Category Archives: Film
(Click the brackets in the lower right corner of the frame to watch the video fullscreen.)
The long-awaited Senseless Confidential video trailer, shot by director Andrew Michael Bray on location in the Oregon Cascades, was premiered last Sunday at the Senseless Audiobook Launch Party at Portland’s Post 5 Theatre.
Starring Brian Allard (who voices over 25 characters for the audiobook) and other talented actors—including Sara Fay, Bruce Handley, and Pheebe the Pitbull—the trailer lays out the plight of Census worker Nick Prince.
Get a free preview listen to Allard’s reading at Audible! Just click the “Sample” arrow beneath the cover image on the page.
The audiobook is available at St. Johns Booksellers in Portland, Oregon, in both CD ($24.99) and downloadable mp3 ($14.99) formats. Print editions are also available at St. Johns ($14.99 list).
All three editions are also available from Dinkus Books for the same prices. (For the CD boxed set and print editions, a shipping fee of $2.50 will be added to US orders.)
You will find the mp3 audiobook at Amazon for $17.49 (plus applicable taxes); you may also download the mp3 edition from Amazon’s subsidiary Audible (list US$19.95, though the actual cost may be lower depending on the type of Audible membership you have.)
The ebook edition is available at Smashwords for $3.99 in ALL digital formats.
Both print (US$13.49) and Kindle (US$3.99) editions are available from Amazon.
Ferris Bueller. Now there’s a name that inspired a generation. How could you not love that troublemaking, parent-hornswoggling truant, who left his poor high school principal apoplectic with rage? I mean, c’mon, he had the most upbeat outlook on life since Deepak Chopra. One impish smile and he had you wrapped around his little finger, admit it.
Bueller is just one of many such quirky or endearing fictional characters from books and movies that have made us fall in love with them. Others that have stayed with me include:
- Michael Keaton as the title character in Beetlejuice
- John Cameron Mitchell as the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- Kevin Spacey as Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects
- Kathleen Turner as Matty Walker in Body Heat
- Pietro Brnwa in Beat the Reaper (by Josh Bazell)
- Amir and Hassan in The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini) and
- Attila Ambrus (who’s not fictional at all, but larger than life nonetheless) in The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber (by Julian Rubenstein)
There are so many more I could name, time and space permitting, but I’ll stop there.
Who are some of your favorite characters?