Tag Archives: drama

Best Movies of 2020

2020 was truly a game-changer. Among other public venues, movie theaters became almost invisible. Result? 2020 Academy Award nominees (which requires a theatrical release) are dominated by low-budget indies. Second, movie studios have permanently shifted their emphasis to a split … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Videos | Tagged , , , , , , | 30 Comments

Gifts of Love and Laughter

Both of my multi-award-winning feature films Healing River and Notzilla are out on DVD.* They’re perfect for stocking stuffers or small gifts. And if you order right away, you should get them just in time for Christmas! Healing River, a … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Quips and Quotes | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Pizza Forever!

Full Stomach, Fuller Heart (an occasional series) It’s been called the world’s most perfect food. Why? Apparently, because it includes every taste and texture we crave, all in one dish: sweet, savory, chewy, crunchy. Oh yeah, and cheese, tons of … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Memoir | Tagged , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Two Movies at Once!

I never dreamed I’d have two feature films, as a writer-director, in release at the same time–and two such completely different movies, too! Our distributor decided that, rather than wait as originally intended, they’d release my new comedy Notzilla right … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Videos | Tagged , , , , , , | 47 Comments

A Filmmaker’s Journal

It’s Almost Here! My multi-award-winning feature film Healing River (formerly titled Over-the-Rhine) will premiere tomorrow, Friday, May 15, on Amazon Prime! I’ll post the new trailer and a direct link to the movie on Amazon tomorrow. (You can watch or … Continue reading

Posted in For Pastors and Teachers, Movies, Popular Culture & Entertainment | Tagged , , , , , , | 81 Comments

Tips for Writers: Frustrate Your Hero

Writers, I know what you’re thinking, “Well, of course. I always seek the Rolling Stones’ advice when I’m creating characters and storylines.” Or maybe not. But Mick does have a point: Instead of building a conventional dramatic arc by having … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Humor, Quips and Quotes, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 26 Comments

How to be Funny

Why Funny Matters Whether you’re a writer, teacher, politician or mortician, this three-part series will help you be wittier–or I’ll refund every penny you’ve paid! My first career was about funny. I spent 13+ years in sketch comedy (Isaac Air … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Memoir, Quips and Quotes, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 18 Comments

A Life-Changer

Three years ago this month, we began production on Over-the-Rhine, my first feature film as a writer-director-producer. I’d made many short films over the years, but this was the first time anyone had ever put up the funding necessary for … Continue reading

Posted in Memoir, Movies, Popular Culture & Entertainment | Tagged , , , , , , | 34 Comments

The Best Movies of 2018

Part Two To read Part One (Comedies and Action Movies) click here. Best Dramas BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee’s best film in years. Not quite up there with Do the Right Thing or Malcom X, but still fires on all four … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Popular Culture & Entertainment | Tagged , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Movies That Have Changed Me

The Dramas I started this series with Comedies, at least in part because I’d discovered at any early age that getting laughs at the cost of time-outs under the teacher’s desk was worth it (yes, some of my grade school … Continue reading

Posted in For Pastors and Teachers, Memoir, Movies, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Videos, Writing | Tagged , , , | 19 Comments