The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

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

August 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

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 5 reasons EDGE OF TOMORROW works — and why it redeems Tom the Cruise

Not because the movie is great, though it is. Not because the director the same amazing man behind THE BOURNE IDENTITY. And not because Emily Blunt and the other supporting actors … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 7 Comments

OBLIVION swings for the fences and misses

Hear me now and believe me later in the week: OBLIVION is an interesting and beautiful movie that could have been classic. Why did it flop? Let’s look at the … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 3 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

ENTER THE NINJA by Die Antwoord

Well, this is different. It’s not achingly good or insanely low-budget and terrible. The music is oddly OK, and the production values are high. But it’s just so flipping weird. … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 50 Comments

Music Video Monday: A Tour De Force of ’80s Videos

If you were breathing during the ’80s, you will remember these songs and videos. If you weren’t yet alive and walking around, you may recognize some tunes from this thing … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · 9 Comments