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The End of Learning from Evangelion

The END of Learning from Evangelion

Learning From Evangelion MORE Learning From Evangelion I knew I’d end up paying to listen to an Evangelion podcast eventually. The Get Played trio started an anime podcast, and I was delighted and unsurprised to learn that, like me, Heather Anne Campbell is a huge Eva nerd. If you’re a fan, I recommend you check […]

Star Trek Strange New Worlds

Phasers, and when to get into that sweet Star Trek technobabble.

I was just watching the latest episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (which is a pretty great show, even after just six episodes), and there was a moment with a bit of phasers technobabble. Something in the vein of “target their engines, minimum yield.” Okay, point made in the dramatic sense. They don’t wanna […]

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Thematic Integrity: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I told a younger friend Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was a good way to jump into the franchise. Then, in a late-night, wine-fueled moment of paranoia, I re-watched the movie to make sure it holds up. Good news: it does. It’s a great film. Not as many LED volumes as modern Trek […]

The Puffin-style Babylon 5 Viewing Guide

Around 2009, I did my first real watch of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It quickly became my favorite Star Trek series, and I’ve gone through it two more times since. The legendary, spoiler-free Puffin.net Deep Space 9 Viewing Guide has been a companion every time. I think the guide is a valuable tool for […]

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Arcane – 10 lessons from the Netflix show

Just finished watching the first season of Arcane on Netflix and…I was surprised how much I absolutely loved what is ultimately: a video game adaptation of a game that I played for years that I couldn’t remember two story or lore beats from* So perhaps, just like I did with Neon Genesis Evangelion, we can […]

Half-Life: Alyx and Thematic Integrity

Yay, I have an excuse to talk about the new Half-Life game. I played through the original Half-Life in software mode on my parents’ old Pentium 2 machine. I played through its sequel on my PC shortly after I graduated film school way back in 2005. I still remember the immensely satisfying, filmic ending of […]

The Final Moments of Putting a Story Together

It’s a new year. And with that new year I’m running through my creative works-in-progress. Evaluate, stop, go, that sort of thing. At any given time I’m ‘marinating’ several stories. I’ve talked in a YouTube video how there’s a moment a project feels right to me to begin real work on it. Before that it’s […]

I made two Channel 101 shows this year.

It’s been a long time coming, but somehow, I’ve started directing again in earnest. It’s a good feeling. I’ve known for about a year now that I wanted to shoot something, but I took my time to be smart and deliberate about projects. Channel 101 is great fun but ultimately a chance to practice…a distraction. […]

On being Austin exes

What do you get nostalgic about? As you get old enough to have versions of you that aren’t yours anymore, you’re supposed to keep the best ones up on a shelf. Refer to them when you hear That One Song. That’s the rule, right? For me, as I work on a new project, it’s all about […]

On Writing ‘Witty’ Spies

I remember watching the trailer for that last Bourne movie, Jason Bourne. Do you? There was a line in it that super bugged me, and at the time I didn’t think about why: “Could be worse than Snowden.” Okay, so the movie is being timely. A professional spook makes a colloquial comparison to a big thing that happened in […]