Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, But Words Really !@#$ing Hurt [Hype...

Today, I made someone cry. I didn’t hit them or shove them down the stairs. I wasn’t screaming at them, brandishing a weapon, or kidnapping their child. I made them cry without any desire or plan to reduce them to weeping in public. I did it simply with words. A vast majority of my life is...

Now Playing: Contraception! [Hyperbolic Tendencies]

From fifty-foot posters of dead fetuses to buckets of real, human blood dumped on patrons of health clinics, the anti-abortion movement lustily embraced the fantastical and spectacular elements of Grand Guignol storytelling. And while the Great Anti-Abortion Movement sadly devolved into...

Online, You Don’t Look Like a Middle-Aged White Guy [Hyperbolic ...

It’s always fascinating when technology seeps into real life. When I drop a dish, I find myself immediately trying to “Control+Z”. I’m constantly trying to rewind what I’m watching in a movie theater, but alas, there’s no DVR. These are mere “mechanical” examples of technology’s tendrils...

That’s Not a F*cking Word! [Hyperbolic Tendencies]

Like virtually every other aspect of American culture, our language has been corporatized; poisoned, convoluted, and robotized – all in the name of “efficiency”. Whoever first uttered the phrase “think outside the box” deserves a big bonus. However, the next person I hear use it will...

Resolved: 2011 [Our Very Best]

Ernessa says: It feels so weird to not be making any resolutions this year. Some people love this time of the year because of the gift exchanges, time spent with family, goodwill toward man, blah, blah, blah — but I’ve always been a resolution girl myself. I love making the list...

Worst of 2011: TV… [FaN Boos]

Amy Says: To continue my streak of disliking the stuff everybody else likes (ie. I didn’t care for A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, which so many others loved…maybe I should be the “On the Contrary” guy next year. I swear to g*d I’m not doing this on purpose.) In my...

Best of 2011: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Amy says: Can a remake of a BBC show be considered new? If so, then PRIME SUSPECT is my pick for the best new TV of the year. Maria Bello is awesome in everything I’ve ever seen her in. Detective procedurals aren’t normally my thing, but I love the complexity of the characters...

Worst of 2011: Songs …. [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: What’s funny is that I’ve always liked Maroon 5. I mean, I’ve never downloaded a Maroon 5 song or anything, but I’ve never minded them. And when they came on the radio, I didn’t change the channel on the automatic like I do with say, LMFAO or Ke$ha...

Worst of 2011: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Amy Says: I was so excited about a movie mash-up of western and sci-fi. It would have cowboys AND aliens! My expectations were super high. Sadly, COWBOYS & ALIENS is my pick of the worst movie of 2011. While it was moderately entertaining, the dialogue was clunky and I just felt sorry for...

Best of 2011: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Amy says : My favorite movie of the year should have been RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, but I was in the Colorado wilderness the entire time it was in theaters. The original, with Chuck Heston, is my favorite movie of all time. The first time I saw it, I knew I wanted to be an actor. It was...

Worst of 2011: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: I’m going to make the caveat again that if I manage to get through a book, it must have something to recommend it. Life is short, and I’ve become rather good at putting down books I’m not enjoying. That claimed, this category was a bit difficult for me this...

Best of 2011: The Books! [FaN Cheers]

Yay! It’s finally here. Our yearly round-up of the stuff we just loved and the dreck we absolutely hated. The big surprise of this year was just how much our Fierce and Nerdy bloggers agreed … except when it came to our Worst Book picks (more on that tomorrow). As always, we also...

Wherein I Avoid Facing the Loss of My Childhood Hero [Hyperbolic Tende...

This past May, Sixkill by Robert B. Parker arrived in bookstores. It’s the thirty-ninth book in Parker’s Spenser detective series and I’ve read each of the previous thirty-eight at least a half dozen times. The day it arrived I hauled my ass down to the local Barnes and Noble and bought a...

Wherein I’m Reminded of My Place in the World [Hyperbolic Tendencies]...

Without a doubt, my strongest (and one of the fondest) childhood memory is the multi-sensory experience of walking through the autumn woods, trees blazing with color, leaves crunching underfoot and the sweet, earthy smell of humus filling me up. (My second strongest memory is being handed...

Wherein I Give You A Wedgie [Hyperbolic Tendencies]

Anyone else had enough of the relentlessly unending stream of “social issues” being shoved down our throats? With the 24/7/365 election cycle there’s just no rest for the weary. As you recall, this approach to politicking can be traced back to 1994 and Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America”...

Wherein I Learn I Am Not A Person of Interest: Hyperbolic Tendencies [...

