This is the one. This is the one I’ll be remembered for. – Ed Wood (1994)
Here is a selection of what I consider my best work…
The Wild, Untold Story of The Good Life: How a ’90s Indie Movie Tried (and Failed) to Survive Stolen Golf Clubs, an MMA Pioneer, Mexican Crocodiles and the Stallone Brothers
Little White Lies (February 2017)
In 1996, an indie film titled The Good Life starring Frank Stallone, Andrew Dice Clay, David Carradine, and Beverly D’Angelo and featuring a cameo by Sylvester Stallone began shooting in Miami. After a tumultuous production that even involved moving the shoot from Miami to Mexico in less than a week, The Good Life made it to completion only to be prevented from release by lawsuits. This is the wild, unbelievable story behind this never-seen-by-the-public movie as told to me by the cast and crew.
Interview: Todd Black, Producer of Fences
Creative Screenwriting (February 2017)
Though playwright August Wilson died in 2005, his screenplay for the film adaptation of his Pulitizer Prize-winning play Fences was produced by director-star Denzel Washington in 2017. This article covers the long history of bringing Fences to cinemas and includes quotes from producer Todd Black about honoring Wilson’s words on screen.
Creative Screenwriting (December 2014)
This interview with Richard Linklater about his Best Picture-nominated film Boyhood was quoted by the New York Times, Time.com. USAToday.com, and Rolling Stone. (December 2014)
MovieBuzzers.com (October 2014)
One of my all-time favorite television shows is Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014), a dramatization of the Prohibition Era in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Before the final episode aired, I wrote an appreciation for Atlantic City, the 1980 film directed by Louis Malle about the transformation of America’s Playground from a haven for organized crime to a modern resort of legalized gambling. This feature compares Boardwalk Empire to Atlantic City and explains why the latter serves as a poignant coda to the era depicted in Boardwalk Empire.
The Big Picture (October 2014)
Robert Altman’s 1980 musical Popeye is one of the most underappreciated films of both Altman and star Robin Williams. This is my defense of the “box office bomb” that wasn’t.
MovieMarker.com (July 2014)
Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables franchise rejuvenated the careers of several action heroes of the 1980s and 1990s. It also bolstered the macho movie acting resumes of several combat sports crossover stars. This feature examines how Stallone’s old-school throwback franchise became a career kickstarter for many involved.
Artéfact Magazine (August 2012)
Though most of my writing has to do with film and theater, I do write about other aspects of culture from time-to-time. This article documents the little-known history that New York City played in the development of the Blues, a city not often associated with that musical genre. I first presented a version of this at at Hofstra University’s 1935: The Reality and the Promise conference, and it was later published in the initial issue of Artéfact Magazine, a French-Canadian culture magazine. The story starts on page 35.