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Going Clear: Scientology (2015)

May 11, 2017 Phil Parker 1 Quick Film Reviews , , , , ,

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief On the surface, Going Clear will appeal to those who are confounded by Scientology and how this cult manages to attract celebrities into their pseudo-church. I, too, wonder HTF uber-successful people like Tom Cruise can be suckered into a bunch of self-help…

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017) – #MOVIETRAILER

May 10, 2017 Phil Parker 0 Movie Trailers, Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting News , , , ,

War For the Planet of the Apes Does a good movie trailer usually mean it’s a good movie? Watching this trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes got me thinking about the correlation between the quality of a trailer and the quality of a movie. As a screenwriter, who…

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: Casablanca (1942)

Apr 14, 2017 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , , ,

CASABLANCA: WHAT I LEARNED THS TIME Last week, at my local cinema, I had the privilege of seeing a digital restoration of the classic film Casablanca. I’ve seen it a million times, but this was my first time seeing it in a theater. It was just as awesome as you’d…

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ALIEN: COVENANT (2017) – #MOVIETRAILER

Mar 2, 2017 Phil Parker 0 Movie Trailers, Quick Film Reviews , ,

ALIEN: COVENANT – GOING BACK TO BASICS? Watching the movie trailer for Alien: Covenant made me think of four things right away: King Kong Jurrasic Park Ridley Scott is going back to the franchise’s roots AWESOME! Not since James Cameron’s Aliens have I been this excited about a film in…

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: ‘Gold’ (2016)

Feb 21, 2017 Phil Parker 2 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , ,

Screenwriters – Make your hero earn it. Before I left for the cinema I checked Rotten Tomatoes. They had ‘Gold’ rated at 41% critics/ 51% fans. Normally, that’s a pretty good sign to avoid a film, but I’m a fan of some of those reality TV shows about gold mining,…

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: ‘The Martian’ (2015)

Oct 21, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , , , , , , , ,

THE MARTIAN: Was the hero too perfect? I’ve seen The Martian twice now. The first time I really liked it. Gave it a 8.5/10. The second time, I liked it, but not as much. Gave it a 7.5/10. And now, looking into the future I’m wondering… will this be one…

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The Fantastic Snore: Why comic book movies leave me feeling empty inside.

Aug 5, 2015 Phil Parker 2 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , , , , , ,

Tonight, the guy sitting behind us in the cinema caught some Zs while we were watching The Fantastic Four. At the end, his friend nudged him awake and the napper asked, “What happened?” Well, gee, I thought, where do I start? There were boring characters, a boring plot and a…

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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: ‘The Lost Aviator’ (2015)

Jun 18, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews , , , ,

Hero or murderer? Did The Lost Aviator kill his lover? That’s what the filmmaker sets out to discover about his great uncle, Captain Bill Lancaster, the infamous heroic failure of British aviation. His family is not too pleased about it; they’d rather dead dogs be left dead. All the more…

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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: ‘Victoria’ (2015)

Jun 13, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews , , , ,

‘Victoria’: the worst night on the town EVER?! Admittedly, the list of German films I have seen in the last 20 years is short… Das Boot Downfall Run Lola Run. Based solely on that list you’d think I would be more of a fan, those are all amazing films. Well, after…

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