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 · 2 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

Watch the beatiful visual echoes in both STAR WARS trilogies

George the Lucas may stink at dialogue.¬†And all humans with a microgram of taste hated the first two prequels. HOWEVER: The man is a genius when it comes to visuals. … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

8 reasons why blockbusters are meta-stories instead of Villain of the Week (Walking Dead, Star Wars, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Harry Potter, Avengers, Game of Thrones)

Name something popular, anything at all, and chances are it’s a series instead of a One Hit Wonder. This is about why that is, despite a serious quality handicap, and … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 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

Many Bothans died to bring us this teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Long ago, in a galaxy named after a candy bar for some reason, I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Greatest Synopsis that Ever Lived

Dear Agent Sir or Madam, This is a follow-up to my querying letter about a million-word fictional novel trilogy. You can read that letter anywhere on the planet by firing … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 10 Comments
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