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Dec 26 2006

An Open Letter to the New Year

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Dear 2007, No pressure, but I’m expecting big things from you. I don’t want to bad-mouth your predecessor, but 2006 could’ve done a better job. Sure, the Republican stranglehold on Congress was finally broken and Rumsfeld got the long-overdue boot, but my father didn’t even live to see any of it. And for that alone, [...]

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Jan 16 2006

“Have you written anything I’ve seen?”

There’s a certain satisfaction to the act of filling in the occupation field of a form with the word “screenwriter.” It’s even more satisfying when it’s the truth — when, after long years of struggle, you’re finally making a living at something your mother rightly considered a deranged fantasy. But the novelty wears thin when [...]

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Dec 18 2005

Previously, on “Who Are You People?” – Part II

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Right before I left for Los Angeles, I took a quick trip to Europe with my folks. I brought a bottle of bordeaux back from Paris. It was to be my celebratory wine, only to be opened when I had my Big Break in the film business — however long that took. Moving to Los [...]

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Dec 13 2005

Previously, on “Who Are You People?” – Part I

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“Backstory” is a term used to describe everything that has happened to characters before the movie begins. When Indiana Jones walks into Marion Ravenwood’s bar, she slugs him because he broke her heart years before. We don’t know the details of that heartbreak, because we never got to see it. It’s part of Indy’s backstory. [...]

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Dec 04 2005

Declaration of Principles

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In the excellent film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Richard Dreyfuss’ character, Roy Neary, has visions implanted in his mind by alien visitors. These visions drive him toward Devil’s Tower, where he is intercepted and interrogated by members of a mysterious scientific team portrayed by Francois Truffaut and Bob Balaban — Why has he [...]

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