21 Acclaimed Films I (Still) Have Yet to See

Note: I originally published this in early 2016 and in the 18 months since, I still have not seen any of the films on this list, including the two most recent Best Picture winners. The list continues to grow… When my wife and I first started dating, I lived in Philly and she lived justContinue reading “21 Acclaimed Films I (Still) Have Yet to See”

Ben Affleck’s Student Film

I am a Ben Affleck defender, so much so that my latest book was partially inspired by the fact that I wanted to defend him so I dedicated a chapter to him (the racial undertones in the hatred for his relationship to Jennifer Lopez are all too real). I think he’s underrated as an actorContinue reading “Ben Affleck’s Student Film”

Jay and Seth Versus The Apocalypse

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have written some great films together, including Superbad and Pineapple Express. My favorite aside from Superbad is probably 2013’s This Is the End, a hilarious film about Rogen and his actor friends – James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Jay Baruchel (playing hyper versions of themselves) –Continue reading “Jay and Seth Versus The Apocalypse”

Quentin Tarantino’s Amateur Film

Quentin Tarantino is a genius. We can argue the details, but as a filmmaker, he is almost unmatched. Pulp Fiction alone changed cinema forever. He can work in any style and deliver a fantastic film. Nearly every film is not only good or even great, but spectacular. Even his weakest effort (and the fact that noContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Amateur Film”

Movie What Ifs

It is often said that so many things need to go right on a movie set that it’s amazing that any films survive long enough to make it to the theater. Also, many scripts and plans take years to develop with various directors and actors becoming attached to productions before dropping out of them andContinue reading “Movie What Ifs”

Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction”

Pulp Fiction is one of those films where it’s hard to imagine anyone portraying the characters other than the actors that were ultimately in the film. However, this list of Tarantino’s dream actors for the cast is great. For me, the most interesting case is Lance, the drug dealer in a robe, who was ultimatelyContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction””

Eric Stoltz: The Original Marty McFly

Eric Stoltz is a really good actor. Depending on your age or tastes, you may known him from Mask or Pulp Fiction or Killing Zoe or, sadly, Glee. However, he originally would’ve been known to all of us as Marty McFly. Alas, the part was given to Michael J. Fox and his career went throughContinue reading “Eric Stoltz: The Original Marty McFly”