Celebrate Multilingualism!

We should celebrate and congratulate multilinguism!  I celebrate just the sincere attempt to master another language.  Michael Bloomberg is not be perfect in Spanish, yet he’s set a precedent for successors to follow.  So what if his pronunciation is “flat-toned”?  Spanish is an awesome part of America; I would love to see more leaders pick …

KING KONG (Peter Jackson/Fran Walsh): WOW!

A friend had a DVD copy of the French dubbed version of this movie, which I watched last week. The period detail was extremely cool; I think the opening “Roaring Thirties” sequence has become a personal cinema touchstone for that kind of era re-creation. I read this screenplay and didn’t find myself gripped. I found …

THE FOUNTAINHEAD by AYN RAND

Ok, I get it, people don’t like Ayn Rand! Most people object to her because of their politics.  I was recently totally surprised to hear someone complain about Ayn Rand’s dismissal of physically challenged people as second-class citizens in THE FOUNTAINHEAD.  When I read ANIMAL FARM as a kid, I fell in love with it.  …

PATTERNS: Ghostbusters Beatsheet

GHOSTBUSTERS was the first movie (and I think only) movie I ever asked to have bought for me, and it was the first story that made me see “structure” though I didn’t know the word; it made me suspicious that one could write a story as cool and satisfying as Ghostbusters by copying what happened …