Showing posts from August, 2014

Why I Still Love The Simpsons: The Continuum of Nostalgia

The Simpsons went on the air in December 1989. I was born in April 1988. I don't remember a time in my life when I couldn't look forward to watching a new episode of The Simpsons. With FXX acquiring the rights to rebroadcast every episode of The Simpsons, starting today with a marathon of all 552 episodes plus the movie, as well as a complete online database, "Simpsons World," coming soon, it is likely the world will soon suffer a mass shortage of productivity.
As many will flock to the Internet to finally be able to watch "classic" episodes of the show, myself included, I will also be in front of my television on Sunday night at 8PM (or more realistically, on Hulu a few days later), awaiting a new episode. The reason is that I still believe that The Simpsons is a great show.

We've all had this argument. It's that same conversation about Indiana JonesDie Hard, SNL or, of course, Star Wars. With Star Wars, it is easier to separate the good from the…

My Issue With Arguing For Film Over Digital

Firstly, let me state that I love film and believe that filmmakers who want to shoot on film should be able to shoot on it. The look and dynamic range of celluloid remains a precious tool. There's also a certain magic in the process, including not knowing exactly what you're getting until it's developed. I would love to see film continue to be used for years to come. Unfortunately the economics of filmmaking have drastically changed in the past few years. For some reason, however, whenever the debate of "film vs. digital" (or "film v. digital" as Zack Snyder would probably say) comes up every couple of months, I find myself somewhat annoyed by the commentary of pro-film directors, such as Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan.
One simple explanation is this: I wouldn't be a filmmaker if it weren't for digital. Neither would Lena Dunham or Shane Carruth or Garreth Edwards. When Tarantino, on digital, states, "I hate that stuff. I shoot film…