Nine or ten things.

I love Apple’s products, and I’m glad to see that they’re getting less expensive these days. (via TechBlog)

Netflix, however, is more expensive these days. But it’s not really Netflix’s fault.

If you’re still on the fence about whether to watch Interplanetary on Netflix, maybe this review will convince you.

Ain’t It Cool News published a fantastic (and fairly technical) interview with Steven Soderbergh.

Here’s a good interview with some less-reputable filmmakers: How to make a mockbuster (in five easy steps). (via Andrew)

Man, I really hope this movie gets distribution.

This article about Drive lends credence to my feeling that the movie is–contrary to critical consensus–a mess (and not in a good way).

And this article lends credence to my feeling that QR codes are dumb.

Delicate Cutters got a nice mention at the end of this local newspaper article. And Cutter-in-Chief Janet got interviewed by Mog.


Comic-Con (New York edition).

How did I spend last weekend at New York Comic Con and not take a single picture? I got sick right before I left town, so maybe my head wasn’t really in the game. Also, if there was some kind of “con flu” going around, I might have been patient zero. If that’s the case, uh… well, sorry about that, fellow Con attendees.

Here’s a photo of the Comic Con floor from Wikipedia


Aside from me being sick (and the Con being overcrowded on Saturday), it was a good trip. I got to catch up with some friends (including Mr. Bellware), and I picked up some cool Venture Bros. merch for Stacey.

Watched on Oct. 7…

The Ides of March: good story, exceptional cast. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti are geniuses. Clooney is pretty good, too.

Watched on Oct. 11…

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop isn’t as revealing as the hype led me to believe, but it’s a solid documentary about the live tour O’Brien put together after he left NBC.


Horror Scramble screening! Tonight! Including a movie made by me and several Interplanetary and Hide and Creep alums!

Check out this cool Scramble trailer, edited by Mr. Bert Payne

Oh, yeah… I went to Europe.

How far behind am I on blogging? Well, I haven’t mentioned my Europe trip, which was like three months ago. Anyways, Stacey and I visited our friends Paul and Angie in London, where we caught an excellent Dylan Moran show. Then we spent a few days in Amsterdam, which is a lovely, laid-back city.

Here’s a photo Stacey took in Amsterdam…

amsterdam-bike-1 by Stacey Shirley

She posted several more on her blog.

Some random thoughts on music.

Best-sounding rock album ever: In Utero by Nirvana.

Best rock lyric ever: “We’re gonna come around at twelve with some Puerto Rican girls that’s just dying to meet you.” From “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones.

Best Rolling Stones song: not sure, but it’s either “Rocks Off” or something from Let it Bleed.

Best Beatles song: “She Said She Said.”

Best Keith Moon-less Who song: “Eminence Front.”

Best singer/songwriter you’ve never heard of: Ike Reilly.

Best live album you’ve never heard of: Alive ’05 by Local H.

Great unappreciated concept album: Pack Up the Cats by Local H.

Great unappreciated Wilco album: Sky Blue Sky.

Last good R.E.M. album: Green.

Best Radiohead album: Tough call, but I’m going with OK Computer.

Best totally illegal album: The Grey Album by Danger Mouse, Jay-Z, and the Beatles.


Coolest guitars: Epiphone Casino with Bigsby tremolo, Fender Jazzmaster.

Worst band ever: Creed. (Runners up: Matchbox 20, Sister Hazel, Train.)


Chuck wrote a nice blog post about the Sidewalk Scramble movie we worked on weekend before last. Check the link for all the details. I’ll just say that I, like Chuck, had a great time working with a great cast and crew.

And here’s a still from a shot I’m particularly proud of: Catherine Kinsey, our lead actress, shot from Trap’s jib using only available streetlights.

Catherine Kinsey in "Bait"

Watched on Sept. 30…

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I love a good sports movie. And Moneyball is a good sports movie. I especially like that Moneyball isn’t so much about baseball as it’s about the mechanics of baseball. And the actors, including Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, all turn in solid, confident performances.


This looks fun: the Gunpoint video game.

Here’s a good interview with my pal and fellow pragmatic indie filmmaker, Andrew Bellware.

These microfiber cloths are the best thing I’ve found for cleaning the screen on my iPad 2 (and iPhone and iMac).

Unsurprisingly, this 2009 interview with Axl Rose is one of the worst I’ve ever read. Rose talks a lot without saying anything and paints himself as petty and paranoid.