Ian Watkins

I talk a big game about giving pedophiles mental health treatment instead of jail time, and then I come across cases like Ian Watkins.  Even I think that there’s room in a prison for this guy; the lack of remorse is arresting. A long time ago, I came across the show TO CATCH A PREDATOR …

Patterns: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (AND ARC)

If you’re a screenwriter you’ve probably talked a great deal already about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: it fascinates people.  It’s so “typical” in its structure yet so “atypical” at the same time. This is a special movie; like James Bond, but more rough & tumble, with a mystical, divine intervention.  Jamie Nash was dubious …

Double Bill: MAX and THE RAVEN, or “Pseudo-biopics”

MAX is about Adolf Hitler (widely considered to be one the world’s greatest evil world-dominating dictators) while THE RAVEN is about Edgar Allen Poe (widely considered to be a deeply influential genius of dark literature). Not content to settle for boring, real-life stories about these compelling, dark, passionate, intriguing personalities, the filmmakers in both cases …