When advertising is art

Advertising. The word brings to my mind TV commercials, unwanted pop-ups, sponsored posts on social networking sites and sneaky ads from radio DJs. I have a love/hate relationship with advertising. Like many Americans, I feel constantly bombarded with ads almost everywhere I look. They often feel like an unavoidable nuisance in our capitalist society. However, … Continue reading

Buy Less and Create More – Lessons in Creativity and Resourcefulness

Robert Rodriguez filming El Mariachi

  “…when you don’t have money and are working self-sufficiently, your problem-solving skills are challenged, your creativity has to work, and you fix the problem creatively.”   The quote above is from the book Rebel Without a Crew by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who has been behind films like Sin City, the Spy Kids series and the Machete series. … Continue reading

On the Road – Unexpectedly Inspirational

A few years ago, I made my first road trip to Las Vegas. I remember the thrill of driving through unfamiliar territory. I also remember feeling a rush of energy when we reached our destination. This trip reminded of my fascination for the road as a means of transportation and as an American cultural symbol … Continue reading

End of Watch – a genuine brotherly action film

I recently saw the film End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. In this movie, the actors play two young police officers patrolling the tough streets of south Los Angeles. During one of their arrests, Officer Taylor and Officer Zavala discover drugs and money belonging to a violent drug cartel. Subsequently, they become … Continue reading