Will You Be One of the Unfortunate Zillions Who Misses "The New World"?

The New World's lack of Oscar nominations shows how utterly blind and unqualified Academy voters really are.This is nothing new, I know. But just because the Academy members make a habit of shoving our faces in their ignorance and susceptibility to hysteria and political hype doesn't mean it doesn't hurt each time they insult and misguide the many who think their judgments are actually meaningful. Some of you have told me I shouldn't care about this. Do I care much about the Academy? No. But … [Read more...]

Fizzgig returns!

Award-winning animation director Genndy Tartakovsky, the man who made Samurai Jack and those impressive Clone Wars cartoons, has just made my day.He's directing the sequel to the greatest puppet-animation film ever made......and here's the scoop!The script for The Dark Crystal needed a lot of help, and the narration ranks among the most annoying of all time: "And so Jen set off on his journey... the journey... of... Jen."But the visuals in this film were so enthralling, it meant … [Read more...]

"Born into Brothels" and me: Saturday in Bellevue, WA

Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday with...Dreams of Our ChildhoodI've been invited to join a panel discussion of Born into Brothels after it is featured in this film festival on Saturday afternoon.Will you be there too?Born into Brothels is in my Top 5 of 2005. If you haven't seen it, you should.Here are the festival details: UPC and First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue have teamed up again for the second FilmFest on February 3-4 at Bellevue Christian School and February 16-18 … [Read more...]

Sleepless in Seattle. (And a reunion with the Fellowship of the Ring)

The rain continues.And the wind.The deadline for the novel has arrived.I'm not finished.Haven't slept.Car getting towed to the shop today.Haunted by Oscar nominations.Feeling feverish.Some think it's romantic, but I know the truth about being...Sleepless in Seattle.(To taste the fear, watch that trailer.) (Thanks for the link, Rachel Eby.)Oh, and if it drives you crazy to get a chorus hook stuck in your head, just try coping with your life after you … [Read more...]


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