Since I was a teenager, I have been telling stories for the fun of it through film, video, audio drama, and more. Check out many of those projects here, or read on for comments on other stories or items that catch my interest.
Dalek Empire: The Human Factor, Death to the Daleks!, Project Infinity (and farewell Gareth Thomas) [Big Finish]
A while ago, I mentioned having listened to the first volume of Big Finish’s Dalek Empire series, in spite of not being a fan of the Daleks (normally) and having limited funds with which to purchase Big Finish’s audio wares. However, a cool deal that I came across a while ago allowed me to get ahold of both of the first two Volumes of Dalek Empire (four episodes each) and I recently, finally was able to finish off Volume I with three episodes entitled The Human Factor, Death to the Daleks!, and Project Infinity. Read more…
Picard finds himself mysteriously moving back and forth between three different eras of his life: the day when he first came aboard the Enterprise as Captain, far future when he is long-retired, and the “present day.” In all three time frames he becomes aware of a mysterious anomaly in space that threatens to destroy the universe. He is also told by Q that he must solve this mystery in order to prove that humanity is worthy to exist. Read more…
I recently came across a new movie genre term. Well, a new term to me, anyway, apparently it’s been around since the 1960’s: the Jukebox Musical. This apparently refers to a musical that is built around the songs of a particular style or artist. It’s even been used to refer to movies that are basically vehicles for the artist themselves – in which the artist plays a starring role and often in which the music is original – eg. Purple Rain starring Prince, or even A Hard Days Night with the Beatles.
But its surge in popularity in recent years is attributed to the success of Mamma Mia! featuring the music of ABBA, the band whose music my brother once lamented actually defined the 1970’s, something of a shock for him to realize at the time.
But the reason I mention it here is that I came across the term as I was reading about Sunshine on Leith, the jukebox musical built around the songs of The Proclaimers, a band whose music I don’t think anyone would argue defined anything, but I still enjoy as fun and grounded in (what I assume are) Scottish sensibilities.
A few weeks ago, I made this short film with the media school that I lead. It was a pretty good process. I wrote and directed the piece, and produced it with the help of 4 experienced staff and 8 students. Each of us on staff took on a different category of responsibility (directing, camera, lights, sound, & production design) and worked with 1 or 2 students to put the movie together. It’s short, it’s simple, but I think it came together well and communicates fairly successfully. Read more…
When I saw Batman v. Superman a little while ago, I went with three friends who are all into films as well, and who mostly are also into comic books. After it was over, we avoided talking about the movie until we had a chance to gather in McDonald’s over burgers, ice cream and coffee and poured out our opinions. And for added novelty, we decided to record the whole thing on my cell phone.
A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
As written here, The Dressmaker describes itself as a revenge-film, a darkly funny movie about a woman who returns as an adult to a town that mistreated her as a child. She of course has returned not only a striking beauty, but also with a phenomenal sense of style, and an understanding of how to use her sewing machine to make not only herself but any other woman who is willing to hire her into the most stunning woman in the room. It’s not long before her skill allows her to become newly integrated into this community, and even to, seemingly, find a measure of healing.
Super-busy, traveling soon, managed to get to the theatre to see the new movie that theoretically should everything my geeky and DC Comics-loving heart would want to see…