I’m going to do something different this week. I usually offer a verbose 1,000-word or more discussion of a film or TV show. In this series, I’ll boil it all down to a single word. Sometimes that’s all it takes to really make one think.
Let’s see if we can sum up Citizen Kane in one word. I could offer a big, long description of the implications of this word, but I’m not going to do that. I’ll simply offer the word to you and let you fill in all of the intriguing gaps it implies. Here we go.
Citizen Kane: Misled.
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I recently watched a review of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and in it, the reviewer noted that he didn’t find that TV show as funny as he thought he should have. The reason is because it was such a trailblazer and other TV shows had copied its formula to even better effect in the years since it debuted. This reminded me of Lethal Weapon 2, which was lampooned and copied so much that it felt almost derivative when I finally got around to seeing it a few years ago.
And that brings me to the topic of this article. Why hasn’t The Twilight Zone suffered the same fate as so many other innovative programs? That TV show debuted in October 1959 and ran for five seasons. It wasn’t the first show of its kind – One Step Beyond first aired in January 1959 – nor was it the last – Boris Karloff’s Thriller premiered in 1960 and The Outer Limits arrived in 1963. And, of course, there are modern incarnations like 1985’s Amazing Stories, 2001’s Night Visions, and the currently running Black Mirror. But the original Twilight Zone series still stands out as a monumental achievement in popular entertainment, social commentary, and unconventional storytelling. Why does it hold up so well? Let’s find out. Continue reading
Several years ago, a friend of mine asked me how to start a blog and keep it going. I told him that he needs to love what he writes about. There’s no other way to consistently create something worth reading. Continue reading
The conventional wisdom is that because film is a visual medium, filmmakers should always take a show-not-tell approach to storytelling. But there are always exceptions to the rule. Sometimes the combination of a good actor and quality dialogue can mesmerize the audience with a simple story and speak volumes about the characters and the images they inspire in the minds of their listeners. No need for flashbacks or any other tricks. Just pure, spoken storytelling.
Here are 10 examples of great storyteller scenes. Continue reading
Have you ever had an idea that no one else has had before? An original thought that you were the first to come up with. An overlooked detail only you noticed. I ask because I recently rewatched A Beautiful Mind, and it brought back a specific memory from my college days. Continue reading
The last time I made a prediction about Spider-Man, it came true in the next three films. I’m talking about when I speculated about Spider-Man finally leaving New York City on the big screen and, sure enough, he went to Germany in Captain America: Civil War, Washington, D.C. in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thanos’s homeworld Titan in Avengers: Infinity War. And that brings me to my current prediction, which is different than my previous one because this time I hope I am wrong. Continue reading
If you’ve never heard of a real-life non-playable character (or NPC), here is a video that explains it quite well: Continue reading