2018

The story I tell most often when asked for a Hollywood anecdote is when I chose to work with a still up and coming Issa Rae over the fried chicken commercial my agent at the time tried to talk me into. It’s funny, it’s a name my people recognize, it’s a good anecdote. As this […]

‘Battle of the Sexes’

  ‘Battle of the Sexes’ sits in a weird spot.  It’s a fun movie while not a straight up comedy; it covers a serious topic while also not being too heavy handed about it.  I think that’s why I enjoyed a lot of its individual parts more than I liked the movie as a whole. […]

‘La La Land’

  Against all odds, Damien Chazelle has made a contemporary musical. ‘La La Land’ is a wonderful piece of pop escapism.  Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are ‘the Girl’ and ‘the Boy’ in this meet cute about a wannabe actress and a stubborn jazz musician and their desires to make it big in the City […]

Oscar Preview 2015 – Best Supporting Actor & Actress

  Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood Laura Dern – Wild Keira Knightley – the Imitation Game Emma Stone – Birdman Meryl Streep – Into the Woods Who Should Win: Hm.  Meryl is the definition of ‘legacy nominations’, I felt like Laura Dern’s character was more important to the story […]

‘Birdman’

‘You confuse love with admiration.’ Can I stop right there?  Please?  Alright, I’ll write a full review… No surprise why so many actors/artists/Hollywood types love this one.  The original Dark Knight, Michael Keaton, stars as a past his prime movie star who tries to return to relevancy by staging a Broadway play. The rest of […]

Song of the Day – ‘Hey Jude’

  Wilson Pickett did a cover of ‘Hey Jude’?  Really?  How do I not have any memory of this? Well, it sounds like a great idea on paper, let’s taken a listen… (clicking Play…) (GASP!!!) (Creative Adrenaline Rush!!!) (acting out and writing the sequence Kerry Washington throws my character and my trumpet out in the […]

And For My Next Trick…

  As this post is about me as a writer, let me do a solid to start.  If you’re a blog writer, screenwriter, joke writer, or a like minded member of our ilk, what’s the dreaded word no one wants to hear or be accused of?  Stealing.  There’s no foolproof method of course, but I […]

The Help

Count me among the many whose face curled up in disgust as soon as I heard the re was a movie about black folks called ‘The Help’.  I mean, really?  That was the best title they could come up with?  There’s a very short list of actors at this point who I would consider ‘dream […]