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EDITOR’S NOTE: The films referred to in this columns were on Netflix at the time of this being written. They have since been removed. The films are available on Amazon Prime. You don’t have to peruse Netflix for too long to figure out it’s a treasure trove of low-budget B-movies, little-seen independent films and a whole spectrum of documentaries. But Netflix also has a good selection of classic films. This month, we’ll take a look at two histori...
In a plastic tub buried in a dark corner of my closet, there is a Ziploc bag that holds something rather precious to me. It is the remains of the best beard I ever grew. I was so attached to this beard, I named it Jorgen the Viking. Jorgen covered me, kept me warn in Idaho’s January deep freeze, and even made me feel more manly. In the end, I decided to shave Jorgen as prep for a writing project....
At one time, James “Whitey” Bulger was second only to Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Many times, such criminal kingpins become American folk heroes. They are seen as colorful characters who bucked the system and stood up to The Man. “Black Mass” doesn’t give us that kind of romanticized version of the Whitey Bulger story. And it’s a better movie for it. “Black Mass” charts Bulger’s (Johnny Depp) rise to crime lord while mirroring ...
As I was watching yet another of too many scenes of characters climbing for their lives in “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” I had the following thought: You’d have to be in super good shape to survive in the world in which this movie is set. When you’re pondering the physical condition of the characters in the movie you’re watching, that’s not a good thing. It means you’re not drawn into the story. It means you’re bored. And “The Scorch...
When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an astronaut more than I wanted pizza, cartoons or a new bike. Blame it on “Star Wars,” but I was fascinated by space. I wondered what was really up there, if there were spaceships zipping around blasting explosive bolts of deadly photons at each other. As I learned more about what space is actually like, it didn’t dampen my enthusiasm. I still wanted to go out exploring in the cosmos....
Who are the people in your neighborhood? You know, the people that you meet while you’re walking down the street each day? I’m sure you’ll meet teachers and bankers. You’ll also probably run across a few farmers maybe even a doctor or two. But, a book publisher? Here, in Idaho Falls? Isn’t publishing a big city game? Allow me to introduce you to Clark Chamberlain. He owns Raven International Publishing, a small company that not only publishes nov...
- University of UtahFilm Studies, 1998 - 2001
- Ricks CollegeGeneral Education, 1992 - 1994
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