Herbie J Pilato: Where Are The Intimate Stories?

by Herbie J Pilato

besty3Ok, fine – Man of Steel was kind of a success. But no one cared about The Lone Ranger and they’ve stayed away in light-years from Pacific Rim.


It appears that audiences are sick to death of over-sized, loud, obnoxious films that are produced like video games by the studios who believe that only 12-year-old boys go to the movies. read article

Herbie J Pilato: THE LONE RANGER: It Didn’t Have To End This Way

by Herbie J Pilato

moreloneFor some reason, feature film remakes of classic television shows are produced as a joke; as if the original core material of these productions were unworthy from the get-go. But if that was true why would there be any attempt at all of a big-screen redo of a small-screen hit show?

Submitted for everyone’s disapproval at the box-office: the new and present danger of The Lone Ranger, and before that, 2011’s Dark Shadows; both of which just so happen to feature Johnny Depp in a lead role, and covered with overtly-white make-up, nonetheless.

Whether or not Depp was somehow attempting to re-hash his very successful look from his crazy-successful Pirates of the Caribbean films, or whether or not he was somehow attempting to just hide the fact that he was really in the Lone and Shadows films in the first place, let’s hope he’s now moved-on forever from the powdered-white-face look. Let’s hope, too, that the wretched ticket sales that accompanied the Dark and Ranger releases will not sink any future attempts to remake classic television programs for the big screen. read article

TVWriter™ Contribs See MAN OF STEEL Pt. 2 – Herbie J

As we’ve said, MAN OF STEEL has become the most-discussed film of the year among TVWriter™ visitors/staff/students/fans. We presented one view of the movie below. Here’s the second POV:

by Herbie J Pilato

Man of Real Steel (2)In their mutation from the printed/digital comic book world into the live-action feature film universe, Marvel’s superheroes are overwhelmingly the victors while to DC’s camp go the spoils, the clunkers and the position of a distant second best.

Marvel not only continues to throw all the right the heroic punches, as much as it consistently enters the ring with sheer, unadulterated courage and innovative product. read article

Herbie J Pilato: Don’t Tug On “Superman’s” Cape – Or “Batman’s” Either

by Herbie J Pilato

SupermanFor the solid success of any creative property – whether it be for television, film, the stage, new media, or the printed form – it’s all about the writing; getting the story right (write!) and flushing out the proper development of the characters.

When it comes to the superhero genre, in particular, attaining the proper casting and wardrobe (i.e the costume) plays heavily into the creative process in very real, tangible and pertinent ways.

Disney/Marvel have hit the nail on the head with Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, if not with the X-Men film franchise, which was ignited by Bryan Singer (The First Class film featured atrocious casting and acting, while the earlier X-Men destroyed the colorful costumes, displayed so wonderfully in the comics and the animated TV series from the early 1990s.) read article

Herbie J Pilato: It’s A “Mad Men” World (But We’ve All Been Here Before)

All the elements of MAD MEN are here in Rod Serling’s 1955 drama, PATTERNS. For reals.

by Herbie J Pilato

According to a recent report from Reuters of Rome, Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci, during a tribute in his honor by the American Academy, claimed disappointment with the Hollywood feature film world that once inspired him. Instead, he prefers to watch television shows like Mad Men, explaining that such programming offers superior casting and direction above and beyond movie-house productions.

Bertolucci, who guided classic cinema gems like Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor and Novecento, said his “generation had an affair with American culture, there’s no doubt about it. A street lamp and a fire hydrant made me sing in the rain….But the American films I like now do not come from Hollywood studios but from television series, like Mad Men,” among others. read article