Monthly Archives: September 2012

Liz Tells Frank That “Liz Tells Frank” Is Now A Book!

Dear Frank,

It’s real, and it’s spectacular.

What a lovely book cover! Designed by Asa Shumskas-Tait.

Book exclusive entries include: Sex and the City 2! Dollhouse! Rollerball! Cover art by Asa Shumskas-Tait. Foreword by Frank Smith (THAT’S YOU!). Buy it on Amazon here! Or go here for more information.



Liz Tells Frank What Happened In the 1992 Robin Williams Film Toys

Dear Frank,

It’s weird to remember, how much a thing Robin Williams used to be. I mean, for literally DECADES he was huge! His body of work is the furthest thing from consistant — for every sublimely wacky performance like Mrs. Doubtfire there’s an embarrassing flub like Flubber; for every nuanced dramatic moment in Good Will Hunting, there’s the hair-pulling melodrama of What Dreams May Come.

But the man had a brand, and the man knew how to get butts into movie theaters. Can you trace the recent decline of the American box office to the fact that Robin Williams has kinda sat out the last few years? No. No, you cannot. But the fact remains that in 1992, Robin Williams being in a movie was enough to get people to go watch it. Today, not so much.

Frank, here are the important things to know about my attempt to tell you what happens in Toys: Read the rest of this entry

Liz Tells Frank What Happened In MTV’s “Teen Wolf”

Dear Frank,

As you know, there are no depths to my dedication to telling you about stuff. Well, maybe there’s a depth. Speed 2: Cruise Control was pretty bad.

But over the last three months, I have noticed a surprising uptick in the number of people in my sphere discussing the MTV series Teen Wolf — which would normally inspire me to watch it, except that for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. (I’m trying to catch up on Damages, Frank! I’ve got a lot on my plate.)

Fortunately, one of those aforementioned Teen Wolf fans agreed to hop on IM and talk me through what actually sounds like an intriguing post-Buffy dramedy, with a strong social conscience and frequently shirtless young men. Below is the edited result of my discussion with Megan Westerby. It’s all her fault.

Megan: Okay!
Liz: First off, let me say what I know. Which is that Teen Wolf is a show about a teenager who is also a werewolf.
Megan: Well, they did manage to re-use a rather descriptive title. TEEN. WOLF.
Liz: It doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Read the rest of this entry

Liz Tells Frank About The Time She Interviewed Bryan Cranston

Dear Frank,

To the delight of cliche-addicted writing professors everywhere, today’s installment is a is more of a “show” than a “tell.”

In 2010, Frank, I was working full-time as an online video journalist, which meant getting to interview a very odd assortment of folks: Celebrities and CEOs and anyone else deigning to explore the possibilities of new media. It was good fun! I still dabble. And one of those random opportunities ended up being one of the great interview experiences of my life — completely by accident. Read the rest of this entry

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