Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MOD MAN #13 Harumi



Malcolm woke up early that morning. He had a lot on my mind. He couldn’t stand not doing anything, so he left the hotel and took a run in the park. He had been held up in that hotel for a week trying to work out these rewrites and present it to the brokers. The early morning fog, still caught up between the tree branches, made for an eerie site as he ran by. The run energized him and as he got back to the hotel, his mind was racing with new ideas to fill the gaps. He showered and ordered room service. He sat in front of his laptop in his bathrobe and a pair of boxers. Like a surgeon, he began cutting up the script meticulously, making the necessary adjustments to make it work better overall. It was 8:00am.


The meeting with the brokers was scheduled for 1:00pm. Come 11:30am He felt the script was edited up enough that the final fate of the script was left up to the ones brokering the film. He got dressed, wearing black Visum denim jeans, a light blue chambray short sleeve Staples design button down, a black Nike destroyer letterman jacket, a crisp pair of Air Force Ones, and his gold Rolex. He got downstairs and outside, on the street the doorman hailed him a cab occupied by a young attractive woman in a white cleavage bearing dress. She didn’t pay him any attention, as she was so into the moment with her iPhone. Malcolm told the cabby my destination, and they were off.


The rewritten script was bound and in a manila folder in his Marc Jacobs messenger bag on his lap. He was told this script could go for as much as 6 digits, and he was looking forward to negotiating for more as these brokers came from money. When he got to the building the cabby pulled up in front. He paid, got out, and made his way to suite 375. Malcolm was to be meeting with three brokers at their, office a Victorian style space with two giant double-panned windows with a breathtaking view. He sat confident in front of the three brokers. They were all lawyers, or all lawyers and accountants. He didn’t remember exactly what he was told initially, but he wasn’t impressed. They wanted to enter the filmmaking business. They were told he was the “hottest” screenwriter out with an eye for the provocative. After seeing Malcolm’s latest film they wanted to do business with him. Before they could get down to business they had some “manly’ conversation, as one on the brokers talked about his new black Lamborghini. Malcolm mentioned to him that he had gotten the chance earlier that year in Paris to race the exact model he was talking about on a professional track. The look on his face was priceless, as living in the city he probably never got his lambo over 55 mph.


 Malcolm figured, after a little side conversation, that they’d get to the point of the meeting. The broker seated in the middle of the other two proceeded to offer Malcolm a drink as he made one for himself. The other two followed suit pouring themselves a drink. He proceeded to stay focused on what was at hand. Each of the brokers made their way to the bar and back to their seats, as the conversation continued moving to another topic. All of the men dressed in muted neutral colors looking like a bunch of grown frat boys at a social. Now the broker seated in the middle began talking about a masquerade party that was held over the weekend. He went on to describe his backroom rendezvous that night with the secretary from down the hall, going on about her adept oral capabilities. At that moment Malcolm got up and made myself a drink. He explained to the brokers, that if they were serious about having him as screenwriter on this project, they needed to work now. He could relate to the “Boys Club” mentality, but he’d hope they were more focused. Malcolm knew now these guys were getting into the business for the wrong reasons. They were thinking that films would be another pool of women they could dip into or another stream of money to collect from. He’d seen it before. Those types don’t last, and if they did stick around for a bit their work was shit. He was always told, “Do what you love, and love what you do”. He had a commission piece of artwork that said that exact thing back at the studio. He instantly became home sick.


He thought to myself, “How did I end up meeting with these guys?”, as their conversation went on a bit more in graphic detail. He sipped his drink while looking out the window. “This was a great script,” He thought to myself; maybe even an Oscar contender. Did he want them to reap the benefits of his labor...? He thought hard and deep. He finished my drink, walked over to the coffee table where his script still lay in the manila folder, unaddressed or even looked over. They’d need time to look at it, but he wouldn’t give them the chance putting the envelope back into his bag. It was 2:30pm. Malcolm set his drink at the bar and left with no consideration for the three brokers. Once outside of the broker’s office he got on his phone and called his assistant Nicole to inform her that he would be coming home early, and he asked her to look and see if they had it in the budget to shoot another film this year. His heart began to beat faster, aroused at the thought of working on another film. He knew he’d be ready when the time came. He just didn’t know it would happen like this.


Feeling a burst of creative energy and empowerment upon leaving the brokers office and setting up plans to shoot their 4th film Malcolm found himself in New York with a completed script and time on his hands. As he made it to the buildings lobby ready to reach the outside he thought of contacting Harumi. 


They had re connected in a sort of way holding a phone conversation two days earlier when Malcolm had made it to town, but they had yet made plans to meet up. So Malcolm took it upon himself to contact her hoping she could get away for a coffee or a drink and possibly dinner later. As the phone rang Malcolm stood in a busy plaza section with a grassy nole where people were taking in the fantastic day. 


The phone rang a few more times and then it picked up, it was Harumi. She was glad to hear Malcolm’s voice although she was tied up with work so she suggested he come to her and afterward they could get happy hour drink and some food. With that conversation Malcolm hailed a cab and traveled to Harumi’s studio where she was holding a model fitting for an upcoming show she was a part of. 


On the way over Malcolm re thought the decision to walk out on the brokers and questioned himself honestly if he had made the right choice. There was no real plan ahead for the film yet there was no plan to go back either so ahead it was. He was becoming attached to the script any way believing he was the only one trusted enough to give this film the attention needed to bring it to an audience. 


