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The Next Shyamalan

I am a fan of bad movies. Aside from their inherent hilarity, I find them educational. It is said we learn more from our failures than our successes and bad movies give one a really clear opportunity to see what failure is in technicolor. This past summer, I taught a course for American University's Discover the World of Communication program called Bad Movies. It was a hit and it is on the roster for next summer so check your local ...

Someone Else’s Story

My friend Jeff died in a car accident on April 27, 1995. He was 17, I was 14. [caption id="attachment_2275" align="alignleft" width="260"] Jeff Walker[/caption] I knew Jeff through the Wilmington Drama League (WDL). From the moment I met him, I wanted to be him. I cut my hair like him, I listened to the same musicals he did (Chess was his favorite), and I tried to emulate his smooth style with the ladies. Jeff was a bright light in any ...

A Cinephile’s March Madness (in February)

Yet again, I saw very few movies this year. But more than that, I found I didn’t really want to see many movies this year. I’ll be sure and grab Mr. Turner, The Imitation Game, Into the Woods, Whiplash, Selma, Wild, Nightcrawler, Lucy, A Most Violent Year, Gone Girl, and Snowpiercer from the Redbox when they arrive. But there wasn’t much that made me want to jump up and run to the cineplex that I didn’t see (with the exception of Mr. ...

A Film Nerd’s March Madness 2013

Off the top: I did not see many movies this year. In fact here they are: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Frozen, Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Hell Baby, 12 Years a Slave, and The World's End. And I'll say I enjoyed them all (especially Gravity, Hell Baby, 12 Years a Slave, and The World's End) with the notable exception of The Great Gatsby (The Ladywife and I fell asleep. Twice). But that sort of lack of personal bias ...

A Film Nerd’s March Madness (in February) 2012

Born upon a steep rock and forged in steel, these are the last true accounts of those who (for reasons passing understanding) watched and voted and became OSCAR! Or whatever. Gone are the years when I would see 50 plus films in a year. I see maybe 1 or 2, then cram a bunch in January and February. This year I saw 18 en toto. But I must say that going to movies has lost much of its luster. The quality of films is still very high (and I ...

The Miserable Ones

DISCLAIMER: This is not an Anne Hathaway bashfest. I very much enjoy Anne Hathaway as an actress in general and in this movie in particular. So if that is what you have come for, take thyself to the Internet and Google your face off. But while you do ask yourself: why do you hate Anne Hathaway when every complaint leveled against her could be applied equally to Hugh Jackman? I am a Les Misérables fan. Or at least, I was when I was younger ...

1954-2011 (A Eulogy)

Thirty-one years ago, my aunt (his sister) graduated from high school around the time I was born. Everyone was at the hospital with my mom. She came into the kitchen in her cap and gown. He looked at her and said: "Where you goin'?" Last week, my aunt (his wife) told my ten year-old cousin: "There isn't anything to say." She was right and wrong. She was right because what can you say? What is there to say that could possibly encapsulate an ...