“Cinema of the Street” in Washington DC, QA


On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015,  a group called “Street Sense” held a second session of “Cinema of the Street”, produced by Bryan Bello, with two forty minute films made as video diaries by homeless women.

The first film was “Raise to Rise” by Sasha Williams, and the second was “Who Should I Be Grateful to” by Cynthia Mewborn.

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(Published Friday, August 28. 2015 at 11:15 AM EDT)


“Dark City” may bear some resemblance to my own screenplay(s)


On a recent trip, a friend, a high school English teacher, mentioned the 1998 film “Dark City“, directed by Alex Proyas, from New Line.  I recall seeing the film in Minnesota and that Roger Ebert loved it.

The film is a bit parallel to my own (in development) “Do Ask, Do Tell” script in that a protagonist wakes up in an alien environment and is not sure how he could have gotten there.

It turns out that the “Dark City” is a kind of artificial alien planetoid, with a boundary called “Shell Beach”.  The protagonist, John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) and has to interact with the mysterious Dr. Schreber (Keifer Sutherland) and inspector Bumstead (William Hurt).  It seems as though the city, which is rather like an overgrown toy world, is always being manipulated and changed by the “Strangers” who are endangered aliens.  Murdoch is also wrongly suspected of a “murder”.

You could say that the “strangers” are roughly analogous to the “angel candidates” in my script, but then there needs to be an equivalence to the other “proles” (like “Bill”) and even to the kids growing up there.

I don’t have an equivalent concept to “trading identities” or mixing the timeline life memories of various individuals;  but that instead is something that happens in my novel “Angel’s Brother” (with the help of  a bizarre virus that encapsulates mini black holes).

The movie has been compared to the Matrix Trilogy, which is a bit of a stretch (I did like the surface alien world shown at the end of the third “Matrix” movie).  And this film could also be compared to my “Baltimore Is Missing” (discussed Jan. 29, 2014).

(Published: Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at 3 PM EDT)

Illustrated version of Clive Barker’s fantasy masterpiece “Imajica”


Recently, I splurged and bought an upgraded paper copy of Clive Barker’s fantasy novel “Imajica”, from Harper, ISBN 0-06-093726-2 (older review).

The edition has a glossary by Hans Rueffert, with black and white drawings throughout this appendix.  The book cover shows a photographed lake with a canoe, with would match the narrative in the Third Dominion  near Chzercemit.

The illustrations tend to make many of the beings of the Imajica look a bit frightening. When I read the book in 1998, I felt that the beings were more like us than the illustrations make them look.

The drawings of the cities tend to make them look jerry-built with middle-eastern like structures. Some or built on top of sharply pointed mountains.  That is true of Yzordderrex and Chzercemit especially.  I would love to have seen the train from the Third Dominion shown.  The Unbeheld (or “God”) is pretty terrifying in appearance.

The notes make the four reconciled dominions geographically connected, as if countries on one planet.  I had perceived them as four separate planets, with the In Ovo comprising what physicists speculate as a “wormhole”.  The Lenten Way is like an Interstate Highway 3000 miles long, connecting the third and second dominions, but it would have to do a “ferry crossing” to get across the In Ovo.  Likewise, there are other shortcuts, which would be made available to the Earth after the Reconciliation.

There are reports that Kevin Smith is going to make a television series of the novel.  I hope this happens, and it would probably take about ten hour-long episodes.  A film, in two parts (following the two parts of the book), each close to three hours, in Imax 3-D could be imagined.  I have always thought the material comparable to Tolkien, but the drawings make the Imajica look darker.

How about a board game, showing a map of the Imajica?  Or, yes, a computer game.  Maybe an Orlando theme park, or a Las Vegas hotel, with one building for each dominion.

Does Imajica relate to the world of my screenplay?  (Previous post).  In my little “Rama”, there are separate communities (and not completely free movement among them), and a big city, but I don’t have communities on tops of high peaks.


(Published: Tuesday, August 4,  2015, at 3:15 PM EDT)