Thursday, January 31, 2013


Foxy from the Roxy
Might turn some heads tonight
Flashlight dream
Peaches and cream delight
Roxy Roller

Five-bob job
She gets bubble-gum on her knees
Down between the seats
Sometime she'll pass you the keys
Roxy Roller
Oooh Roxy Roller

Roxy Roller, Roxy

Her daddy, le commissioner
Took far more than his share
So Roxy joined the syndicate
Knowing it wasn't fair
Roxy Roller
Oooh Roxy Roller

So... a dream of mine was to write a follow-up to one of my favorite movies, Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS, but I never allowed myself the pleasure. One, because I'm nowhere near as talented as the man and two, because... well, just because. 

I've always been intrigued by Mr. Pink's character in RD (played by Steve Bucsemi) because he is the only one who gets away.  I've imagined hundreds of times what becomes/became of him, but I know it is not my story to write.

However, I couldn't  get Mr. Pink out of my mind so I knew I had to just go with it and write something.

Anyway, I've come up with my own original story that only references and doesn't copy Quentin's work. It's called ROXY ROLLER, and the lead is... you guessed it... Roxy Roller, who just happens to be Mr. Pink's daughter.

While fleshing out her character, I put this song on replay and listened to it probably 50 times. I pictured Roxy in my head, got to know her, felt her, then became her, entered her world and perfected her swagger as she strutted down the street, AK-47 in hand.

Holy shit, she can be viscous! But the audience is gonna love her. (I hope!)
The whole opening sequence of ROXY ROLLER has no dialogue, just visuals set to the song, Roxy Roller by Sweeney Todd.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thumbs UP!

My daughter is a huge movie buff and goes to the theater at least once a week, sometimes twice. 

She and I have very similar tastes when it comes to films except  for horror. She loves horror and I am not a fan. Anyway, I lead a pretty busy life and I'm lucky to get out to the theater more than once a month (watch a lot of pay per view, Netflix and rent a lot of movies from itunes) so I use her as my "wing girl".

She scopes out the movies and then calls me with her opinion and lets me know which ones are a must see in the theater. She called me this afternoon after seeing Gangster Squad, and this is what she said:

"Emma Stone really outdid herself. Outstanding acting on everyone's part, throughout. Josh Brolin and Sean Penn were amazing. Can't say a single bad thing about the movie. From acting to the script to directing to the way it was shot. Best movie I've seen in a long time."

(incidentally, she knows more about making movies than your average Jill. She has been on set with me numerous times -- and I always end up making her work. LOL!)

So, this week, I'm going to make a point of trying to get out and see Gangster Squad at the theater! 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Don't waste my time!

I don't waste my time on New Year's resolutions. Besides the fact that they have a negative connotation attached to them, I feel like you're just setting yourself up for failure. Along the lines of, "... I wasn't good enough at xxx last year, so this year I guess I`ll try again."

By thinking you weren't good enough in the first place, you fail before you even start.

Instead of New Year's resolutions, I like to start every January by writing a list of 10 things (of the many) that I love/appreciate about life.

Remember, it's the small daily pleasures that count the most. Take the time to appreciate something that you enjoy everyday and it will all add up. Before you know it, you won't be able to stop yourself from being positive. A positive energy will permeate all of your senses.

Then, when the downfalls in life come -- which they surely will, after all, this is life -- you can rely on your positive "reserves" to get you through it.

 Anyway, here is my list of ten, off the top of my head.

1.) The people I love and love me back.

2.) I live in a climate that has four distinct seasons to enjoy.

3.) The smell of fresh rain.

4.) Laughter.

5.) Music.

6.) Bed sheets that were hung outside on the line to dry.

7.) The sound of children playing.

8.) Wind in my hair.

9.) Flowers. Not in a vase, but planted in a garden.

10.) An extra-extra firm mattress.

11.) Shoes. Although, right now it is boots since winter is upon us.

12.) Hitting every green light when I am driving.

13.) My animals. (Two sharpeis, Kiki-san and Earl, and a Russian blue kitty, Jay-Jay the Jetplane)


Oops! Was only going to do 10, so I'll stop. But see how easy it is when you take a moment?

Easy-peasy! Why don't you try it?

*BTW, if you didn't see writing and making movies on my list, it is because there is no need. That IS a given!*

And on a different note -- HOCKEY IS BACK!



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

All the Best!

From me and mine to you and yours, Happy New Year!

I hope 2013 proves prosperous and fruitful for you all.

For me? I've decided that this is the year to "come out of the closet" as far as my writing is concerned. I've spent the last few years learning, experiencing and preparing (not just in writing, but also in producing) so that I could be ready when the time is right.

You've heard the saying, Luck is when preparation meets opportunity? Well, my preparation is done and it's now time to find an opportunity and make me some luck!

Looking forward to the adventure.