Category: Movies and TV

Soundtracks for Writing, Daydreaming, and Living Fully

When I’m working on a screenplay or a novel or almost any piece of writing (this blog!), I like to listen to music that sets the mood and tone. Often times, I listen to film scores, a.k.a. soundtracks with music but no lyrics. Film scores can introduce beautiful thoughts and ideas into the moment and help get my creative juices flowing so I can get into “the zone.” But you definitely don’t have to be a writer to appreciate soundtracks. They are also great for daydreaming, driving, and doing the dishes. So here are some of my favorite soundtracks...

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October 2017 Must List

Summer vacations are long gone, back to school madness is over, and the holidays are still a ways away. This means you finally have time to read books, watch movies, listen to music, and appreciate art. Perfect! Because I have some recommendations for you. The Art of Peregrine Heathcote I recently stumbled across a painting by British artist Peregrine Heathcote, and I fell in love with his style and the warm, rich color tones of his work. Heathcote studied his technique in Florence, Italy, and in a 2010 interview when he was asked about his favorite subject matter, he...

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Memoirs: How the Other 194 Countries Live

About ten years ago, I went on a reading spree where I was primarily reading memoirs written by people from other countries. The memoir First They Killed My Father started this spree. Written by Loung Ung, this book details the atrocities under the Khmer Rouge reign after Cambodian Communist leader Pol Pot’s forces captured the capitol of Phnom Penh in 1975. Many Cambodians were executed for political reasons while others were thrown into labor camps or forced to train as soldiers. By the end of the four years, over 2 million Cambodians had died from starvation, disease, forced labor,...

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Last Seen in Idaho Screening: Gig Harbor Film Festival

On Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 6:15PM, Last Seen in Idaho will screen at the Gig Harbor Film Festival. The entire line-up for the 4-day festival looks amazing, and I’m excited to not only screen but to attend and watch other films as well. In case you don’t know much about the film, I’ll share with you the trailer and give you a brief overview: Genre: Thriller/Mystery Story: A woman awakens from a coma after a car accident and begins having shocking visions of her future murder. It’s a race against the clock as she tries to solve and...

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For the Love of Silly ’80s Romance: Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing is one of the silliest romantic movies ever made, but it’s also one of the greats. I’ve seen it at least a dozen times, not to mention the anniversary specials and documentaries about the making of. I’ve seen it enough times that I didn’t even have to watch it again in order to write this blog, other than to double-check a couple of my quotes. I actually wrote most of this blog in my head while I was on a jog, and then I had to hustle back to my computer before I forgot it all. So...

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