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Cool Article: “Neil Marshall Dissects Emmy-Nominated GoT Episode.”

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If you’re caught up on Game of Thrones you probably distinctly remember the episode “Watchers on the Wall.” In a new article on Buzzfeed, Director Neil Marshall dissects his emmy-nominated action packed episode. It’s worth a read! Check it out.

Fox is Looking For Writers

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Check it out:

Fox Broadcasting Company in conjunction with The Black List has created a program to find television writers (i) for a possible blind script deal or (ii) to be considered for a writing staff position on an existing FOX drama pilot and/or series.

Pretty sweet. Submit your script and you could potentially land a job.

Check it out: http://www.blcklst.com/fox

The Best TV of 2013 (according to me)

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I watch a shit ton of television… so I hope I don’t leave anything out. I found making this list VERY hard. Every show is good for a different reason. There was SO much good TV happening this year… I don’t even know where to start. HAHA! Who am I kidding — I know EXACTLY where to start.

1. Breaking Bad (AMC)  – Our favorite meth cooking science teacher takes first place. If you haven’t heard of Breaking Bad, you probably haven’t been living on this planet for the past few years. I have been obsessed with this show from the pilot (although I didn’t even hear about it until season 3).  I even wrote a little WATCH THIS NOW post back in 2010. This year we saw the show come to an end… and I loved every episode (except “The Fly”… don’t hate me for it.). This is one of the best written (and shot) shows I’ve ever seen. It will go down in history as one of the best TV shows ever made. If you haven’t watched… do it now.  Like… stop reading this and go watch it. Now.

2. Game of Thrones (HBO) – I’m pretty obsessed with this series. I read the books. I watch the episodes the minute they’re done airing on the east coast. This year we got to see season 3… and I’m DYING to see season 4. I’m so obsessed. I sometimes sing the theme song for no reason at all. Just because. It’s awesome. If you’ve shied away from the GoT bandwagon… it’s time to jump on. Just do it. You know you want to. Do it.  Doooooo ittttt.

3. House of Cards (NETFLIX) – This year Netflix hit us with the first season of their brand new political drama House of Cards. To be honest, I really wasn’t expecting something this good… and then I fucking binge watched the season in 2 days. It’s amazing. It’s so amazing. Season 2 will be released in its entirety on February 14, 2014.  Not only is this one of the best shows to hit us in 2013 — it’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Go get a Netflix account. Now.

4. The Americans (FX) – This show is fucking great. Antiheroes are so in right now… and what’s better than having your two main characters be KGB spies living in America during the cold war?! Yes… this show is just as awesome as it sounds. One minute you’re rooting for the main characters… the next minute they shoot an innocent person in the head and torture an FBI agent. It’s great. If you haven’t watched it… there is time to catch up before season 2 airs on February 26, 2014.

5. Downton Abbey (BBC) – How can a British period drama about an aristocratic family and their servants be so good? I have no idea. No, like… I literally have no idea why this show is so good. It just is. I started watching it on a whim, and now it’s one of my favorite shows. I can’t explain it. I’m fucking hooked. It’s like a really really really well produced soap opera. It’s so good. Please watch it.  You’ll thank me.

6. The Borgias (SHO)  – This was one of my favorite shows. I loved it! Sex, violence, and intrigue in the Vatican. But then they cancelled it and didn’t even make a final episode for “closure”. I’m pissed at them. I have to rate it this high… but I don’t know if I can seriously tell you to start watching it… You’ll get hooked and then be left unsatisfied.  I don’t want that to happen to you like it happened to me.

7. Veep (HBO) – Funniest show on television. I haven’t watched an episode without laughing my ass off. It’s that good.  Just… watch it.

8. Homeland (SHO) – I keep wanting this show to be good. But it’s starting to slip further and further down in my favorite show lists. I still really like it. But it’s not as addicting as it used to be.

9. Sons of Anarchy (FX) – I want to hate this show. It’s about a biker gang for fucks sake. But it’s so good — I just can’t stop watching. And they do some really fucked up shit in this show. In 2013 we saw season 6… and when I finished watching the season finale I felt sick inside. And I feel like I’m pretty immune to “shocking” finales… but damn. They got me. This show can get pretty fucked up. AND I LOVE IT.

10. The Fall (BBC)  – Not many people have heard of this show.  It’s a crime drama starring Gillian Anderson.  There are only 5 episodes in the first season… but the show depicts one of the most realistic profiles of a serial killer I have ever seen. It’s disturbing how it makes you “feel” for the serial killer. I really enjoyed this show, and I think it deserves more recognition than it gets.  Season 2 can’t come soon enough.

