Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First Trailer For My New Film!

This will hopefully be debuting sometime next Spring. But for now, let this whet your appetite. Visit us on Facebook, MySpace, or YouTube.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oh Nice

Saturday, November 1, 2008

OMOA (Oh My Overwhelming Awesomeness)

Finally, a use for Sarah Brightman! And potentially even Paris Hilton! And a little Paul Sorvino thrown in for spice.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oh dear...

First-rate moron Larry H. Miller, apparently feeling that the whole Prop 8 debacle hasn't made the LDS church look hypocritical enough, is now apparently refusing to let his theaters show "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," just when everyone was starting to forget the whole "Brokeback" fiasco. Read the article at Yahoo movies - I'm too dumbfounded to even post the link. To you doubters out there - I promise you the church is still true, no matter how much they try to prove otherwise.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Just So All You Republicans Understand What You're Voting For

I know this is old news, but come on - it's freaking awesome. Matt Damon for President! And go here for fun (thanks Shannie for the heads up!) -

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

And how great will this be?

How Awesome Does This Look?

Best Swedish import since Lukas Moodysson?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Some Real Coversation For Your Bum

Go here for some sense.


My heart fell to my stomach when I watched this. Regardless of whether or not the church should be meddling in this, why are we allying ourselves with this coalition? See next entry for refutations of these heinous ideas.

Open Invitation

Hello all! I'm making a documentary with Matt Beckham about Mormonism today and we want to invite anyone and everyone to be interviewed (on camera or off) for it, both LDS and non. We would love to get a panoply of perspectives, especially regarding such hot-button topics as same-sex marriage. So if you live in or near Utah or will be in the area soon, please let me know! We want to talk to you! Either comment on here or my Facebook page, e-mail me at, or call me at (801) 783-8215. Hope to hear from you all soon!

P.S. Even if you don't live around here, we'd love to interview you by e-mail!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

You Go, Girl!

I'm sure this wasn't easy, Shannon, and I applaud you for your courage! This is a beautiful church and I'm glad you're finding answers to your questions - there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

For Your Consideration

Just thought I'd add my little, unsubpeonaed voice to the Prop 8 debate. Of course, I must begin with the disclaimer that I am an active LDS and fully support and uphold all the priesthood brethren in the church. That said, the Church's campaign in support of Prop 8 just feels and seems wrong to me. I understand why it's being done, but the rationale flies in the face of all I believe and hold dear as a Latter-Day Saint. If you agree, head on over to and add your name to the petition. Even if you don't agree, head on over - there's some good stuff over yonder. I firmly believe, as stated in the church's proclamation on the family, that "marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children." Yet this is the way I look at it - if my child told me one day he was gay and was going to leave the church, I would want him to live as full and beautiful a life as possible, one free of State-endorsed hate and vitriol. We have ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to impose our beliefs on others. As Becks once told me, quoting his uncle, a Baptist (?) preacher in Texas, "People are soon going to have no need for religion. We were wrong about women, we were wrong about blacks, and now we're wrong about gays." And as my lovely eternal companion Amanda says, "I'd rather err on the side of compassion." To my limited understanding, overbearing, abusive patriarchal figures practicing unrighteous dominion and callous disregard of temple covenants seem to have done much more to harm the Family than homosexual marriage ever could. Remember: dissent is not treason (or apostasy). Nor does it lead to disunity among church members. Let us stop persecuting those among us who don't support this hateful Proposition.

Watch this doc. It will knock. Off your sock.

Also from Jessica Yu, featuring a creepy-phase Dakota Fanning, which perfectly mirrors the creepy children in the extraordinary Henry Darger's fantasy world that included over 300 paintings and a 15,000-word novel, all discovered upon his death.

Check This Out

The first short from the magnificent Jessica Yu, director of Protagonist and In the Realms of the Unreal. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice Mark Salzman, Yu's husband and one of Protagonist's protagonists.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

And look, they did that awesome puppet sequence from Frida!


Seriously, how cool are they?

