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Extended and Prolapsed Naval Gazing PSH

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Extended and Prolapsed Naval Gazing PSH

When I got out of the shower on Super Bowl Sunday, I had a missed call from my dad, because that’s what dad’s do, they call you from across the country just because it’s Super Bowl Sunday. One day my dad won’t be around anymore to call me on the Super Bowl and I thought of that. Before I called him back I checked Twitter and saw the breaking news: Phillip Seymour Hoffman died.

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“Nobody summons Megatron!” or On Nihilist, True-Neutral Villains In Kids Entertainment

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“Nobody summons Megatron!” or On Nihilist, True-Neutral Villains In Kids Entertainment

Whilst procrastinating housework today an internet rabbit hole reminded me of Transformers: The Movie (G1 animated continuity). It’s a popular piece of pop-commercial crassness for manchildren of my ilk to cite, but one of the few worthy of the merit and nostalgia. (Well, the first third of it, anyway.) It’s my favorite kind of kids entertainment, because like Disney’s Bambi or Nickelodeon’s Ren and StimpyTransformers: The Movie subversively prompts kids minds toward adult ideas.

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2012 Year In Review

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2012 Year In Review

This post is three months late, but I wrote most of it back in December. I just never got around to finishing. For the twenty of you still reading… may it be said I always follow through. (Eventually.)

I just didn’t catalogue my consumption this year. There were but 21 measly posts on CGT in 2012.

What new music did I listen to? I’m not sure. That probably says more about me than new music. I know Morrissey, The Cure, Oingo Boingo, Madness, Against Me!, The Buzzcocks, GBV, R.E.M., The Vaccines, Yuck, and Refused got a lot of play off my ‘pod this year. I wasn’t interested in new music for whatever reason. I listened to a lot of podcasts, though.

I probably went out to see local music five times, and four of those (at least) were The Henry Clay People. I didn’t even bother to see touring bands outside that Thing Out In the Desert that I love to go to every year.

I thought it was a pretty great year for movies, a terrific mix of good dramas (Lincoln, The Master) and nerd fare (The Avengers, Skyfall).

The big news in 2012 for me was that I got engaged and married. What the what? This blog used to be a chronicle a young, drunken single man’s late night exploits through the dark and twisted corridors of underground indie rock. If I still blogged about my nightly exploits, it would involve a lot of Seinfeld rerun recaps.

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Status Update, November 2012

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Status Update, November 2012

Ho there, Classical Geek Thespians! Remember when these beer-stained internet pages were a music blog? Yeah, me either. Remember when they were to be the homebase central for my burgeoning screenwriting career? Oh, the best laid plans of Mice and Men!

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Reflections, lamentations, and a pithy defense of The Phantom Menace in 3D

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Reflections, lamentations, and a pithy defense of The Phantom Menace in 3D

I just got back from seeing Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D. I don’t believe I’ve watched a Star Wars movie in over six years, since I watched all six episodes in one sitting. The flaws of the prequel trilogy (and original trilogy) are well-established and need not be revisited. (For my thoughts on the matter, peep this four year old post.) Let it be said I was a Class-A Star Wars nerd at the peak of Star Wars fandom.

After the jump, my thoughts and reflections revisiting The Phantom Menace nearly thirteen years after its original release.

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My current creative process

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My current creative process

If you want to write for television, which I do, there are two kinds of scripts you should write: a spec (an episode of an existing show) or an original pilot. You need a spec or three to enter the studio fellowship programs. The current trend in management firms and agencies, though, is to take-on clients based on their original pilot.

So it follows that my last six months have been spent writing adaptations of known pulp sword-and-sorcery properties that I don’t own the rights to. Yep. Perfectly useless scripts, except maybe as a second writing sample. Here’s why I have chosen this foolish path:

  1. I have these scripts “in me”. (Kinky!) Every original idea I get ends up being exposed as a way to write these adaptations without actually writing them. So I decided to write them anyway. It gets them out of my system.
  2. I’m passionate about these stories, which means I don’t procrastinate. When in doubt, take the path that keeps you writing every day.
  3. Related: the most important thing for me, at this stage of my “career,” is to write every day.
  4. Sword and Sorcery is “my genre,” I’ve discovered, so I should write that.
  5. I enjoy adaptation, and I feel like “Go-to Guy for Adapting Fanboy Stuff to TeeVee” is a good, marketable angle for me as a writer.
  6. Fuck the rules.


Another Wes Anderson Movie.

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Another Wes Anderson Movie.

With nigh-infinite creators publishing nigh-infinite content, nobody ever earns your eternal admiration anymore. What Have You Done For Me Lately? is always an appropriate question to ask an auteur who sells their wares through a multi-national corporate apparatus. Wes Anderson.

I always felt Bottle Rocket and Rushmore were over-rated. The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my favorite movies, and is much more substantive than those first two efforts. Life Aquatic left me nonplussed and I thought The Darjeeling Limited was lazy. I thought The Fantastic Mr. Fox was phenomenal. You probably feel differently about some of those pictures one way or another, but a fair assessment of Wes Anderson is that his record is spotty and inconsistent, if at least usually worth talking about.

So let’s talk about this Moonrise Kingdom trailer.

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CGT End of Year 2010 Lists

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CGT End of Year 2010 Lists

Even though I liked 2010’s new music more than the last couple years, my new music libido took a serious hit. To me, 2010 sounds like Guided by Voices, old Superchunk, Pavement, Lifter Puller, and early career Thermals.

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GOOD INTERNETS: Writers on Process

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GOOD INTERNETS: Writers on Process

Benjamin Opipari is an English PhD., in-house writing instructor for an international law firm, and a freelance music writer for The Washington Post. He recently found this humble little blog and sent me a very kind, complimentary email. I think his site, Writers on Process, would be of interest to you.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Machete

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MOVIE REVIEW: Machete

Robert Rodriguez is one of my favorite genre directors. His book, Rebel Without a Crew, convinced me to move to Los Angeles and buy a camera. So when Rodriguez releases a feature, I check it out. Machete did not disappoint.

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