Soderbergh, The State Of Contemporary Cinema, & Questions From A Young Filmmaker

This is a daring and insightful speech given by Steven Soderbergh last week at SFIFF. It is one of the most perceptive and articulate commentaries on the state of cinema today and the difference between “cinema” and “movies.” For me, personally, it encapsulates so much of what I have been writing about for years andContinue reading “Soderbergh, The State Of Contemporary Cinema, & Questions From A Young Filmmaker”

Desires & Lessons: Articulating A Filmmaking Experience

Back in 2009, I was interviewed by illustrious writer and chef (yes, that’s correct, he’s also a masterful culinary expert) Herbert M. Brindl for Rogue Cinema. I’ve been interviewed a fair amount over the years in all kinds of publications — from print to the internet — regarding my somewhat harrowing and sadly-all-too-common experiences as the writer/directorContinue reading “Desires & Lessons: Articulating A Filmmaking Experience”

The Art Of Film Editing & The Plague Of Ego

The below video comparisons and text contain massive spoilers. Do not read or watch if you have not seen either cut of “The Plague”. As anyone who knows me or has read my blog knows, I wrote and directed a film called THE PLAGUE which was taken away from me in post-production and re-cut byContinue reading “The Art Of Film Editing & The Plague Of Ego”

A Note From Francis Ford Coppola

Landmark Theatres has posted a “note” from Francis Ford Coppola talking about his career, his decision to return to low-budget, independent filmmaking, and his new film TETRO. As a filmmaker myself who tried to make a unique film only to have it taken away by a studio and re-cut into something more “recognizable and familiar”,Continue reading “A Note From Francis Ford Coppola”

Francis Ford Coppola: Alternate Quote Of The Week

“The way the language of movies got created was at a period when no one knew how to make them, so the filmmakers tended to try out ideas that then stuck and then became our vocabulary. If you’re not allowed to experiment anymore for fear of being considered self-indulgent or pretentious or what have you,Continue reading “Francis Ford Coppola: Alternate Quote Of The Week”

Accountants, Lawyers & Fratboys: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I’m not fond of the studio movie-making machine and haven’t been for a long, long time. Taken over decades ago by accountants, lawyers and frat boys, the Hollywood film industry is like one of those terrifying zombie flicks where the dead just keep on walking evenContinue reading “Accountants, Lawyers & Fratboys: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL”

An Old Fogey Watches The WATCHMEN. And Mourns…

I must be getting old because I find myself referring back far too often to my youth and how things “used to be.” Granted, I came of age during Hollywood’s second Golden Era: the 70’s. Actually, to be more accurate, I started living and breathing cinema in the late 60’s and was exposed to firstContinue reading “An Old Fogey Watches The WATCHMEN. And Mourns…”