Category Archive: 'Directing'

Hunger Games and Catching Fire

Catching Fire and Place

I think Catching Fire is really, really good. A marked improvement on the so-so technical execution of movie one. I think it’s better than the book on which it is based, even. No, Katniss does not really do anything in this story either, but it’s still an entertaining yarn. And this time around she actually […]

Return to Elysium and its Big Plot Hole

I’ve been getting a lot of comments (for me anyway!) In the Elysium post, I pointed out that in Elysium, rich, smart business people have access to a magical healing technology, and no one is using it on Earth to make money. Or more importantly, that no one sealed this plot hole with a simple […]

Batman: Under the Red Hood and getting it wrong

First off, I did a quick post on Tumblr about how much I love the Soma teasers. If you like sci-fi, and you like horror…you should go check those videos out. Also, I’ve revamped the ol’ mailing list – if you want exclusive short stories and other goodies from me, stuff not unlike that Soma […]

Thematic Integrity – A Brief Thesis

UPDATE: Since this post continues to receive traffic years later, and since I still consider it a valuable way to think about theme as a writer, I made a video version on my YouTube channel. It’s even still about Dead Space! In one article already I’ve mentioned what I call Thematic Integrity. You might have […]

Saint’s Row 4: The most sincere dumb game ever made

Saint’s Row finally (FINALLY) unlocked on Friday for those of us in Europe. I beat it by Sunday. It’s awesome. If you enjoyed the wanton crazy of Saint’s Row the Third, this is more and bigger. Since I’ve spent a lot of time talking about writing in games, and also comedy writing (in multiple mediums), […]

Elysium and That One Plot Hole

Man, I love Neill Blomkamp. I am so, so happy he is making movies. Amongst my reasons: when I was working on Companion eight years ago, I imagined a reveal when the characters burst out into the daylight, where the camera flies back to reveal that they are on one roof of a massive grown-together […]

The Reasons why Ghostbusters is Popular

Bill Murray! Post done. Wait, wait. If it’s Bill Murray, why are we worshipping Ghostbusters and not Space Jam? I have a two simple theories about maintaining longevity with popular entertainment. This theory encompasses a number of shows, movies and books. That list includes a lot of my favorite entertainment, like Ender’s Game, Fight Club, and […]

What Pacific Rim Could Have Borrowed From Evangelion But Didn’t

Pacific Rim is a ripoff of Neon Genesis Evangelion… …said people who don’t know Kaijuu and Evangelion. On the internet. Recently. Pacific Rim is a big-budget Kaijuu movie about human-made robots that fight giant monsters. Neon Genesis Evangelion is an apocalyptic giant robot anime franchise, about deeply flawed teenagers drafted to pilot horrifying robots against bizarre […]

On Zack Snyder and Man of Steel

I’m a Zack Snyder apologist. There, I said it. Also, I saw Man of Steel, and it was pretty good. It lacks the gravitas of Batman Begins, thanks to weaker execution on the character side, but it is otherwise similar in tone. The nonlinear story helps offset how boring superhero origin stories have become now, […]

The Key to Marketing Your Work is to Stop Marketing It

I’m tired of being slam-marketed garbage I don’t care about.   These are the first words I typed into the blank document that would become this post. Clearly, that came from somewhere. Such frustration! I have a lot of friends and cohorts who make things. They frequently tell me about their stuff. That is totally […]