About seventeen years ago, I had the occasion to visit a new museum that opened near Trafalgar square in London, UK. The display was divided into two sections, the first being a walkthrough of the bunker offices where Churchill and his command team operated during WWII.
The second part of the museum tour is dedicated entirely to the life of Sir Winston Churchill. There is no doubting the significance of this individual’s place in history, but what interested me most about this section of the museum was the new technology being implemented to exhibit his life.
The most prominent of…
As we move through life we are met with choices. If you move slowly, the choices are bountiful, and sometimes too many.
So you speed up a bit, travelling past successive crossroads at a pace where a decision isn’t an option. Then, you find you’re moving faster and faster, and the intersections slip by in a blur, leaving you to fly on without the knowledge that a choice even exists.
What on earth does this have to do with my biography, you ask?
I have seen my life at various speeds, and I have to say I’m enjoying this one…
If you are exhausted from watching an endless stream of regurgitated Superhero movies or bad sitcoms, or you’ve had your fill of cop shows and hospital dramas, please join me on my quest to reignite the passion for thought-provoking cinema entertainment.
MYSTERY & SUSPENSE
THE WESTERN MYTH
The play on words aside, a better fiction writer is what I aspire to be, and reading better writers like Liam Ireland and Britni Pepper inspire me to pick up my game. Finding these terrific writers on ILLUMINATION-Curated and ILLUMINATION has somehow lit a fire in my brain.
Their inspiration and my own love for ‘the story’ has become the spark that propels me. Money is a lovely and useful thing to have with the right perspective, but writing stories that resonate are for me, the ultimate prize.
As a filmmaker, I have always been drawn to visual narratives and…
Movies of the past still hold magical powers of imagery and symbolism that resonate today.
If you appreciate the artistry and detail that goes into filmmaking and you would like to explore cinema’s rich and diverse history with a discerning eye, please join me on a journey of rediscovery. You may even find a few new surprises along the way.
Each month, I will offer up two or three titles for viewing at your leisure. My goal is to explore these selections in detail and how they connect with today’s world. Exploring genres and film conventions in ways you may…
Unleash The Horses
It’s hard to believe that this iconic symbol of the American roadster began as a compact car, but the Ford Mustang which debuted in 1964 was initially designed to fill that market. The first models rolled off the assembly lines on this day with an MSRP of US$2,368.
The Mustang smashed sales records in its first year of production, selling over 400,000 units. The marque went on to usher in the Pony Car era and has become one of Ford’s longest standing production models, and now it’s going electric.
Rack ’Em Up
Already recognized as a legend…
I discovered this supergroup quite by accident about four years ago. I’ve always loved the sounds from Stephen Stills’ music, and now I also found a new appreciation for Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s talents.
Combine the Soul of Gladys Knight’s iconic melody with the grit of Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, and you receive a massive gift that’s just right for the times we live in.
This one song above most others reminds me that no matter how bad I think I have it, there’s always a clear path forward. You’ve just got to use your imagination. KTBA!
Three years after sacking the city of Jerusalem and the Second Temple, the Roman Army arrived at the peak of Masada, Judea in 73 AD. The 850-acre city on top of a plateau in the southern desert had become the last defensive bastion for the Jewish rebellion. The rebels were the last Jewish community after the siege of Jerusalem, and vowing never to become subservient to the Romans, they made their last stand on the mountaintop.
The Roman army spent months building a ramp that snaked its way up the side of the mountain to attack their trapped…
An Icon Lost
Laying in a borrowed bed that is too small for his 6foot, 4inch frame, President Abraham Lincoln died in 1865 at the home of a local Washington tailor named William Peterson. The gunshot wound to the back of the President’s head was so severe, he could neither travel back to the White House nor be operated on to remove the bullet lodged behind his left ear.
Instead, Lincoln was laid out diagonally on a bed inside Peterson’s home where family and close colleagues came to pay last respects. …