Monthly Archives: June 2013

Terse Movie Review — This Is The End, dir. by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg


I believe it was John Water’s who said that no comedy should ever be more than 90 minutes long — a good rule of thumb.  After all, most comedy concepts strain credibility from the very beginning and as writers/directors stretch them out the comedy thins out, pulling the laughs farther and farther apart.  This is why a movie like Airplane! is considered a classic and This Is The End will never be anything more than pleasantly amusing.  With Airplane!, the laughs fly at a mile-a-minute pace.  With This Is The End, not so much.

In other words: too long.

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The Best Picture Project – The English Patient (1996)

The English Patient Poster.jpgDirected by Anthony Minghella

Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, Based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe.  Also featured were Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth and Jürgen Prochnow

To my mind it’s always been a hallmark of weak writing to reference the work of others, at least when it’s done for the explicit purpose of latching onto the credibility of the work of the other without actually having to create it organically yourself.  In other words, rather than actually create something on your own, you simply reach out, grab something by somebody else, shine it up a little bit and then say, “Ta da, look at what I did.” Continue reading

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The Lake House — Free – Limited Time Only


Great news for the frugal amongst my loyal readers: From now until June 13, my novella The Lake House will be completely free for Kindle users.  Get over to the Amazon and get your copy now.  Supplies are limited, so act now!

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Terse Movie Review: It Might Get Loud, dir. by. Davis Guggenheim


As much as I love this movie — and I really effin’ love it — whenever I watch it I’m invariably struck by two things that seem to surprise me every time:

  1. Jack White always comes across as such a pretentious boob, and
  2. The Edge has to be the most good-natured, self-aware musician in the history of the world

Strangely, I’m a far greater White Stripes fan than U2.  That being said, I’m probably more into Led Zeppelin than either of them, so…

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The Caretaker – A Novel – Now Available on Amazon

Well, folks, it’s finally arrived, the latest addition to my ongoing list of works: The Caretaker.  Unlike my previous writing, which tends towards the comedic or the young-adult comedic — except when it was not really comedic and could be almost tragic — this spills over into thriller category.  Did I nail the genre switch?  Absolutely I did.  Will you be disappointed if you follow me there?  You most certainly will not.  Is it $5.99?  No.  Is it worth $5.99?  Damn right it is, which makes it a real steal at $2.99.

Anyway, don’t be afraid to pop over and take a look inside — Amazon allows that sort of thing — and then plunk down your money to get the rest.  If nothing else, you’ll feel good just knowing I was happy somebody read it.

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The Best Picture Project – The Last Emperor (1987)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo Bertolucci

Starring John Lone, Peter O’Toole and Joan Chen

After my last entry, for Wings, went super-long, I purposefully set out to rein this one in a bit, but it probably won’t be that difficult a task, because there really isn’t much of anything special I can say about The Last Emperor, other than it’s not really special – yet another default Best Picture winner in an otherwise dull year. Continue reading

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