11.  American Horror Story (FX) – I fucking love this show. I love it so much I’m kind of confused as to why I’m putting it all the way down here at number eleven. Like I said…  there are a ton of good TV shows these days. We just got to see most of season 3 of American Horror Story… and I’m really liking it.  Not every episode is great… but it’s a really fun ride. The scoring and editing are brilliant. It’s just damn good fun. And there is nothing bad about that.

12. Mad Men (AMC) – We saw season 6 of Mad Men this year. Yes… it’s a great show. Everyone knows it. I’m not as big a fan of Mad Men as everyone else in the world —  but it’s extremely well written. Scarily well written.  Almost “too” well written. Sometimes I just find the show really depressing. But I keep watching. It’s like a bad drug.

13. Justified (FX) – Again… I don’t know why I am putting Justified so low… I think it has some of the best writing in TV. This year we saw season 4.  I don’t think the show is as good as it used to be… But it used to be fucking amazing. Season 2 was so good.  I’m actually still catching up on the latest season…. but for now I’m putting this show at number thirteen.

14. Archer (FX) – Archer deserves to be higher up. It’s fucking brilliant. But it’s animated… and I just can’t bring myself to put it above other live action dramas. But I had to put it at least here… because it’s so fucking good.  So. Fucking. Good.

15. The Bridge (FX) – The Bridge started off really strong. I got super into it. I feel it kinda lagged a bit towards the end. But it’s still a really strong show. Plus I’m absolutely in love with Diane Kruger. She’s amazing. So Amazing. Def will watch season 2.

16. Masters of Sex (HBO) – I just started watching this show a few weeks ago and I’m already done with the first (and only) season. I pretty much binge watched the whole thing in a week. It’s really good and definitely worth a watch… but I don’t find the show as interesting as the other shows above it.

17. Dexter (SHO) – Dexter used to be amazing. Every time a new season came on I was like… there is no way this season can be good. But it was. I enjoyed every single season. The end of this latest (and last) season started to get really strange… and then I heard the season finale was horrible. I actually never watched the very last episode… and I feel it’s too late to watch it. So I’ll probably never watch the last episode.  But it still ranks as one of my favorite shows of all time. Somewhere.

18. Modern Family (ABC) – I literally just started watching this show yesterday. For the first time. And I find it hilarious. So I had to put it on here somewhere. It’s really good. But I’m in season 1… so I don’t really think it belongs here. But … here it is.

19. Vikings (History) – I also binge watched this show for the most part. I remember really liking it. So in all honesty it probably deserves to be higher in my list. I’m just really into this type of shit. I’m not sure how good of a show it really was. But I enjoyed it. Will def watch season 2.

20. The Killing (AMC) – I’ve had my ups and downs with this show. I loved it… then I hated it….then I loved it. I think when this last season ended I was still loving it. But it’s not the best thing on TV. Still … they had those episode cliffhangers down… and I was always left wanting more.

21. Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX) – Okay… this show is awesome. There is just something about it that made me not finish it. I WILL finish the first season. I just… can’t bring myself to do it right now. I think I have like … 3 episodes left. It’s good… stop yelling at me. I know it’s good.

22. Girls (HBO) – This show used to be awesome. It got weird.  I still watch it.  

23. Face Off (SYFY) – Good reality show. I really like it. But It’s reality… so there is no way it’s going above my other shows.

24. Enlightened (HBO) – I could never figure out if I loved or hated this show. But I watched all of it. Loving and hating at the same time. But now it’s cancelled. So fuck it.

25. The Walking Dead (AMC) – So this is the most popular show on TV. Why is it so far down on my list? I have no idea. I just don’t really like it. And I LOVE zombies. I just… I think I HATE every single character on this show. I want every single one of them to die. All of them. Kill them ALL and get a new cast.

The Best Movies of 2013 (according to me)

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Here is a list of movies that came out in 2013 (that I saw) and where they rank according to me.  And Django, Le Mis, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln all came out in 2012… so I don’t know why they’re showing up on all the best movies of 2013 lists. They don’t count here. There are also a ton of movies that came out this year that I still haven’t seen that are making the lists… so if it’s not on here, there is a very good chance I just haven’t seen it. So here it is. The best movies of 2013 according to me.

1. Gravity – The movie doesn’t rank the best in every class… but it was by far the best theatrical experience I had all year. Seeing the movie in IMAX 3D is something I will never forget. It was spectacular — and thus receives my number 1.

2. Prisoners – This movie is fucking phenomenal.  It’s super dark. Super serious. And super fucked up. The ending. Omg. You HAVE to see this movie. Hands down one of the best of the year.

