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Kony 2012 and the Politics of Do-Gooders

Kony 2012 and the Politics of Do-Gooders

In the wake of the original Invisible Children video, I wrote a thriller called Rock Star Rescue, the story of Ugandan children who kidnap a visiting American pop star in the hope that when US troops come to rescue her,…

Act of Valor (or Why Hollywood supposedly Hates America)

Act of Valor (or Why Hollywood supposedly Hates America)

As of this post, Act of Valor, the movie about Seal Team 7 tracking down Jihadi-terrorists, has a Rotten Tomato score of 29%.  Comparatively, Green Zone, Matt Damon’s non-Jason Bourne “America-is-evil”, war on terror actioner, was 53%.  Bourne Identity, 83%….

Avengers Analysis

Avengers Analysis

Did you see it?  I mean is was… Wow!  And like Loki was eww… While Nick Fury was like hmmm… “Bring me everyone” But Thor was like crash like lightning and Bam!  And Ironman was woosh, and Boom! And and,…

New Technology Creates Challenges for Writers

Yup, another technology blog.  And it’s not that I’m complaining about technology.  It’s just that creating a comprehensive arena for your characters to live in can be a real challenge. Unless you’re in steampunk land, the PAST is pretty much…

Lockout Analysis

Secret Service guy is it?  What are the stakes? Who cares?  While Snow’s awaiting “status” in the lock up, the President’s daughter Emilie enters with her “cruel and unusual” soapbox and the inmates – actually one deranged inmate – manages…

The False Piety of Entitlement

The False Piety of Entitlement Screenwriting is full of reflection.  Writers must see through the surface, to delve into the true nature of humanity, regardless of the cost, and tell the truth. I looked up from my current project directed…

Is Jesus-porn Blasphemy?

Yes. Whew, that was easy. Wait, are we talking about the phrase, or that storytelling crutch and addiction I talked about the other day? I’ve received various emails, and followed Facebook conversations in the wake of my Courageous analysis (I’m…

Jesus-Porn Defined

Based on private comments in response to my Courageous analysis, it may be necessary to define the term “Jesus-porn.”    Let me say at the outset, my intention is not to denigrate any film maker or movie in particular, but to…

Courageous. Yeah, kinda…

Courageous. Yeah, kinda…

The latest, and most watchable of the Sherwood Baptist’s movies, revolves around men desiring to be better fathers.  It’s not a great film, but it does contain all the “Jesus-porn” you’d expect, along with some truly funny gags, workman-like action…

A New Window of Technology

Why am I blogging this?  This isn’t about screenwriting! But it is. We imagine, and it becomes reality…  Some day.  Sometimes things exist only in theory or on the silver screen, like socialist utopias.  Other things are just a matter…