This article was meaningful to me because it reminded me of just how unpredictable life can be, that sometimes, we can all be a real asshole and that every once in a while, the bad girl/guy gets what s/he deseves! Originally published 04/05/11 Several months ago, I decided to make a day job...

Wherein I Learn The Meaning of Grace [Hyperbolic Tendencies]

Generally speaking, I’m in awe of grace. It’s not a trait I possess, though one I deeply admire and have been on a 25-year quest to develop in myself. And when my life is touched by grace it’s almost always profound. It sticks with me, teaches me, and incrementally opens my heart, making just...

Wherein I Learn The Meaning of Forever [Hyperbolic Tendencies]

Forever. When you actually think about it, forever is a concept that’s tough to get your head around. Even if you believe in an afterlife, forever is still a bit of an abstraction. This came into startling clarity when, several weeks ago, I decided to officially break my ties with the church...

Wherein I Learn We are Bad Winners [Hyperbolic Tendencies]

Growing up, I was part of a highly competitive and very successful organization that was a perennial championship contender. My first year with the group, I, along with all of the other rookies, was told by the leader, “You are part of an organization that knows how to win,” he said. “We’ve...

Wherein I Get Schooled By the Radical Republicans [Hyperbolic Tendenci...

Once upon a time, there was a group working tirelessly to ensure equal opportunity and justice for all through landmark legislation like the 14th and 15th Amendments and Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875. This radical group of idealists called themselves Republicans. Battling against the...

Wherein I Learn The Road to Heaven Is Paved With Coffee [Hyperbolic Te...

As happens when any society loses its homogeneity, the schism between those who act on Faith and those who Doubt gets thrown into high relief. Ultimately, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth said society winds up facing the one Final Question: Can people treat one another with compassion...

From the Notebook of R.B. Ripley: Wherein I Learn I’ve Deeply Underval...

Like the coat of fur we shed while still in the womb or our useless pinky toe, my (roughly) bi-annual trip to Costco is a vestigal response from early-life inculcation into Consumerism whose commandments include such hits as More for Less Is Always Better and My Actions Don’t Affect Others....

From the Notebook of R.B. Ripley: Wherein I Learn Fractals Cure Existe...

My inability to sense an oncoming existential crisis must, on whatever scale is used to measure such things, pioneer a new boundaries of quantification. Surely, I rival the poor sap who answered the door, found an inexplicably giant, wooden horse and without batting an eye, jumped up and...

From the Notebook of R.B. Ripley: Wherein I Learn I’m a Supporter of G...

Last week, after poring through legislation penned by House Republicans and discovering it would not allow abortion, even in the case of rape and incest, I dashed off a short Tweet declaring my horrified view of this topic, which appeared my Facebook wall: RR: Note to GOP House of...

From the Notebook of R.B. Ripley: Severing the Umbilical Cord or: How ...

I know writing about dreams is hackneyed. But most of my life, I’ve had an odd relationship with dreams, which have served one of two functions for me. The first function being that dreams help me understand that a situation or decision over which I am stressed is going to be just fine. I...

From The Notebook of R.B. Ripley: Why College Football Has Become Unwa...

I sit here during college football’s annual bacchanalian carnival known as “Bowl Week” feeling nostalgic. As a kid, I lived for the bowl games. The game, the band, the fans, school colors. But here in 2011, I’m paying only minimal attention as I clean the house, take down the pine garland,...

Resolved: 2011 [The Very Best of FaN]

Ernessa says: Yay! Well, New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday and my favorite holiday activity is making my New Year’s Resolutions. But in order to do that, it’s good to review how you did the year before. So out of the 11 bulletpoint resolution list that I made last year,...

Worst of 2010: TV… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: My big complaint of the year is that there were really too many bad TV shows to choose from in 2010. I seriously had a hard time narrowing down my choices. Note to TV Execs: Next year you’ve just got to do better. That said, I’m going to have to go with THE WALKING...

Best of 2010: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Well, guys for the first time in the entire history of me being moi, I find myself ending the year with no favorite new show. None of last winter’s mid-season replacements, the summer series, or the new fall series are deserving of high praise in my opin. As every...

Best of 2010: The Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: SO many great songs this year. Standouts for me included ROLLING IN THE DEEP by Adele, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON by Wave Machines, DIFFICULT by Uffie, BURIAL by Miike Snow, and XXXO by MIA — which was a surprising “grow on me,” since I claimed to meh it back in August...

The Best of Times/The Worst of Times: 2010 [FaN Remembrances]

Ernessa Says: Least Favorite Moment(s) of the Year: I’m still trying to process our dog, Tulip’s unexpected death. Also, one of my heroes, my Aunt Almeda also passed. As for my favorite moment of the year, I’ve been thinking hard about this, and while I enjoyed every single...

