Roger Ebert and the Beauty of Art Criticism

This week, we lost one of the greatest film critics to ever live. Roger Ebert was a legend in the world of cinephiles, and even casual movie fans know the iconic 'Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down' review that he and the late Gene Siskel made famous on their seminal review show, "At The Movies." The man who … Continue reading Roger Ebert and the Beauty of Art Criticism

Teen Lit and Writing for Adults

"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." I am so tragically unhip.  This isn't exactly a newsflash, but it's weeks like this that I see just how out of step I … Continue reading Teen Lit and Writing for Adults

The Hero’s Journey, Character Arc & Film Criticism: A discussion of “The Descendants”

Tonight was the State of the Union address, but I didn't watch it. Don't take that as a political statement.  I just didn't happen to be home because I was out doing other things and didn't make it home until after the rebuttals and punditry had played its round. So, where was I?  At the … Continue reading The Hero’s Journey, Character Arc & Film Criticism: A discussion of “The Descendants”

10 Films I’d Actually Pay to See in Theaters this Winter

I love movies, and in my opinion (which is shared by many film geeks), this is the best time of year for a cinephile.  Screw summer blockbusters, give me my fall/winter pretentious art films. The big studios are releasing their Oscar Bait films right now, which often means a bunch of well-acted but ultimately schmaltzy … Continue reading 10 Films I’d Actually Pay to See in Theaters this Winter

The 6 Best: My Favorite Films of 10 Cities/10 Years, So Far

As I head into my 7th year of a 10 year project, I’m looking back on the art that I’ve discovered in my first 6 cities.  I’m examining the music, films and literature that have had the greatest impact on my life throughout the previous 6 cities.  In doing so, I’m only discussing the albums, … Continue reading The 6 Best: My Favorite Films of 10 Cities/10 Years, So Far

Fight Club and the Age of Extremism

My fist viewing of the movie Fight Club was in high school in the basement of my best friend’s family home.  By this point, the movie had already gained a hefty deal of notoriety and reverence from the teenage/college boy set.  It was, after all, a movie about skinny guys beating the bejeezus out of … Continue reading Fight Club and the Age of Extremism

Thought of the Day: Film Idea

After watching the brooding film, "A Serious Man" (by the Coen Brothers), and the exquisitely shot "A Single Man" (starring the undeniably handsome Colin Firth), I feel like the rule of threes requires one more film:  "A Sober Man." Now, I'd script it, but they always say write what you know. Vote on my next … Continue reading Thought of the Day: Film Idea