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  • Y'all think Everything Everywhere All At Once is one of the best movies of this year?

    What y'all see this in movie that I didn't? Maybe it's just not my thing, but to me The Midnight Library does this multiverse concept in a much more palatable and interesting way.

    Prokaryote It's basically a Marvel movie, so no you're not crazy, people have just had their palates numbed by relentless "BOOM! PIFF! POW!"
    53 minutes ago

  • #23in23

    WC: 24,062 in draft two of All Our Yesterdays. I just have two more passages that I want to add, then go through it again, then draft two will be ready for feedback! There's a lot more to this one than the first draft, and I'm excited about where this is going!

  • Sometimes I wonder why the AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies wasn't updated in 2017, or if it will ever be updated.

    I've also been thinking about the Oscars as a measure for what movies will or will not stand the test of time, how sometimes the Oscars get it right but most of the time they get it wrong. I was watching a video one time about the Oscars and it described the award as more of a representation of how we feel about ourselves in the moment.

    Moonlight is undoubtedly a great film. I still think about it sometimes (that score!!). The... incident was really unfair and unfortunate to both the La La Land and Moonlight teams, but six years on, I think it has died down. I've always seen it more as cinematic poetry than a cohesive story, and I love it because of that. It's also really unfortunate that so many comparisons were drawn between the two of them as a result because its really apples to oranges. But I still hear people talk about and analyze this movie.

    Also, I remember the backlash that manifested to La La Land at the time that probably affected tis chances of winning and I'm very much glad to see that there's been a backlash to the backlash in the years since. At the time, everyone talked over me when I said that I felt very represented by Mia Dolan, down to the walking to the library across the check out DVDs of classic films when I was growing up.

    So maybe this wasn't the best comparison to make, this is one year where these two films could have split the Oscar in half.

    But I was also thinking about how Gone Girl is truly a modern classic, and how Amy Elliot-Dunne is probably one of the best on screen cinematic villains of all time. It's ridiculous that the film was ONLY nominated for Rosamund Pike, and she didn't even win. I remember thinking Julianne Moore's performance in Still Alice was definitely GOOD, but it's not a transcendent film in the way that Gone Girl is. I think a film's impact on popular culture is really remarkable when I hear it regularly referenced in conversation, and I know that film is taught in screenplay courses.

    Anthony Perkins wasn't even nominated for an Oscar in Psycho. Jimmy Stewart won his Oscar for... The Philadelphia Story? Star Wars lost the Oscar to freaking Annie Hall. Singin' in the Rain wasn't even nominated for Best Picture (only Best Supporting Actress and Best Score are you kidding me?). The Greatest Show on Earth, one of the worst films I've ever seen, won that year.

    So I've been thinking, when the Oscars get it so wrong so much of the time, why are they still so compelling for someone like me? Why do they matter? Maybe it's because at their best they're a celebration of film. We're never going to get it right all of the time, but I like thinking about it in those terms-- a representation of how we feel about ourselves in the moment. Some films are only remembered because they won Oscars. But the truly great films will be remembered, Oscar or not.

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  • I've been rewatching episodes of the original Scooby-Doo from 1969 and paid particular attention to a few things. It is really telling that a silly little show that this huge franchise that was cancelled after two seasons spawned a huge franchise with multigenerational appeal. I think there's a few reasons for that, and the other show completely craps over all of them.

    - It's GENUINELY funny. It doesn't need to try too hard to make cringe "jokes". There's one part where Scooby falls on top of Shaggy and Shaggy goes "Scoob, why couldn't you be a poodle"? Hilarious.

    There's also another scene where Shaggy is trying to open a combination lock, and Fred has to say like five times that he has the code. Shaggy goes "well why didn't you just say that?" It comes across really effectively and genuinely because friends are going to have these exact sort of tiffs.

    - Beyond that, the other show gets the tone all wrong. I was reading that something about how part of the reason for its success is that it introduced horror to kids in a really effective and palatable way. It's always suspenseful, the mystery is ALWAYS front and center. It was never about high school drama.

    - The gang are a great team because they ALL have something to contribute to each mystery. So no, Mindy Kaling, Velma did not do all the work. Fred's resourcefulness, Velma's smarts, Shaggy's outside the box thinking, Daphne's empathy, and Scooby's brawn -- ALL of those things together solve each mystery. They are a family. They love each other. Everything about your show and how it portrays these characters is wrong.

    -- Also, when I was a kid I of course never thought about this show as a product of the 1960s, but it's so apparent to me now, and my knowledge of this era, only enriches my viewing of each episode. It makes me really miss working on Eagle Rock and how much I loved living and breathing that era, but hey, it's not the end just yet. Divine timing, right? The funny thing is that The Castle would have been the perfect age to have watched the show, and one thing I think I need to work on when I revise is thinking about each of them in the context of being shaped by being born in the 60s and growing up in the 70s, because I think I've been looking a bit at the 80s in a vacuum.

    -- As an aside, I still remember the time I saw a van painted exactly like the mystery machine at a gas station in Bumfuck, Utah and it was probably one of the best moments of my life.

    But yeah, this show is a classic for a reason, and the other show gets everything about it wrong.

