- Dec 29, 2017
- 4 min
"Celebrating 40 Years of 'Star Wars.'"
What 9-year-old wouldn't go crazy over this film? I’ve discussed a lot of anniversaries over this blog’s history such as Dark Shadows, Star Trek, and The Fugitive’s epic finale. However, one I almost forgot to mention was the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars. With Disney’s release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, I felt it appropriate to discuss a time when Star Wars meant more than just a cash grab, when it was about telling a good story rather than sell
- Dec 28, 2017
- 1 min
"Did ECW Save Wrestling or Ruin It? Part Two of Three."
Although Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling is long gone, its impact on professional wrestling can still be seen. Join me for part two of my look at the promotion's legacy. Originally presented at Canadian Bulldog's World.
- Dec 27, 2017
- 4 min
"'Rear Window': How to Turn a Short Story into a 112 Minute Film. Part Four of Four.&qu
Another important cinematic element is dramatic performances. Francois Truffaut observed about Hitchcock that "The neutrality you expect from your actors is an interesting concept. The point is clearly made in some of your more recent pictures, like Rear Window or Vertigo. In both films, James Stewart isn't required to emote; he simply looks- three or four hundred times-and then you show the viewer what he's looking at" (Truffaut 111). How much did dramatic performances
- Dec 25, 2017
- 1 min
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah
I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah. May your holiday season be full of love and cheer (not too much holiday cheer though). Special thanks to all the first response personnel and people int he armed forces. Thanks to everyone for their continued support of my web page and my books. Wishing you all the best in 2018.
- Dec 22, 2017
- 1 min
"Did ECW Save Wrestling or Ruin It? Part One of Three."
Although Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling is long gone, its impact on professional wrestling can still be seen. Join me as I look at the promotion's legacy. Originally presented at Canadian Bulldog's World.
- Dec 16, 2017
- 1 min
"'Star Wars' Haters Unite!"
As readers know, I'm not a big fan of the new set of Star Wars sequels. Recently, I had the chance to voice my disgust with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens during a brief chat with The Wall Street Journal. Check out the video about it! With Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi out, you can be sure there will be lots of talk about the movie.
- Dec 13, 2017
- 7 min
"'Rear Window': How to Turn a Short Story into a 112 Minute Film. Part Three of Four.&q
Here's a final paper I wrote in 2015 on Hitchcock's classic Rear Window. Another scene relies on visuals to explore "Murder's" themes of voyeurism and neighborliness as well as Rear Window's added theme on relationships. Using the combination of long shots of the neighbors mixed with reaction shots from Jeff that capture his voyeurism, Hitchcock reveals the neighbors' lives interacting with Jeff as he watches Miss Lonelyhearts setting a table for two and dining alone. Is thi
- Dec 6, 2017
- 8 min
"'Rear Window': How to Turn a Short Story into a 112 Minute Film. Part Two of Four.&quo
Here's a final paper I wrote in 2015 on Hitchcock's classic Rear Window. For Alfred Hitchcock, a literary text was merely a starting point for him in making a film. Hitchcock recognized the difference between literature and cinema. Hitchcock's approach to adaptation was explained in an interview, "What I do is read a story only once, and if I like the basic idea, I forget about the book and start to create cinema" (Truffaut 71). Although Hitchcock followed "Murder's" plot, t
- Dec 1, 2017
- 5 min
"'Rear Window': How to Turn a Short Story into a 112 Minute Film. Part One of Four.&quo
Here's a final paper I wrote in 2015 on Hitchcock's classic Rear Window. Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window is a masterfully worked cinematic adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's short story "It Had to Be Murder" ("Murder"). Hitchcock keeps the short story's main character, plot, and themes while adding characters and subplots to lengthen it into a full-length feature film. Hitchcock uses his signature visual style to accomplish all of this, creating a film that has become regarded a