List of possible titles for a sequel to my action hero poets film Poetic Justice

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Poetic Justice II: Trouble at the Home Font

Poetic Justice II: Inde-font-sible

Poetic Justice II: The Sansof Time

Poetic Justice II: There’s a new Serif in Town.

Poetic Justice II: Courier New? I barely know her gnu!

Poetic Justice II: Apostrophe Catastrophe

Poetic Justice II: Punch-uation

Poetic Justice II: Badassonance

Poetic Justice II: The Last Stanza

Poetic Justice II: Take A Stanza

Poetic Justice II: Rhyme Harder

Poetic Justice II: Mora Kombat

Poetic Justice II: Quintain of Solace

Poetic Justice II: Esprit de l’escalier

Poetic Justice II: While the Irony’s Hot

Poetic Justice II: Heroic Couplet

Poetic Justice II: Stand For What’s Write

Poetic Justice II: The Metaphrast And The Furious.


Filmmaking Update

Last year, around this time, I made the short film Poetic Justice, about a team of famous poets in an action movie fighting Grammar Nazis. It’s here.

Observe the uncorrected fish-eye lens. Observe the poor sound quality, and occasional failures of dubbing over. Observe the lighting. It’s all poor. The acting is, over all, decent. The script, in my humble opinion, is awesome. But the film seems painfully low-rent.

It’s too sophomoric — not in the college sense of the word, since I made it when I was a junior, but you get the point. Then, I was an apprentice. A junior filmmaker, if you will. In both senses of the word, this time. Anyway. I digress. My point is, I love the script, but dislike the rest. So this spring, I’ll be remaking the film.

This is happening in tandem with another film that won’t be happening: Flux|Flow. The anime-inspired time travel story ended up being too difficult to pull together in one semester, and the guys behind it are busy themselves. I am planning on using their cinematography skills for my remake, though. And their style is pretty classy:

And none of this has anything to do with the film fest selections for this semester, which include both my buddy cop one and the Flux|Flow guys’ untitled one.

Poetic Justice Poster

In December 2012, all the world’s a stage.

The first poster for my action poet film, Poetic Justice. From left to right, we have Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Bronte; Will Shakespeare, the team leader; Robert Frost, the muscleman; Emily Dickinson, the female; and Edgar Allen Poe, the emo one.

Storyboard Glimpse

A snippet of the storyboard for my upcoming “action hero poets” student film, Poetic Justice. Here, the villainous Strunk and his Grammar Nazi minions are about to receive a visit from the poet team. The storyboard is the much-appreciated work of my friend Nimphaiwe. Tentative release date for the film: December 2012.

The "guy getting pulled back into the woods" stunt is going to be a tricky one...

Looks like Strunk needs to spellcheck himself before he wrecks himself.

Movie Poster Taglines

Poetic Justice is the title of an comedy action movie that I’m writing, directing, and acting in. It’s slated for a December 2012 release. It details the adventures of a crack team of famous poets — Will Shakespeare, the team leader; Robert Frost, his second-in-command and the heavy hitter; Edgar Allen Poe, the cloak-and-dagger emo; and Emily Dickinson, who punctuates poetry with dashes and the battlefield with bullets. They must reconcil with the Bronte sisters in order to take down the rising Grammar Nazi threat.

The concept came to me in the form of one joke that I realized would look funny as a movie poster: a picture of a snarling, burly Robert Frost, wielding an axe with the tagline “He makes all the difference” superimposed above him. I eventually composed almost four pages of jokes related to famous poets and action movie tropes, and wrote a script that crammed in practically all of them. This blog will function as a production diary as we work on turning the script into a reality. Here’s the first preview of what’s in store: a list of proposed taglines for a series of 7 character posters. With luck, this blog can also give you the real posters in another few months.




Robert Frost: “He makes all the difference.”


William Shakespeare: “He has a lean and hungry look.” Alt. version: “The Unkindest Cut of All.”
Edgar Allen Poe: “Friend… or Poe?”


Emily Dickinson: “Don’t correct her punctuation.”


Lewis Carroll: “Injuriouser and injuriouser.” “Off with your head.”


Full Cast: “In 2012, all the world’s a stage.” Alt. version: “They’ve got a poetic license… to kill.”


Grammar Nazis: “You Make Them Sic.”
Possible bit to put in tiny print at the bottom of the poster: Coming in Winter 2012. Warning: May Contain Elements of Style.