The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

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

August 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE proves that explosions are meh

As a huge fan of action movies, hear me now and believe me later in the week: the Era of Epic Explosions is over. Stick a fork it in. It’s … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

Top 3 reasons why the new, extended trailer for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON rocks so hard

1) It’s funny, and not in a forced way, like a Saturday Night Live skit that repeats the same joke seventeen times. The actors seem natural and relaxed. 2) The … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Like Godzilla in Tokyo, PACIFIC RIM smashes all expectations

Summer means big, dumb summer movies, typically involving (a) cops and convicts shooting each other and making things explode, (b) cartoons from the ’80s being turned into $253 million wastes … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · 10 Comments

A short film full of win

This is insanely well done. I salute you, filmmaker peoples with remote-control car collections, Michael Bay obsessions and creativity oozing out of your pores. GIVE US MORE. ### Reformed journalist. … Continue reading

February 23, 2013 · 7 Comments

Writers: can you do it in FOUR WORDS?

That’s the acid test for every writer: four words. If somebody in line with you for the Largest Latte Known to Man asks what you’re working on, can you explain … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 29 Comments

What made SKYFALL so insanely great?

Yes, the cinematography was beautiful.¬†Just watch the trailer, which is packed with great shot after great shot. But that’s not why. Also: cinematography is just a fancy word for “hiring … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 15 Comments