A Jimmy Stewart Education

In the summer of 1997 I worked at a movie theatre. Around the same time I was hired, the small-town theatre went from two screens to three – a big deal at the time. I sold tickets. I ate a lot of popcorn. I saw a lot of free movies. I collected movie posters. I flirted with Syd Field’s tips on “How to Write a Screenplay”. And I met a lot of people who I would genuinely call “movie buffs” – regulars who would come to see whatever was playing just because they loved movies. Continue reading


When I Grow Up, I Want to Be Stockard Channing


After taking yet another unintentional hiatus from blogging, I thought I’d try something a little different and begin a series of Actor Profiles where I extol the virtues of my all-time favourite actors. For me, there is no better place to begin than Stockard Channing. If she had been around during the 40s, she would’ve referred to as a “tough broad” or a “swell dame”. Her career bio is a diverse and varied range of interesting and unique acting challenges. She seems to have a particular talent for playing strong, yet vulnerable characters with bold dignity and a sharp wit. Continue reading