Four Colors to Infinity: Brains in Alabama Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Brains in Alabama Edition

30

Apr

2015

It seems like forever since I've done Four Colors to Infinity, the inexplicable semi-weekly feature where I spend a bunch of money on randomly selected comic books and read them even though I hate them. Maybe this is because I've been busy hanging out with actual people in the real world who don't care about sneak previews ...
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Weed People Problems

Weed People Problems

29

Apr

2015

As I write this, I am sitting in an apartment in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Six months ago, I was writing from an apartment in the University District of Seattle, Washington.  There are many things that make the two places distinct, but today I am thinking about how, in my previous home, I could ...
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A Man Without Hope

A Man Without Hope

26

Apr

2015

Netflix's newest original series, Daredevil, is also the latest attempt by Marvel Comics' multimedia engine to dominate the world of serialized television the way it has dominated the world of blockbuster movies.  It is also the most recent attempt to bring the story of Matt Murdock, the blind attorney who defends the und ...
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A Hundred Years: “Rick and Morty”

A Hundred Years:  “Rick and Morty”

25

Apr

2015

Perhaps it is best, given his reputation as a rather difficult person to work with, that Dan Harmon confine himself to a medium in which the cast need not be in his presence, and the majority of the crew be separated from him by an entire ocean.  With the debut of the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty, he may have ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

24

Apr

2015

A problem I've always had with Iranian cinema, from Abbas Kiarostami to Asghar Farhadi, is that its films tend to be...how can I put this?  They're a bit deliberate.   A bit studied.  A bit slowly paced.  A bit...boring.This may seem like blasphemy, especially coming from someone who values Italian neo-realism, Jeanne ...
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Stock in Trade

Stock in Trade

23

Apr

2015

From ZedCo, makers of such fine online entertainment products as Rotisserie League War Crimes Tribunal™ and FoodWasters Extravaganza™, comes the kind of experience that can not only transform the way we play games online, but the way we live.  StockBlock™ is the new gaming system that allows everyone to take part in ...
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No Colors, Deep Shadows

No Colors, Deep Shadows

22

Apr

2015

In terms of my own cinematic preferences (which, after all, are the only ones that really matter, right?), no genres, styles, or movements have made more of an impact on me than American film noir and Italian neo-realism.I am hardly unique in this regard.  These two particular filmic interpretations of the stresses, the te ...
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Let Them Eat Steak

Let Them Eat Steak

7

Apr

2015

Kicking the poor in the teeth never goes out of style, particularly when questions about the nation's economic future are troubling the minds of many.  Ever since food stamps were introduced in 1939, one of FDR's many radical ideas about how you shouldn't have to suffer and die just because you're down and out, there have ...
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War Minus the Shooting: On Foreign Fields

War Minus the Shooting:  On Foreign Fields

6

Apr

2015

I've been to a lot of major league ballparks in my day.  I've seen games at fully half of the existing 30 MLB stadiums, and if you count ballyards that are now defunct or no longer used for baseball, that adds four more.  While I haven't had the chance to be one of those road-tripping fanatics who's seen every single team ...
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Kiss That Thought Goodbye

Kiss That Thought Goodbye

4

Apr

2015

About a month ago, IFC -- not exactly a broadcast powerhouse, but the home of some appealingly quirky programming including David Cross' sporadically brilliant The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret -- announced that it would not be renewing Garfunkel and Oates for a second season.This came as a shock to most Am ...
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Who’s Watching This?: Extreme Fast Food

Who’s Watching This?:  Extreme Fast Food

2

Apr

2015

With the birth of direct streaming and binge-watching, the average cable provider (if a handful of multi-billion-dollar conglomerates can be said to have an average representative) has to fight even harder for our entertainment buckaroo.  Once the undisputed masters of their realm, they now throw anything that sticks at th ...
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