Posts tagged ‘movies’

April 12, 2008

Chris O’Connor Demo Reel

This story is so extreme and bizarre that it is difficult to believe.

Born with rare afflictions, his disabilities held him back. As other children learned to talk, then read and write, Chris O’Connor was still not potty trained.

Despite the humiliation of showing up to school wearing diapers at the age of 9, Chris’ determination to be a “normal” child was so moving that it inspired an ABC After School Special. The show was one of the most successful After School Specials in history (though some critics have pointed out that this is because it was misinterpreted as a slap stick comedy by millions of viewers).

Ironically inspired by the television show that he inspired, Chris found the inner strength to battle his diseases. By the age of 15, he overcame the rare childhood afflictions to do what no one thought he could:

He learned to read.

Sure, he was a 15 year old struggling to read children’s books, but doctors predicted he would never be able to comprehend a written sentence.

Within a year, Chris learned to count to seven and was no longer wearing diapers.

By the age of 17, Chris was able to read short sentences from a teleprompter, and before long, his career in television took off.

Now just weeks away from 40, Chris is at the height of his career and created his first reel as he seeks to take himself to the big times.

Chris Fondling Pregnant Woman on Air

{Chris O’Connor fondling pregnant woman during show. Chris was later sued for harassment.}

Chris has had a string of bad luck in his professional career. Some claim that he has been treated unfairly. The truth is that he’s not quite “normal” and others lack compassion and punish him for his “inappropriate” behavior.

Chris lacks the well-calibrated social filters expected in civilized adults. This is simply a function of his disabilities. He reacts before he thinks. This has resulted in several law suits (harassment, lewd behavior, assault). Below, Chris is interviewing a woman on a bed moments before grabbing her.

We should all be proud of the accomplishments of Chris O’Connor and that we live in a society so accepting of people with his disabilities that we can overlook them on television.

Now: enjoy Chris’ reel:

Chris O’Connor’s Reel from chris o'connor on Vimeo.

April 9, 2008

Review of The Extra Special Series Finale

I really like Ricky Gervais, which is why I am disappointed that the Series Finale was such a flop.

It was almost good, but the story didn’t develop well. The movie was one of those that just ends, as though the writer got tired and just said, “I’m getting tired of this, let’s just have him say ‘fuck it’ to everything and drive off in his car.”

And so they did.

And the story was building to something, but not a weak get-in-your-car-and-drive-away ending.

March 7, 2008

The Departed: More Movie Flaws

Since I have been writing scripts, I can’t help but find problems in films.

The most recent one was with The Departed.

If you haven’t seen it, stop reading now.  My analysis will ruin the ending.

At the end, 3 cops get their brains blown out next to the elevator in the abandoned building.

One of them saves another cop and says something like, “see, there are two of us working for Callaghan.”

The problem with that motive is that Callaghan is dead.  There is nothing to be gained by continuing loyalty to a dead man.  The other mole quickly picks up a gun and blows his brains out.  That’s because he knows the best thing is to distance himself from the inquisition that is about to happen.

Not only that, introducing a new character at the end of a movie to give the story a new twist is lame.  That’s like having a story where the character wakes up at the end to reveal that everything was a dream.

If my analysis is off, I’d appreciate some comments.  Maybe I missed something?

February 6, 2008

Cast Away: Movie Flaws

So I was walking to work the other day thinking about how Cast Away ends with that scene where Tom Hanks delivers an unopened package (to an address in Texas) that he had on the island for four years.

Think about it. He kissed his fiance in Memphis (the sorting facility) and got on a plane destined for the far east with a package that was supposed to be in Texas not 8 hours later?

So – if the plane hadn’t crashed, the package would have arrived after it was supposed to be delivered.  Someone would have said, “Hey, this was supposed to be in Texas 19 minutes ago, send it back to Memphis!”

I tend to nit-pick things like that in movies.I’d also have preferred an ending in which he delivers the package, but it turns out to have a kilo of cocaine, and he gets busted.  The cops don’t believe his wild story, and he spends four years in prison. 

November 25, 2007

Obsessed With Script Writing (Again, At Long Last)

I spent the last four days working on my script about my brother.

The writing was done with sober determination, head’s down, with my friend Mike.

I’m about half way through the script (it’s a feature length film).

Mike and I played in a band together, and we have a lot of creative history together.

It’s difficult for me to steal time away from work for personal projects, but I keep reminding myself that time is slipping by and I need to make the most of every moment.

Ironically, or perhaps in perfect complementary fashion, Mike is writing a script about a predicament we have both found ourselves in.

Which is this:

You’ve had a creative aspiration all of your life.

But life has distracted you.

Maybe you are married with kids, or you are single and you work too much.

In either case, many years go by during which you are tired and too often choose not to steal moments to paint, write, or create. Instead, you drink wine or watch TV.

And then one day you wake up and realize your window of youthful opportunity is nearly shut.

It is a wakeup call.

What will you do?

That is the premise of Mike’s film.

Mike’s film is called, “Driven”.

It is the story of a guy who works at the YMCA.

I can’t tell you anything other than that.

Mike doesn’t want his idea swiped.