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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘Ghost Town’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer…

Oh man, there is nothing worse for a writer than discovering that one of your ideas had been done by someone else. Cuz this was my idea, that the ghost of a dead lover would come back to finish up business with the still-alive beloved. My ghost was a woman, the story wasn’t a comedy, and Ricky Gervais was nowhere in sight, but still… Man.

Also: It pisses me off to see that Righteous Kill could get made, but my script Cat and Mouse continues to languish in obscurity.

*sigh*

Ghost Town opens wide September 19.



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  • the ghost of a dead lover would come back to finish up business with the still-alive beloved. My ghost was a woman, the story wasn’t a comedy, and Ricky Gervais was nowhere in sight, but still… Man.

    Over Her Dead Body ?

  • JoshDM

    I ask because I didn’t consider it much of a comedy.

  • MaryAnn

    Oh god, that was an awful, awful movie. It never even occuried to me that it bore any resemblance to the idea percolating in my head, it was so bad.

  • shoop

    “Also: It pisses me off to see that Righteous Kill could get made, but my script Cat and Mouse continues to languish in obscurity.”

    Oooh, ouch. MA, please do everything you can to avoid the “bitter writer” ‘tude. If anything, it’s even more yucky than the “bitter actor” ‘tude. (Yes, I’ve heard both. Indeed, I’ve BEEN both.) As a species, we humans just aren’t wired with enough patience to sympathize–even those of us with similar experiences. Your frustration is probably more than justified–I haven’t read “Cat and Mouse,” but I’d like to devote some time to doing so. But you know the way out of this funk as well as anybody. Just as a personal comparison, I could probably call myself a failed (so far) actor/playwright, but on the other hand, a scholarly publisher will be publishing my scholarly book next year (really). But hey, I’ll never be a geek god, if you see what I mean.

  • MaSch

    Re: Cat and Mouse: Our research tells us that audience likes names. ;-)

  • MaryAnn

    Oooh, ouch. MA, please do everything you can to avoid the “bitter writer” ‘tude.

    Why? You’d rather NOT know that this is how I feel? It could be useful in determining how you should judge my reaction to this movie.

    I continue to be simply astonished that anyone believes any film critic is “objective”…

  • We all may be sharing a drink called bitterness but it’s better than drinking alone. ;-)

    But seriously, folks…

    A trailer about a movie called Ghost Town–and not one Specials song on the soundtrack. Geez, people, buy a clue…

    And I’m sorry but after Ghost and Truly, Deeply, Madly–not to be confused, of course, with “Hold Me, Kiss Me, Thrill Me”–and several seasons of Medium and The Ghost Whisperer, is the idea for this movie that original?

    And quite coincidentally, I happened to be transcribing one of my old stories–unpublished, alas, but maybe that’s a good thing–onto my computer this week and it too just happened to be about a ghost who comes back to resolve unfinished business. It wasn’t a comedy and the ghost definitely was a woman–no, seriously, it was–but I doubt it came back for the same motives that the ghost in MaryAnn’s story did.

    Perhaps it’s a theme…

  • shoop

    “I continue to be simply astonished that anyone believes any film critic is ‘objective’…”

    Hmm. I certainly didn’t say anything about being a film critic, objective or otherwise. Not sure why you brought it up.

    “Why? You’d rather NOT know that this is how I feel?”

    Well, yeah, pretty much. I mean, have you ever heard someone go on along the lines of, “Waah-waah-waah, my brilliant work lies unnoticed while less brilliant, less talented, and less all-around-fantastic people get the breaks?” Have you ever been in a room with someone like that? I think one time, it actually made my ears bleed. A more pleasant situation would be to be trapped in a small closet with someone suffering from massive flatulence. But if that just means this is one of your threads I should avoid, so be it.

    Finally, for what it’s worth, I read Cat and Mouse. I’d say, cast of total unknowns would be ideal. Or else, someone like Mark Wahlberg, an A-lister who gives off that anonymous, B-movie vibe.

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