Phil Dean

Vacation. . . All I ever wanted.

I walk along the shoreline of Lake Michigan in my bare feet, a cool summer breeze blowing past me. About twenty paces ahead, I see a seagull walking away from me. I get too close, he flies a few feet further away. I slow down, and he waits patiently for me to catch up. All … Continue reading

Scott Fest: The End

Whew! It’s nice to finally be able to put this puppy to bed. I wasn’t really keeping track of time; I’ve been at this for almost two months now! Thirty four movies (I’m not counting 1492, the one I didn’t see, of course): A couple classics, a few really good ones, and a whole lot … Continue reading

Learning to adapt

The Scott Pilgrim movie doesn’t look the way I want it to. When I read the comic, I was already directing the movie version in my head, as I’m sure many of the rest of you have done. My version was a very realistic, nerd/hipster comedy-drama in the vein of a movie like High Fidelity, … Continue reading

Scott Fest: Gladiator, Hannibal and Spy Game

GLADIATOR (2000) Director: Ridley Oh, Gladiator. I remember being so excited when I saw the first teaser trailer; Colosseum! Gladiators! Tigers! All to the pulse pounding score from Conan the Barbarian, by Basil Poledouris. The adventure that was in store for us all! And apparently, for quite a few of you, it delivered. For me, … Continue reading