Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Trailer)



I might be in the minority on this, but the trailer is just... okay — cool music though. It's going to be incredibly difficult to meet the standards set by the Swedish film and Noomi Rapace's fantastic performance. *sigh* I don't why this film was remade. Okay, I know why, but still... Daniel Craig is an excellent choice for Blomkvist, but I'm not sold on Rooney Mara as Lisbeth. We barely see her in the trailer. Hmmm. Do yourself a favor, watch the original. You'll thank me later.



Speaking of the Swedish films, I was somewhat disappointed with The Girl Who Played With Fire. Felt like one of the most unnecessary sequels ever (which sounds like a good topic for a future post). Ridiculous coincidences, a nonsensical plot and some forced action sequences — borderline cartoony at times. Sometimes the more we learn about a character with a mysterious background, the less interesting they become. I'm still a fan of the protagonist, so I'll check out The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest at some point in the near future.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Upcoming Shows...



AWAKE (NBC, ???) - This looks amazing! But I have no faith in NBC. They'll find some way to screw it up.



GRIMM (NBC, Fridays @ 9pm) - Interesting enough. Reminds me of that proposed Van Helsing TV series that never got off the ground. But why pit it against Fringe and Supernatural!? Oh, it's on NBC. Never mind...



ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC, ???) - Don't know about this one. Feels more like a cable movie than a series.



PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS, Thursdays @ 9pm) - CBS is taking a huge gamble here. It could get crushed by Grey's Anatomy. Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams sounds like a dynamic duo on paper. I really want to like this, but... it feels a little cold. The number stuff is also vaguely reminiscent of an element in another Abrams show...



SECRET CIRCLE (THE CW, Thursdays @ 9pm) - I guess witches are the new vampires. I'm not the intended target audience, but even I can see that it will pair up nicely with The Vampire Diaries.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Contest Alert!

Haven't made up my mind yet. There's plenty of time before the early deadline...



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Early Entry deadline is: July 31st, 2011. ($65)
Late Entry deadline is: September 4th,2011.
And the Really Late Deadline is: October 30th, 2011.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Alcatraz Trailer (FOX)



The premise didn't grab me, but the trailer has me hooked! I really wish it premiered in the fall instead of midseason.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Been Around The World

In search of inspiration for my thriller, I've been watching a lot of foreign films and TV lately. They're not better than what we have in the States, but sometimes the perspective is different enough to get the creative juices flowing. Several caught my eye:


Idris Elba plays a cop on the edge who'll stop at nothing to get his man (or woman), even if it means breaking the rules. No inside the corpse camera shots, slick music video montages, or cheesy one-liners here. It's just a good old-fashioned cop show with an emphasis on detective work. Good acting and writing all around. Ruth Wilson steals every single scene.

Luther also has a messy enough personal life to keep you interested, especially when both worlds start to collide. While the character isn't as iconic as his creator intended, he certainly has his moments. I wasn't crazy about how the first season wrapped, spins too much out of control, but I'm looking forward to series two in the fall.


The things I do to improve my craft... Monica Bellucci... Sophie Marceau. Together... on screen... exchanging seductive glances. That poster is just oozing — get your dirty mind out the gutter! It's not *that* kind of film. Don't Look Back is actually an above average psychological thriller with some nifty special effects.

Marceau plays a woman who starts to have trouble recognizing her home, family and even her own reflection. In her eyes, she's slowly transforming into an even hotter woman, Bellucci. The exposition heavy payoff is interesting and not entirely preposterous.

The director has a lot of fun playing around with our perception. At one point, the protagonist's face looks like a hybrid of Bellucci and Marceau — which is not as hot as it sounds.


I can best describe it as What Dreams May Come meets House of Flying Daggers. Star-crossed lovers reunite in the afterworld and must prevent vengeful spirits from re-entering the world of the living. Dazzlingly visuals. Good story. Lots of fun. And as luck would have it, someone was kind enough to upload it to Youtube. You can check out Part One here:



Friday, May 13, 2011

Fright Night (2011) Trailer



Disturbia much? I'm a little disappointed. Aside from the cast, nothing really stands out. Lacks the atmosphere of the original. Today's teens will probably eat it up though.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

April Foolishness


Looking back, it probably wasn't a wise idea to simultaneously work on two scripts for two contests with looming deadlines because I didn't get very far with either. My supernatural thriller is far from finished, the sitcom script sank, and blog posts were scarce. I'm tempted to shoot for the Austin deadline, but I doubt that I'll be satisfied with Draft X by then. Frankly, I'm a little down on screenwriting contests. It's Nicholl Fellowship or bust with my early entry and that's it.

It's time to start querying again. My unfinished supernatural thriller spec gives me too much of an excuse to procrastinate. I would love to have 3-4 red hot specs at the ready for prospective agents and managers, but I don't. And the reality is that it just takes one...

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