The Genius of Ray Harryhausen

To honor the memory of Ray Harryhausen, who passed away today, May 7, 2013, I am republishing this article that was originally published on November 11, 2011. My love for movies started at an early age.  I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t overwhelmed by the magic of cinema.  I can remember being only […]

Can M. Night Shyamalan Redeem Himself?

When M. Night Shyamalan made a huge splash in the movie industry with The Sixth Sense, critics hailed him as the second coming of Steven Spielberg (an honor bestowed on other filmmakers since such as Bryan Singer and J.J. Abrams) despite the fact that his filmmaking style and choice of stories were completely different from […]

FilmVerse Summer ’12 Theatre of Shame–Winner!

After starting out with 64 truly awful motion pictures, week by week voters have whittled down the list, composed of such turkeys as Smokey and the Bandit 3, Grease 2, Batman & Robin, Jaws the Revenge, The Wicker Man, The Wiz, The Room, and yes, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  Round by round, we narrowed […]

The Batman Movie Quiz

As expected, The Dark Knight Rises is one of the biggest movies of the year, closing in on a billion dollars worldwide with critcial support.  Bob Kane and Bill Finger created Batman for comic books in 1939, and the character has been with us in theaters and on TV in both live action and animation […]

How Jurassic Park III Could Have Been Better

When Jurassic Park hit the theaters in 1993, it caused a revolution in CGI filmmaking because for the first time we had what appeared to be living creatures created entirely digitally–also, those creatures were dinosaurs!  It went on to be the highest grossing movie of all time (the third time a film directed by Steven […]

Ham and Jam and Spam a Lot

  It’s been a few months since we looked at some of the crazy spam messages that FilmVerse has received, so it’s time to revisit this nonsense.  As before, the messages are left intact with all their creative spelling, grammar, and punctuation for your enjoyment. “Hi I’m a scammer, check out my site.” — I’m […]

Observations of the 2012 Emmy Nominations

Earlier this week, the 2012 Emmy nominations were announced.  As is typical, there were snubs and surprises with the usual expectations.  Here are a few observations from this year’s list of potential award winners. If You Want Drama, Go To Cable Of the six shows nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, the only one that was […]

Poll: Spider-man Reboot or Sequel?

Sony’s reboot The Amazing Spider-man has arrived to critical and financial success (and yes, it is technically a reboot since it starts a new series in a different continuity rather than just remaking the same story–well, sort of).  Despite overwhelming approval of the cast (in particular Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen […]

Movies Completely Unlike the Books They Are Based On

It’s common practice for screenwriters to change the details of a novel when adapting it into a movie; after all, books and motion pictures are two different media and require different means to tell a story.  With books, an author can tell you exactly what goes on inside a character’s head, where thoughts are difficult […]

Humble Beginnings of Prominent Directors

It seems like these days, new directors are pulled out of obscurity to helm major studio blockbuster.  For instance, Universal Pictures put $170 million in the hands of first-time director Rupert Sanders to make Snow White and the Huntsman.  Why?  His IMDb page literally only has two other entries besides this film, and they’re “playing” […]


Recent News Events That Parallel Movie Plots

Recent News Events That Parallel Movie Plots

In the motion picture industry, many plots are inspired by true events–Dick Wolf made a career out of making plots of Law & Order “ripped from the headlines.”  But there are times when the saying “life imitates art” is true.  A number of times in the past year or so, news events have happened that […]

Movie Critiques

Battle of the Airbenders: TV Series vs Film

Battle of the Airbenders: TV Series vs Film

  Avatar: The Last Airbender is an animated series that Nickelodeon aired from 2005 to 2008 that draws heavily from Asian mythology and Anime style.  It’s easy to dismiss this as another Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! or just another goofy Japanese import for little kids.  While definitely in that vein, it is an American production that […]

Other Oddities

2012 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 19,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Polls & Quizzes

FilmVerse Summer ’12 Theatre of Shame – Finalists

FilmVerse Summer ’12 Theatre of Shame – Finalists

Polls are now closed. Check out the winner! We’re down to the last round in the FilmVerse Summer 2012 Theatre of Shame, the contest where voters determine the worst of the worst in motion pictures. The Semi-Finalists came down to the Dynamic Duo Batman & Robin vs. a double-dose of Adam Sandler in Jack and […]


Basics of Screenplay Format

Basics of Screenplay Format

This article was originally published at on April 24, 2012. This may be obvious, but the purpose of screenwriting is to end up with a motion picture.  This basic yet essential fact is why the screenplay format is so important.  Much like plays require a format agreed upon by those who put on stage […]


The Twilight Zone Quiz

The Twilight Zone Quiz

Rod Serling’s innovative anthology show The Twilight Zone had more influence on our society than perhaps any other scripted series.  Its episodes illuminated themes of society and the human condition that television networks were afraid to tackle during that time by wrapping its messages in stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy.  Known for its […]