Sunday, August 23, 2009

Overlooked, Too!

Why didn't this attract more, or, in fact, any attention? Because it was a creepy stalker movie about a partially retarded motel night manager who pursues a hapless businesswoman around the country? Because it was a creepy stalker movie tries to pass itself off as a heartwarming romantic comedy? It's hard to get past the grisly premise but `Management' just about succeeds because it has what very few films, especially heartwarming romantic comedies, seem to possess. Two actors with actual chemistry. Jennifer Aniston's tabloid punching-bag status, plus her generally lacklustre big studio movies, tend to make you forget what an appealing comic actress she can be. Especially when she's playing awkward and embarrassed. And there's barely a moment in `Management' where she's playing anything else. She reacts to Steve Zahn's infatuated follower like she's genuinely never encountered anyone like him before. He somehow manages to make a potential horror-movie character sort of like someone you want to see succeed. If you see it, you'll like it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Dead YA Author's Society

The packed and spellbound audience at LA's Plummer Park Teen Center as Mark L. Williams and myself conducted our Teen Writer Workshop. Thanks for coming, future authors of America!

Saturday, August 8, 2009


The lesser (500) Days Of Summer got the audience this movie should have found.


I knew once she was freed from the anchor that was Philip she would soar.

I Get Paid To Watch TV!

This month's Guardian TV column: Hung--I liked the first couple but somehow lost the will to live after that-- Better Off Ted aqnd It's On with Alexa Chung