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how does an editor think and feel

If you know that you'll never do anything with filmmaking ever, watch this video about editing anyway. It will transform you from a passive, lumpy movie goer into a passionate attendee. From Tony Zhou at Every Frame a Painting.

For extra credit, take an hour and watch the rest of the videos on the YouTube channel. I guarantee that you'll find good movies more enjoyable and bad movies more intolerable.

everything is a remix (the force awakens)

Rather than continually defending Abrams' and Kasdan's decision to remix the original Star Wars story for The Force Awakens, I now just point naysayers to Kirby Ferguson's Everything is a Remix: The Force Awakens video. Calm, cool, intelligent and illuminating perspective about a topic that has almost become a religious war.

true bond

I'm not as a sad as some that Daniel Craig is leaving the world of James Bond. He did a complete body of work for the franchise and he's passing the torch at just the right time — while he's on top.

Craig is by far my most favorite Bond, and Skyfall is the best Bond movie ever made. Craig leaves a remarkable legacy behind him. His interpretation of the character was truly compelling.

the voyeur's motel

The epic and classy Gay Talese has new piece out.

Gerald Foos bought a motel in order to watch his guests having sex. He saw a lot more than that.

The Voyeur's Motel is a great Sunday read.

the returned

I'm only three episodes in, but this French made series (it has subtitles, those that are lazy need not watch) is just spectacular. A girl wakes up in the mountains above her village and returns home, only to find out that she was killed in an accident several years earlier.

There's an American remake, but I have it on good authority that the original is the best. One thing I'll say about French filmakers, they only cast remarkably beautiful people.

Update: Six episodes in. It just keeps getting better and better.

overcoming writer's block

For those times that I absolutely must pull myself together to get some words on paper, I like to get on an airplane going across the country. Being locked in an aluminum tube at 30,000 feet for five hours with all the in-flight coffee and mini bourbons that I can drink always does the trick. The ritual isn't remotely cost effective, but can you really put a price on creativity?