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Moonage Daydream

Movie Reviews

Newest review posted on September 28, 2022:

Moonage Daydream

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L.A. Street Names, the one and only

Development Updates

last updated August 19, 2022:

Introducing My New Labor of Love: L.A. Street Names

It took over two years and thousands of hours of research, writing, and web design, but last month my new website L.A. Street Names finally launched. As you might guess, this project is about the origins of Los Angeles street names – not just in the city itself, but across all of L.A. County: Beverly Hills, Compton, Pomona, Pasadena, you… read more!

Santa with Muscles

The List of 9

current list posted on August 19, 2022:

Nine Film Titles That Sound Like Parodies

In 2004, I found out completely third-hand that my horror thriller Claustrophobia was being released under the title "Serial Slayer" by Lionsgate. I felt like a character in a movie: the poor indie filmmaker who finally lands a deal and is then told by the studio, "We love your movie, baby. That's why we're giving it the most embarrassing title… read more!

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Words to Live by

The Films

Last updated January 2, 2021:

Words to Live by

A young woman heading out to a bar encounters a young man who asks her to talk him out of committing suicide. Starring Angie Kim, Armando Torres, Leandro Cano, Tricia Fukuhara, Ruby Park, Merrick McCartha, Cathy D. Tomlin, William Christian, Stacy Arnell. Producer: Jane Petrov. Director of Photography: Andie Ximenes. Editor: Cheryl Campsmith. Costume Designer: Stephen Boyd-Morales. Music: Hatem Elgenedy. Casting: Michael LaPolla.

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