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

WORLD OF TOMORROW ON NETFLIX

Don Hertzfeldt is an amazing animator that I have admired for many years. Now he is finally up for an Oscar for his short film, World of Tomorrow (2015). Last night I found out it was available on Netflix and ended up watching it twice, so far. Here's the teaser trailer, which is nice but doesn't … Continue reading WORLD OF TOMORROW ON NETFLIX