Category: Movies


Why Is Brad Bird Awesome?

Is it because he created The Incredibles, one of the best superhero movies of all time? Or is it because his foray into live-action filmmaking, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is the best of the series and perpetually re-watchable? Or maybe it’s because he took the tale of a rat that wanted to be a ...


Kickstarting the Veronica Mars Movie

Thanks to 39,000 (and counting) people today, there’s going to be a Veronica Mars movie in spring of 2014. The project, by show creator Rob Thomas, was set to fund if the Kickstarter campaign raised $2 million within 30 days. It actually took only ten hours to reach the goal. As I write this, late ...


My Review of iMovie for iOS 1.2 at Macworld

A stomach bug kept me from completing this a day earlier, but now my review of iMovie for iOS 1.2, the latest version that works on the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod touch, is now online: Review: iMovie for iOS 1.2. I found some holes and limitations, but overall it’s a great, friendly ...


My Macworld iMovie ’11 Review

Macworld has now posted my review of iMovie ’11. I gave it 4.5 mice, up from the 4 mice I gave iMovie ’09 largely due to the inclusion of audio editing features that have finally caught up (and slightly exceeded) those of the late, lamented iMovie HD 6. Putting together a video last night drove ...


Latest Seattle Times column tackles video streaming

My column this week looks at Air Video, StreamToMe, and Netflix as ways to watch video on an iPad, iPhone, or iPad touch without storing the massive files on the devices themselves: “Streaming options for music, video need not be space hogs“.  


Download the iDVD portion of my book for FREE!

Click here to download the PDF (6.2 MB). When Apple revealed iMovie ’09 at Macworld Expo this year, I was thrilled to see so many new features compared to iMovie ’08. (You can read my Macworld review of iMovie ’09 here.) But that also created a problem: my publisher needed the book to stay within ...


Pixar or Not? Flowchart

Inspired by this great Pixar vs. Dreamworks illustration, I’ve created a flowchart that sums up Pixar versus all other makers of computer-generated movies:


My Apple TV Review at Seattle Times

Instead of a regular Practical Mac column this week, I reviewed the Apple TV: Computer, television learning to get along. Despite my few reservations, the Apple TV is compelling because Apple has done the living room right. The quality of the experience stands out the most, supported by the overall polish and attention to detail ...


Are You Somebody?

Long essay by Tara Ison about dating an unnamed relatively famous actor in LA: “Are you Somebody?” Very much worth the read. His is an awkward level of fame. A mid-level, ambiguous, tenuous degree of famousness, dependent on whether or not you’ve seen his recurring guest spot on a hit network legal drama, the late-night ...


Drown that ‘Lady in the Water’

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve actively wanted to see a movie fail. M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Lady in the Water opens this weekend, and if the trailer is anything to judge by, this one’s going to sink to the bottom of the pond. I shouldn’t even care, since I’m a pretty firm ...