“If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.” – Shakespeare

Foliage was listed in Shelf Unbound Magazine’s 100 Notables of 2016!

This award is a great honor for me since it makes me even more excited to finish Louise Moscow Book 2. There are already 50 chapters outlined, so I hope to have the first draft by March!

Regarding the script that I had the honor of co-writing with my dear friend Michael Harkins, which is based Mike’s book Move to Fire, we have a signed option agreement and have been meeting with producers. More on that when the time comes.

Speaking of honors, it is awards season again and I have been watching all the screeners. So I thought it would be fun to play mini film critic. I only ask that my friend and professional film critic for HollywoodChicago.com Patrick McDonald not to be too critical of me!

So for Cinephiles, here is my rating system: The number of 🍷 emojis represents how many times I stopped multi-tasking on my computer to focus on the movie (and drink wine).

NOTE: As a Gemini I was born multi-tasking and can’t sit still. No disrespect to the film makers intended. I am grateful that there are such brilliant minds writing intelligent and meaningful stories to keep us thinking and believing.

 

VIEWED AND REVIEWED

Miss Sloan – Starring Jessica Chastain 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

A subject near to my heart, the gun lobby, this movie blew my mind. It has some radical twists, none of which I intend to spoil here. All I can say is the script is great, it’s a taut thriller and is well acted and directed. Don’t miss it.

The Comedian – Starring Robert Deniro and many other amazing actors including awesome cameo appearances.🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

If I had to write the review in one sentence: It’s like Tootsie only darker, more hilarious, with a lot more cussing, and without the crossdressing.

Anyone who knows me is aware that Tootsie is my all time favorite movie, so this is high praise. The parallels to Sidney Pollack’s realistic representation of the human experience of acting, all the layers and the nuances, are captured here. It is deep but caustically funny and heartwarming.

Arrival
– Starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner 
🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

It’s all about communication and the many ways of doing so. This film is a beautiful study of a language expert trying to reach out to illegal aliens to breach the divide, all while the fear- and war-mongers work against her. Renner’s character tells Adams’s character, “You approach language like a mathematician.” As someone who has both spoken a foreign language and worked in accounting most of my life, I touched on this very concept in Foliage. French is more conducive to philosophy, for example. “The language you speak effects how you think,” says Adam’s character. “If all I ever gave you was a hammer, everything would be a nail.” This film is a must see for linguaphiles!

Lion – Starring Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Based on a true story, this film could have used a little more editing but it is beautifully scripted, filmed, acted and directed. It makes you think of the tragic story of Mia Farrow’s son Thaddeus whom she adopted from Calcutta in 1994. I cried at the end.

Florence Foster Jenkins
– Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant 
🍷🍷🍷🍷

Another movie inspired by actual events. Again it could have used a little more trimming, if only to keep me from going to the kitchen to refill my wine glass. But, it is a revelation to go back and see what those crazy kids were doing a century ago. Oh, and guess what? I cried at the end.

TO BE VIEWED AND REVIEWED

Jackie – Starring Natalie Portman (I can’t wait to watch this!)

The Founder – Starring Michael Keaton

Hell or High Water – Starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine

Nocturnal Animals – Starring Amy Adams

Hacksaw Ridge – Directed by Mel Gibson

 

CHEERS!

 

 

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