Showing posts from May, 2011

Twitter Story Experiment

I've always been interested in new ways to get your writing out there and all the different ways to tell your story to a new, and (hopefully) wider audience.

I'm going to experiment with telling one of the Morelli Brother stories via Twitter updates. I'm going to publish the first one from the collection, The Importance of Being Ernesto. My only promise is that I'll follow through with one story and we'll see how it goes from there. I'm curious to see if there's any increase in Twitter followers. Right now, as of today, I have 367.

Here's to experimenting . . .

Indy Film Column - Malibu Magazine

Ask fifty people for the definition of what an independent film is and most likely you’ll get fifty different answers. If a film is made by independent wing of a studio, does that make it an “Indy?” Can films still even be independent, when “Independent” has arguably become a genre unto itself? How about if it’s just distributed by a major studio, how about then? What if it tackles a topic that mainstream films won’t, or maybe it’s a just a guy with maxed out credit cards who got a bunch of pals together to make a films where they talk about Star Wars and swear a lot? Let’s say a major star takes a giant pay cut, or a TV star wants to write and direct, what then? Do foreign films count? How about documentaries? 
Could there be even an independent “aesthetic?” If a particular director, screenwriter, actor, or actress is attached, does that guarantee it’s indy? Do indy films look different than studio pics? As far as I’m concerned, the answer to all those questions is “yes” An independen…

Summer Movies Column - Malibu Magazine

My summer movie preview column for Malibu Magazine. Not saying I still stand by really any of these picks.

Artist Profile - Jerrell Conner

This is a profile I wrote on artist Jerrell Conner for Long Beach Magazine.

“In a way, it kind of runs in the family,” says artist Jerrell Conner. “I’m the youngest of five, so my brother and sisters always did some kind of artistic thing of merit. I think that helped inspire me early on. Actually, some of the first memories I had were of drawing.”
At one time, Jerrell Conner was a little kid inspired by comic books who spent his time drawing Star Wars battle sequences and winning yearbook art contests that people told not to bother entering because he was only in 6th grade.
Since then, Conner has grown into a renaissance man. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and published his thesis, “Revelations,” as the first in a series of three graphic novels, for which he wrote the story as well as did the art for. Conner took more work on his shoulders, but maintained his independence as an artist as a self-publisher.
“For me, I think that [self-publishing] was the …

Holiday Film Column - Malibu Magazine

My film column that appeared in Malibu Magazine. In this one, I picked a few movies for the winter/holiday film season. Some of my early Oscar picks were right on, while there's one in there that stinks up the joint.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Release date: 11/18

I know a lot of adults who’ve begrudgingly said something to the order of, “You know, I thought they were kids books…but I really liked ‘um.” The same can finally be said for the Harry Potter films. For me, I started with the third book, and think the fourth, “Goblet of Fire” is the best of the book series thus far and the movie version looks to be the best of the films. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the 734 pages they get on the screen as Harry, Ron, and Hermione face evil head-on and are forced once more to grow up as fast in the story as the three actors seem to do in real life. The Tri-Wizard Tournament and the looming shadow of a re-emerging He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named might be one thing, but how on Ho…

King of the Cage - Final Conflict Report

This is a write up of mine that covered a King of the Cage mixed martial arts event held at Soboba Casino. This originally appeared in Skinnie Magazine.

Rain couldn’t stop fans from packing the outdoor venue at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Ca. to see another great night of MMA action, courtesy of King of the Cage’s “Final Conflict.” The fans enjoyed two title fights on a packed card of 19 fights. Huntington Beach’s Rob McCullough came to the ring with the most stacked corner of the night, escorted by both PrideFC veteran Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former UFC light-heavyweight champ, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz. McCullough displayed a well-defined, solid standup attack in his second round stoppage Gabe Rivas. After submitting Albert Hill with a slick armbar only 0:12 seconds into the first round, Nam Pham called out KOTC 155lb. champ, Mac Danzig, setting up a future title match. 
The first of two title fights saw Manny Tapia, fighting out of Millenia Jiu-Jitsu, display…

Artist Profile - Steven Cedre Jr.

As appeared originally in Long Beach Magazine.

Imagine that you’re an artist walking into the local art gallery to have a look around. Some of the work you like, you think it’s good, and of the other work . . . let’s just say that you’ve seen better. In fact, you’ve produced better and you’re not afraid to tell the gallery that and that they should show your work instead. The gallery takes you up your challenge and asks you to bring your work in. You do and they like it, but there’s no way they would hang it up and you would go on to become one of the gallery’s regulars, right?
“Well, guess what? They hung it up,” laughs Long Beach by way of the Bronx, Puerto Rican artist Steven Cedre Jr. as he explains how he became associated with Gallery 33 East in Long Beach.
His work is now on display at the gallery where he’s had the unique perspective of watching people observe his artwork. By his own admission, he doesn’t look like your stereotypical artist, and thus, is able to blend in with t…

The Official Scorecard - UFC 129 - St. Pierre vs. Shield

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UFC 129 made history as the largest event in UFC and North American MMA history with over 55,000 in attendance at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. It’s safe to say that everyone was there to see Georges St. Pierre defend his UFC Welterweight Championship against Jake Shields, who had won the gold in every major organization he’s competed in up to this point. UFC 129 was also the final chapter in the epic career of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture who took on Lyoto Machida in light heavyweight tilt. Somewhat overshadowed by the main event and the Couture vs. Machida bout was the first UFC Featherweight Championship fight as Jose Also put his strap on the line against Canadian Mark Hominick.
The Molson Canadian has been polished off and the judge has made his decision, so let’s go to the scorecard!
Main Event UFC Welterweight Championship Georges St. Pierre (21-2) vs. Jake Shields (26-4-1) The consensus seem…