This Land Belongs to You and Me

This Land Belongs to You and Me

4

Jul

2015

Today is the Fourth of July, the day the United States celebrates its independence and the day we all celebrate a nation founded as an ideal, a project, an attempt at changing the rules by which nations were governed.  On the Fourth of July, I have always followed the advice of the late, great Paul Fussell, who said it was ...
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Are You Receiving Me?

Are You Receiving Me?

3

Jul

2015

So, while I was researching yesterday's post about NewsRadio and its tragic lack of availability on streaming media, I happened to discover that the entire series is available on YouTube, although the legality of the uploads is somewhat murky.  But better than that, I discovered that if an uploader does not supply close-c ...
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President Dum-Dum

President Dum-Dum

1

Jul

2015

To commemorate his unceremonious dumping by a wide range of belatedly embarrassed corporate entities, I have been thinking a lot about the man who will not be our next president, Donald "Mayonnaise" Trump.  Young people today may only know him as the talentless, egomaniacal clown behind The Apprentice who has helped make t ...
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Radio, Radio

Radio, Radio

30

Jun

2015

Yesterday, we discussed the way streaming media -- which has long held out the digital era's promise of easy access to all filmed entertainment, anytime, anywhere -- has in fact led to a balkanization of programming and resulted in a situation where many movies and TV shows are less available now than they were in the wanin ...
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Swimming Against the Stream

Swimming Against the Stream

29

Jun

2015

 It was recently announced by the minds that run 21st Century FOX that, going forward from season 15, The Simpsons would no longer be released in digital video disc format.  Taken as a specific instance, this is no great loss; the critical consensus is that The Simpsons lost its bite a long time ago and anything fro ...
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Potatoes for Peace

Potatoes for Peace

24

Jun

2015

It doesn't take a genius to know that this country is in trouble.  Which is fortunate, because I am not a genius.Mass murders, police brutality, economic turmoil, terrorism at home and abroad, a constantly shifting social landscape, even the degradation of the very air, land, and water we need to survive:  it's obvious th ...
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Where is My Mind?

Where is My Mind?

22

Jun

2015

Last week, Matt Singer wrote a wonderful article at ScreenCrush with the title "Stop Telling Me To Turn My Brain Off During Movies".  It was a refreshingly welcome, and long-overdue, answer to the too-frequent claim that, by paying any attention whatsover to a movie's idiotic qualities, we are somehow betraying its nature ...
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The Cost of Doing Nothing

The Cost of Doing Nothing

19

Jun

2015

There is a clip from yesterday's Daily Show circulating around in which Jon Stewart, devoid of his usual joking manner, laments the Charleston church massacre while dreading that once again, faced with a mass murder, America isn't going to do anything.And that's probably right. But the problem isn't so much that we refuse ...
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Jail

Jail

17

Jun

2015

And so it was jail again: he could tell, before he had sight, from the smell. Shit and piss and standing water and stale-peach body funk. He clenched his eyelids against torch-light and let his mind wander along his body: his jaw was fat and sore, his lower back had been peppered by clubs (and worse, he desperately needed t ...
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Empire of the Blind

Empire of the Blind

2

Jun

2015

In yesterday's review of Wayward Pines, it was noted that the 2015 Grand Champeen of ridiculous TV camp roles is Oscar nominee Terrence Howard.  About Howard we know many things:  we know, for example, that he loves his own reflection, and does not love women and their dirty, filthy vaginas.  We also know that he loves ...
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Notes of a Wayward Critic

Notes of a Wayward Critic

1

Jun

2015

It would be hard to find a director who squandered his early reputation for excellence more quickly and more thoroughly than M. Night Shyamalan.  Sunk partly by his own ambition and partly by his adherence to a structure that allowed critics to easily stereotype him as 'the twist endings guy', his work started strong but q ...
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Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Rated

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Rated

29

May

2015

FIRST AMENDMENT (12/15/1791):  This one is generally very popular especially with loudmouths.  The only part that causes trouble is the part where we can't impede the free exercise of religion, because somehow those lunatic Muslims got their shit rubber-stamped as a religion instead of what it is:  a cra ...
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Four Colors to Infinity Special Edition: Convergence

Four Colors to Infinity Special Edition:  <i>Convergence</i>

27

May

2015

I have been asked by a number of readers to explain the eighth and final issue of Convergence, the latest mega-event series by DC Comics.  Convergence is a huge, epic, multiverse-spanning saga that is intended to end the DC universe as we know it (again), usher in the birth of an entirely new and different DC universe (ag ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Ex Machina

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Ex Machina</i>

26

May

2015

Movies of ideas are so rare these days that you have to go out of your way to find them, and that can mean overcoming your own prejudices.  Mainstream films with ideas are rarer still, so I had to put my bias against CGI-loaded sci-fi blockbusters when I read about Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina.  It's a mo ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Kung Fu Madness Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Kung Fu Madness Edition

23

May

2015

The beat goes on at my local comics shop, by which I mean the beating of my skull as I shell out scarce cash for this globulous piffle.  I keep telling myself if I can just get through the month of May, which future generations will refer to as 'The Great Water-Treading of 2015', I will be rewarded with a rebooted Marvel  ...
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