  • Truth > Have anything on your bucket list you are working towards that you'd like to share?

    Not sure if this counts as "bucket list" but these are my goals(?), resolutions(?) that I'd like too most achieve this year.

    * Make Under the Apple Tree --> For sure happening. First day of the shoot, February 25th, and the rest June 21st-July 3rd (!!!)
    * Move to LA --> This will also happen, come hell or high water, because I am not doing another winter in this city.
    * Get car body fixed --> My car has horrendous, ugly side swipe wounds on all sides from a combination of incidents that are and aren't my fault. The quotes to get it fixed are in the thousands of dollars that I do not have, but I'm going to find some way to get it fixed because I am really, really sick of driving my car around like this.
    * Adopt a cat --> Also something I've wanting to do for a long time. I haven't seen any cats at shelters that I've really connected with yet, and at this point I'm wondering if I should try to do this while I'm still in Milwaukee or wait until LA. My mom gave me a whole bunch of cat stuff that's just been sitting in my trunk and I've been leaning towards getting it while I'm here, but again, I haven't seen any that I've connected with, and I truly believe i divine timing for these sort of things.
    * Get my Phoenix tattoo --> I've wanted a tattoo for a long time, and I want to do the Phoenix force from X-Men on my left thigh. I talked to an artist for a while about it but I had to put that on hold because I didn't have the money.
    * Buy a new laptop --> It's going to be about that time sooner rather than later for my laptop. Since I'm getting a tax return, I may just trade this one in and get a deal on a new one while I have the money.
    * Buy new glasses --> My glasses are pretty old and definitely not updated to my prescription, but I wear my contacts 99% of the time so any time I have my yearly eye exam I always just use the credit on contacts. Either this year, I'll do glasses, or find a way to come up with the money for glasses.

    There's a lot of other bucket list stuff on my mind but these are my main priorities for this year/the near future.

  • Heyo here's some truth / dare options!
    Truth > 10 things you are proud of yourself for
    Dare > start a new discussion thread in randomosity about something to do with disney.
    Dare > share a knock knock joke on the walls of every mod xD
    Truth > Have anything on your bucket list you are working towards that you'd like to share?

  • So, my Amanda from Glass Menagerie reached out to me and Tom via email this morning -- she came to a performance of GWCTD and we both got misty-eyed reminiscing about Glass. (I've known other people in other productions of the show and they speak about it in similar terms, so there's something about that just has that affect people)

    It's funny that she'd reach out now because we're coming up on the one year anniversary of auditions, and the show's production. I cannot BELIEVE it has been a year.

    But anyway! She wants us to come see the show she's in, and she told us about Earnest auditions because "there are roles that would be good fits for the both of you". The last time, someone reached out to me from the theater about GWCTD, I got cast in the lead role. So, very, very interesting.
    I also remember thinking the same thing about Tom and one of the male roles in Earnest, so I hope he auditions as well. Don't know if I want to speak this into existence or not but watch him be cast as my love interest now.

    I'm also going to be using the theater for a part of Under the Apple Tree; we're not to be filming anything there, just taking photos to represent Charlotte's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. That has unfortunately been scheduled for the week after Earnest auditions, so it'll be a bit uncomfy if I don't get cast, but if that's the case, I'm going to take the mature route and just push through.

    I don't know if I said this but the director of GWCTD is producing this show, and he told me after the last performance, "you audition for me anytime." So, ya know.

    If anything, this theater and the people involved with it have become an unexpected joy in this chapter of my life that I have so much appreciation for.

  • It's funny how some people are literally all talk and no action. The toxic individual who said he wanted to produce my stuff, always had a lot to say on our phone calls... two years, and in my opinion, a lot of wasted time with him, and nothing to show for it. I've known my current production partners for less than a year, we made one film and are about to make another one.

    Original Charlotte would send me novel length emails about ideas for the character about what the script meant to her, how excited she was to finally be working with a female director for the first time, ya da ya da, only to abruptly dip after we'd spent $300 on her flight and without talking to me about any of her concerns, included verbiage in her email that made it clear she knew what she was doing, and then kept me at an arm's length and somehow made me feel like I was being unreasonable when I wanted to talk about it? (Not sure how much difference it would have made because I literally addressed every single one of her concerns and said we'd work through it together, and then she was like "At this point, I'm still not comfortable going forward with the shoot, it's for personal reasons"). I still can't believe this bitch had the nerve to say she still hoped we could have a positive relationship after how she handled the situation. (I also can't believe she's older than me by a full year, but I digress).

    But honestly, it's her loss. I don't have any delusions of grandeur that this is going to become a massive film or anything like that, but if she walked away in such an unprofessional manner from the lead role, aware she was blindsiding the production team, and did it anyway, than she's not going to get very far, and that's unfortunate.

    The same with the toxic individual. He talks a lot of talk, but ultimately, he's 35 years old and other than making a lot of money, I don't think he's happy because it is very easy to set him off and he has no meaningful achievements to his name, because it's easier for him to complain that Hollywood is racist and elitist (he's Mexican, and not from a rich or connected family) than it is to actually make something. (To be very clear, I'm saying he's wrong about racism or the fact that a lot of us have uphill battles) but-- there's so many people that AREN'T straight white men or from wealthy families that HAVE made it after a certain point, it's an excuse.

