So far, I’m doing well with my new year’s resolutions.  I’m eating fewer cookies per hour, and I’m writing my first of hopefully at least twelve blog entries this year, one per month.  Even if they’re short and sweet and borderline incoherent due to my lack of sleep, so be it.  At least I’m attempting to be mentally stimulated beyond Dr. Seuss.

I completely forgot that the Golden Globes were this past weekend.  I think I must have been trying to nap.  What the heck?  Ben Affleck wins for Best Director, but is snubbed in the same category for the Oscars?  And they left Kathryn Bigelow out of the race entirely?  I haven’t seen Zero Dark Thirty yet, but I loved The Hurt Locker.  And come on.  Point Break?  She directed a movie with a character named Johnny Utah.  Straight-faced.  Free pass for life.

I’m interested in all the controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty.  People are being subpoenaed, people are talking about torture, people are writing articles defending their artistic right to depict unsavory situations on the big screen.  I land in the same camp as Kath (we’re tight), and, for that matter, Quentin.  I haven’t seen Django Unchained yet, but it would be silly to ask a filmmaker to be politically correct when telling a story about slavery.  Nothing about slavery was politically correct.

I’m in the middle of writing several screenplays, as per usual, and when I’m struggling with writer’s block, it’s usually because I’m thinking about public reaction more than the story.  That’s no good.  Of course, I want to make movies that actual human beings want to see, but trying to please everyone is a dangerous game.  It’s very easy to tell when a filmmaker is trying to suck up to the audience.  Emotional manipulation can be amazing in the hands of a master, and abominable in the hands of a people-pleasing amateur.

The boring movies are the ones that pull punches and make polite, Lifetime-channel-friendly statements regardless of their subjects.  After all, Johnny Utah said it best.  “You gonna jump or jerk off?”

Back to bed.







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