Ratatouille: How to Write Good Opponents/Villains

Ask me what my favorite Pixar movie is, I'd say The Incredibles. Twist my nipples really, really hard and I'll tell you it's Ratatouille. Hey, I like food movies. But Ratatouille really is a grand film, and one of the reasons is the way it sets up, and knocks down, its opponents. I thought of … Continue reading Ratatouille: How to Write Good Opponents/Villains

Why I Hate What You Love

Go on the internet and say you don't like something and you'll immediately be graced with misspelled cuss words, racism, sexism, and the general frothing of humanity's dregs. Or at least get a fervent, "Nuh-uh!" But did you know that the way you say something changes the reaction you get? If you experience a book, … Continue reading Why I Hate What You Love

75 YOF: “War of the Worlds” and Silly Sci-Fi Scariness (1953)

What's more 1950s than a movie about the space age and all the wonders and dangers lurking out there in the cosmos? Rockets! Lasers! Invasions! Golly-Gee Whillakers! THE PLOT: Martians attack Earth. Simple as. IS IT ANY GOOD? Not really. Back in the 1950s this may have been new and scary, but in 2016, there's … Continue reading 75 YOF: “War of the Worlds” and Silly Sci-Fi Scariness (1953)

Disney Discussions: Do Drugs and/or Alcohol Really Help Artists? (Alice in Wonderland)

I need your opinion on something. Yes, you who found this post because you googled drugs. Do substances like drugs and alcohol really help artists create better works? Or is that an excuse to do drugs and alcohol? See, here's the thing... Do you remember Alice in Wonderland? Of course you do, that movie tripped … Continue reading Disney Discussions: Do Drugs and/or Alcohol Really Help Artists? (Alice in Wonderland)

Disney Discussions: Can You Make a Movie Without a Plot? (Bambi)

I need your opinion on something. Yes, you trying to fill the wee hours of the night with whatever is left on the internet. Is a plot really that necessary in movies? See, here's the thing... Tell me the plot to Bambi. (Patient pause.) You can't. There isn't one. It's a biopic about a cartoon deer. He learns … Continue reading Disney Discussions: Can You Make a Movie Without a Plot? (Bambi)