Concerning Hobbits

When Bilbo leaves his home in the Shire and doesn’t immediately mourn the fact that he forgot his pocket handkerchief, I was concerned that the new rendition of Tolkien’s simple, yet masterful story...

Twelve Angry Women

What if “12 Angry Men” was “12 Angry Women?” Twelve different women on a jury for a murder trial in Chicago, and the accused was a man—just a man. One woman has tickets to the Lyric Opera and hopes to...

The Missing Art of Story

It’s hard to stop myself from looking at this year’s lineup of Oscar nominations for best film and not put them into a Blake Snyder type of list: American Dude with an FBI problem Tom Hanks Dude with...