3. Elysium – There was so much I loved about this movie. Apparently not everyone received it as well as I did, but I’m a sucker for the realistic looking sci-fi. The film felt so raw and dirty. The tech was great and the violence was appropriately horrible.

4.The Conjuring – I’ve never been a huge horror movie fan, but this one was getting such good reviews I couldn’t pass it up. So much fun! It probably wouldn’t rank as high if I was an avid horror fan, but because it surprised me so much it’s taking number 4.

5. Captain Phillips – I potentially could have bumped this film up higher, but I saw it back to back with Gravity, so my endorphins had already been drained. The acting in the movie was amazing. It deserves my number 5 spot for Hanks performance in the last scene alone.

6. Pacific Rim – So the dialogue was a little on the nose… I didn’t come here for great acting. I came for robots beating this shit out of aliens. And holy shit did this film deliver. Bad ass. Guillermo is one of my favorites.

7. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – I’m a big Tolkien nerd. So here this is. Still not a fan of 48fps. It could have ranked higher… it could have ranked higher….

8. Pain and Gain – I thought this movie was pretty damn funny. Wahlberg and The Rock were hilarious. Definitely enjoyed it. Better than you think it’s going to be.

9. Blue Jasmine – I love me some Cate Blanchett. This movie is darker than it looks. Watch it.

10. American Hustle – This was a good movie. Well acted. I don’t think I’m as big of a David O. Russell fan as most people are. Didn’t think Silver Linings was that amazing either. Don’t get me wrong… I think they’re both good movies… but I rated Pain and Gain higher than American Hustle… so…

11. This is the End – Super funny and super stupid. Even though it’s number 11 on my list, it’s number 1 as far as comedy is concerned.

12. Star Trek: Into Darkness – This was a fun movie to see in 3D. But overall I felt a little disappointed at the end. Wasn’t as good as I built it up to be.

13. We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks – Very insightful documentary on the whole wikileaks fiasco.

14. World War Z – I blame part of this being so low on my list on environment.  I saw it at a shitty theater, with no 3D, after working a full day. Other than my total lack of enthusiasm going into it,  the plot didn’t really work for me. I enjoyed the last act more than the first 2.

15. Dirty Wars – Good doc. Kinda. Great message, bad execution. Will open your eyes to government secret ops and drone warfare… but the narrator/main character comes off a bit like a pretentious ass.

16. The World’s End  – Funny movie… but by the end I really wanted it to end.  I don’t know what to say besides that. Good, but not too good.

17. Stoker – Weird movie. Fucked up. I liked it.

18. The Kings of Summer – Funny, touching movie. Nothing amazing, but worth a watch. I usually don’t get to see these indie type movies as I’m drawn to the big ones, but I saw it and enjoyed it.

19. Fast and Furious – Stupid fun action. I don’t know what to say. I probably enjoyed this one more than most of the franchise because I felt they finally accepted the ridiculousness of the past films. I feel they tried to push the boundaries of retarded, but did it knowing they were doing it. I didn’t feel cheated… I was along for the ride.

20. Man of Steel – Okay. The plot of this movie I found very… frustrating. The characters were stale. But the fight scenes were pretty intense in IMAX 3D. So I enjoyed the hell out of those. The rest of the movie was forgettable.

21. 42 – Good movie. Not really super into baseball. But a good movie.

22. The Act of Killing – Disturbing documentary. Hard to get through. If this was a list of only documentaries I would rank it pretty high, but it’s not, so it’s number 22.

23. 2 Guns  – I saw this movie on a whim. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t good. It was like… generic. It was funny sometimes. Had great acting. But… meh. Just a stale plot I think. I don’t know.

24. Iron Man 3 – Any other person would probably place this higher on their list, but I was so… disappointed. The whole plot didn’t work for me. I felt cheated. The only thing carrying this movie was the acting… but the story was so fucked — I won’t let RDJ alone carry it up my list. (Even if he’s amazing.)

25. The Wolverine – Went in with high hopes. Left with more crushed dreams. Outside of a few great action sequences (train), I didn’t care for it. By the end… I just wanted to leave the theater.

That’s a Wrap and 504s

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With the joys of being back in scripted freelance come the woes of being back in scripted freelance. The show I’m working on is wrapping out — just in time for the slow-as-fuck holiday season. Finding a job this time of year is near impossible. But I guess that is what unemployment is for. Here’s to finding my next gig! In the mean time I have a pilot draft to finish. On page 30 for those who are keeping count.