Worst of 2010: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: This was a hard one. Part of me wants to say SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD b/c the females were so poorly rendered in this film and I had such high expectations. But I think I’ll have to go with MEGAMIND, because it was such a boys club, and pretty much everything...

Best of 2010: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: I thought for a long time I would choose INCEPTION, because it’s truly a spectacular feat of writing and directing that audiences would come out of that movie saying, “It was so different and confusing” when in actuality we had been spoon-fed the plot and the...

Worst of 2010: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: The nice thing about being a published author is that it’s considered bad form to talk ish about other writers in a public forum. Because of this, if I found myself not enjoying a book during my 52 Books in 52 Weeks project, I put it down and went on to the next book on my...

Best of 2010: The Books! [FaN Cheers]

Yay, we’ve come down to my favorite time of the year, when chins hit chests and we spend a week pr two firmly gazing at our navels. Over the course of the next two weeks on FaN, we’ll be weighing in on our favorite books, movies, music, TV shows, and moments of the soon-to-be...

One More Thing Before We Go: Set Your Tivo…

Great news! Imbalance, a short film (which R.B. Ripley chronicled the pre-production of here on FaN in a series of blogumns called “The Indie Chronicles”) is now playing on your local cable channel in a block of short films called “Heritage”. Hope you’ll tune in....

The Indie Chronicles: 50 Things You Should Know And/Or Do Before You M...

. a blogumn by R.B. Ripley Nine months ago I made a decision to direct a short film. Yesterday, I gave final approval on the finished project. Like any protracted process, the end always feels a little anti-climactic and, as I learned, filmmaking seems to be no exception. It was just me and...

The Indie Chronicles: Dealing With Delays Like an Adult Instead of the...

. a blogumn by R.B. Ripley Photo Credit: Benjamin Ellis As you may recall, I’ve been muscling a short film into production since August. Everyone around this town always says that getting the money is the hardest part of producing any film. Well, I got the money (well, about 88% of what...

The Indie Chronicles: Eisenstein Einstein

. a blogumn by R.B. Ripley As you may recall, I’ve been working on muscling a short film into production for the past three months. Everyone around this town always says that getting the money is the hardest part of producing any film. Well, I got the money (well, about 88% of what we...

The Indie Chronicles: The Really Hard Part — Making Your Film Bu...

. a blogumn by R.B. Ripley There are few things that strike fear into my heart as quickly and deeply as math. My childhood was one long, unending math-based humiliation. To this day, I still refuse to balance my checkbook. It’s irrational, I know, but there’s little I can do. I was first...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block – April 9 – ...

I think this week’s FNotB comments can best be described as gross, metaphorical, hypothetical helpful and informative. HELLO FRIDAY re: Procrastinate on This!, in which we directed you to a post about two sisters not only eating placenta, but converting into a panini placenta sandwich...

The Indie Chronicles: Casting About

. a blogumn by R.B. Ripley I have spent a majority of the past four weeks dealing with numbers, filling out forms, preparing presentations, writing and returning hundreds of email, crafting solicitation letters – in a word, producing. Someone asked me if I was having fun? It made me...

Indie Chronicles: Seeing Red

. a blogumn by R.B. Ripley “So, what format are you shooting on?” was the question casually posed to me. Format? I froze, then panicked, then had to work really hard to keep from crying in public. Yeah, that’s me, the writer. In a meeting at a boutique post-production house...

The Indie Chronicles: Teaching Yourself to Make a Storyboard

. a blogumn by R.B. Ripley I have a new favorite thing… its called… a storyboard. Once again Ripley is the last to jump on the bandwagon of a good thing. I have several writer friends who are also comic / graphic novel hounds and I’ve always admired their ability to think...

The Indie Chronicles: Progress Through People

. a blogumn by Rob Ripley So after swallowing what I thought was my pride (but wound up only being my ego), I started calling people on the list I’d made the previous week, asking if they might be interested in working on a short film for a first-time director with a minimal budget that...

The Indie Chronicles: From Writer to Director to… Who You Know

. a blogumn by R.B. Ripley You may recall last week’s column in which I shared the tragic tale of the breakdown I had this past fall; The resulting crisis of not being able to translate story ideas in my head onto the page. So I set out to find a way of looking at cinematic storytelling from...

The Indie Chronicles: Mind the @#$%ING Gap

. a new blogumn by R.B. Ripley There’s a gap between the movies rattling around in my head and what actually winds up in one of my scripts. In my mind, I laugh, cheer, weep, and scream with anger at my stories – all the responses a good film should elicit. But on the page? Meh. Not so...