Vancouver Must Play Itself in Movies

What sounds better than Hollywood North? Vancouver, Canada.

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Vancouver: A Place People Recognize as Washington, Oregon, and California

I recently wrote about Vancouver's use as a substitute for various west coast American cities in film and television. Crews change signs, keep Vancouver's national sites out of focus, and commonly pass the city off as Seattle, or Portland, or any part of California The article is currently on Vancouver publication Hollywood North Magazine's site. Here's an excerpt. … Continue reading Vancouver: A Place People Recognize as Washington, Oregon, and California

Dr. Strangelove or: Visual Comedy’s Lack of Evolution

Reversal of expectations. You expect the man depicted above to read a pilot's manual. Instead, he reads a Playboy. In Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Peter Sellers portrays three of the principal characters. In each of his three roles, he either downplays the character's tics, or exaggerates them, forcing his character's actions to transition from plausibility into absurdity. Men fidget in their seats. … Continue reading Dr. Strangelove or: Visual Comedy’s Lack of Evolution

Frances McDormand’s Olive Kitteridge to Richard Jenkins’ Henry

One of the best devices for a TV series (or film, or book, or play, or any other thing one must sit through for longer than a few minutes) is that of the will-they/won't-they. It's a timeless dynamic. It provides the backbone for shows in ways we expect, like on Cheers, The Office, Friends, and in ways … Continue reading Frances McDormand’s Olive Kitteridge to Richard Jenkins’ Henry

Two Types of Comedy Podcasts, and What Draws Me to Them

I am not certain when the podcast as a form of entertainment / art / pastime really took hold in the mainstream; however, I am certain the medium has saturated most of my other interests, and that it's a good thing. Marc Maron It's possible podcasts became popular when comedian Marc Maron started having his old comedy … Continue reading Two Types of Comedy Podcasts, and What Draws Me to Them