NaNoWriMo and the Denver International Film Festival

This has been a crazy week. I’m trying to write 1700 words a day and attend films at the festival here in Denver at the same. I work in the same building where most of the films are showing, and I have been very lucky in that I have been able to attend many screenings … Continue reading

In Which I Can See the End of the Writing Desert

I am breathing again. It’s been a few months since I have been able to really say that. With buying a house, dealing with shifting friendships, moving, acting, and vacation, I have barely been able to think. Writing has truly been the last thing on my mind. My tweets are down to one or two … Continue reading

Attack the Block: The Movie You Didn’t Know You Had to See

A few days ago, I went to go see a film called Attack the Block. Now, I had high expectations for this film but that’s because I have lots of film friends who know about movies like these. However, I’m going to assume that a lot of you will have never heard of this film. … Continue reading

The Good, The Bad, and the Houses

It has been a long and hard couple of weeks. I guess when I said July was the month that was being mean to me, I should have just thrown August in there too. Some good things are happening though, now that we’re nearing the end, and there is a light at the end of … Continue reading

Cowboys and Aliens VS. Captain America

Okay, yes, yes, these are two completely different films. I agree. But I saw both of them this weekend and liked one a lot more than the other. Can you guess which one? It was Captain America. The ways in which these films differ: One is about aliens and Cowboys and Indians (oh my!). The … Continue reading

In Which I Discover the Night Circus

I am reading an advanced reader’s copy of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I am not finished – I am a mere 200 pages into the book, and I am mesmerized. There’s something about the way it is written, the slow, dreamy pacing and the attention to sensory detail that keeps me reading after I … Continue reading

Bridesmaids is Funny, or, the Women in Film Epiphany

Before you start reading, I’m going to drop a bomb on you. Bridesmaids is NOT a chick flick. Repeat, NOT a chick flick. not a romantic comedy. Not a romantic dramedy. It’s a comedy with women. And there is a huge difference. Okay, I’ve harped on this a lot. Women aren’t given a large enough … Continue reading

I Don’t Believe in Sidekicks

No, seriously – I tried sidekicks.  I tried the kid who runs along behind the hero, taking notes while the hero kicks butt. I tried the boy/girl who is quirky and has weird hair and is madly in love with the protagonist. I tried the best friend who wishes he/she could be in the spotlight … Continue reading

In Which There is a Pause, or, Finding the Motivation

There is a moment in your life when you wonder what you’re doing here. Scratch that – there are millions of moments, millions and billions of pauses we take throughout our lifetime when we wonder what we’re doing here. Growing up, I knew what I wanted. I still do – but I also thought it … Continue reading

We Have A Problem

We have a problem. We as in, the human race. Okay, we have several problems. Hundreds, thousands. But I’m going to talk about one. Pride. The absence or refusal of shame. Yesterday, I witnessed a blatant bridge burning on Facebook. Yes, Facebook (word of advice: if you’d like to burn a bridge with one person, … Continue reading