Hello, interwubbians. I apologize for not posting some form of this soon. I've been sick, and that's kept me mostly on the couch when I haven't been at my day job. While I haven't been posting as often as I'd hoped, I have busted through the list I gave you last time. Only four left…Read more Update: January Blitz!
Good evening, friends and interwubbians. Two things which I wanted to bring to your attention. The first is that my latest video essay, "How Orson Welles Starts A Movie", has been uploaded to Youtube. I'll spare you the saga of its construction. I will say that the transition between 2018 and 2019 was, due to…Read more Update: January 2, 2018
You can find the video version of this essay here. It’s difficult for those of us living in 21st-century America to understand the reality of Japan some sixty-plus years ago. America has, to date, never lost an official war, never been occupied by a victorious military force, never had its entire reality shaken so suddenly,…Read more Aprés Everything: The World of Akira Kurosawa
Hey everybody, You might be wondering where I've been of late. Well, after tackling Hitchcock, I moved on to a director who, as luck would have it, took almost the exact opposite approach with his craft. And, what's even more surprising, it works – maybe even better, in some ways. That director was John Ford,…Read more “Kind words, Ethan. Thank you kindly.”
“Each discovery, each advance, each increase in the sum of human riches, owes its being to the physical and mental travail of the past and the present.” – Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread, 1913. Tear open the trench coat of any cinematic giant, and you'll find one of two things: a large, very hairy,…Read more Hitchcock #2: The Short and Long Of It
Movie-making is essentially a family heirloom some preschool teacher brings for show-and-tell, passing it around a circle of sticky-fingered four-year-olds until it's so covered in smudgy fingerprints, it's almost unrecognizable. Gross. But sometimes, one of those gunky mouth-breathers leaves behind a smear that changes the landscape of cinema forever, and gets elevated to the pantheon…Read more “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet”
Oh, hi! Yeah, we're open. Come on in. Sorry about the mess; been doing some remodeling. You might want to keep your shoes on... The short version? The owner's personal life signed on as the lead, “Chickpea,” in the independent film Making Hummus, after which he drove a lawnmower across America,…Read more Under Construction