Side note — apparently some of my readers are getting 504s when visiting the site. I don’t know what is wrong. Let me know if you’re having any problems. Trouble shooting now.

Best and Worst Movies of 2013 – October Issue

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Here are a list of all the theatrical movies I’ve seen this year, and where I rate them in order from best to worst. There are many movies I haven’t seen this year that I would love to put on this list. I’ll do another one closer to the new year.

1. Gravity – The movie doesn’t rank the best in every class… but it was by far the best theatrical experience I had all year. Seeing the movie in IMAX 3D is something I will never forget. It was spectacular — and thus receives my number 1.

2. Elysium – There was so much I loved about this movie. Apparently not everyone received it as well as I did, but I’m a sucker for the realistic looking sci-fi. The film felt so raw and dirty. The tech was great and the violence was appropriately horrible.

3.The Conjuring – I’ve never been a huge horror movie fan, but this one was getting such good reviews I couldn’t pass it up. So much fun! It probably wouldn’t rank as high if I was an avid horror fan, but because it surprised me so much it’s taking number 3.

4. Captain Phillips – I potentially could have bumped this film up higher, but I saw it back to back with Gravity, so my endorphins had already been drained. The acting in the movie was amazing. It deserves my number 4 spot for Hanks performance in the last scene alone.

5. Pacific Rim – So the dialogue was a little on the nose… I didn’t come here for great acting. I came for robots beating this shit out of aliens. And holy shit did this film deliver. Bad ass. Guillermo is one of my favorites.

6. Pain and Gain – I thought this movie was pretty damn funny. Wahlberg and The Rock were hilarious. Definitely enjoyed it.

7. This is the End – Super funny and super stupid. Wasn’t a bad movie as far as comedy is concerned.

8. Star Trek Into Darkness – This was a fun movie to see in 3D. But overall I felt a little disappointed at the end. Wasn’t as good as I built it up to be.

9. The Kings of Summer – Funny, touching movie. Nothing amazing, but worth a watch. I usually don’t get to see these indie type movies as I’m drawn to the big ones, but I saw it and enjoyed it.

10. Man of Steel – Okay. This plot of this movie I found very… frustrating. The characters were… stale. But the fight scenes were pretty intense in IMAX 3D. So I enjoyed the hell out of those. The rest of the movie was forgettable.

11. Fast and Furious – Stupid fun action. I don’t know what to say. I probably enjoyed this one more than most of the franchise because I felt they finally accepted the ridiculousness of the past films. I feel they tried to push the boundaries of retarded, but did it knowing they were doing it. I didn’t feel cheated… I was along for the ride.

12. 42 – Good movie. Not really super into baseball. But a good movie.

13. The Act of Killing – Great documentary. Disturbing. Hard to get through. If this was a list of only documentaries I would rank it pretty high, but it’s not, so it’s number 13.

14. World War Z – I blame part of this being so low on my list on environment.  I saw it at a shitty theater, with no 3D, after working a full day. Other than my total lack of enthusiasm going into it,  the plot didn’t really work for me. I enjoyed the last act more than the first 2 when there seemed to be more of a motive.

15. 2 Guns  – I saw this movie on a whim. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t good. It was like… generic. It was funny sometimes. Had great acting. But… meh. Just a stale plot I think. I don’t know.

16. Iron Man 3 – Any other person would probably place this higher on their list, but I was so… disappointed. The whole plot didn’t work for me. I felt cheated. The only thing carrying this movie was the acting… but the story was so fucked — I won’t let RDJ alone carry it up my list. (Even if he’s amazing.)

17. The Wolverine – Went in with high hopes. Left with more crushed dreams. Outside of a few great action sequences (train), I didn’t care for it. By the end… I just wanted to leave the theater.

Degrees of Doneness

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Sometimes I write just to rant. So here I go.

If you’ve been living your whole god damn life shoving your mouth with McDonald’s burgers, you might be surprised to learn that if you don’t goddamn specify how you want your burger done, a restaurant with any sliver of worth with probably prepare it medium rare.  I mean, for christ’s sake, I realize this might be the first time you’ve eaten a $12 burger in your entire life, but if I have to hear you complain about your burger being RAW one more time I’m going to fucking choke you to death. Eat your god damn truffle fries and shut the fuck up.

Relevant.

A Bitter Taste

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When I started working in this industry I noticed something. Everyone seemed like they hated their lives. I would run around as a PA, so eager to serve, and notice that all the grips, teamsters, and props guys were all really angry people. Everyone pretty much seemed like they would rather take a hammer to the eye than work another day. Don’t get me wrong, I became friends with a lot of them, but I noticed how bitter everyone was. As if their job was the worst thing on the planet. I didn’t get it. Why were they working in the industry if they hated it so much? I was overjoyed to be working on set. Watching how everything came together. Meeting a ton of new people. Making connections. Working on TV shows and movies! Living the dream and starting a life. A new adventure every day.

