Tagged ‘bullshit‘

Like the good old days…

I spend a lot less time waxing philosophic on the blog these days, and I often wonder about why and what has changed? Sure, I’m older (so old!) When I was in college, the words- usually just a stream of consciousness- burst forth like a firehose on any given subject. There was a ready ad hoc impulse to lay out my opinions- on forums, in chat rooms, on a web page- so they might live forever. Because I had *opinions*.

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Checking in with the Georgia Film Incentive

Them dang incentives.

The 245 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.02 billion in direct spending in the state.

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Who you’re probably not gonna call.

Who you’re probably not gonna call.

I’m bummed out, man. When there’s potential for futher exploration of something I really, really love, the anticipation and hope can kinda drive me crazy. If it then drags on with well-publicized difficulties and a growing incertitude, maybe I go to a dark place; maybe I try to fix it myself. I don’t know how to further justify this, except to say there was a deep-seated need to exorcise an idea (It’s a pun, yo).

Ghostbusters 3 Synopsis – 6 pages; 74kb PDF

Standard disclaimer, bitches ain’t shit.

It’s officially, officially dead now. For reals.

So. In case YOU didn’t know, Postmodernism’s long and never-ending demise has apparently concluded according to some comprehensive retrospective and some hack who uses Microsoft Word extension as a last name. Never mind the  other writers, critics and shmucks who’ve already harped on this before, it’s for reals this time. I guess this means architects are going to be moving toward a mix of log cabins and soviet era functional spaces. No more commodifying individual consumerism.

I’m also going to take that to mean that from this point on, no further prequels, sequels, reboots or remakes can possibly be justified as ‘art’ in the Hollywood system. If you produce, market or push this shit I’m gonna lump you in with souless Nazi modernism… oh wait, I already do that.

For serious though, postmodernism is a self-replicating indestructible organism. It will infect everything, it will cannibalize and consume all. It will never die.

news and notes 9.29.06

from the loose change rattling around in my head…

Pooks hooked me up with a very awesome screenwriting blog that I had not stumbled across before – Mystery Man on Film – who immediately got my attention when he called out that scripts and screenwriting blogs should act more like their film counterparts. Playing it close to the vest is all good in poker – which by the way I was playing a few days ago and pulled the most amazing 5-9 straight out of my ass, it was really a thing of beauty- but close to the vest in writing can be sort of laughable. So I may try my hand at some more indepth script reviews as I read things coming across my path. Those of you only visit the blog to find out if I’m still breathing and/or in jail, mental asylum, political office will have to tolerate it. Hijinks continue to ensue at regular intervals.

I’ve somehow ended up back on Nickel & Dime, as I languidly dash for October 30th for a small NC festival. Mind recently has been geared for plotting Gallows Gulch, working out minutiua, but deadlines are kinda the godsend for actually making progress, so now drafting N&D again. It’s weird, time does some weeeird things to what you’ve written. I worked damned hard from January to April 26th 2006 to get that script in shape for Nicholl. I got coverage, workshopped, and every single day went over it. And about March, with the help of some coverage, I realized I was banking on some flawed major elements. So I start hammering out new ideas, new locales, new action, and realized that draft wasn’t going to make the May deadline, so I set it aside and worked on the flawed draft and tried to clean it up as best as possible. My eye was twitching, I was thinking all the time, and I knew I needed to let it rest for a while. This is the one thing I fail miserably at as a writer- I cannot leave anything alone. I knew I needed to take a break, but that May deadline was getting close and it wasn’t just going to fix itself- and the thought of not entering seemed like laziness and failure and blah blah blah. So. Now, after a few months of not working on it, the Nicholl dink and playing with other scripts, it’s amazingly obvious this needs to get established earlier, that needs more support, etc. And since I’m at it, I might as well gut that flawed chunk of story and replace with something hopefully stronger, better, faster, smarter… The rewrites. never. end. But there’s a new deadline in place, and so I’ll make another hefty push and hope that I’m improving it rather than tinkering it into oblivion.

It’s occured to me that Dick Cheney = Mr. Potter from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. Mostly due to Jack Straw’s comments about the Bush Administration working against Colin Powell in the quagmire of Iraq. The NPR report I heard made some mention of agendas and such and all of a sudden I just thought – ‘scurvy little spider’. So I think it’s worth saying:

You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider.

Unfortunately, I don’t see any Clarence-types floating around to change things any time soon. Heck, an Acme Safe would even do the trick.

And since it’s almost October the world of baseball seems to be forecasting the Apocalypse. I’m still going with the Mets mostly because they seem to be the only franchise left playing something that resembles baseball. I don’t know what the hell is going on with Detroit, but if the Twins fall I’ll look forward to a Tigers/Mets series. In other news the Hell is expecting a cold front next week…

what is wrong with people?

I was reading the backstory of the Sen. Allen debacle over at the Washington Post and I can’t even begin to fathom a Senator calling someone ‘macaca’. I’d never even heard the word used as a slur, although true, I generally don’t make a point of knowing all the happening racial slurs. The whole situtation is surreal, because why would he do that- as a public official, giving a public speech- which was being taped- TWICE? What planet are you from where it’s copacetic to use racial slurs you total and complete embarassment of a human being? And sure, apologize. Apologize for something that, much like most of the 21st century so far, should not have ever happened.
I dislike the world.