The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

What Thor was doing during CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. So why does this short bit with zero special effects work so well? Let’s take it apart. Comedy … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Things to watch on Netflix, Part 1: CARTEL LAND

So I’ve been home almost two weeks after some surgery (I’m fine), and what do you do when you’re on painkillers, can’t drive and can’t write? You read books. And you … Continue reading

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Why the world needs newspapers more than ever

Today’s world runs on ideas, spread by the Series of Tubes–and those ideas are made of words. At the foundation of this pyramid of words and ideas sits an endangered … Continue reading

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Top 7 ways SUICIDE SQUAD went epically wrong—and could have gone right

Marvel and DC have taken comic books for kids and turned them into an unstoppable machine, designed to entertain the masses while making massive profits. When all the pieces fit … Continue reading

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STAR TREK and STAR WARS are now opposite sides of the same repetitive story

I say this out of love, and not just because both series are (a) sci-fi space operas (b) starring ensemble casts of heroes with (c) both series taken over and vastly … Continue reading

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Big boat from a much smaller boat

Yes, I know that’s technically a ship. Raised my first mainsail. Hoisted the jib. Good times.

July 30, 2016 · Leave a comment


After spending a week hanging out with our two-year-old niece, I’ve memorized the words to “Let It Go” and “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” Those two songs–especially “Let It … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 4 Comments