Month: February 2017

For the Love of Silly ’90s Thrillers: Fear

Back by popular demand, I have written another blog making fun of (I mean, celebrating!) silly ’90s thrillers. (And by “popular demand,” I mean that two of my high school girlfriends gushingly told me they liked my Hand that Rocks the Cradle blog entry and that’s apparently all the positive reinforcement I need). When I was a freshman in high school, my wild and free years launched in all their glory. Okay, not exactly. But that was the year that carloads of us started going to the theatre to catch the latest movies. It was exciting to go out...

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Lusciously Romantic and Not So Sweet Picks

Valentines Day is just around the corner, and maybe you’re in love or in lust or maybe you’re heartbroken or none of the above. Regardless, I’ve got your back this February 14th. Below I list out some of my favorite romantic movies, books, and songs for those hopeless romantics. However, if you’re feeling a little jaded or if you just generally believe that Valentines Day is a commercial holiday invented by flower shops and chocolate factories to make some fast cash (because well, it kind of is), fear not. I’ve listed some darker picks for you too. Valentine Picks...

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Official Movie Trailer for Last Seen in Idaho

About ten years ago, I wrote a script called Last Seen at the Screaming Buddha. It was the second script I ever wrote, and it was the first incarnation of what would eventually become Last Seen in Idaho. That first draft was awful. I was an inexperienced screenwriter and I couldn’t seem to settle on what genre my story was. It was supposed to be a thriller yet I kept inserting witty (and not-so-witty) jokes. If you’re wondering why I don’t just write a comedy, well, I have. It just so happens that thus far only my dramas and thrillers have been produced. Throughout an entire decade, the Last Seen in Idaho script went through three different page one rewrites, which means it wasn’t simply revised but it was totally scrapped and written again from the blank page. On each page one rewrite, I only kept the main concept, a few key characters, and a couple critical scenes. That original script is fun to look at now for laughs. I do that every third Tuesday. Just kidding, of course. Though I did skim it once just before beginning my last and final page one rewrite of the story in 2015. Sometimes I do miss that original title, Last Seen at the Screaming Buddha…. but the story changed and the main character was no longer last seen at a bar...

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For The Love of Silly 90s Thrillers: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

Let me start off by saying that I don’t really subscribe to the term “guilty pleasure.” Regardless of whether something is cheesy, silly, vulgar, or controversial, if you like, just own it! That’s what I’m doing here. I am going to profess my utmost love for two 90s thrillers – The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) starring Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra and Fear (1996) starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Walhberg. I love them not in spite of their ridiculousness but because of their ridiculousness. We’ll start with The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, and next week,...

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