Today Ptara is joined by two world class historians who give their take on what started the war of 1812. They examine the speeches of the British Parliament and the US House of Representatives. From Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana, up to the repeal of the Orders of Council, the US and Britain had shaky relations.
Conventional wisdom* among amateur directors and beginning film lecturers is that camera directions should “never” appear in a film script. Yet, the camera is probably the one thing that separates a screenplay from a stage-play. (Okay, so there’s CGI, logos and subtitles, as well as editing overlays, but the stage can have its own version […]
The Kuleshov experiment can be used to test an individual’s historical knowledge or political leaning. It can also be used to cast actors. It’s more than just about proving the value of editing.
Today, I heard the sad news that Nora Ephron, screenwriter for Sleepless in Seattle passed away. I thought a fitting tribute would be to list our favorite American romantic comedies from each decade.
This Christmas, you may be hearing rumors that Santa Claus was invented to sell Coca Cola. Well, Christmas is much older the Republican Party. It’s even older than the Pope. The Founding Fathers inherited the tradition from the European ancestors, but in 1776 Washington’s army had little to celebrate.
Last time, we remembered when the early twentieth century was the future. While Bill Cosby represented everything that was good, Arnold (Arnie) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator represented everything we felt was oppressive about 1984.
When I first saw Kung Fu Panda 2, I was under the impression that it was banned in China. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Po battle the evil peacock, but the “news” affected what I saw on screen. If you’ve been following show business “news”, you know that China has been accused of banning American films.
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.”
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 […]
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 […]