On Long Goodbyes and Loyalty

My upbringing was starkly black and white, everything strictly categorised as sin and acceptable, allowed and not. The massive ‘sin: not allowed’ category swallowed everything in legalism and immutable consequences. I fell in love with noir partly because it has no such hangups. I savoured noir’s evocative language and sexual undercurrent. I learned to believe … Continue reading

Lost Girl: Season Two Overview, PI Tamsin, and Your Questions Wanted

The original plan was to have a Lost Girl recap post at the end of the Season 2, where I talked about writers and directors and stylistic choices and the like. I feel, however, I’ve spread out a lot of what I wanted to say over the episode reviews. Thus, I’d like to open this … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Trailers

Checking Focus -credit David Stluka www.davidstluka.com

Though movies and TV are almost all widescreen nowdays, movies were often more ‘box’ sized in the 30s. When deciding on the look and feel of The Lilith Necklace, I chose to shoot for 4:3, as this would closely approximate the size of 35mm film prints and – theoretically – give the audience an immediate sense … Continue reading

The Lilith Premiere

Credit to Vincent Buckley. Inspired by foreign posters for The Maltese Falcon.

Hello, all. With apologies to those of you who are ‘connected’ with me on any social media venue (as you’ve heard and will continue to hear much about this), I have a small announcement. The Lilith Necklace will be shown at a preview screening on Sunday, February 17th at 7:ooPM at Madison’s High Noon Saloon. … Continue reading

Movie Review: Drive

My Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 4) Spoilers: minor We have a noir (or as Wikipedia redundantly labels it, a “neo noir crime thriller film”), set in modern day, with a character who is not named, carefully crafted aesthetic/lighting style, and multiple levels of symbolism. It’s almost a checklist of components of this movie. I’m set up to … Continue reading