About 5 minutes ago I realized I have turned into that bitter, angry, below-the-line ball of stress and nerves. I have become what I didn’t understand, and it only took 2 years.

So let me educate those who were once like me, eager and free. It comes from getting paid way below what you think you should be getting paid. From working 14 hour days making minimum wage — where overtime isn’t worth your time. From figuring out that working your ass off and hardly working yields almost the same result in pay, respect, and recognition. The eternal lingering sense that you’re not doing what you really should be doing to get where you want to go. It’s a real kick in the balls of motivation. But you need to continue. You need to work harder, and stronger, and faster. You need to show everyone how much they depend on you. But the harder you work, the worse it feels when you don’t receive the recognition you deserve. Which makes you angry. It makes you bitter. It makes you hate everyone around you. But you stay.

Why do you stay? Because deep down you wouldn’t rather be doing anything else. This is exactly what you want to be doing, you just want to excel at it. Make more money at it. Be better at it. Gain the appreciation and affirmation of your peers. So you stay. And you hate. And the more you try to change the world around you, the more it shits all over you. And when you clean up all the shit and become a reinforced blank canvass ready to take on the world, you get shit on again. And this happens forever and ever until your that 50 year old prop master with a permanent scowl. Ready to snap at any moment. But you still stay, because something about your job makes you happy, and keeps you going, and you’re not exactly sure what it is. But it’s there, rooted deep in some unyielding part of your being, telling you that you can make it. That you will be happy some day.

I now understand.

The Man Hater With a Tattoo of a Dragon or Something on Her Back.

I’ll make this brief.

Let me break it down. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a completely feminist story about how all men are evil rapists and even the good ones that aren’t rapists end up breaking your heart. Thus, no man can be trusted and all women can find power in the abused, yet strong girl…with the dragon tattoo. Cause when she’s abused she fights back…like a dragon. And when the man she loves is in love with another woman…because he’s actually been with her all along… and the only reason they had anything is because they were stuck on a god awful snowy island together and she basically stripped ass naked and threw herself onto him and practically forced him…..Jesus… come on. What man wouldn’t have sex with a Satan looking Rooney Mara who strips down and jumps on you while you’re isolated on an Island and you’ve already been having trouble with the girl you’re supposed to be with cause your business is failing… anyway….This dragon lady can can throw shit in the trash with fury and ride off into the night on a motorcycle. Cause she’s hard like that. Fincher and trent tried to make it awesome and dark… but it still screamed man hater. P.S. The end was horrible.

ALSO. All she did was see him laughing and his arm around this other chick. She didn’t even try to fight for that shit. I bet if she actually gave him the damn jacket… maybe something would happen. But NO! He’s off laughing with some chick. So Fuck him. He’s also probably a rapist. I bet. Imma just ride my motorcycle and get a tattoo and stay a lesbian. Cause chicks can’t break your heart… that’s a scientific fact.

DISCLAIMER – I never saw the original movies or read the books.

Being Busy Not Being Busy

I haven’t posted in a week.  It’s because I’ve been on an extended period of downtime… and it sucks. It really blows.  I’m one of those “work-a-holic” types, and my patience is being tested. I’m so restless. I sent out 26 resumes last week to countless black holes. An Assistant Editor job I was in the interview process for got put on indefinite hold.  A Set PA gig on a commercial got bumped to next month.  The people I have worked for in the past don’t have anything for me at this point in time.  I needed to find SOMETHING to keep me busy, and feed the work-a-holic inside me — so I started another blog.  I know, I should be writing my feature.  I am doing that as well. That’s one good thing about downtime.  I wrote a new horror logline, I’m developing a treatment for an adventure film, and still switching between writing two features.  I know… I just need to finish one of them and get on with my life.

A couple friends and I have just launched a movie news blog.  It keeps me busy while I’m not working and, an added plus to running a news site, now I know everything happening in the industry.

On a good note, I made a couple new contacts, had a phone interview with a company that may bring me some work, and talked to a 1st A.D. who added me to the interview rotation for a PA job on a TV show. Should hear back from her in about 3 weeks.  Fingers crossed.

Oh… and I discovered MineCraft, Portal 2, and I’ve done some catching up on Parks and Rec.

So I guess what I’m trying to say in this post is, USE YOUR DOWNTIME. Stay busy when you’re not busy, you never know where it might lead you.