R. I. P. – Nelsan Ellis (1978 – 2017)

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Nelsan Ellis. I worked with him briefly on True Blood and found him to be a very gracious and very giving actor. He was not only talented but bright, friendly and conversational. I asked him if he wouldn’t mind appearing on our podcast and he agreed…

SFFILM 60 – Not So Black and White (“Infinity Baby”)

Recently screened at the 60th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, Bob Byington’s Infinity Baby has all the hallmarks of modern independent film – a quirky concept masking a comment on the modern human condition, crisp (black and white) cinematography, a soundtrack by some hip musician and a cast of indie stalwarts. Combined they make…

SFFILM 60 – Brokeback Mutton (“God’s Own Country”)

One wouldn’t think that Ang Lee’s seminal Brokeback Mountain would be ripe for a remake already, but damned if first time feature director Francis Lee hasn’t moved the action from the American West to the hills of Yorkshire, England and come up with a comparable film. Recently screened at the 60th Annual San Francisco International…

The 10 Worst Christmas Songs

Well, it’s that time of year again – actually, that “time of year” seems to have been moved up to mid-October – when we are inundated with some of the most sappy and/or annoying musical performances ever committed to vinyl/tape/digital media. If you listen to radio (what’s that?), watch television, or surf the web, you…

The 10 Worst Christmas Movies

Once again, through the miracle of 8,000 TV channels needing to fill time, EVERY Christmas-themed movie ever made can be seen at some time on some station and often for multiple times. They can’t all be good. In fact, some are quite bad. Reallllly bad. Like fruitcake. Here are ten to say “Bah Humbug” to……

R. I. P. – Robert Loggia (1930 – 2015)

One of the most recognizable and dependable character actors on screen for the last 50 years, Robert Loggia has left a tremendous legacy on film and television. From appearances on such memorable early television series as Wagon Train, Naked City, The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color to such classic films…