Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Top 10 Life-Affirming Movie Moments

The top 10 life-affirming movie moments according to -

1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. Spartacus
3. Casablanca
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. Saving Private Ryan
6. Blade Runner
7. American Beauty
8. Silent Running
9. Dead Poets' Society
10. Victory

Go here for the list with moment descriptions.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas Is Coming

Christmas preperations and parties have kept me so busy I haven't had a chance to write in a week. I am guessing it will continue this way until the first of the year. Anyway, I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

The John Denver/Muppets Christmas CD remains my favorite to this day. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Golden Globes Nominations



All I can say is that I have a lot of catching up to do. There are so many great movies that I haven't seen yet. As you can see from previous posts, when I get to the theater it is almost always to see a "family film". It is a bummer always having to wait for the DVD to come out. Oh well!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

More Fred Armisen

And even more Fred Armisen.

I just can't get enough of Fred Armisen!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

25 Best Musicals

I think I previously wrote about my love of musicals. Musicals make me happy. What more can you ask for in a movie?

Here are the top 25 musicals according to -
1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. West Side Story (1961)
3. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
4. Cabaret (1972)
5. Mary Poppins (1964)
6. The Band Wagon (1953)
7. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
8. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
9. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
10. Love Me Tonight (1932)
11. An American in Paris (1951)
12. Swing Time (1936)
13. On the Town (1949)
14. Grease (1978)
15. Hairspray (2007)
16. A Star Is Born (1954)
17. Chicago (2002)
18. The Busby Berkeley Disc (2006 compilation)
19. The Sound of Music (1965)
20. Funny Girl (1968)
21. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
22. Gigi (1958)
23. The Music Man (1962)
24. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
25. Once (2006)

Personaly, I think their list is way off. Any list of best musicals that includes South Park loses me completely. The Sound of Music definitely belongs in the top five. And I would further argue that a top 25 list should include Guys and Dolls, Easter Parade and My Fair Lady (Although, perhaps they are not including it because Audrey Hepburn didn't actually do the singing.)

I am guessing that they guy they made put together the list is not a big fan of musicals? What do you say?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Rewriting Again

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams

After drifting aimlessly for a while, I decided to go back and rewrite my After Alice script. I tend to say that I like rewriting more than I like writing. I guess the grass always looks greener on the otherside, because I am missing the days of staring out at a blank page.

What should I keep? What should I toss? I keep second guessing myself. The whole process feels very overwhelming right now. I guess all I can do is work hard and hope that in the end I have made it something better and not something worse.