The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Deep story goodness for writers via The Mother of All Cheat Sheets

If you’re attempting NaNoWriMo and are on track to finish the Great American Novel, congratulations. Carry on. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo and there’s no way you’ll give birth to a … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 5 Comments

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

Top 6 reasons why Batman must DIE!

Bruce Wayne and the Batman may or may not die in BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT. (Google that and the volume of fanboy speculation will make your head implode). But he’ll die … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

TIM’S PLACE: three minutes of film that’ll make you smile and cry

Hollywood will waste $3 million on six different screenwriters to screw up a script for a $238 million CGI explosion-fest like TRANSFORMERS 16: OPTIMUS PRIME RESCUES MEGAN FOX FROM THE … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: Why it works

There are fanboys who quibble with director J.J. Abrams for making a fun summer movie instead of a serious Star Trek film, as if we’re talking about Shakespeare here instead … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 19 Comments

Possible script for STAR WARS VII by J.J. Abrams

First of all, J.J. Abrams should direct everything. Not just STAR TREK and the new STAR WARS: EPISODE XVIII-whatever, but every film for one entire year. You’ll say, “That’s not … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Four crazy music videos by William Shatner

Captain Kirk sings. A lot. At least the original does. It’s not clear if Chris Pine likes to pick up the microphone, but William Shatner DOES NOT HESITATE, not even … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · 4 Comments