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Friday, 27 March 2009

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hey Mike, just a quick add to the Netflix queue: The Stone Reader. I watched it the other night on their stream, and was enthralled. Highly recommended.

Mike, I just went to the subscribe page, and hit the Monthly link, and low and behold I got the subscription page. So I've now subscribed. It might be worth others having a go that couldn't before.

If I could make one suggestion (and hope i doesn't get lost, since I think I lost a few the past week), would it be possible to move the "Weblog (Main Page)" link up the page a bit? I had to search around quite a bit to get to the actual content from the main page.

Just a thought.

Mike: My grandfather had a tradition while he was alive. On his birthday, he would throw a big party and cut everybody who came a check in dollars for the number of years he had been alive. My birthday recently came and went, and in memory of my grandfather's pleasant tradition, I have subscribed to your site as my birthday gift. I've enjoyed TOP every day since I stumbled across the site. Best wishes for your continued success.

Ben Marks

Can one update/change one's subscription. Lets say you take a dig at my favourite camera and I want to retaliate, (only kidding ) or, hopefully, my numbers come up and I want to add a few 0's to the subscription amount.

Paul,
I think you'd have to cancel the old one and do a new one.

I'll try not to insult your favorite camera, but you know me.

Mike

Mike,
I'm glad you are getting some positive response to " subscriptions" and am very pleased to a be a small part of that. Your site is well worth it, just as the 37th Frame was. I was wondering though, with all the new attitudes in the world today regarding transparency in business if you will be posting a personal budget for us "shareholders" to review, comment on, and approve?

For whatever reason no information gets carried over to PayPal when I try to Subscribe. Not too sure how to make it work.

Mike, as someone who has dabbled in both screenwriting and photography (currently brushing up a script that a known director wants to read), may I suggest a 'free' screenwriting program that does almost everything right: http://celtx.com/. Made by some crazy people on the east coast. It formats everything correctly and has a nice interface that doesn't interfere with writing. ie, once you start writing you forget about how to use the tool and your fingers hardly leave the keyboard.

Dear Mike,

Love your site. Would gladly pay a subscription for it, but 2.9% to Paypal doesn't sit well with me. Is there a way I can send you a check for $24 (same as the $2 per month option)?

Thanks,

_ben

I'm curious to know which of the movie suggestions you added to your NetFlix list....

And, what was the reason for the specifics in that request (no guns or gun substitutes....).

I'm also trying to write screenplays.... Re-read a script on the plane on the way out of the US the other day. I would love to have suggested SNATCH, but there are guns aplenty in it.... I'm interested in reading scripts from films where there's an 'odd quality' about the dialog. Not sure how to explain that. Like, in Cohen brothers' films - it's interesting to see how the written word translates to the screen performances when the humor or 'oddness' doesn't seem to be written in. For instance, in Fargo, the bit about stopping for pancakes.... If i were to read that, i don't think it would be very funny. But, the performance of it is something that consistently makes me laugh.

I wonder how difficult it would be to sell a script like that if one weren't a Cohen. It seems like those kinds of films need to be produced and directed by the people who write them, as only the creator would be able to find the nuances.

"with all the new attitudes in the world today regarding transparency in business if you will be posting a personal budget for us "shareholders" to review, comment on, and approve?"

Heh--what, you mean so you can make sure I'm not misusing the largesse? You'll recall that I already confessed to my spendy office remodel....

Mike

"I wonder how difficult it would be to sell a script like that if one weren't a Cohen. It seems like those kinds of films need to be produced and directed by the people who write them, as only the creator would be able to find the nuances."

More to the point, only when the director is also the writer does the writer get respected...see "Monster" by John Gregory Dunne, which put me off screenwriting semi-permanently. Writers are the untouchables of Hollywood. Imagine making Charlie Kaufmann sit there on set day after day doing absolutely nothing just so he can be handy if the director wants a quick consult on a rewrite. Scandalous. Imagine making the director sit there while the screenwriter works so he can consult about stagecraft! Meanwhile if you sell a script they'll bring in three other writers and change so many wordings you don't even make the credits. And people wonder why we don't get better-written movies as a norm. It's because movies are a corporate product, pasteurized and processed. They're so highly formulaic now that real creativity isn't really even possible...imagine "writing" a Tarkovsky film today and trying to sell it...

(Come to think of it, I might have too bad an attitude to write a screenplay....)

Mike

Mike,
How about a list of the screenplays you choose to read and watch.

Mike, Is this to be the new format for your site? It is no longer possible to just scroll thought the recent posts which makes it more difficult to navigate. I preferred the previous format. I enjoy you site very much.

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