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown “Well, if it isn’t Ethel Barrymore.”
— Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood
64 Terms of Endearment
(1983; dir. James L. Brooks)
Screenplay by James L. Brooks, based on the novel by Larry McMurtry “My daughter is in pain. Can’t you understand that? Give my daughter the shot!”
— Shirley MacLaine as Aurora Greenway
63 Jaws
(1975; dir. Steven Spielberg)
Screenplay by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb, based on the novel by Peter Benchley “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
— Roy Scheider as Chief Brody
62 Moonstruck
(1987; dir. Norman Jewison)
Written by John Patrick Shanley “Snap out of it!”
— Cher as Loretta Castorini
61 The Silence of the Lambs
(1991; dir. Jonathan Demme)
Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Thomas Harris “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
— Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter
60 L.A. Confidential
(1997; dir. Curtis Hanson)
Screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson, based on the novel by James Ellroy “Something has to be done, but nothing too original. Because, hey, this is Hollywood.”
— Danny De Vito as Sid Hudgens
59 It Happened One Night
(1934; dir. Frank Capra)
Screenplay by Robert Riskin, based on the story “Night Bus” by Samuel Hopkins Adams “I was just wondering what makes dames like you so dizzy.”
— Clark Gable as Peter Warne
58 Ordinary People
(1980; dir. Robert Redford)
Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the novel by Judith Guest “A little advice about feelings, kiddo. Don’t expect it always to tickle.”
— Judd Hirsch as Dr. Tyrone Berger
57 Crimes and Misdemeanors
(1989; dir. Woody Allen)
Written by Woody Allen “Where I grew up in Brooklyn, we were too unhappy to commit suicide.”
— Woody Allen as Cliff Stern
56 Back to the Future
(1985; dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale “I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it. “
— Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly
55 Apocalypse Now
(1979; dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
Written by John Milius and Francis Coppola, narration by Michael Herr “The horror, the horror.”
— Marlon Brando as Col. Walter Kurtz
54 Manhattan
(1979; dir. Woody Allen)
Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman “I’ve never had the wrong kind [of orgasm]…My worst one was right on the money.”
— Woody Allen as Isaac Davis
53 All the President’s Men
(1976; dir. Alan J. Pakula)
Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the book by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward “We’re under a lot of pressure, you know. And you put us there. Nothing’s riding on this except the… first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country. Not that any of that matters. But if you guys f–k up again, I’m going to get mad. Goodnight.”
— Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee
52 The Lady Eve
(1941; dir. Preston Sturges)
Screenplay by Preston Sturges, story by Monckton Hoffe “I need him like the ax needs the turkey.”
— Barbara Stanwyck as Jean Harrington
51 Broadcast News
(1987; dir. James L. Brooks)
Written by James L. Brooks “It was like great sex.”
— William Hurt as Tom Grunick
50 The Sixth Sense
(1999; dir. M. Night Shyamalan)
Written by M. Night Shyamalan “I see dead people.”
— Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sear
49 Schindler’s List
(1993; dir. Steven Spielberg)
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Thomas Keneally “I pardon you.”
— Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth
48 The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957; dir. David Lean)
Screenplay by Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle “What have I done?”
— Alec Guinness as Colonel Nicholson
47 The Maltese Falcon
(1941; dir. John Huston)
Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett “When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.”
— Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade
46 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
(1948; dir. John Huston)
Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by B. Traven “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges.”
— Alfonso Bedoya as Gold Hat
45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
(1975; dir. Milos Forman)
Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey “Get out of my way son, you’re using my oxygen. You know what I mean?”
— Jack Nicholson as Randall Patrick Murphy
44 The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946; dir. William Wyler)
Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood, based on novel “Glory For Me” by MacKinlay Kantor “They couldn’t train him to put his arms around his girl, or to stroke her hair.”
— Fredric March as Al Stephenson
43 Taxi Driver
(1976; dir. Martin Scorsese)
Written by Paul Schrader “You talkin’ to me?”
— Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle
42 Raiders of the Lost Ark
(1981; dir. Steven Spielberg)
Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman “I hate snakes.”
— Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
41 GoodFellas
(1990; dir. Martin Scorsese)
Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese, based on book “Wise Guy” by Nicholas Pileggi “Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”
— Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway
40 When Harry Met Sally…
(1989; dir. Rob Reiner)
Written by Nora Ephron “I’ll have what she’s having.”
— Estelle Reiner as the woman in the deli
39 The Sting
(1973; dir. George Roy Hill)
Written by David S. Ward “No sense in being a grifter if it’s the same as being a citizen.”
— Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff
38 American Beauty
(1999; dir. Sam Mendes)
Written by Alan Ball “I’m just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.”
— Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham
37 The Philadelphia Story
(1940; dir. George Cukor)
Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Philip Barry “I’m going crazy. I’m standing here, solidly on my own two hands and going crazy.”
— Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord
36 Midnight Cowboy
(1969; dir. John Schlesinger)
Screenplay by Waldo Salt, based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy “I’m walkin’ here!”
— Dustin Hoffman as Ratso Rizzo
35 The Usual Suspects
(1995; dir. Bryan Singer)
Written by Christopher McQuarrie “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist.”
— Kevin Spacey as Verbal Kint
34 The Sweet Smell of Success
(1957; dir. Alexander Mackendrick)
Screenplay by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, from a novelette by Ernest Lehman “Watch me run a 50-yard dash with my legs cut off!”
— Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco
33 The Third Man
(1949; dir. Carol Reed)
Screenplay by Graham Greene, story by Graham Greene, based on the short story by Graham Greene “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed. But they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock!”
— Orson Welles as Harry Lime
32 Fargo
(1996; dir. Joel Coen)
Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen “I’m not sure I agree with you a hundred percent on your police work there, Lou.”
— Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson
31 His Girl Friday
(1940: dir. Howard Hawks)
Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the play “The Front Page” by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur “Who’s going to read the second paragraph?”
— Cary Grant as Walter Burns
30 Unforgiven
(1992: dir. Clint Eastwood)
