Entries from March 2013 ↓

Public Domain Online Text: The Nameless City by H. P. Lovecraft

When I drew nigh the nameless city I knew it was accursed. I was traveling in a parched and terrible valley under the moon, and afar I saw it protruding uncannily above the sands as parts of a corpse may protrude from an ill-made grave...

Brains.

I was telling a friend of mine about the Harry Potter Legos video game I've been playing (I like to play as Dobby). He interrupted me to say, in the smuggest voice possible, "The plural of Lego is Lego."

I'd like to say that's why I ate his brains, but if I'm being honest, they were getting eaten no matter what.

Brains.

I was telling a friend of mine about the Harry Potter Legos video game I've been playing (I like to play as Dobby). He interrupted me to say, in the smuggest voice possible, "The plural of Lego is Lego."

I'd like to say that's why I ate his brains, but if I'm being honest, they were getting eaten no matter what.

Brains.

I was telling a friend of mine about the Harry Potter Legos video game I've been playing (I like to play as Dobby). He interrupted me to say, in the smuggest voice possible, "The plural of Lego is Lego."

I'd like to say that's why I ate his brains, but if I'm being honest, they were getting eaten no matter what.

Brains.

I was telling a friend of mine about the Harry Potter Legos video game I've been playing (I like to play as Dobby). He interrupted me to say, in the smuggest voice possible, "The plural of Lego is Lego."

I'd like to say that's why I ate his brains, but if I'm being honest, they were getting eaten no matter what.

Brains.

I was telling a friend of mine about the Harry Potter Legos video game I've been playing (I like to play as Dobby). He interrupted me to say, in the smuggest voice possible, "The plural of Lego is Lego."

I'd like to say that's why I ate his brains, but if I'm being honest, they were getting eaten no matter what.

Brains.

I'm so embarrassed. All these years I thought the Eurythmics song was called "Here Comes The Brain Again." Some guy at karaoke told me last night. I ate his brains, but I appreciated the correction.

You know what? I prefer "Here Comes The Brain Again." Does anyone know where Annie Lennox lives?

Brains.

I'm so embarrassed. All these years I thought the Eurythmics song was called "Here Comes The Brain Again." Some guy at karaoke told me last night. I ate his brains, but I appreciated the correction.

You know what? I prefer "Here Comes The Brain Again." Does anyone know where Annie Lennox lives?

Brains.

I'm so embarrassed. All these years I thought the Eurythmics song was called "Here Comes The Brain Again." Some guy at karaoke told me last night. I ate his brains, but I appreciated the correction.

You know what? I prefer "Here Comes The Brain Again." Does anyone know where Annie Lennox lives?

Brains.

I'm so embarrassed. All these years I thought the Eurythmics song was called "Here Comes The Brain Again." Some guy at karaoke told me last night. I ate his brains, but I appreciated the correction.

You know what? I prefer "Here Comes The Brain Again." Does anyone know where Annie Lennox lives?

Brains.

I'm so embarrassed. All these years I thought the Eurythmics song was called "Here Comes The Brain Again." Some guy at karaoke told me last night. I ate his brains, but I appreciated the correction.

You know what? I prefer "Here Comes The Brain Again." Does anyone know where Annie Lennox lives?

Brains.

I'm so embarrassed. All these years I thought the Eurythmics song was called "Here Comes The Brain Again." Some guy at karaoke told me last night. I ate his brains, but I appreciated the correction.

You know what? I prefer "Here Comes The Brain Again." Does anyone know where Annie Lennox lives?

The Awakening


Looks like I broke my New Year’s resolution regarding big gaps between posts -- gotta work on that. Even though I’m in the middle of my Nicholl script, I managed to squeeze in some time for a few quick words on The Awakening.

Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author/skeptic/paranormal debunker, arrives at a boarding school to dispel the rumor that a ghost is responsible for a boy’s death.

The murder mystery angle works well and surprisingly gets wrapped up at the halfway point. It’s at this junction in the story where Florence begins to suspect that something supernatural is also going on. Unfortunately, this is also point where everything starts to become incredibly muddled and twisty.

You could make the argument that The Sixth Sense and The Others were the two worst things to happen to ghost stories. Ever since those films, there’s been this overwhelming emphasis on a huge, mind-blowing Third Act twist. The Awakening decides to up the ante by attempting to throw so many twists at the audience that they’ll end up with whiplash by the closing credits.

The best twists are the ones we should have seen coming. All the clues hidden in plain sight. On the other hand, nobody wants to feel hornswoggled because the film omitted or totally misrepresented certain story elements. It's quite the balancing act...

Some good performances here from Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, but the film simply tries too hard...

The Awakening


Looks like I broke my New Year’s resolution regarding big gaps between posts -- gotta work on that. Even though I’m in the middle of my Nicholl script, I managed to squeeze in some time for a few quick words on The Awakening.

Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author/skeptic/paranormal debunker, arrives at a boarding school to dispel the rumor that a ghost is responsible for a boy’s death.

The murder mystery angle works well and surprisingly gets wrapped up at the halfway point. It’s at this junction in the story where Florence begins to suspect that something supernatural is also going on. Unfortunately, this is also point where everything starts to become incredibly muddled and twisty.

You could make the argument that The Sixth Sense and The Others were the two worst things to happen to ghost stories. Ever since those films, there’s been this overwhelming emphasis on a huge, mind-blowing Third Act twist. The Awakening decides to up the ante by attempting to throw so many twists at the audience that they’ll end up with whiplash by the closing credits.

The best twists are the ones we should have seen coming. All the clues hidden in plain sight. On the other hand, nobody wants to feel hornswoggled because the film omitted or totally misrepresented certain story elements. It's quite the balancing act...

Some good performances here from Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, but the film simply tries too hard...

Public Domain Online Text: From Beyond by H. P. Lovecraft

Horrible beyond conception was the change which had taken place in my best friend, Crawford Tillinghast. I had not seen him since that day, two months and a half before, when he told me toward what goal his physical and metaphysical researches were leading...