The Drama of Our Time

The Drama of Our Time

20

Mar

2017

Fascism, for reasons that should not be difficult to divine, has been very much on my mind of late.  My bedside table has borne a stack of books about the growth, nature, and origins of fascism, mixed in with the novels, for the last six months or so, and understanding the similarities and differences between fascism and i ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Kedi

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Kedi</i>

19

Mar

2017

It is a false dichotomy to say that in this world there are cat people and there are dog people, and never the twain shall meet.  There are many -- myself included -- who love the company of both animals, and have been lucky enough to have both dog and cat companions over the course of their lives.  But it is also roughly ...
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Call My Baby Tabletop, Tell You Why

Call My Baby Tabletop, Tell You Why

17

Mar

2017

Spring is in the air, and a young man's heart turns to thoughts of love.  I am not a young man, however, so while the rest of you are out enjoying sunshine and greenery and doing your grotesque courting rituals, I am inside basking in the warming glow of a computer screen, thinking about all the role-playing games that mig ...
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And You’ve Got Me Hating You

And You’ve Got Me Hating You

16

Mar

2017

It is a canard often, and falsely, leveled at Hollywood that it has no new ideas.  In fact, Hollywood has innumerable new ideas; they're just all bad.  If you're in the television or film business and have a really shitty idea that nobody asked for or could possibly want, you can make gobs of money, especially if your gar ...
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Unglamorays

Unglamorays

10

Mar

2017

See, here's the thing:  the Spider-Man cartoon theme was, well, amazing.  No sane person could argue against that.  But the Captain America and Hulk cartoon themes were dumb as shit.  And have they gotten any less shit-dumb in the last 40 years?  No, they have not.  All that has happened is that there are a lot more p ...
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On My Planet, The “S” Stands For “Sucky”

On My Planet, The “S” Stands For “Sucky”

9

Mar

2017

Earlier this week, we discussed how nostalgia for the superhero comics of '60s and '70s, on the basis that the Big Two were creating more original characters and taking more risks, is misguided not because it's false on its face, but because the original characters being created were fucking ridiculous. Today and tomorrow, ...
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The Women’s International

The Women’s International

8

Mar

2017

Today, Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, is International Women's Day.  It will be marked by protests, marches, rallies, and a proposed general strike by women -- the 'Day Without A Woman' -- in reaction to the election of Donald Trump as president and the legislation, remarkably hostile to women, that he has advanced.It is a da ...
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Dial H for Half-Assed

Dial H for Half-Assed

7

Mar

2017

Many years ago, when 'blogs' were a thing, I wrote a series called the Geek Index, in which I examined the DC Who's Who and Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series in order to illustrate that comic books were written for mental defectives.  It did not require close examination.Nowadays, geeks -- once a pejorative ...
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Rush ‘n’ Attack

Rush ‘n’ Attack

3

Mar

2017

A new wave of Russophobia is sweeping the nation, surely the high-water point for such shenanigans since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.  It's familiar; much of it echoes the anti-communist rhetoric of Ronald Reagan, the closest analogue in presidential history to Donald Trump, only this time our political leader ...
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Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat

20

Feb

2017

When the announcement was made a few months ago that Netflix would be shepherding a new series entitled The Santa Clarita Diet, I didn't exactly mark my calendar, because that name is terrible.  I was even less inspired when it was announce that the show would be a zombie comedy, a concept whose freshness was about 15 yea ...
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For We Are Many

For We Are Many

16

Feb

2017

It can be extraordinarily difficult to write about mental illness, in fiction and in reality.  Even now, as I write this, I select my words with care when I say that the current trend in television to try and make entertainment out of mental illness -- intelligent and empathetic entertainment, that is, rather than condesce ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Toni Erdmann

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Toni Erdmann</i>

13

Feb

2017

Who among us does not practically break a leg running to the box office when we hear those magical words "three-hour bittersweet German art dramedy"?  The third film by the director Maren Ade, whose work I have never seen but which has been highly praised by those who have, seems like the most unlikely candidate for box o ...
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I See What You Do

I See What You Do

8

Feb

2017

There is a moment, late in I am Not Your Negro, where the great writer and thinker James Baldwin is appearing on Dick Cavett's talk show to discuss the one subject that consumed him like no other during his life:  America's compulsive reluctance to address the reality of its treatment of black citizens.  As Baldwin holds ...
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Put the X in Specs

Put the X in Specs

7

Feb

2017

In professional foot-ball's "Super Bowl", the New England Patriots, owned by a man who vocally supports a rich, horrible billionaire authority figure, defeated the Atlanta Falcons, vocally supported by an owner who is a rich, horrible billionaire authority figure.  This brings to a close America's most recent sporting sea ...
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City of Stars

City of Stars

5

Feb

2017

La La Land has, as I write this, been nominated for an astounding 14 Academy Awards, and it is very likely going to win most, or even all, of them.  It has a chance of becoming the most decorated film in motion picture history, and if you follow the absurd metric that Oscars are indicative of quality, the best movie ever m ...
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