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2013


Do What You Love (And All That Rot) Dept.

How my "is" is not everyone else's "ought".

Burn Hollywood Burn Dept.

The movies are their own worst (financial) enemy.

Invisible Hand Around Your Throat Dept.

Art's not about what's sold (again).

Big Picture, Little Picture Dept.

Why do we let the business of creativity pass into the hands of the most uncreative people around?

Not For The Money Dept.

Should creative types even bother to monetize their work?

2012


So Little Time, So Much To Do Dept.

Deadline has a nice piece in the "what the hell happened to the movies?" category, with the telling headline "Brands, Budgets, & Bankability Still Don’t Explain Why Studios Are In Crisis." One issue that comes more to mind when I...

2011


On Imagination And Entertainment

The New York Times has a profile of Steve Jobs that features the following quote: "His is not a product-design philosophy steered by committee or determined by market research. The Jobs formula, say colleagues, relies heavily on tenacity, patience, belief...

2010


The Big Takedown Dept.

I tweeted about this earlier, but since both Twitter and Tweetdeck are being unreliable pieces of junk (trying to access the MT online editor in Chrome isn't much better; the rich-text editor doesn't even come up when I select it...

Creator Knows Best Dept.

Remember when I said I'd discuss the "Creator Doesn't Always Know Best" issue in another essay? This is that essay. And I'll start with the most blatant and obvious example that could ever be coined. George Lucas. (Put gold stars...

The Pipeline Wins Again Dept.

An interview with producer Richard Zanuck, mostly about Jaws and Alice in Wonderland, sported this incredibly telling phrase: We had a date long before we started, a release date. The picture was actually booked in thousands of theaters long before...

Dead Trees Dept.

How will the news business survive? From the look of it, Dave Winer doesn't think there will be a news business. At least not a corporate one: Enough of this How will the news business survive? mess. That's not the...

Editions Google Dept.

Am I leery about Google getting into publishing? Yes, still. Welcome to their newest wrinkle: Internet Evolution - Robert McGarvey - 'Google Editions' Could Transform Publishing Google also may want to reshape how and when we buy books, says O'Leary....

One Eye Shut Dept.

Roger Ebert lets fly at the rush towards 3D. It's a good piece, in large part because Ebert not only talks about how 3D filmmaking adds little to the experience that wasn't already there, but how theaters are being blackmailed...

Empty Orchestra Dept.

Drew McWeeny (known to most as "Moriarty" of AintItCool.com) lets fly at the way bad movies have driven out good: A Commando reboot? Our karaoke culture is officially out of control - HitFix.com I survived the '80s, thinking it was...

Hack Jobs Dept.

So what's killing good literary fiction? It's not just a surfeit of navel-gazing authors, according to this fellow, but editors too scared to rock the boat: To encourage writers to write about big issues is all well and good, but...

Rode Hard Dept.

In between bouts of work (it's been grueling), I have been reading Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How The Sex-Drugs-and-Rock'n'Roll-Generation Saved Hollywood. The title is at least half irony, since the book chronicles the way the director-driven Seventies gave...

Live & Kicking Dept.

I've been grousing on and off about live-action anime productions for a while now, about how projects like Paprika are a good idea and projects like Bleach are not. Somewhere along the way I let fly with a statement to...

Foreign And Domestic Dept.

Roger Ebert reviews the new Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) movie Mother (word is uniformly excellent) and has some totally smack-dab-in-the-dead-center-of-the-target things to say about movies of this ilk: [It is] an adult film, not in the sense that it contains...

Whitewash Dept.

Three words: Bleach live-action. A U.S. remake. A U.S. live-action remake, exec produced by the same man who gave us Get Smart and 50 First Dates. There are so many things wrong with this picture, I might well exhaust the...

Going Broke For A Living Dept.

The Times's Motoko Rich has weighed in on the cost of e-book publishing, with a nice breakdown chart of where all the money ends up going. If a lot of the things I observed earlier continue to hold true, from...

Live Traction Dept.

Tidbits: Most every anime-related news outlet has been babbling about the announcement that a live-action Vampire Hunter D is finally on the rails. The animated movies may also be joined with a third production, possibly a full-blown TV series. I...

No-Hit Wonders Dept.

A former music industry exec has a few words about why the publishing industry is quickly recapitulating the implosion of the music industry. Susan Piver: The Macmillan vs. Amazon Throwdown ...instead of music coming off the streets and up to...

Pri¢etag Dept.

During a discussion with someone else about giving things away that you'd normally charge for, this insight came up: When you take the price tag off something, you deprive most people of the easiest way they have to gauge its...

Round Four (Give Or Take) Dept.

On this blog, I've talked recently about two Blu-ray titles that I felt were substandard and should not be purchased: the U.S. edition of Ghost in the Shell 2.0, and the Lionsgate / Canal+ version of Ran. I want to...

Warmer Brothers Dept.

Interesting piece about Warner Brothers' new head: Jeff Robinov Slowly Alters the ‘Warner Way’ at the Studio - NYTimes.com Obviously the DC stuff is of big interest to me (and most everyone else who probably reads this). I was dismayed...


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