Anatomy of a 20-Year-Old Thing

Pardon my Complete Self-Indulgence… Sometimes I write these things to get big ideas out of my head, and to me, this is a big idea even if it’s nestled in something really small, something you’ve probably never seen, but something which was a huge obsession of mine for a few years. Disposable Work I grew […]

Method Acting

See This Movie I’m going to keep this short. I’m writing this on July 29, and if you live in New York City, LA, or Washington DC you owe it to yourself to see “The Act of Killing,” Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, this week. It’s only playing in town for a week it’s only playing through […]

Think Different

How Technology is Making Your Creative Job Harder – And Why That’s a Good Thing I remember when I directed my first play in Los Angeles in the spring of 1999. It was called “Golden Elliot,” and it was produced by a small theater in Hollywood called (unfortunately) “The Professional Actors’ Counsel.” We had no […]

What in Hell Happened to Zombies?

After a 10-Year Run, Have Zombies Lost The Ability to Scare Us? This is not written as a missive against the #1 movie in theaters this week, “Warm Bodies.” I am not a film critic and will leave that job to my betters. I actually enjoyed “Warm Bodies,” but to me it’s a bellwether of […]

Stick it in Your Ear, 2012 Edition

Podcast Nation About two years ago, I posted a blog about the 10 awesome and influential podcasts that were burning up my iPod. Now, it feels weird even to type the word “iPod” – as I’ve been conditioned to think about the iPad, or my drug of choice, the iPhone. But even for those who […]

The Accidental Shakespearian

My apologies in advance, as this is some self-serving BS I’m about to serve: Comedy, Tragedy, and Chainsaws… I’ve often claimed two competing kinds of geekery – theater and horror. If I had to tell anyone which one started first or took a deeper hold, I really couldn’t. As long as I had a personality […]

The Decade in Horror

May Old Acquaintances Be Remembered It’s completely arbitrary, but we really think of movies in terms of the decades in which they were released. I bring up the 1970’s, and immediately a group of movies which typified that decade pops into any cinephile’s head. I bring up the 1990’s, and horror fans recall… Um… The […]