March 31, 2013
I have been working my little fingers to the bone revamping the book site. Go see. It’s pretty.
March 28, 2013
This is very cool, it’s a new review of Excess Baggage by Anthony Moretta on Out of the Gutter.
Anthony even made me like the film better and I have a few reasons to have grievances with it, though, you know, it’s my baby even if it’s not quite as pretty a baby as I wanted so I love it no matter what:
CLASSIC FILM REVIEW: EXCESS BAGGAGE (1997):
I don’t know many people who have seen this movie. When mentioned, I get the typical “with Alicia Silverstone?” reply. Yes, and Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken. Directed by Marco Brambilla, and written by Max D. Adams, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (with an uncredited re-write by Aaron Sorkin according to IMDB), Excess Baggage came and went with little attention and eventually died on video store shelves, which is where I found it.
You won’t come across many positives when scouring conventional review outlets for this and that may mislead you into thinking it’s not worth a couple of hours of your time. I’m not going to defend my opinion of the movie. I love it. It’s always on my ever-changing list of favorites. That’s only to say that I don’t pay much attention to critics’ reviews. They can sour a film or hype it beyond reasonable expectation, and, either way, taint your own viewing. In fact, 1997 is a good movie year to explore this a bit. That was the year of Titanic, buoyed by a critical love affair and box office spectacle. It won a shitload of awards, too. But 1997 also featured Cop Land, L.A. Confidential, Jackie Brown and Grosse Pointe Blank. All superior films. And those are just what I can remember at the moment. So, I say Titanic can go fuck itself. Now, let’s talk about a real good flick like Excess Baggage.
Here’s the set-up:
Emily (Silverstone) fakes her own kidnapping in order to win the attention of her rich neglectful dad, Alexander (Jack Thompson). Vincent (Del Toro) is a professional high-end car thief, who jacks Emily’s BMW with her bound and gagged in the trunk. Alexander calls in Emily’s caring and shady “Uncle” Ray (Walken doing his best Walken), an unflappable ex-military man who handles Alexander’s dirty work. It’s fair to say that Alexander has made tons of money less than legitimately. Ray is tasked with finding Emily and bringing her home while the cops try their awful best to track her as well. Ray suspects from the go that the kidnapping may not be what it seems and heads out on the accurate assumption that Emily is staging the whole thing.
Vincent and Emily formally meet at his dockside warehouse when she bangs on the trunk to get out. In a panic, he handcuffs her in the bathroom while discussing what to do with his tool of a partner, Greg (Harry Connick, Jr.). They decide it’s best —
December 17, 2012
Want to know how to win a $375 class for a hundred bucks? Then this deal is for you. Read on —
I want my book The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide to fly. That means, people need to buy the book. And –
I am not above bribery here to make that happen.
So here is the deal for you.
IF YOU BUY 3 DIGITAL COPIES OF MY BOOK FOR THE HIGHLY REASONABLE PRICE OF $9.99 each, I WILL GIVE YOU A FREE SIGNED HARD COPY when the book hits print in 2013 — all postage paid in the US.
[Non-US peeps, sorry, I cannot predict roving post charges you are excluded. The hard copy is planned for March 2013 but could slip.]
That is a $375 class for around a hundred bucks. What a steal.
[The 10 books/free class offer is open to international peeps. The class is dependent on open seating, if seats are full, you have to pick another class. It must be a 2013 class. Also this does not include Structural Writing unless you are a former student already approved for the class. Structural Writing is the hardest class and no one is allowed to take it without taking at least one other class first.]
Purchases must be made through Amazon [Kindle] or directly from the Book Site’s “Where to Buy” Page [iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, Nook].
[That means order directly through the above linked Amazon page or directly through the above linked book's "where to buy" Paypal form, period the end.]
The AFW classes are $375, so that ten books deal is a damn good deal. And I bet you know ten writers. Who will thank you for the book so you will get all sorts of clout and karma points for gifting it to them at Christmas.
The hard copy is not priced yet but is most likely going to be between $20.00 – $25.00.
THIS OFFER IS GOOD THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2012.
*How to redeem your purchase for a free hard cover or class: Hit the AFW contact page and send us an email with “3 purchases” or “10 purchases” in the subject line. We will email you back requesting a copy of your receipt and giving you an address to send that to.
*Cut off date: December 31st.
*Rules & Restrictions: This is only redeemable once per buyer. You must provide a receipt that shows proof of purchase. If you return your items later we will know and hate you and you will lose the class. Books may be gifted or donated in any way you choose but may not be sold online — if that happens and we catch you and we will catch you, you lose the class. Purchases must be made through either the Book Site or Amazon. Non-US residents may not participate in or redeem the three book deal. The ten book deal is open to all, including non-US citizens, but does not include Structural Writing unless you are a former student approved for Structural Writing and if a chosen class is already full, the participant must choose a later class during the year. Classes and books must be claimed during 2013.
*photo credit: :::chesher cat:::
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