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MONSTERS Go Naked!

MONSTERS Go Naked!

Look at the difference between these photos – obviously the one that’s been “shopped” is more exciting cause otherwise you got a guy standing there in a stupid suit. Like the picture of MR. HAMBURGER from NASAL CREATURES FROM TRENTON All that picture needs is some smoke and glitz. Damn. In this case the guy […]


GOJIRA

GOJIRA

That’s the real name of Godzilla and if you’ve only ever seen the American version with Raymond Burr clumsily added to make the film palatable to western eyes — well it’s a bit like seeing Hamlet performed on a subway – you miss the whole point. It’s quite a spectacular film with moral choices. I […]


FILM The Archeology

FILM The Archeology

This is a film can. You don’t see them around much anymore. What fascinates me is its provenance – Laboratoires Cinematographique was one of the major French film laboratories located just outside of Paris. Opened in 1908 the first films by the Eclair company, the third major French studio after Gaumont and Pathe, were shot […]


GODZILLA vs GHIDRA

GODZILLA vs GHIDRA

You think this movie’s as good as this image? Probably not. Movies exist in time, not space – you have to sit through one. It’s the difference between Tolstoy and a STOP sign. One unfolds (magnificently) the other is an image designed to communicate instantly. Now I could spend, maybe not hours, but a long […]


I ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE THESE MOVIES

I ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE THESE MOVIES

RETURN OF THE APEMAN – Why would he come back? Where did he go in the first place? We know that Lugosi was by this stage in his career accepting any parts just to feed his drug habit. Lugosi played the Dr. then you had John Carradine and George Zucco as the Ape man. Apparently […]


FIND YOUR VOICE

FIND YOUR VOICE

Why? Because it doesn’t matter if it’s a film a book or a loaf of bread – when something’s imbued with its creator’s voice that’s when it has soul. Since I work almost entirely in a documentary format there are two things that represent my voice: what I write and what I use. To find […]


EDITING – Let’s start with the end

EDITING - Let's start with the end

When I started as a film editor at 60 MINUTES, my father, who’d never been quite sure what I did for a living, was trying to explain to friends that I was an editor which ” uuhh means I guess you cut out the bad parts isn’t that it?” I said, “No, Dad, I select the best […]


VISUAL LITERACY

VISUAL LITERACY

How Come Our Kids Can’t Read? In a digital age, literacy rates in this country are measured according to what children can read and write IN A BOOK. But what about how they can read and write images? Most of the information children  (and for that matter most adults) receive comes from images: TV, magazines, […]


VISUAL LITERACY 2

VISUAL LITERACY 2

Alfred Hitchcock In the late 1950’s early ’60’s a group of French film critics, notably Godard and Truffaut argued that the works of better directors displayed themes that ran through all their works.The cause was Taken up in this country by Andrew Sarris. It became known as the “auteur” theory; in other words even though […]