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…