Posts by: Bren

Script Cops: McKee Sting

These guys are starting to play hardball with writers.  But they did have it coming.  See the video here: http://vimeo.com/7015951 Tragic really.  Writers so addicted to the rush of script seminars, to some guru’s biting analytical approach, willing to sit…

Friends… with Lateral Benefits

Friends With Benefits comes out on DVD/Blueray today.  Not that you should get it — in fact, you shouldn’t.  It’s crass, mean-spirited, promotes the division of sexuality from emotions even while it’s theme expresses the opposite, and perhaps the worst…

Anonymous: Analysis

Anonymous: Analysis

Ah, historical revisionism.  My favorite.   And Anonymous tackles one of history’s greatest “what if” conspiracies: was William Shakespeare (WS) NOT the writer of his plays? The movie is daring, engaging and the acting is top notch, but it will probably…

Harry Potter: The Final Analysis

In the realm of children’s literature, The Harry Potter series has almost no equal.  It has gotten millions of children to open books in a culture of movies, video games and pornography.  So well done. I didn’t read the books. …

Atlas Shrugged and so did I

Atlas Shrugged and so did I

I’ve been hearing a lot of internet buzz about Atlas Shrugged Part I, that Hollywood panned it because of a liberal agenda, or that the production quality wasn’t good enough, or that the acting was stilted.  Wrong. The real reason…

Memory of a Beautiful September Morning – 9/11

Memory of a Beautiful September Morning – 9/11

With all the other 10-year anniversaries going on, recollections from the big players, so let me relate my tale: I was working tech support for C-level officers of Siemens Business Services in the Citicorp building, 53rd and Lexington, 56th floor. …

Kilroy’s visit to the Vet

You see,  we can’t cut Kilroy’s nails.  He won’t let us.  So when we discovered that he needed an injection for worms (You don’t want to know), I requested the vet handle it. Appointment set, I took down the cat…

A Seder for us all

Last Thursday Melissa and I catered a Seder in Hollywood.  Matza soup, Gefilte fish, the works.  And as the dinner ceremony commenced, we were asked to dip our parsley into the bowl of salt water, the symbol of tears, to…

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is an interesting movie, but not a great one. It’s worth seeing, an eye-popping respite from the heat, with cool explosions and Bat-gadgets. It is also a stunning swan song for Heath Ledger, but Batman Begins is…