    And again, I connected with my current producing partners less than a year ago and we've already made one film are in the process of making the next one.

    As a comparison, I asked everyone to write an in-character bio if they were involved in the production of Henry V. Original Charlotte sent me a series of very flowery emails about why it wasn't done yet, how she's not going to get it right, and even after I did everything I could to help her, there were still more excuses as to why it was not done.

    Current Charlotte sent her in character bio to me immediately, without any fuss, and she did a great job with it. She's been very straightforward and clear her communication, she's shown up, she's done the work.

    If anything, my goal for the new year is to be able to suss out the latter types of people so I don't waste my time with the former set, and I feel like I've done a lot of that.

    It all sort of reminds me of The Tortoise and the Hare, which is probably my favorite Aesop fable for a reason. Whereas some people make such a show of how fast (or how great they are), other people just do the work and they get to the finish line.

    I don't know. It's a process, but if anything I really need to suss out how I can best trust people.

  • My audition slot for The Importance of Being Earnest is BOOKED.

    February 20th, 7pm! The director is "encouraging" British accents, so you know what, I'm going to learn one within the next two and a half weeks, and if I get cast I can always refine it. The main thing is I just want to be confident enough with the lines.

    Also they are doing an audition where everyone shows up and he pulls people to read, rather than an individual slot which I actually prefer.

    I'm just a trifle bit nervous because it looks like this play is already attracting a lot of attention/interest. I'm kind of expecting that this theater is going to tire of me after some point, but well see how this goes! And this play has two parts for women in my age range, when the past ones have only had one. (Though, I can only see myself playing one of them, not the other, but I still submitted for both and we'll se what happens)

    If I'm being honest, 2023 has been off to a rough start. I don't need to get into it right now but today has been especially shit. I've for sure had better days in my life... so, not off to a great start.

    I just....want to be on stage again and I think this play would be a lot of fun... it's fun that I very much need right now.

    (Oh, we're also filming the first scene of Under the Apple Tree on February 25th!) So there are reasons to look up.

  • a day in the life
    a rosy-lipped batfish story
    by Elinor

    Once upon a time, Frederic was an average, ordinary rosy-lipped batfish, who lived a happy life with his batfish family under the sea, until the day that he took an interest in the human world.

    "Frederic," said his mother. "You cannot be a human, because you are a batfish."

    "Watch me," Frederic replied.

    So, Frederic swam off on his own and set up a cozy little home in the coral reef. He fashioned all the typical furnishings one might find in a home using scraps that humans had left discarded in the ocean, but did not understand why he couldn't get a fire going for his stove. So, the stove was for decoration only.

    Still, he had the happiest snooze of his life in his human home.

    The end.

    #truthordare #socialmonth

  • Truth: What's the harshest thing you've ever said in a review?

    I try to be nice as possible in reviews, particularly on YWS, but I guess it would be this one. I also don't know what this says about the state of society that this is my popular review on letterboxd.

    #truthordare #socialmonth


  • truth: what’s the harshest thing you’ve ever said in a review?


    dare: post on your wall saying you’re working on a new, exciting project and link to a preview but have the link just be a rickroll

  • tatteredbones I dare you to write a short story about a rosy lipped bat fish doing human things. #seeshadysmile
    Wed Feb 01, 2023 4:44 am

  • Hello YWS! I have an important question! If you had to think of three words to describe me as person, what words would you choose? Also, if you're familiar enough with my work as an artist/writer, what three words would you use to describe *my work*?

    1) Three words to describe me as a person
    2) Three words to describe my work (if you feel good answering)

    I promise I'm not compliment fishing, it's for research. Comment below, I appreciate it. 🙂

    lliyah Kind of a fun activity - take these with a grain of salt as I really put down what I thought first. :)

    Spoiler! :

    1) Creative (ie. you seem like a more artistic type of person who creates in a lot of different avenues!)
    2) Ambitious + Effective (ie. many people dream about acting or directing, but you actually do what you set your mind to do! That's one of the things I'd say I most admire about you is your "let's do this" attitude about your creative-endeavors. You seem to go for your dreams - which I don't think a lot of people can say.)
    3) Passionate (ie. all your takes on Disney! and your other heartfelt opinions that you share always seem to be passionately defended.)


    Hmm... I've read a few of your YWS works and seen Eagle Rock so that's mainly what I'm going off of and is probably a fairly limited scope!

    1) Historical (seem to love Historical Fiction & Nonfiction the best!)
    2) Love-Motivated (That is probably too simplistic, but it seems to be a common theme for your characters!)
    3) Misunderstood / Uncovering (another common theme seems to be uncovering something / someone who is conventionally misunderstood or usually portrayed in *one way* but your work tries to give them more depth.)

    Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:41 pm

    Nate 1) Provocative, inquisitive, kind
    2) Provocative (again!), historical, feminist

    By the way, by provocative what I mean is that you raise interesting points that require thought.

    Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:43 pm

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