Film Appreciation

Oscar Row: Black is not the only minority

Oscar Row: Black is not the only minority

Why do writers assert that minorities are under-represented in nominations for Academy Awards, when they only cite Black actors, and never actors from other minorities?

Connery vs. Craig: The infographic

Connery vs. Craig: The infographic

If you cannot remember who was the better Bond, this infographic should help to jog your memory.

I also convinced myself that plastic toys were a good investment. When I bought these, Apple shares were trading at $1.86.

The Rebel Alliance Won… Didn’t They?

The new Stars Wars film is clearly reiterating themes from the original trilogy – but can a really good story depend on a narrative of endless war?

Was Interstellar Inspiring?

Was Interstellar Inspiring?

Director Christopher Nolan said he wanted to inspire future astronauts with the science in his film. But then why are the protagonists so dependent on beings and forces they do not understand?

TV News Has Infected Movie Storytelling

TV News Has Infected Movie Storytelling

Modern films have fallen into the lazy habit of using recreations of television news as a crutch for explaining the plot. The best filmmakers approach the news in a very different way.

Why JJ Abrams Was A Bad Choice for Star Wars

Why JJ Abrams Was A Bad Choice for Star Wars

Who could do more harm to Star Wars than Jar Jar Binks? J.J. Abrams could, and I think he will. The clue is in his name. Move over JJB, because Disney has hired JJA to direct the new Star Wars […]

10 Bond Secrets We Will Never Know

10 Bond Secrets We Will Never Know

Thanks to Skyfall, the new Bond film directed by Sam Mendes, we know more about James Bonds’ back story than ever before. We know he used to live in a big drafty house in Scotland which was implausibly isolated from […]

Six Unbankably Versatile Actors

Six Unbankably Versatile Actors

Films stink. They really do. Especially films made by Hollywood. It must have something to do with money. It costs a lot of money to make a film, and then a lot of money to promote it, so funding a […]

Crossing the Kubrickon

Crossing the Kubrickon

Sometimes, on a journey, you pass a point of no return. Committed, you must soldier on. I have passed that point with my film project. However good or terrible the final film will be, shooting is underway. Whatever is filmed […]

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Dear friend, I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. That was a line from a movie, You’ve Got Mail. Apologies; one should always recite a quotation with forewarning, or […]