Category Movies

Stranger Things 3: A Rant

Dear Neflix, I recently watched the first three episodes of Stranger Things 3 and thought I would voice some complaints. I was made to understand there would be monsters. This is false advertising. I appreciate your warning that the strobe lighting effects may induce seizures. I suggest you also add a warning that 40 minutes […]

Nausicaa turns 35

This year Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa celebrates the 35th anniversary of its release. Lately it has been showing in a local theaters but since I own it on DVD I watched it at home. The first time I saw it, I interpreted Nausicaa as an early draft of Miyazaki’s later Princess Mononoke since both films share ecological […]

So Bad its Good? The 80s Drama Lime Street

Back in the early 80s TV heartthrob Robert Wagner co-produced and stared in Lime Street in which he played an accountant who breaks up insurance scams with his wits and fists. It was a terrible show: not only was the premise boring, it managed to combine saccharine sentimentality and moral obscenity. The show was designed to play […]

Indiana Jones

Years ago a stuffy acquaintance was arguing that the fictional character Indiana Jones was a bad man and upright people should not enjoy watching the movies. I took that very personally, Raiders of the Lost Arc being one of my all time favorite films. I argued that Indiana Jones was a flawed man but he […]

Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

IN 2017 director Bruno Dumont decided to adapt Charles Peguy’s poetic plays about Joan of Arc as a rock opera. He also thought it would be a good idea to not use professional actors, singers, or dancers. Ummm…. Yeah… OK. What can I say, it works, even if it does drag a bit in the […]

My plot for Star Wars

A lot of people hate the new Star Wars movies because they render everything the heroes accomplished in the original trilogy a waste of time, and repeat plot points that are tired by now. Today I had an epiphany: it would have been possible to write a good simple story in the Star Wars universe that respected the […]

RIP Penny Marshall

A repost from a couple of years ago: Who did it better? Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall:   Or Mike Myers and Dana Carvey? Hard call. I had a crush on Cindy Williams (Shirley) as a little boy, but Garth is pretty cute too. Meanwhile, did you know that Lenny and Squiggy had a band? […]