Category Archives: movies

Real-life Spinal Tap moments

I recently read one of Rick Wakeman’s books, and he tells the story of Alan White inspiring the “stuck in the pod” moment. In a Yes concert, White was indeed stuck in a pod. That’s No. 1 on this list … Continue reading

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Left Behind – way, way behind

I’ve always held a deep distrust of the Left Behind phenomenon. It seems to preach to the “I’m saved and you’re not” school of arrogant Christianity. So I got a kick out of this review of the Nicolas Cage “reboot” of the … Continue reading

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How ‘Reality Bites’ and the dictionary screw up irony

It’s no longer funny to dump on the Alanis Morissette song Ironic. It’s been done, ad nauseam. We get it — rain on your wedding day is not ironic. But Alanis isn’t to blame for a generation’s misuse of the term. I … Continue reading

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How to write a movie — or anything else

This Slate story on screenwriting demonstrates the formula behind many of today’s Hollywood blockbusters — with a clever twist.

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Losing one’s virginity in films — male punchline, female ordeal?

Slate columnist makes a persuasive case for MTV’s show on virginity loss, saying it’s about time someone tackled the subject honestly and even-handedly. Because we ain’t getting that in the movies: If it’s the girl who’s having sex for the … Continue reading

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Rules for Scooby-Doo

Direct-to-DVD/Cartoon Network films, yet another series … the Scooby Doo folks are busy these days. But they’re often forgetting two important rules: 1. No romance. The Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. series is horrendous. It lacks the whimsy of the terrific What’s … Continue reading

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Sickness and stupidity? Box office gold!

The film Contagion sounds educational. And it sounds like something I would derive no joy or benefit from watching. What is our morbid fascination with worst-case scenarios these days? The only nuclear annihilation films I remember during the Cold War … Continue reading

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