Nine crucial lessons from Breaking Bad's pilot

Breaking Bad did okay for itself. But all of this mayhem began with just one episode…

Candivan becomes Cideshow

The Candivan is finally arriving at its destination…

AFI film school #17: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — Not me

Up until I hit “watch” on Netflix, I thought I was about to see a biopic on some of the racier moments of Virginia Woolf’s life. Instead…

AFI film school #16: Gone with the Wind — Hungry again

Eighty years ago a movie came out that affected movies forever. Sure, the same could be said…

AFI film school #15: Midnight Cowboy — I'm talking here

There is no movie like this one…

Petition Granted -- Why most show finales suck and what to do about it

You invest years into a show. An hour a week--maybe around a hundred hours overall. Talking about it with your friends…

AFI film school #14: Do the Right Thing — The truth Ruth

Overall, this movie is asking a question, and it’s a question that Mookie could have asked Da Mayor after he delivered the film’s titular line: “what is the right thing…

AFI film school #13: The Wizard of Oz — Home away from home

One of the most beautiful things about the film is its simplicity. It’s a clarity often found in family films. The more “adult” a movie gets…

AFI film school #12: 2001: A Space Odyssey — A movie and a monolith

I have to admit: doing these film analyses of the AFI top 100 movies is a daunting task. Not only is it…

AFI film school #11: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest — Medication time

This is a personal one for me, as this particular movie is what made me want to make movies…