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A Former Struggling Screenwriter Watches Knight of Cups, a Film About a Screenwriter

Because a friend thought it would be fun to watch a film about a screenwriter (Christian Bale) with a former screenwriter (me) and see how I would react: “Okay, no. Just no. First off, no screenwriter is this good-looking. And … Continue reading

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Broken Eden

I spent ten years as a struggling, almost successful screenwriter. The first five years were one of the best times of my life. The second five years, not so much. Broken Eden was written near the end of those second … Continue reading

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Interstellar

The single best thing about Interstellar is actually its idea that humanity is worth saving and not some evil, cancerous blight on the cosmos that must be renounced and left behind. It is the anti-Avatar, and has been badly needed. … Continue reading

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This Weekend, I…

…was completely ignored by my godson during trick-or-treating in favor of his grandma. …watched my godson completely ignore everyone but me during trick-or-treating after his grandma got tired of all the walking and went home. …dressed up as a Star … Continue reading

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Martin Scorsese’s Guardians of the Galaxy (1974)

Maybe it was that Cantinflas trailer before the movie, but ever since seeing Guardians of the Galaxy last week, I’ve had this insane urge to remake it into a low-budget ‘70s film with gloriously crappy special effects, hokey raccoon make-up and … Continue reading

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A Piece of Eternity

I spent ten years as a struggling screenwriter. The first five years were one of the best times of my life. The second five years, not so much. A Piece of Eternity was written early in those first five years. … Continue reading

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30 Facts About Me

1. The nurse at the hospital misspelled my name on the birth certificate. 2. When my nieces asked me which was cooler, Star Wars or Star Trek, I answered Babylon 5. 3. I got my first literary agent at 19. … Continue reading

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“HELL NO: The Sensible Horror Film”

So very true, and so very fun…

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I Married Samurai Girl

I remember sitting with a friend, a writer/director, more than a few years ago and trying to figure out whether it was still worth it for either of us to stay in the Hollywood struggle. We had met years before, … Continue reading

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The Thing that Made It Real

When things started happening with the screenwriting, way back in my thirties, none of it seemed entirely real. I was still living on the East Coast. I had never met my then-agent face to face. I had never met the … Continue reading

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