I’ve had this movie sitting in my iTunes, downloaded and at the ready to watch, since it’s release in September last year.  It was only until now that I thought to watch it, and what a mistake that was to wait.

Taika Waititi’s hilariously dramatic adventure of an old, seemingly one-dimensional geezer, Uncle Hec (Sam Neill), and the plump city orphan, Ricky (Julian Dennison), getting chased further into the New Zealand bush when Child Protective Service agent Paula (Rachel House) thinks Ricky’s been kidnapped.  With her tenacity to leave “no child behind” she gathers the police to flush them out, only pushing them further into the wildnerness and closer together.

He strings along a beautifully funny tale of grief and human connection in the purely New Zealand way.  The over-sensative moments of heart-to-heart seen too often in American films is skipped over, just barely touching the surface when Ricky talks about his chances of survival or happiness if he’s brought back into the foster system.  Instead, Waititi builds an understanding between the two, enlightening the cliches of the geezer and the unreachable, young boy, and having them fall into an easy friendship after the initial ill-temperedness.

I would highly recommend anyone to this pseudo-eighties adventure homage that uses creative scores and spirited dialogue to keep the audience engaged, even though the masterful shots of New Zealand would make up for any lag in the story (of which there is none).  It’s exciting from beginning to end, and Waititi does such a brilliant job of building character against stereotype, making their personalities so vibrant, yet natural and constantly funny.

MASTER CLASS with James V. Hart

Hello, any who are still wanting updates on my lovely site, I have NEWS!  

Currently, I am working very hard on my writing from screenwriting both television and feature to dipping my hand into the novel writing.  Things are slow, but I’m practicing and that’s what counts. 

Classes are very important.  Never stop learning.  So, I’m bringing to attention one of the many classes I’ve been taking (or will take), the Masterclass with James V. Hart hosted by Screencraft and the Los Angeles Film School.  

It is a weekend of a working screenwriting MASTER, author of HOOK and AUGUST RUSH among others, sharing his method and teaching new, exciting ways of mapping out emotional structure in a movie.  

Held November 12th and 13th if anyone in the Los Angeles area wanted to reserve their badges!  Or checkout the HartChart, a software designed by James V. Hart to analyze the “hart” of any film. 

I’ll keep updating with more classes and film reviews, so stay tuned! 

NETWORK (1976)


“Prepare yourself for a perfectly outrageous motion picture!” 

When the aging UBS news anchor, Howard Beale (Peter Finch), reacts badly to the news that he’s fired due to low ratings, the network give him his own show to bring in a new audience who tune in every week to see his lunacy play out on television. 

This story follows the people making the moral decision to capitalize on an old man’s ravings and delusion and just how far they are willing to go for ratings.  

Watching this, I was floored by the realism in the dialogue, with the natural human thought just vocalized on the screen!  With all the poeticism amongst the harsh reality of this “possibly fairy tale” of redemption and realization, it’s no wonder this one Cheyefksy an Oscar for best original screenplay. 

It’s funny, it’s crass, it’s sexy, disappointing, real, angry, and makes you think about your place.  Are you one of the lambs that stick your head out of the window and scream you’re fed up with everything, or are you calling the shots?