PERSONAL JOURNEYS

Lazarus

‘The Lazarus Effect': Resurrecting the past

The concept of bringing the dead back to life has created some classic, horrific films. From Frankenstein to Flatliners to The Walking Dead, the notion provides reverse wish-fulfillment that usually turns dark and becomes a cautionary tale. I’ve been focusing […]

Aging

Aging, and love and life! Oh my!

“What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications.” – Nora Ephron Aging. We start to lose our eyesight, but […]

Still Alice

Why I refused to see ‘Still Alice’

A couple of years ago, an Austrian picture called Amour won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. I had read that the story was about an elderly Parisian couple dealing with the aftermath of the wife’s debilitating stroke. I had […]

Breaking into Hollywood

Breaking through ‘The Wall’

True or false? It just takes one script to break a writer into the industry… True and false. One script can break through that barrier between Hollywood Land and No Man’s Land, but that one script is smudged and smeared […]

OK sign

Word as a weapon of mass production

There’s this word I use which helps get me out of bed in the morning. It gets me out of my office at the end of the (traditional) workday and helps me face the work that awaits me at home. […]

Secret of success

The secret of success

I’d been in Los Angeles for a week with no idea how to get started. I’d ask people for advice and they’d tell me the secret was charming people, networking, making contacts. Hollywood and success in this town is all […]

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