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No Guns, No Cars, No Phones

Frank Miller

I’ve often heard writers or artists say something like this: “I write or draw what I like.” For example, Frank Miller says his stories feature so many guns because he likes to draw guns.

The Octopus in a storyboard sketch for Frank Miller's The Spirit

If I were to make a list of the things that I like, it would be very long. So, I’m going to do the opposite, ie, a list of things I do not like and try to avoid in my projects. It’s a list of rules and the list is very short.

  1. No Guns

  2. No Cars

  3. No Phones

I’ve somewhow managed to make or write my films and scripts while, for the most part, obeying these rules.


I made a detective film (see it here) without having the detective use a gun. The characters use a weapon, but it is a Super 8 movie camera.

Kitty uses a Super 8 camera as a weapon against the director in Shadows on the Wall


The characters in Star Man do not need cars because they fly around using jetpacks.

I broke the  no cars rule in The Tears of a Clown, but the car is made of candy and gets eaten.


A sub-rule of the no phones rule is visualize it and shut up! The robot-like characters in Intermezzo do not need phones because they do not talk to each other.

The robot-like characters of Intermezzo do not talk to each other

It’s only recently that I’ve been thinking about these rules, yet they appear to have been applied to my projects without me being aware of them. Why? Perhaps because if I made a list of things that I passionately dislike, prominent on that list would be guns, cars, and phones. Judging by the number of films with an infinite number of scenes built around guns, cars, and phones, the people who make these films must feel the opposite and love guns, cars, and phones, perhaps more than anything else. If these rules were applied to Hollywood films, there would be few films left. In fact, Guns, Cars, and Phones would be a good title for a book about current Hollywood films.

It’s almost as if including guns, cars, and phones in a film is an essential prerequisite for a film in Hollywood to be made. Hence, it is no surprise that my projects The Tears of a Clown and Star Man have been produced only on alternative versions of Earth.

The first appearance of Earth-Two, an alternative Earth, in DC comics

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April 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

My Favorite Film Books

Movie Made America by Robert Sklar

Cinema of Wong Kar Wai

The title is the same as a 1953 Herman and Katnip cartoon

Of course, there are always more books to add to my library. My want list is here.

Favorite Quotes

Even though I call this post “Favorite Quotes,” these quotes are really  best described as examples of the detritus that my head has accumulated throughout the years and which swirls and drifts through my mind, day after day, much like the increasingly large amount of debris, left over from spent satellites and space shuttle missions, that orbits the Earth.

Ronald Reagan, 1988 Republican National Convention

St. George and the Dragonet, Stan Freberg’s parody of Dragnet

Octave, played by Jean Renoir, in La règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game)

Abbas Kiarostami

Yi Yi (A One and a Two)

Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare

William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade

Dario Argento (watching an especially bad film?)

Charlie Chaplin

Major Amberson in The Magnificent Ambersons

Henri Langlois

Theodore Sturgeon formulating what’s become known as Sturgeon’s Law

“Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville

John Donne

John Ivan Simon

Adolfas Mekas told me this. I wish he’d have said something like, “A script is not a film,” which would have made me happy, but I have to work with what’s given.

William Blake

Paraphrasing Bill Morrison, Simpsons comics writer, at a recent Eisner Awards ceremony at San Diego Comic-Con

Guillermo Del Toro (NOT an asshole!); San Diego Comic Con 2011

Guillermo Del Toro, San Diego Comic-Con 2011

“To his coy mistress,” by Andrew Marvell

Francois Truffaut, Los Angeles, 1980

From Journey Beyond Tomorrow by Robert Sheckley

Grant Morrison in a 2011 Rolling Stone interview

Who pumps the Batmobile’s tires?

Jeff Goodman, editor for Myron Fass


Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles on the set of Catch 22

Studs Terkel

This is actually from a BBC article (click on the picture), not an Einstein quote.

Pierre Rissient

Mike Mignola



Written by pronountrouble2

January 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm

My Favorite Things 8: Comic Books

There are always more comics to add to my library. My want list is here.

My Favorite Things 7: Books

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

There are always more books to add to my library. My want list is here.

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January 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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My Favorite Things 6: Paintings

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January 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm

My Favorite Things 5: TV Shows


The X-Files by Chris Carter

Revolution (Large)

Revolution, Season Two. (But season one was necessary to set it up.)

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January 14, 2010 at 7:46 am

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