Archives For Story

I talk all the time about how we are losing the ability to tell stories. That much is apparently obvious in the overload of fluffed up and meaningless nonsense that hits the screens every week. It’s frustrating when every movie is either a lazily written super hero movie or one that is entirely dependent on the amount of explosions or risqué humor squeezed into it.

However, maybe not all of the blame should be put on the filmmakers. Maybe the audience is truly losing the ability to see and appreciate stories like we once did. Why might this be the case?

Continue Reading…

I recently watched Jason and the Argonauts because I was attracted to cinematic legend Ray Harryhausen, who is well-known for his amazing work in stop motion animation.

However, despite its revered place among classic films, I have to say that I was not very impressed. The stop motion animation was very interesting and impressive, but I had a difficult time paying attention to the rest of it. After fighting to keep myself seated until the end (where there is a really cool skeleton fight scene), I realized that this movie did not differ all that much from Transformers. Continue Reading…

Peter Jackson is one of the best director’s of our generation, in my opinion. His films have ranged from indie slasher flicks to elegantly delivered epics. Although not all of his movies may seem similar, they all have one characteristic that unites them: a brilliantly executed story. But I think what makes his films so compelling is the man behind the movies, and I definitely think his life of filmmaking can be used to offer a budding filmmaker some guidance. Continue Reading…