I was born in the shadow of a great mountain. Now this is true, and we lived at the top for a few years until my family decided to move to Toronto, where I have lived and worked for the last several years. I like to write, walk, listen to music, eat grapefruits and punch kittens. No I'm kidding. I don't like grapefruits.

Seriously all jokes aside, I am just a man with stories to tell. The medium I choose is film, so please take the time to look over my work. I am also a gigantic music nerd, so I also post songs I think are awesome. Enjoy!

Tricky - For Real (Official Music Video)

You watch too many films, for real.

Nicolas Cage

On "Joe:"

"Every half a decade or so Nicolas Cage does a film to remind us how talented an actor he really is. “Joe” is one of these films."

I once got into a fight with someone about Nicolas Cage and whether he was a fraud.  I don’t think he is.  Every odd year he does a small film that really shows his talent and stretches his ability.  He’s been doing it for years, it started with “Rasing Arizona,” then went on to classics like “Red Rock West,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Adaptation,” and “Lord of War.”

Now we have “Joe” written and directed by David Gordon Green (“George Washington,” “Pineapple Express”) returning to his roots in dramatic film.  Push past Nicolas Cage’s ridiculous hair and awful fake beard and It’s really a great film, sure to be one of the best of the year.  I don’t know him, but I think he’s used to a lifestyle that forces him to take a lot of work and make a ton of money to live it.  Can’t fault him for that, clearly he enjoys life.

Ethan (to Louise): Why do you have mud on your shoes?
Louise Belcher: Because I’m poor.
Ethan (to Gene): Why are you in your underwear?
Gene Belcher: Because I’m rich!

The genius of “Bob’s Burgers.” I love this show, not since the early years of “The Simpsons” or maybe “30 Rock” do I get pure joy out of watching a television show.  A lot of stuff on TV is a bummer, it’s nice to really get away from it once and awhile.  Even the name “Regular Sized Rudy” makes me laugh every time.

❝ A gentlemen is someone who can play the accordion. But doesn’t. ❞

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Tom Waits

Handsome Boy Modeling School feat. De La Soul - If It Wasn’t For You

Tarzan and Jane more like Bonnie and Kareem

This is the story of you, what makes you special.

True Detective Changed the Face of Television…

Because it would have never worked as a film

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The brilliance of “True Detective” lies not only in its rich narrative and story structure.  Not only in the great performances, absolutly stunning photography and set production.  It changed the face of television because the creators decided to tell a clear story from beginning to end, on television.  An outlet not used to clear endings.  Thus “True Detective” served the story and not the medium in which it was delivered.

This was a film, way too long to be a film.  A TV show, way too short to go on further than a season.  The character arcs, which is two detectives righting the wrongs on the biggest case of their lives, didn’t need to be dragged on any further.  But it was too rich a story to fit into a regular two hour thriller film, there was a lot more to tell.

"True Detective" will live on as one of the greatest one seasons of any show in history, because they decided to leave it as one.  I Don’t know if they will be able to top it next season but I cannot wait to find out.  And to writers; learn from this show.  Enrich your characters, clearly define their boundaries and settings.  Give them something to do every frame and something going on, something to say.  Especially if you are writing crime.

Abandoned Souls →

This is a link to the first feature film I produced.  It’s been leaked online for free, doesn’t make a big difference anyway.  Feel free to download and watch if it interests you, keep in mind I did not direct or write it.  Just helped a friend make it.  Also, it was a thousand years ago.

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s outline for “The World’s End”

Pretty great writing tip/tool for any screenwriters out there.

Source.

The Staple Singers - Let’s Do it Again

Lounge Lizards Commercial

John Lurie pushes the “Voice of Chunk” album with a commercial he paid for.

Homemade guacamole with spinach and whole wheat tortilla chips.  Eat right people, it’s easy.

Cut scene form my short film “Camping With Shondra Foxx.” Couldn’t really find a spot for it so I just threw some music on it and uploaded it.  Enjoy!

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Watching the Detectives (Live 1977)

Opening for the Stiffs.

Best Shows of 2013 by Me

New list, TV is becoming great and in some cases greater than film.  Anyway here are a list of TV shows I enjoyed watching in 2013.

New:

  • Rectify
  • Orange is the New Black
  • House of Cards
  • Nathan For You
  • Orphan Black
  • Brooklyn 99

Returning:

  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Top of the Lake (Done)
  • Breaking Bad (Done)
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Arrested Development
  • Mad Men
  • Eastbound and Down (Done)
  • Comedy Bang Bang
  • Justified
  • Peep Show
  • Luther (Done)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Archer
  • Downton Abbey (What?  Yeah I know, it’s a great show)

The Best Films of 2013 by Me

Top Ten:

  1. Upstream Color
  2. A Field in England
  3. Before Midnight
  4. Her
  5. The Act of Killing
  6. All is Lost
  7. Nebraska
  8. Frances Ha
  9. Sightseers
  10. The Spectacular Now

Honorable Mentions:

Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Short Term 12, Only God Forgives, Stoker, Zero Charisma, Fruitvale Station, Blackfish, Magic, Magic, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips, Mud, Prince Avalanche, A Band Called Death, Don Jon, The World’s End, Valentine Road, A Single Shot, The East, Museum Hours, Blue Jasmine

Still Have Not Seen (Recommended by friends or read about):

After Tiller, The Great Beauty, Gloria