Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Amazing Mr. X (Movie Review)

The Story: A suave spiritualist promises to help a woman contact her deceased husband’s spirit, but the woman’s fiance and little sister are suspicious of the man. Is the spiritualist what he claims to be, or a con man, or something even more sinister?

My Thoughts: While this little-known film is perhaps not slick enough to please some modern viewers, fans of older movies, especially those of the mystery, horror, and thriller variety, will find much to like. It particularly surprised me by containing unusually well-done characterizations, including the complex title character.

The ending feels a bit clumsy, but it is adequate enough that it doesn’t hurt the film much. This movie begs to be remade with better writing at the end and the benefit of modern special effects. The right filmmakers could capture the irrepressible charm this movie has and polish it into something truly special.

Content Overview: Mild violence and scariness.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What Band Makes the Best Music Videos?

An image from Family Force 5's "Cray Button" music video.

I listen to a lot of music, and I also watch a lot of music videos. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that one band has stood out by consistently making the most entertaining music videos: Family Force 5.

This is perhaps not a comprehensive observation. I don’t watch all music videos that are released. Even so, the fact that I come back to re-watch the videos of Family Force 5 more than those of any other band shows that they are least in the top tier of bands when it comes to their music videos.

As an introduction to the videos of Family Force 5, here are their top 5 most popular music videos on YouTube.

#1 Chainsaw



#2 Cray Button



#3 Zombie



#4 Wobble



#5 BZRK



What band do you think makes the best music videos?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Snakebite (Western Short Story)


My newest short story, "Snakebite," just came out in TRC magazine. It's a humorous western tale about a preacher who takes on a gang of outlaws by pretending to be a ghost.

You can read the story online here.

Let me know what you think!