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CGI Wasteland

Watching the new trailer for the BFG, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the current era of film is going to be remembered as one of the worst. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic looks fine in all respects, except in that it’s a live-action film that seems to have almost no live[…]

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SHORT STORY PUBLISHED: The Cleansing

Link here: http://mashstories.com/previouslypublished/cleansing/ This story was actually published a few years back, but it is one I’m particularly proud of. It is the first story I ever had published, and it won “3rd Best” in Mash Stories’  quarterly writing competition. That was thrilling enough in itself, but Mash Stories also had a professional audio recording[…]

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The 10 Best Films of 2014

If there was one word to sum up 2014 in film, it was “depressing.” No recent year has featured such a dearth of not just great movies but even passable ones. With the critical and commercial success of Marvel Studio’s cookie-cutter approach to filmmaking, “bland” is no longer a byproduct of Hollywood but seemingly the[…]

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Short Story Published: Coming Down

Mash Stories has just shortlisted my story, “Coming Down”, in their quarterly contest. You can check it out here. If you like it, you can also vote for it. The judges take votes into account when they decide on a winner. This story was heavily influenced by the last six months or so of my[…]

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Speaking of the Devil…

Having just gotten out all my disappointment with the current state of film in my previous blog post, its nice to see that I’m alone. Mark Harris’ piece at Grantland on the franchizification of film is a sobering look at how, while franchises and commercialization have always been a part of Hollywood, they’ve never been[…]

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2014: A Terrible Year for Film

Its difficult to describe just how bad a year 2014 has been for film. If there’s perhaps one thing which sums up this abysmal year, its that Transformers: Age of Extinction currently squeaks into my Top 10 of the year. No, I don’t think Transformers is a particularly good or even competent movie, but its,[…]

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My First Super 8 Reel

This is a couple years old already. It cost me about $100 to purchase the film cartridge and then have the three minutes of footage processed and scanned. Which is why I haven’t shot much else in the two years since. With digital video cameras capable of shooting hours upon hours of footage for essentially no[…]

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