A Trip to the Moon

   Netflix has the newly restored color version of “A Trip to the Moon,” the 1902 sci fi short. It’s quite literally the first time in over 100 years the color version has been shown. Even if you’ve seen the B&W version, watch the restored color version.    Originally, every frame …

[REC] Zombie Movies

I’ve watched the Spanish [REC] zombie films as they’ve come out and, quite honestly, struggled a bit with the style. I’ve never liked the handheld camera approach – not in Blair Witch, not in Super 8, and not in [REC]. I understand why film makers do it, I just don’t …

Classic American Muscle Cars



Parked in front of my house today. Four eras of classic American muscle cars. Left to right: 2003 Corvette. 50s Thunderbird. 2013 Challenger. 1973 Camaro LT. The two on the right are mine. :-)

Prometheus

I love the Alien franchise. Such a compelling concept. My first go at Prometheus, though, I hated it. But I just re-re-watched it. I have to say with each subsequent viewing I like the movie more and more. The med-bay scene is just as striking as the chest burster. The …

Screenwriting on a Chromebook Part 3

If all you want to do is pound out a screenplay, it seems like a $200 laptop should do the trick, right? That’s what makes screenwriting on a Chromebook such an alluring promise. The low cost Google based machines have pretty good keyboards and displays, and the processors are more …

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Just finished watching Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, an adaptation of the Chinese literary classic. The writer/director, Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer,) takes a very light hearted approach to the material though, and makes it a really engaging story in the process. Chen Xuanzang is an aspiring Buddhist monk …