Movies That Changed Everything: The Complete 12 Part Series

March 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

Movies That Changed Everything: The Complete Series

I’m an aspiring filmmaker and like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.

Movies  That Changed Everything is a twelve part series examining the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Lord Of The Rings

The Matrix

Pulp Fiction

Pan’s Labyrinth

There Will Be Blood


A Few Good Men

The Sixth Sense

The Dark Knight

Good Will Hunting


What films inspired you?

10 Flicks: Best Picture Losers

February 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

10 Flicks: The top 10 best picture nominees that didn't win.

We all know the movies that should have won.  But there are years when the right movie wins while others are just as deserving.  That’s the fun of the Oscars.  Everyone has their favorites.  Everyone makes their picks.

But there can only be one Best Picture each year.

Here are 10 of the best losers:

A Clockwork Orange

LOST TO: The French Connection

The Shawshank Redemption

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

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Gangs Of New York

LOST TO: Chicago

Star Wars

LOST TO: Annie Hall

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There Will Be Blood

LOST TO: No Country For Old Men

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E.T The Extra Terrestrial

LOST TO: Ghandi

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LOST TO: The English Patient


LOST TO: Dances With Wolves

Saving Private Ryan

LOST TO: Shakespeare In Love

Pulp Fiction

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

The Final Rainy Sunday: The Beauty Of Lazy Day Movies

November 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm

The Final Rainy Sunday: The Beauty Of Lazy Day Movies

Rainy Sundays was one of the first features I created for this blog.

It was about appreciated those lazy days when you put on your favorite movies and escape.

Who doesn’t love a good Sunday afternoon indoors watching movies?

Personally, my ideal Rainy Sunday includes a good drama, a comforter, a massive sandwich or pizza and some form of candy.  It’s even better when there’s enough time to sneak in a double feature.

What movies do you love to watch on rainy days?

After more than 30 picks, I’ve decided to move on so this will be the FINAL Rainy Sunday post.

Below you’ll find the complete Rainy Sunday Series.

Perhaps, I’ll resurrect the feature someday but I think I’ve made my point.  There’s nothing like a good movie on a lazy day.

Beauty & The Beast

My Life

Man On Fire


The Last Samurai

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Toy Story 1 & 2

There Will Be Blood

Gangs Of New York

Mortal Kombat

True Lies

An Evening With Kevin Smith

A Beautiful Mind

Field Of Dreams

FIELD OF DREAMS, Ray Liotta, Kevin Costner Lazy Day Movies

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

I Am Sam

The Shawshank Redemption

The Muppet Movie


Alice In Wonderland

Crimson Tide

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The Lion King

Movies to watch on a lazy day The Lion King

Return To Paradise

All Dogs Go To Heaven


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Dazed and Confused

Ninja Turtles

Movies to watch on a lazy day Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Christmas Vacation

A Bronx Tale

Cool Runnings

Uncle Buck

The Mighty Ducks

The Sandlot

Movies To Watch on a lazy day The Sandlot

My personal favorite on this list still has to be The Sandlot.

To me, there is no better lazy day movie.

Movies That Changed Everything: There Will Be Blood

September 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

Movies That Changed Everything: There Will Be Blood

I’m an aspiring filmmaker.  Like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.  This series will examine twelve of the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.  Films that have greatly influenced the filmmaker I hope to become someday…

There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day Lewis Daniel Plainview There Will Be Blood

Character is king.

If you can create a character strong enough to carry a film practically alone you are a gifted and talented storyteller.

This is what I strive to be.

It’s easy to set your goals high when you have movies like There Will Be Blood to turn to for inspiration.  Paul Thomas Anderson created an incredible screenplay based on (what I’m assuming is) an equally incredible novel.

There Will Be Blood feeds my constant need to feel inspired. To be excited about telling stories.

It’s addictive.

Daniel Plainview is a fascinating character and thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance, he will surely go down as one of the best characters in film history.  However, the story doesn’t rely only on it’s main character.  The entire world is unique and interesting.  I love the quiet pacing of the film and the way it portrays the oil industry.  Everything about this movie is inspiring in subtle but profound ways.

I truly feel like an amazing group of artists got together and created something legendary with this film.

The perfect storm.

Daniel Day Lewis Daniel Plainview There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson

Yet it’s the character that I keep coming back to.Watching Mr. Plainview descend deeper and deeper into darkness is an unreal journey to witness.  Every single time I see it, it makes me want to sit down and create something new and original.  It makes me want to be a better writer.

It makes me want to really put the work in and develop a complex character.This is no easy task.  Still, continually putting in the effort is inspiring enough.  Just the thought of creating someone like Daniel Plainview keeps me going.  It keeps me typing.  It keeps my imagination running wild.  The possibilities are endless.

It’s easy to say There Will Be Blood changed the way I looked at movies.  This brilliant film literally changed the way I think about film and my entire approach to writing interesting characters.

Effort.  Creativity.  Fun.

These are the elements that keep me glued to the screen.

Blank pages beware.

10 Flicks: Character Driven Movies

August 30, 2010 at 8:57 pm

10 Flicks: Movies That Explore One Character

Character studies.  Character analysis.

Character driven movies…

Movies that explore one character’s rise and/or fall fascinate me.

Movies with interesting and iconic characters that reasonate are incredible achievement.  Every movie fan has a different connection to these powerful characters and that’s what makes them unique.

Everyone relates differently.  Everyone has a favorite.

At the end of the day, movies that focus on one character’s life and the challenges they encounter are truly works of art.

Here are 10 of my favorites:

Cast Away

Chuck Noland

Into The Wild

Chris McCandless


Tony Montana

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Scarface Character Driven Movies

Taxi Driver

Travis Bickle


Rocky Balboa

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

R.P McMurphy

Kill Bill

The Bride

There Will Be Blood

Daniel Plainview

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