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Movies | Memento – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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MEMENTO is a psychological thriller  with script written by Christopher Nolan adapted from his younger brother Jonathan’s short story, MEMENTO MORI. Nolan also directed.

Memento film, screenplay by christopher nolanPossessing only average intelligence, I have to admit to being somewhat confused the first time I saw MEMENTO. But the second time’s the charm, and during the repeat viewing, I found it even more fascinating and marveled at the inventive narrative structure masterfully written by Christopher Nolan.

It’s one of my favorite films of all time and one of the few I’ve seen multiple times.

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It stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a man with anterograde amnesia, which impairs his ability to store new explicit memories. During the opening credits, which portray the end of the story, it is shown that Leonard kills Teddy (Joe Pantoliano). The film suggests that this killing is vengeance for the rape and murder of his wife (Jorja Fox) based on information provided by Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss).

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This film is often used to show the distinction between plot and story. The film’s events unfold in two separate, alternating narratives — one in color, and the other in black-and-white. The black-and-white sections are told in chronological order, showing Leonard conversing with an anonymous phone caller in a motel room.

Leonard’s investigation is depicted in color sequences that are in reverse chronological order. As each sequence begins, the audience is unaware of the preceding events, just like Leonard, thereby giving the viewer a sense of his confusion. By the film’s end when the two narratives converge we understand the investigation and the events that lead up to Teddy’s death. Continue reading »

Podcasts | The Tobolowsky Files – legendary character actor shares his stories about life, love, and showbiz

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In The Tobolowsky Files podcast, legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares a series of short stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry.

The Tobolowsky Files podcastI listened to podcast number one a few months ago and became addicted before it concluded. In the next few weeks, I had no choice but to feed my addiction and I consumed all 51 episodes one after another.

His stories are funny, profound, and moving. In his lifetime, Tobolowsky has had some pretty wild and crazy adventures, not to mention the fact that he’s worked with directors like Paul Verhoeven, Harold Ramis, Christopher Nolan and Spike Jonze, just to name a few.

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Telling Stories: Why You Should Be Listening To “The Tobolowsky Files” by Linda Holmes

Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party still, The Tobolowsky Files podcast

Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party still, The Tobolowsky Files podcast

Telling stories seems like such an easy thing to do. Everybody has them, after all, and everybody can open up and start talking. We tell each other stories every day — someone sees you with a Band-Aid on your finger and you say, “I cut myself slicing a potato.”

That might be why people who are Storytellers, deserving of a capital S even if it’s technically improper to supply one, are not as celebrated as people who write novels or play the violin.

But a truly great storyteller is the farthest thing from mundane; that person is a profound pleasure. And Stephen Tobolowsky is a truly great storyteller.    Continue reading »