Song of the Day – ‘The Godfather Theme’

My theme for my ‘sermon’ this week was pettiness.  The results will become visible in due time, but things are going my way right now.  Power corrupts all of us (let’s get that out of the way), but when it comes to slights, it’s just interesting to see where we all fall along the scale […]

Song of the Day – ‘You Rock My World’

As we’re in the middle of comparing great acting performances, I have to apply the same standard across the board. Michael Jackson, my personal favorite artist ever, probably the greatest pop star of all time. Great actor at times like Sinatra?  No.  Good actor even?  Um…. Look, even the best actors figure out what they […]

‘The Judge’

Robert Duvall is nominated this year for playing the title character in this courtroom drama.  The strong patriarch with three sons with different personalities, a death on a fishing boat, Robert Friggin Duvall; impossible not to draw comparisons to ‘The Godfather’.  I’d still like to see Duvall, Robert Downey Jr, and Vincent D’Onofrio in an […]

Appreciation – Sidney Lumet

  “There’s no such thing as a small part, just small actors.” – Sidney Lumet Being out of town delayed this post by a few days, but when you’ve contributed to American cinema what Sidney Lumet did, an appreciation is better late than never.  Non film geeks be warned, I’m going in on this one. […]

2010 – The Return of Bruce Wayne

  A couple weeks into 2010, the last film I wrote and directed was being introduced to a national audience by a movie star.  With a couple of weeks to go in 2010, I got to host a show where I gave an up and coming rapper/producer his first television experience.  I love the harmony […]

A History of Violence

  Now that the NBA season is over, I’ve been catching up on movies and TV shows that have slipped through the cracks.  A few quick opinions – Curb Your Enthusiasm: halfway through the last season, started kind of slow but picking up steam fast.  Requiem for a Dream: the visual storytelling and acting still hold up.  Some […]

I Love L.A. – #3 Arclight Cinemas

  In a company town like this, there is no shortage of screens to see films, old and new.  I get out to the Landmark once in a while, the Grove is still nice just because of the shopping center that surrounds it.  From a purely film geek, filmgoer experience, I will always have a […]

My 2009: Part 2 of 3

  5. Changing Gears While I certainly doubt I’ve hung up my director’s hat forever, my time as an ‘indie film director’ has come to an end (on a high note at that – #7).  My feel for the craft is on point, but now that putting money away for my future is my number […]

1st Anniversary: Open Letter to My Ex-Wife

In honor of the first anniversary of this blog, I’ve opted to write something personal.  Because I know she’s a frequent reader, I’m going to use this space today to speak directly to my ex-wife.  The rest of you (who I know enjoy learning more about my private side anyway), enjoy: Dear XXXXXXXX, How have […]

Limitless – I. Roots

  Oh there been times that I thought, I couldn’t last for long But now I think I’m able to carry on It’s been a long, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come Sam Cooke, ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ I’ve expressed a slight dread to those close to me that […]