Japanese internment camps were once justified as an act of national security. The enemy, we were told, had entered our country to do evil deeds, and they… Read more “Separation”
I took a trip up the West Coast earlier this year, stopping off at all the places I could that were culturally relevant. The first club Green Day played in Oakland, the building at Cal Poly where Weird Al worked on the student radio station and recorded “Another One Rides the Bus,” the garage where Steve Jobs changed the world, the building where The People’s Temple used to be that is now a post office, the Hearst Castle, the Winchester House. One place we had to see was Pixar’s headquarters.
Even as a bit of a film snob, I have guilty pleasures, and if the aggregate stats are any indication, a lot of film critics have a mushy soft spot in their head for the Jackass films. The second and third are both mid-sixties on Rotten Tomatoes, and if either they – or their .5 upgrades – are playing on late night TV, I find myself sticking around for the lunacy.
“They’re remaking Indiana Jones without Harrison Ford—you can’t do that! And now they’re making ‘Ghostbusters’ with only women. What’s going on?!” -Donald J. Trump, President of the… Read more “Gender-Swapped Rat Pack”
Nature and nurture, “Hereditary” is a film about all the baggage we carry that was given to us from our forefathers (and mothers). Grudges. Beliefs. Physical deformity. … Read more “Inherit the Sin”
It is a curious feeling, really. To see the themes and plot devices so strong in another film so many years after your own, but to recognize… Read more “Upgrade, Indeed”
A rather unremarkable person obsessed with looks that has so much unwarranted confidence they are able to hook up with partners way out of their league and… Read more “I Feel Pretty?”
“Solo” was vanilla but good. Like a Ron Howard soft served from a nostalgic drive-in; not a filling artisan French vanilla. I liked what Kasdan and son… Read more “4 Mini Movie Reviews”
My first “Weird Al” Yankovic concert was two days before my fifteenth birthday, August 14, 1994 (Alapalooza Tour). Jeff Foxworthy, who was at the height of his… Read more “Kids, This Here’s What America’s All About: Weird Al Through the Eyes of His Fans”