Rodeo Reviews: Boom

Boom is certainly ambitious. It aims to walk the line between one-man-show, documentary and multimedia experience, all in service of a history lesson for the young and nostalgia trip for the old. Filled to stuffing with archival footage, and anchored by interviews with writer/director/star Rick Miller’s family and friends, it’s intriguing on paper. It’s also … Continue reading

Rodeo Reviews: Heap & Pebble

A ridiculous premise can go a long way, but what separates novelty from something truly moving is when that premise helps get at a more difficult truth. 6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won starts from a place that could just as easily be a sketch comedy premise — two ice … Continue reading

Boxed Worlds: Hanabi

(First published at Can board games make you a better person? There are plenty of games that can hone your strategic thinking skills or stretch your creativity. Just as often, though, games turn you into a manipulative, scheming sociopath, even if it’s only for a half-hour at a time. Are those skills transferable? Absolutely. … Continue reading

Why bother? A response to a question

For the last few months, I’ve been helping to organize a project as a tribute to Chris Reimer, a friend of mine who passed away in 2012. It’s officially taking place through the not-for-profit where I work, the Quickdraw Animation Society, but most of the organizing has happened outside of office hours, and with help … Continue reading