Mr. Bulger Cuts for the Dream

I talked film editing with master Hollywood scene cutter Norman Hollyn for Van Winkle’s. We talked at length about the opening scene of Fellini’s 8 1/2 and the ’80s high school dark comedy Heathers, which Hollyn edited. Click on Joseph Gordon-Levitt to get to the story.

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Fixing Comic Book Movies: Thor

There have been some pretty good comic book movies, but no perfect ones. In this series I’m putting superhero movies under the microscope and seeing what went wrong, what went right and what could have gone better. Overview I actually own this movie on DVD and I’ve never watched it. I saw it in theContinue reading “Fixing Comic Book Movies: Thor”

Fixing Comic Book Movies Part One: Green Lantern

There have been some pretty good comic book movies, but no perfect ones. In this series I’m putting superhero movies under the microscope and seeing what went wrong, what went right and what could have gone better. Green Lantern Overview I haven’t seen this movie and probably never will. Also: I don’t think I’ve everContinue reading “Fixing Comic Book Movies Part One: Green Lantern”

Please Help Me Finish this Half-Baked, Pretentious Essay About the Left Wing Economics of “Inception”

This is what it looks like when I fail.  I’m a professional writer, which means that I write well enough that people pay me to write. But sometimes I suck at my job. I’ll get half an idea and start writing it and then it falls apart. Below is an example of what it looksContinue reading “Please Help Me Finish this Half-Baked, Pretentious Essay About the Left Wing Economics of “Inception””

Dial R for Remake

So I had some thoughts on remaking “Dial M for Murder.” Ten of them, in fact. Check them out! 10. The film’s origins on the stage are obvious, which limits the movie unnecessarily. The movie takes place almost entirely on a single set. This isn’t the only single set Hitchcock movie; Rope is similarly contained.Continue reading “Dial R for Remake”

Wherefore Art Thou, Ray Milland?

Just finished watching Dial M for Murder. Terrific picture. It’s been such a long time since I watched a good, chatty little classic movie that I forgot how much fun it is. Made me wish they would start turning plays into movies again: the whole thing took place on one set, and there was anContinue reading “Wherefore Art Thou, Ray Milland?”