Written by David Webb Peoples “It’s a hell of a thing killin’ a man. You take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.”
— Clint Eastwood as Bill Munny
29 Sullivan’s Travels
(1941; dir. Preston Sturges)
Written by Preston Sturges “There’s always a girl in the picture. What’s the matter? Don’t you go to the movies?”
— Joel McCrea as John L. Sullivan
28 Shakespeare In Love
(1998; dir. John Madden)
Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard “Romeo and Juliet. Just a suggestion.”
— Ben Affleck as Ned Alleyn
27 Groundhog Day
(1993; dir. Harold Ramis)
Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, story by Danny Rubin “What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.”
— Bill Murray as Phil Connors
26 Double Indemnity
(1944; dir. Billy Wilder)
Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, based on the novel by James M. Cain “Do I laugh now or wait until it gets funny?”
— Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff
25 The Wizard of Oz
(1939; dir. Victor Fleming)
Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, adaptation by Noel Langley, based on the novel by L. Frank Baum “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
— Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale
24 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
(2004; dir. Michel Gondry)
Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth Joel Barish (Jim Carrey): “Is there any risk of brain damage?” Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson): “Well, technically, the procedure itself is brain damage, but on par with a night of heavy drinking. Nothing you’ll miss.”
23 Gone With the Wind
(1939; dir. Victor Fleming)
Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
— Clark Gable as Rhett Butler
22 The Shawshank Redemption
(1994; dir. Frank Darabont)
Screenplay by Frank Darabont, based on the short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
— Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne
21 North by Northwest
(1959; dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Written by Ernest Lehman “I’ve got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives, and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don’t intend to disappoint them all by getting myself ‘slightly’ killed.”
— Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill
20 It’s a Wonderful Life
(1946; dir. Frank Capra)
Screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett & Frank Capra, based on the short story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern, contributions to the screenplay by Michael Wilson and Jo Swerling “Big—see! I don’t want one for one night. I want something for a thousand and one nights, with plenty of room for labels from Italy and Baghdad, Samarkand . . . a great big one!”
— Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey
19 To Kill A Mockingbird
(1962; dir. Robert Mulligan)
Screenplay by Horton Foote, based on the novel by Harper Lee “There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.”
— Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
18 On the Waterfront
(1954; dir. Elia Kazan)
Screen story and screenplay by Budd Schulberg, based on “Crime on the Waterfront” articles by Malcolm Johnson “You want to know what’s wrong with our waterfront? It’s love of a lousy buck. It’s making love of a buck — the cushy job — more important than the love of man. It’s forgetting that every fellow down here is your brother in Christ.”
— Karl Malden as Father Barry
17 Tootsie
(1982; dir. Sydney Pollack)
Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal, story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart “Look, you don’t know me from Adam, but I was a better man with you, as a woman, than I ever was with a woman, as a man. Know what I mean?”
— Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey
16 Pulp Fiction
(1994; dir. Quentin Tarantino)
Written by Quentin Tarantino, stories by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary “I ain’t through with you by a damn sight. I’m gonna get Medieval on your ass.”
— Ving Rhames as Marsellus Wallace
15 The Apartment
(1960; dir. Billy Wilder)
Written by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond “I guess that’s the way it crumbles—cookie-wise.”
— Jack Lemmon as C.C. Baxter
14 Lawrence of Arabia
(1962; dir. David Lean)
Screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson, based on the life and writings of Col. T.E. Lawrence Jackson Bentley (Arthur Kennedy): “What attracts you personally to the desert?” T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole): “It’s clean.”
13 The Graduate
(1967; dir. Mike Nichols)
Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, based on the novel by Charles Webb “I want to say one word to you. Just one word . . . Plastics.”
— Walter Brooke as Mr. McGuire
12 Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
(1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!”
— Peter Sellers as Pres. Merkin Muffley
11 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
(1969; dir. George Roy Hill)
Written by William Goldman Sundance Kid (Robert Redford): “I can’t swim.” Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman): “Why, you crazy—the fall’ll probably kill you.”
10 The Godfather Part II
(1974; dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo, based on Mario Puzo’s novel “The Godfather” “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.”
— Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
9 Some Like It Hot
(1959; dir. Billy Wilder)
Screenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond, based on “Fanfare of Love”, a German film written by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan “Nobody’s perfect.”
— Joe E. Brown as Osgood Fielding
8 Network
(1976; dir. Sidney Lumet)
Written by Paddy Chayefsky “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
— Peter Finch as Howard Beale
7 Sunset Boulevard
(1950; dir. Billy Wilder)
Written by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman Jr. Joe Gillis (William Holden): “You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.” Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson): “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”
6 Annie Hall
(1977; dir. Woody Allen)
Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman “A relationship, I think, is—is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”
— Woody Allen as Alvy Singer
5 All About Eve
(1950; dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on “The Wisdom of Eve”, a short story and radio play by Mary Orr “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
— Bette Davis as Margo Channing
4 Citizen Kane
(1941; dir. Orson Welles)
Written by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles “Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything. I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life.”
— William Alland as Jerry Thompson
3 Chinatown
(1974; dir. Roman Polanski)
Written by Robert Towne “Course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, public buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.”
— John Huston as Noah Cross
2 The Godfather
(1972; dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo “Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.”
— Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
1 Casablanca
(1942; dir. Michael Curtiz)
Screenplay by Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch, based on the play “Everybody Comes to Rick’s” by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she had to walk into mine.”
— Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine

