Cinematic Slant

Cinematic Slant is where I write about movies, including the campaign recaps I’ve been doing since 2004 along with other news and opinions.

Movies I Don’t Believe Will Ever Come Out: Gilliam’s comments about this long-gestating film put me in mind of other movies that have been promised by the talent involved for long periods of time but which never seem to get off the ground.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Flashback Marketing: As it stands, the campaign sold the film well 30 years ago and the movie holds up as a go-to holiday classic, thanks largely to the talents of Candy and Martin. That’s why it was exactly those talents that were emphasized in 1987 in selling the movie to the audience.

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How Net Neutrality’s Repeal Could Impact Film Marketing: In short, what if the only movies you can view the marketing for are the ones your ISP has a vested interest in?

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The Disaster Artist – Marketing Recap: I have to admit that when the campaign first kicked off I had zero interest in what was going on. That changed pretty quickly when the first teaser trailer popped up and the attitude of the movie was more clearly on display.


18 Quotes That Show Empire Records Is All the Life Coaching You Need: More than anything else, Empire Records has lines that are appropriate for a variety of life’s situations.

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Upcoming Film Adaptations in December, 2017: What’s behind some of the movies hitting theaters this month?

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This Writing Life

This Writing Life is where I share my thoughts, experiences and tips on the writing process.

I’m Not Interested In How Long It Will Take Me to Read That Story: Reading’s not supposed to work like that, though. Reading is supposed to be more relaxing. Even reading for knowledge shouldn’t be that…utilitarian.


Watch Out For Gender Bias In Your Writing: …the unconscious ranking was obvious once I saw it. And I realized that I was part of the problem when it came to putting women in the position of second class citizens in the culture.


The Most Important Book I Ever Read: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: For me, though, it was more about the power of words arranged in a particular order and how they could be used to move people. Reading Hitchhiker’s, I realized, perhaps for the first time, how hard writing was but how it could bring someone such joy.

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TFW When the Ideas Come After the Story Is Finished: So the question I faced was this: Do I use these ideas now or later?

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NaNoWriNotSoMuch: I could have written more, sure. There were evenings I had the time, but by the end of the day my brain was so muddied I just wanted to disappear into a YouTube hole of “The West Wing” clips or whatever book I was reading and be a bit more passive than active. That wasn’t the time motivation was at its highest. Even though the story is still incomplete there were a few things I learned from my first real NaNoWriMo attempt.

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Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.