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Netflix’s War with Movie Theatre Chains

I remember the first time I was impressed by the size of a movie theatre audience like it was yesterday. It was when I went with my family to see Home Alone when I was 9-years-old. Little did I know that seeing that movie would change the trajectory of my life.   The Power of Movies on the Big Screen I had known from an early age that I wanted to be an artist. I just didn’t know what kind—I really couldn’t draw, and I felt like I didn’t have anything to …

Can Nostalgia Sustain an Industry?

Life is precious because you never know when someone else, or you yourself, won’t be there anymore. Series finales used to be meaningful because it was the end of a show and its beloved characters. All shows are cheapened now because when they end, the audience thinks, “It’ll just be rebooted in a few years.” Nostalgia Can Be Fun     To be fair, I enjoyed the reboots of Boy Meets World (Girl Meets World), Full House (Fuller House), and Roseanne (Th…

How a Screenwriter Copes with Mental Illness

In 1993, nothing inspired me more than Mariah Carey’s hit song, “Hero,” which was about finding the hero within yourself even if there were no heroes around you. I was 12-years-old and I had started writing screenplays two years earlier at the age of 10. I was a kid and doubted that people took me seriously when I called myself a writer. I never knew that Mariah Carey would be even more of an inspiration to me than she was through that song. In the latest issue of Peop…

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