In and out of traffic the cab swung wildly ending up in front of the building where Harumi’s studio was held. From the outside the place didn’t look like much, but upon entering the space it exploded into a loft slash warehouse layout. but with the amenities to make it a workable studio. Malcolm made his way up the freight elevator to the loft space where he found the place was a buzz with hair and makeup artist, stylists and half naked models all about. Malcolm made his way through the orchestrated chaos trying not intruding with his presence as he looked for Harumi. 


Finally he had found her in the distance working with the designer and a few models. He watched from the distance seeing her in her element was fascinating to Malcolm as he could relate to the joy, ecstasy and stress taking on a project with so much evolved. When he saw she had a free moment he walked toward her and when she saw him she walked toward him ending in an embrace before the next group of models walked up for review. 


Malcolm then sat off to the side watching the entire production of non-stop stylists and models working in concert to complete their work. Upon the last fitting Harumi moved to Malcolm as it was now later than expected. In that time Malcolm had patiently waited, while in the back of his mind he was mulling over his decision from earlier in the day. Harumi took his hand and they walked to a local restaurant and had some drinks and a late dinner talking throughout about the time they had lost while being out of contact. 


With an amazing amount of banter they reminisced and shared their ups and downs from the past year, it was like their level of intimacy they shared had not diminished or left the two. As they wrapped up dinner the two headed back to Harumi’s studio now silent with the late night moonlight pouring through the large windows setting the mood and without a moments hesitation they picked up where they had left off so many months ago at Malcolm’s home.   



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #90


Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

Growing up and remembering seeing the original MAGNIFICENT SEVEN it only seemed fit to see this one and see if the original held up. From my stand point the cast of the remake seemed a little less iconic, but the way they played the comedy with the drama seemed to hearken to the original. I feel like they did a great job and that the film makes for an entertaining romp. So for MAGNIFICENT SEVEN I give it 4 stars.






Saturday, September 9, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #63

MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #89



Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

The actual idea of the story of THE ACCOUNTANT sounded extremely interesting to me. I also may not be a huge Ben Affleck fan, but I still felt I should see this film. Upon watching the film and further understanding the plot I would have enjoyed the film more, I thought, as the nuances of an Asbergers syndrome patient may have been better served than with the performance Affleck gave. So for THE ACCOUNTANT I give it 3 stars.

Monday, September 4, 2017

MOD MAN #12 Origins



Coming off a fantastic first year garnering Malcolm rookie of the year honors and a trip to the All – Star game Malcolm took the off-season seriously and continued to work on his game. At around he same point Candace did come and stay with him, as he had once asked, enjoying life in L.A. and the lifestyle that Malcolm could afford. It was a great time in both of their lives. 


Soon as the seasons changed and the verge of spring training came about Candace herself had to venture back to Texas and finish her final semester before taking off to go abroad. The anticipation for the future in each of their lives was bittersweet as this would mean they probably wouldn’t see each other for sometime. Upon Candace heading back to Texas Malcolm was deep into spring training working hard for the new season wholly to improve upon the performance from a year ago. Finding him on the cover of magazines and cereal boxes and doing numerous interviews it was only a matter of time that Malcolm stardom would take him to super star status if his tremendous play continued. 


Malcolm and Candace continued to keep in touch as they had in his first year growing a deeper connection. From the start of the season Malcolm’s team played well so coming up on that years All Star game Malcolm was leading in voting among all players in the league an impressive feat coming off rookie of the year. So as games began to wind up before All Star break Malcolm’s team was in a meaningful game to move into first place in their division. 


Malcolm was on fire in this game in route to hit for another cycle having done that a few times already that season. With the game on the line and Malcolm at bat he hit an opposite field triple which brought in the tying and go ahead runs. The home crowd was ecstatic feeling as they were destined for a win and first place. When the inning finally ended and Malcolm’s team was to take the field the crowed roared knowing they were three outs from a win and sole ownership of first place. 


The Achilles heel of the team was once again their pitching staff, it was better than last year, but it was never a sure thing. So as the opposing team got a man on base bringing the tying run to the plate tensions grew. Then getting into a full count the pitcher found himself in a bind. Not wanting to bring the go ahead run to the plate the pitcher served up a high and inside fastball, which the batter got a good amount of bat on sending it to straight away centerfield. Malcolm headed back to the wall full throttle, as the hit was carrying looking like it may leave the field. Malcolm reached the warning track and leaped into the wall catching the ball preventing a homerun. The runner looked to tag up and head to third base. Malcolm reared up after bouncing off the wall and fired a strike to his third basemen who tagged out the runner ending the game. 


The crowd and team was uproarious, yet against all the joyous cheers Malcolm was grimacing in pain as with the throw he heard a pop in his throwing arm shoulder which lead to a shooting pain down his arm. He fell to his knees in the centerfield grass as the joyous crowd upon seeing their prized player had fallen went from cheers to defining silence wondering what had happened to their budding superstar.


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #62

MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #88


1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. ... Written by Huggo (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

Having not eating McDonald’s in sometime I have always wondered how the institution we know now came about so thus I had to watch THE FOUNDER. I knew something’s going into the film as it is based on real events. Knowing what McDonald’s stands for I figured this would be a rags to riches story told through hard work and perseverance. I guess I didn’t know as much as I thought about this story as it showed the cut throat side of American business. As the story was rather bleak the acting performance of Michael Keaton was superb and the film as a whole is fantastic. So for THE FOUNDER I give it 4 ½  stars.