Originally written on Epinions in February 2004 I love movies about LA, ranging from Hollywood stories (The Player), comedies (LA Story), to the gritty noir pics based on Walter Mosley and James Ellroy novels (LA Confidential, Devil in a Blue Dress). But the first and most hard-edged LA “locale” movie
There’s something wrong when a book on screenwriting is tedious to get through. Halfway into Andrew Horton’s Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay, I thought I would scream if I saw the word carnivalesque again. By carnival, the author refers to the mystery, progress and interaction of the developing characters
A while ago I read Serenity Found, an enjoyable set of essays on on Joss Whedon’s Western sci-fi depicted in the TV series Firefly and the movie Serenity. Firefly is probably my second favorite TV series, next to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for the same reasons as as everyone
It’d be an exaggeration to say I’m a fan of Kathy Griffin — I haven’t exactly followed her career and I hated that Suddenly Susan show. But I do find her amusing, especially when she gets in trouble (really, did anyone actually believe Dakota Fanning was in rehab?
I was sure I’d already read Finding Serenity:Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly, a collection of essays on the TV show Firefly edited by Jane Espenson, but there it was on the sale-priced-because-the-show’s-closing pile in the waning hour of this year’s Comic
I read the The Hunger Games almost accidentally — it happened to be at the top of the list of Kindle books I could borrow while trying out Amazon Prime, and I remember seeing an entertainment news personality excitedly discussing the upcoming movie, so I figured why not. And one bleary-eyed
Bruce Campbell’s self-deprecating wit pervades his memoir, self-deprecatingly and wittily titled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor. Nonetheless, his unself-pitying account of the toll his career took on his marriage and finances, not to mention days caked in syrup (fake blood) and freezing nights in
When I saw Creativity, Inc. on the bookshelf, I thought it was just another business book on creativity — in other words, dumb. But this book is by Ed Catmull on how Pixar is run. I mean, this is the guy who invented texture mapping. The early part of the book
If you've been having trouble getting Comic Con tickets in recent years or just couldn't handle the crowds when it got mainstream popular, pandemic Comic Con, now streaming, is the Comic Con for you. View from home, any session, no more waiting in lines or having to choose among talks.
Now that IMDB is owned by Amazon, I'm not so enamored with it, but still I've always envied my colleagues who worked on films and got IMDB credits. Now, one more vague career goal accomplished: there are three people with my name on IMDB, and I'm one of them. I'm