In October, I had no idea what was going to happen in North Africa. Yet, I felt drawn to write a history of the “Barbary pirates.” I didn’t yet realize what would happen this year, nor did I know that Hollywood was already working on a film on that subject. The first time I remember […]
Today, in 1804, Stephen Decatur led a small band in a ketch to destroy a warship. Horatio Nelson is said to have called it “the most bold and daring act of the age.” Well, I can’t verify Nelson having said that, but if he did then he was blockading Toulon at the time. What we […]
My generation knows the 37th President of the USA through two sound bytes. In the pro Nixon camp, Dr. Spock famously advised us that “Only Nixon could go to China.” The Anti-Nixonites however, use Richard’s own words against him: “I am not a crook.”
451 years ago today, Pedro de Soza was secretly murdered by the inquisition in Antwerp. The official method of execution for “heresy” of being a male Anabaptist was being burt to death. However, the people of Antwerp didn’t like it when the foreign government killed innocent people. Many protestants, free thinkers and tolerant Catholics could revolt at the […]
Let’s get this straight, Denzel Washington looks nothing like Barrack Obama. Ok, he may look more like Obama than Drew Barrymore does, but the resemblance is limited. But once their mouths start moving, Obama and Washington resemble each other almost perfectly. Remember Philadelphia? The way Washington spewed a lot of hot air, but got you […]
The BBC reports that pigeons beat broadband for delivering large digital data files like movies. They beat the ISPs in South Africa, and now they beat them here in Britain. Maybe we found our “alternative” form of film distribution after all.
If I understand Yahoo news correctly, a British teenager has been banned from going to the US. His crime? He doesn’t like the American president. (more here) Well, I’m an American citizen. I’m proud of our constitution. I don’t like hearing foreigners insulting my President. So, what’s my view on this kid?
Yes, Brazilians make movies too. You might have seen one of them, if you’re into the art scene and reading subtitles. Oh, and not only do they make films, they also complain that the movies don’t accurately depict their country.
INT. VIDEO RENTAL SHOP VASCO, accompanied by a SMALL CHILD, walks up to the counter looking lost. Two of the EMPLOYEES take a step backwards before he says a word, the third is transfixed to the television set, watching reruns of “Friends”. VASCO Excuse me, do you have Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. One of the employees […]
Character and plot are two different words. So why do so many self-proclaimed experts say that “character is plot”? (Are they just copying F. Scott Fitzgerald? Or do they have a point?) The extreme film where character “is” plot is The Muppets Christmas Carol. (this post contains spoilers.)