We were tired of seeing the stereotypes: helpless children sifting through garbage with distended bellies and flies in their eyes or bloodthirsty warlords toting AK-47s, and not much in between. We saw how these stereotypes hurt everyone.
When an actor is cast for a role, and the movie/show becomes a success, it is quite easy for the actor to be consistently typecast as that character, or similar versions of him, in future projects. Of course, there are cases in which the actor is simply not good enough.
While the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, the marijuana initiative is having an appropriately slower, but steady climb into legality. That said, we thought we'd take a look at some of cinema's greatest proponents of the stoner lifestyle.
I interviewed character actor Steve Zahn, one of film's most visible faces over the past 20 years, in 2009. He was memorably funny, energetic and self-effacing, much like the characters he tends to play.
Dr. Orujyan, who I count as a personal friend and a mutual source of inspiration, is an American immigrant success story that's still being told.
Summer books are supposed to be entertaining, romantic, sexy and amusing. They should also be easy to read and easy to enjoy. BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews fits this description to a "t". Andrews' book has enough of a plot to give the book weight but not enough of one to sink you into depression.
Famous people make easy and sometimes effective targets for our message. But what was the message here? That canned hunting is worse than other hunting?
It took watching a recent Academy Award nominated film to put forth the following question. Are British actors superior in both talent and desirability, in most cases, than American actors? And it is such a question, which certainly is not the first time it's ever been asked.
First, here's a big shout-out to Whitney Staeb and Brooke Smith of Roots & Honey Herbs for recently turning me onto a wonderful, homemade herbal tincture called Brain Bloom.
American actors are not always the first choices to play the most American of characters. And while I love those from abroad, I don't want all my favorite roles taken from them.
"A theme I'm obsessed with is the tension between human nature and the frameworks designed to curb the worst and promote the best of it."
There are basically two kinds of sci-fi films. One kind is the easily digestible. But not so Interstellar, which is the other kind of sci-fi film. For it's unconventional.
Here's the dilemma: I saw Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was 12 years old, and to say it was a formative experience is an understatement. The film fundamentally changed the way I thought about science fiction, narrative story-telling, and the nature of film itself.
We share our takes on the new Michael Keaton starrer Birdman, and then dive deep into Christopher Nolan's epic new film, Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and discuss why it may be a 2014 favorite for both of them.
Have you seen Christopher Nolan's Interstellar yet? It's generating a lot of discussion both about the story and the science, and as one of the characters explains in the movie, the science focuses around Einstein's theory of relativity. As the author of a new book about that theory, I thought I should weigh in on the movie.
The science is laid on with a mallet, beating you into acceptance with every gibberish-sounding theory possible. I am not saying it is not all true. I don't know. I just know I didn't understand anything past the first worm hole reference.