About a month ago, I was asked to help with a documentary focused on the fans of the Evil Dead franchise.
The crew planned to meet with a trio of Evil Dead fans flying in from Europe and, if at all possible, land an interview with Bruce Campbell, star of all three original films.
Venice makes no sense. I remember thinking that as I stepped out of the train station, into the sunlight, and set my eyes on the Grand Canal.
It just makes no sense.
But, oh man, do I ever love that city.
This year I was asked, without warning, to lead a panel on a film I’ve never seen with filmmakers I didn’t know. I had an absolute blast.
The two episodes of Arrow season two introducing Barry Allen were some of my favorites of the series and made me excited for The Flash spin-off, despite the fact I haven’t read more than a half-dozen issues of The Flash in my life.
Barry Allen injected a sense of fun and charm into a show that, though excellent, sometimes gets a tad grim. Like the relationship between Ollie and Barry, I hoped that The Flash series would turn out to be a lighter, cheerier foil to Arrow’s grit and darkness.
Despite what I might’ve written in my previous post, I’ve kept watching Fox’s new hit series, Gotham. The show’s ostensible protagonist is eventual Bat-ally, Detective James Gordon. But, honestly, after this week’s episode, I’m convinced a better show woulda chosen Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler and guardian, as its lead.
I firmly believe that it is possible to judge a new show by its first four episodes. If a show doesn’t hook you by the time the fourth episode has ended, a viewer has every right and reason to skip the fifth episode—and every one after.
With this in mind, I’ve watched the first four episodes of Fox’s new Bat-series, Gotham.
I sometimes feel as though I’m the only horror fan who was and remains unimpressed with The Walking Dead. I watched the first season and thought it was okay, but I struggled to remember a single character’s name and could not care less about their fate.
The graphic novel was no better, and often traded on cliché. I gave up on both the show and the comic after completing the first season and volume, respectively. If, however, you enjoy The Walking Dead and are now looking for something similar (or better, if you ask me), then you may want to give the movies, books and graphic novels listed below a shot.
In four episodes, a new series has plenty of time to develop its characters and its plot, showing me why I should care about these people and hooking me with a few questions I’ll want answered. If the show creators can’t do this in four episodes, well, I’m sorry, but they’re simply not doing their jobs.
I wrote up this list because an Able-Bodied Hetero White Guy Privileges list would be far too long and exhausting.
The two of you who visit this site regularly know that I write, have been writing for quite a long time, and would love to make a living as a writer. What you don’t know is that I have, at times, branched out into other forms of storytelling, including filmmaking.
I was never too serious about it and, in fact, I only ever completed one full project, a short film title Frizz-B. It was the first thing my buddy Paul and I made and it was really just meant as a test, a means to learning Adobe Premiere, but we actually got it done and a friend put it up on youtube so here it is.