Category Archive: 'Directing'

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 […]

Pile of Money

Some things no one is saying about these huge Kickstarters

I had planned on doing another more design-centric post this week, but an offhand comment on teh Ferceberks reminded me that I have a unique perspective on all the big-name crowdfunding going on, and that, despite the wide-scale discussion about crowdfunding online, there are a lot of things not being said that I think are SUPER INTERESTING. […]

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a Brilliant Absurdist Masterpiece

This past week I subjected myself, in a weak moment, to an io9 article: 10 Bad Movies (That Could Have Been Good With Just One Change) This time I think I made it out okay. Most of these I agree with – first time I’ve seen someone else recommend the ending to A.I. I always […]

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