JFK at 100

I wrote this piece a long time ago and didn't end up using it for anything but when I found out that Tuesday, May 23, 2017 was #JFK100 Social Media Day, I thought it was the perfect time to dust this off and give it a home. I know it's really long for a blog post … Continue reading JFK at 100

The Expanse

The second season of SyFy’s The Expanse (2015-) recently come to a disappointing concluded for me. Perhaps I’m overly critical, or I simply heard too much hype about how great it was, but I kept hoping for something more. As the ad says, it’s from the writers of Children of Men (2006) and Iron Man … Continue reading The Expanse

RIP Bill Paxton

The night I met Bill Paxton was the Dallas premier of The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), which he had directed. I was working for Michael Cain (not the actor) at the time, as an assistant editor on Michael's documentary, TV Junkie (2006), and he wanted to reward me for the extra hours I was putting in by … Continue reading RIP Bill Paxton

Birth of a conversation

More than a hundred years ago, Hollywood had its first blockbuster hit, The Birth of a Nation (1915) by groundbreaking director, D.W. Griffith. Griffith defined some of the basic grammar of cinema language, like the close up, and he realized that people in the future would be more likely to gain their knowledge of history from films than from … Continue reading Birth of a conversation