Alice Cooper has an excellent song about excuse makers, called “Lost in America.” “I can’t go to school because I don’t have a gun” might sound terrible in days of school shootings, but it reminds me of a lot of discussions we have on Shooting People. Ed Wood couldn’t make films without celebrities, or so […]
Happy Father’s Day! I’ve never been to Sweden. And no, I’m not half Swedish either. So, why say Happy Father’s Day in Swedish? Well, we all have the same amount of days in a year, and we all have fathers, but the Swedish are allegedly the happiest people on earth. And, as our hobbies include […]
Some people learn by study and observation. Others learn by trial and error. Most of us learn through both methods. However, there are a few practical filmmakers out there who deny that they learned anything other than by experience. Let’s contrast those with theoretical filmmakers, who learned how to make great films before they ever […]
Joe Eszterhas claims he conceived of, wrote, and sold his most famous screenplay in 13 days. A script that he wrote “in essentially 10 days.” That leaves ten days to get it to his agent, get in rejected by a reader (which he also claims happened) and then get his agent to bring it to […]
What is moyen metrage? It’s a French term for mid-length films, like a one hour tv special perhaps. Shorts we tend to think of as under 30 minutes, and features as over 80, so I think the English language needs a word for mid-length films. Now, there’s a huge difference between shorts and features, and […]
As the second Monday in May starts mental health awareness week, we thought he’d find six films that show what Hollywood thinks about mental illness. This list may expand as time goes on, but we feel these are most representative of the way society changes its views.
I can’t stand The Lorax. This year’s Peter Rabbit looks even worse. Most environmental films make my eyes roll because they are so badly written. To prove this isn’t some anti-green thing, I’ve chosen 5 green films that I actually enjoyed.
With only two screens, Aberystwyth, may not seem like a logical home for a film festival, but in the 20 years since I’ve moved here, the town has hosted over 20 failed film festivals. And, I’m sure there have been many other failed festivals that I never heard about. Over those twenty years, only three […]
With recent scandals, we normally suspect a movie made in the director’s home. When the director is alone, it doesn’t matter whether the audition is in an office, an auditorium, or a hotel room, but hotel room usually seems suspect. Let’s return to a more innocent time, when many directors didn’t have bad intentions, they […]
Reading the trades, I discovered that only about 1100 writers worked on films in Hollywood last year. Sure, more than that worked on TV, but most elite members of the WGA only work about one year in three (if at all). And, when they do find work, their pay is still less than many less […]