“So bad it’s good” is an interesting phenomenon. There are films out there so unbelievably terrible they somehow phase shift into entertainment.
I hate to call something the greatest anything, greatest restaurant, greatest book, greatest album, so I’m not going to say that Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color is the greatest independent film ever made. After all, where would that leave Under the Skin, Enemy, The Battle of Pussywillow Creek and What Alice Found?
But I will say this, Upstream Color is about as great as an independent movie can be.
Sometimes being a reader is like being a treasure hunter. And sometimes a treasure hunter finds that buried trunk loaded with gold. Burton Shulman’s Safe House Stories is that trunk full of literary gold.
Published in 1996, It’s a book of raw, uncompromising, beautifully crafted stories that are just as relevant 20 or more years later than when they were written.
That speaks to the strength of writing about universal themes, the ideas Schulman writes about have as much if not more resonance today.
When I asked Burton to participate in a 10 Questions interview, I had no idea the outpouring of emotions and ideas I’d get back. He’s a man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. It’s not often you find an author willing to so honestly confront his own work.
So this actress who played a sacrificial version in Bog Creatures, a movie I wrote and shot, has a rich stepfather. Let’s call him Richard. Or to make it easier, we’ll call him Dick.
Dick is an investment banker. Dick is rich. And Dick has an idea for a movie. So his step-daughter puts him in contact with Bog‘s producer/director Chris. Dick wants Chris to produce the movie.
Chris calls me. Chris wants me to write the movie.
A Writing gig. Awesome! What could possibly go wrong?
One and a quarter million people have been shot with a Taser. I’m one of them. This is how it happened:
Doug Richardson is a novelist/screenwriter and the author of the excellent Lucky Dey series of crime thrillers. If you’re interested in checking the series out, may I recommend Blood Money, one of the more interesting and original thrillers I’ve read in quite some time, as a starting point.
We had the opportunity to gently grill him about himself and his writing.
The names have been changed to protect the guilty.
The Internet is a nightmare for publishers. With e-books slowly taking market share from traditional print books, (though not as much as you might think) the old ways are in trouble and traditional publishers are struggling to cope. One idea is the “enhanced e-book” in which video interviews of the author are included with an e-book as a bonus.
My wife writes great movie review haiku, so having just seen Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea, I thought I’d give it a shot:
Thor’s crappy accent
Only the smallest of sins
White whale, kill them all!
I may get killed for this. I know there are several friends who may never speak to me again. Coming home to find red paint splashed on my front door is not out of the question if I go forward with this, but hell, the meek don’t inherit squat, so here goes.
I hate Stanley Kubrick.
Part of J.S. Bailey’s Amazon bio reads thusly: “Today her stories focus on unassuming characters who are thrown into terrifying situations which may or may not involve ghosts, demons, and evil old men.” It’s the “unassuming” part which makes her work so compelling. Bailey’s characters are people just like the rest of us, with flaws and weaknesses who are often confused and unsure about the proper course of action, and supernatural powers are as much a curse as they are a blessing.
Having read a few of her excellent books, I thought maybe it was time to talk to the author herself and find out what makes her tick. Continue reading 10 Questions: J.S. Bailey