Marnie is a dark reflection of how Hitchcock viewed women

Marnie is one of Hitchcock’s “neglected” films… it has gotten some critical attention but not nearly as much as more popular films such as Psycho or North by Northwest. That’s why I revisited it for this column, and as I…

Photos: The Experience Music Museum, Seattle

Here’s some pics from a recent visit to the Experience Music Museum in Seattle… and yes, I realize that most of these photos are not music-related. The museum has a secondary section that is SF and horror themed, and that…

This year in #UX (and a look ahead at 2014)

As the editor of This Week in UX, I’ve been able to regularly note what was going on in the UX domain. This weekly exposure to the best articles on UX design has given me some insights into what my…

The Stunt Man showcases the brilliant Peter O’Toole

Legends aren’t supposed to die. Legends should fade away, but always be there… a constant shadow you can always count on, comforted in the knowledge they are there. But they do die, because time is a hungry beast that devours…

Race to the bottom: how entertainment is becoming a (very cheap) commodity

Entertainment companies and movie studios are known for “creative bookkeeping” which allows them to claim that incredibly successful TV and movie properties never turn a profit. This rather unfair practice denies royalties to many of the creative people who worked on said…

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant… except a good movie

Thanksgiving time. It’s about families, food, and football. And for me, it’s also about movies. It’s a great time to take a day off and fest on some films, either blu-rays from my “view” pile or releases that I have…

Tech Review: Dell Venue 8 Pro is the iPad mini, but better

I love living in the future. I have a LOT of technology in my house, more than my family (of five) need. In fact, I just counted: I have more desktops, laptops and tablets than I have fingers… And I…

i, geek is my new book on all thinks geeky

I write a lot (though not as much as I would like, due to that whole “day job” thing) and as long-time readers of this blog know, I write about all things geek. Movies, TV shows, technology… I write what…

Are intelligent “bespoke” interfaces the future of computing?

I have some bad news for my colleagues in the user experience profession who design interfaces. In about twenty years, or less… you may be out of a job. Why do I make such a bold statement? Because I have…

Remembering Hal Needham and his (not-so-finest film) Megaforce

When Hal Needham passed away last week, I was saddened, but not surprised. Needham, when he was given an honorary Oscar last year, said “I’m the luckiest man alive, and lucky to BE alive.” As a stuntman, he broke more…