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Chronicle Analysis

Chronicle Analysis

This “found footage” / buddy teen / superhero origins Chronicle movie effectively packages the issues of friendship, identity and personal responsibility into an entertaining thrill-ride.  On a budget. The Chronicle The three teen boys – Matt (the loner philosophical guy)…

Pretentious Like Jazz

Pretentious Like Jazz

I wanted to like Blue Like Jazz (BLJ).  I want to like every movie I pay to see, and since so many Christians lose their faith while in college, it’s a topic worth exploring. But they really should have consulted…

Brave Analysis

Brave Analysis

While not among the best of the Pixar canon, Brave is a tightly (and familiarly) structured work that panders to the worst Scottish stereotypes while creating an endearingly flawed, realistic character struggling with mom’s expectations. See it, especially mothers and…

A Christian Primer for Hollywood

A Christian Primer for Hollywood

(UPDATED from 2005)… The buzz is out: there’s a Christian movie market, and Hollywood is selling. Many are now seeking to cash in on the “Jesus dollars” Mel Gibson found with Passion of the Christ ($370M) in 2004.  That gold…

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…