The Love/Hate Relationship with Film Franchises

  I’ve been critical of the lessons learned from the rampant franchise development  and blockbuster methodology of motion picture production that has come to dominate Hollywood for the past several decades.  I’ve voiced my concerns in the classroom...
Showrunner Roundtable (Breaking Bad, Mad Men & The Newsroom)

Showrunner Roundtable (Breaking Bad, Mad Men & The Newsroom)

Drama Showrunner Roundtable: It is an odd reversal of fate that television, which historically always strived to be more cinematic, would eventually feed our narrative appetites and desires far more substantively than the motion picture industry.  Over the luxurious...
My Contribution to a New Jess Franco Book

My Contribution to a New Jess Franco Book

I’m very happy to announce that on the heels of my book, the forthcoming Sex, Sadism and Spain: The Spanish Horror Film (Scarecrow Press).  I’m also contributing a chapter to an edited volume on the Films of Jess Franco – edited by Ian Olney and...
Touchdown Philae!

Touchdown Philae!

It is nothing short of astonishing what happens when human beings come together in a common and shared goal. We are godlike in our accomplishments  – when we reach for them together. https://soundcloud.com/esaops/a-singing-comet...