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Movie Recommendation: Henry Fool (1997)

Quote from Henry Fool by Simon Grim:

“I worked, while you sat back and comfortably dismissed the outside world as too shallow, stupid and mean to appreciate your ideas.”


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Executive Producers: Keith Abell, Larry Meistrich, and Daniel J. Victor

Director: Hal Hartley

Writer: Hal Hartley

Major Cast: Thomas Jay Ryan as Henry Fool, James Urbaniak as Simon Grim, Parker Posey as Fay Grim, Liam Aiken as Ned, Maria Porter as Mary, James Saito as Mr. Deng, Kevin Corrigan as Warren, Nicholas Hope as Father Hawkes, and Miho Nikaido as Gnoc Deng

MMPA Rating: R for strong sexuality, violence and language

Running Time: 2 hours and 17 minutes

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Henry Fool is a black comedy by Hal Hartley.  This is part of a trilogy although I’ve only seen the first one.  Fay Grim was released in 2006 and Ned Rifle in 2014.  If there ever was an indie movie, this would be it.  If I had to pick which is the worst: being a socially awkward person or a writer without any talent, it would be the writer without any talent.  Why?  Because Henry Fool honestly believes he’s the next great writer to be discovered and upon meeting Simon Grim, he pushes him to the next great poet.  He imagines great success for them both, but too bad reality gets in the way for Henry.  He  does more carrying around notebooks filled with his crappy writing and throwing caution to the wind.  Simon has some success with this writing, but not to the heights he wishes.  While I recommend this movie, there’s some parts of it that could have been stitched together tighter.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen this movie, 22 years to be exact, but yet I remember bits and parts of it.  It was good enough to watch the first time and maybe a second time.

    I rate Henry Fool THREE FINGERS at 80%.

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    Book Recommendation: Description and Setting

    “Everybody needs a pat on the back occasionally, even if it is self-inflicted.”

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    Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books

    Reissue Edition: March 15, 2005 (first published in January 2005)

    Page Number: 224 

    As I’m in the rewriting process of my first novel that will be done by the end of this year and self published by the end of 2020, I realized my story was lacking description in the different settings I’m using.  This reading material is somewhat fun to read, but because there’s a lot of information to digest, it can get to an overload point at times. As with any book about writing, you read it and retain what works for you.  Ron Rozelle is not a non-writer telling you how to write description so it advances your story forward and makes it flow easier.  He’s a writer who does write consistently and has a good information in his book.  He offers exercises to do at the end of each chapter.  Do you think I do them all?  Hell no even though I should.  I paid for the book, right?  I might as well get my money’s worth.  The one thing I keep reading over and over since I’ve been interested in writing is show it versus telling it.  He accentuates this many times in his book, which is what all writers should keep in the back of their brain when rewriting.  Sometimes, the coffee cup needs to sit there becuase if you try to follow every damn suggestion or rule, you will not get your book written.  I’d venture to say there are only a few major rules not to be broken in writing.  Editing and grammatical rules is another matter.  I tend to listen more to people who have written a novel or screenplay or something beyond a poem (this doesn’t mean they need to have it published) compared to someone who sits on their writing throne and spews out advice and rules as if it were chiseled into a stone.  I like books with examples and Rozelle gives plenty.  I enjoyed reading the part about the different genres and how they aren’t so separated as one might think.  Good book and great information to make any story better.

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    Mid-September Quotes

    May is the month of Mental Illness Awareness so I’m behind a little bit.  I decided to post quotes about mental illness and health.  Here they are in no particular order.

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