Only Watch This Movie If You Have A Soul (And can handle craziness)

Vivan Los Hermanos Quay! These guys are crazy amazing. You've gotta watch the interview with them in the bonus features. I'm pretty sure they share one brain or are simply two incarnations of the same soul.

I'm Back! (He vuelto!)

Hello to the faithful and the newcomers - apparently I haven't posted since June 30th! Well, now's my comeback. No, I hate that word - it's a return! And, now that we finally have the internet, hopefully I'll be more dilligent. So check back often! And leave lots of comments, especially hurtful and critical ones. I can take it.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Now THIS Is A Freakin' Movie

The Sad Day Has Arrived (Mild Spoiler Alert)

Mark this day as the beginning of Pixar's downfall. I've been waiting for the signs, and they arrived this weekend in a cute, heavy-handed, potentially brilliant but oh-so-overwrought package named Wall-E. Hear me out, nay-sayers. Of course it couldn't live up to the year-long build-up I had given it. I hardly expected it to. And the first 20-ish minutes were pure cinema bliss - greatest-movie-ever quality. Then, unfortunately, they went to space, and we entered Dreamworks-land. Seriously, the beginning was sooooooo beautiful and well-crafted and fun and delightful and inspiring. Unfortunately, hubris has finally taken hold at Pixar - no one can stay on top forever - and they broke their Prime Directive (Story First!), allowing the "message" of the second and third acts to outweigh the story, leading to an uninspiring climax wrought by flat primary- and secondary-characters fighting against the lamest Disney villain since Miguel Ferrer. I loved the references to classic sci-fi. I loved the fire-hydrant pas-de-deux in space. But once the story left Wall-E and Eve (and it did, oh yes, it did) and the humor revolved exclusively around fat people (fat people are just lazy products of their surroundings! how original), the film plummeted nearly past Dreamworks into the Sony/Fox basement. I understand the satirical bent and was looking forward to the way it was integrated into the story, which Pixar generally excels at. Imagine my surprise. I'll see it again. And, Cars-like, I may come to love it. But words fail to describe my initial disappointment, as anyone with me on Saturday can attest. Sure, critics almost universally loved it, and it unsurprisingly raked in major bucks. Pixar's decline will be gradual, not sudden. But noone can survive indefinitely receiving nothing but sycophancy at every turn. Witness Oliver Cowdery, witness the Wachowskis with Matrix 2 & 3. I really really hope I'm wrong.

Friday, June 27, 2008


The longest year EVER of anticipation is over! I'm trying not to get too excited. Why aren't I watching it now?!?!?! Why am I sitting here at work typing this nonsense when I should be sitting in a theater watching it over and over and over and over and over?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

How did I miss this?

We watched this a few weeks ago and it shot nearly to the top of my all-time faves. It's more than just "the coolest British movie of 2007." Watch it. Love it. Crave it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

And in case you've forgotten that she's first and foremost an amazing talent...

Thanks again Becks and Posh.

Her look at 3:57 is just too awesome.

How Awesome is She?

I wish I had her strength of conviction.

Hot Dang

Thanks to Becks and Posh for reminding be about this amazing moment. I don't know that I had ever actually seen this clip all the way through. Can you imagine having been in this audience? Note the stunned silence at the end. Forgive my use of sentences of almost exactly equal length in this post.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More Like Passing Awesome!

Sadly, I could not find the Tonys performance. Granted, I didn't look very hard, but this should do. I can't get past the Rent-rehash feel in parts, but Stew is freaking awesome.

No Ordinary Sunday...

This is a great NOT recording, but what performances! Sadly, this production went home empty-handed. I really dig George's costume here. A big shoutout to Soldier #1, Richland, Washington's very own Santino Fontana!

And What Heights They Be....

To my faithful readers (all 3 of you): sorry I haven't posted in a week! How lame of me! I'll try to make up for the absence with a slew of good stuff today, starting with a tribute to Sunday's Tonys. I had heard great things about In the Heights, but this performance blew me away. Just watch, you'll see what I mean.

Monday, June 9, 2008