Posts tagged Review
22 July: After the Action

Directed by Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”, “United 93”), “22 July” recounts the 2011 terror attacks in Norway which left 77 dead, hundreds injured, and an entire nation devastated.

I have watched it half a dozen times.

Let’s get this straight: this film is by no means easy to watch. It is heartbreaking, to say the least, and will undoubtedly anger a number of viewers given the true story subject matter and the current political climate of the world. But that’s exactly why you should watch it.

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What I'm Watching: Crazy Rich Asians

To say I was excited about “Crazy Rich Asians” would be putting it mildly. For evidence, see my Twitter feed. However, it is in instances such as these when great anticipation risks being met with greater dissatisfaction. Especially when you consider enough time has passed for an entire generation to be born and raised for an entirely Asian cast after "Joy Luck Club" in 1993. Talk about pressure. But after catching an early screening this week, I am happy to say that this is not one of those times.

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What I'm Watching: A Quiet Place

What drew me to "A Quiet Place" was the movie’s premise which couldn’t be any simpler than its logline: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Now, I can understand limiting verbal communication and the use sign language instead, but day to day life is not easy to do in silence. If you’ve ever tried to be quiet at home while others are sleeping, you know exactly what I mean. Suddenly attempting to be courteous turns into a huge mission because for some reason or another, everything you do is somehow louder than usual. Mix in the idea of monsters with an acute sense of hearing, I’m curious how that could be a feasible existence. On top of that, I did see some of the press for the film including an article by the Hollywood Reporter talking about the filmmakers’ push for a deaf actress to play the teenage daughter, Reagan (Millicent Simmonds) and an interview with Emily Blunt on The Late Late Show with James Corden where she confesses she asked her husband, writer/director/actor John Krasinski, to fire her friend from the lead female role because of how much she loved the script. She’s excited, I’m excited. Sold. Going.

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Contest Notes Review, Part II

And, we're back! Like I said, my review of contest feedback was running a little long when I sat down to write it so I decided to split it up into two different posts. If you haven't read the first part of the list, you can check out that post where I review the feedback I received from contest entries with BlueCat, Finish Line, and Fresh Voices. In this entry, we're going to pick up with the Page International Screenwriting Awards, Script Pipeline, Stage 32, and WeScreenplay

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Contest Notes Review, Part I

Other people need to read your work in order for you to improve. You know this. But maybe you’re nervous to share your writing with someone you know personally (I’ve definitely been there) because you don't think they'll support your creative endeavors or maybe you’re nervous that someone you know personally won’t be completely honest about what they think of your writing because they love you so much. It’s not a bad thing that they love you, it’s just not exactly helpful if you’re trying to grow. You know what is? Script notes. Having submitted to several contests in the past, I’d like to share my feedback experiences with you so you can decide whether or not you’d like to add notes to your entry.

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What I'm Reading: The Element

I have watched Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity”, several times. As someone who initially started university majoring in elementary education and someone who taught English in a preschool in Korea, perhaps I was pulled in by my experiences but no matter your personal interests, we all have had experiences in schooling as a student and given that the model of education hasn’t much changed in over one hundred years in the United States and Great Britain, I think it’s safe to say there are notable similarities. It’s an industrial effort in which students are churned out to be productive members of society based on, well, production. But the Industrial Revolution has long since passed and, according to Robinson in The Element, the way we educate our children should have kept up with the times.

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