The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Top 7 reasons why SPECTRE is average while SKYFALL soared

The latest 007 film misses the target—despite having the same ingredients as SKYFALL: great actors, great director, great action scenes. Here’s why: 7) Biggest fight scene comes in the middle, … Continue reading

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The four secret purposes of music videos

Why do music videos still exist now that MTV is dead? The old answer, back in the day, was a simple formula: (a) Band makes a music video (b) Gives said … Continue reading

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Why MAKE ME by Lee Child gets graded on a curve

I can’t count how many hardcover Reacher novels line the top shelf of my library. Lee Child is that good. MAKE ME is his latest novel about Reacher, and it’s … Continue reading

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Defense against the Dark Arts: Propaganda vs. journalism and rhetoric

As the race for the White House gears up, you are being bombarded with stories, 30-second ads, attack tweets and Instagram videos. Back in the 1970s, the average person got … Continue reading

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Alan Rickman: a tribute

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey–it’s been a rough week. Rickman was always an actor’s actor, somebody who didn’t care about the fame or the movie, about being a star. … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 5 Comments

SUNRISE by the Olson Bros, Donald Trump and the power of authenticity

Good stuff, right? I’m not a country fan, and I’ve played this song a zillion times. You probably haven’t heard of the Olson Bros, which is the point of the … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Barn full of walkers!

So I’ve never seen WALKING DEAD, and they’re playing a marathon–and the barn chock full of zombies is the Best Surprise Ever. Why does the old farmer have them locked … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON in two minutes, using Legos

Love this. And it rings true. AGE OF ULTRON was an expensive monster that didn’t scare of thrill me. And I adore Josh Whedon as a writer and director. The … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

DOWNTOWN by Macklemore is daring and different

Note: Macklemore uses a few bad words.  Macklemore is a Seattle treasure, a smart artist who figured out his producer, Ryan Lewis, is the secret to success–so he gives Ryan … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · Leave a comment
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