Category Archives: Popular (and unpopular) culture

On Christian Marclay’s “Rriippp” And Swiping From Comics

A page from the first issue of a comic book called O.M.A.C.. The credits for that issue: Okay, now here’s a print by a very famous artist named Christian Marclay. (You may have heard of Marclay’s film “The Clock,” which … Continue reading

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Brief note on Gal Gadot’s Zionism and the Wonder Woman movie

I don’t care about Gal Godot’s military service or her political views. If Wonder Woman is a good movie, then it’s a good movie. I don’t want a society in which we automatically boycott people because they’ve taken the other … Continue reading

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Train to Busan and other movies

I saw the Korean zombie movie Train to Busan last night – SO good! This movie has been breaking records since it opened three weeks ago, and I can understand why – it’s unpretentious genre excitement, but exceptionally well done. … Continue reading

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On being fat and liking creators who have done anti-fat material

I love some of Tina Fey’s work. But she tells fat jokes, including a sketch where she appeared in a fat suit. I love The Simpsons, but soooo many fat jokes. By far my favorite MCU work is Jessica Jones, … Continue reading

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My Problem With Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” (Spoilers)

I saw “The Hateful Eight” and enjoyed it until the ending. Dana Stevens gets at what bugged me: I can say no more without giving away several major twists, but let’s just say that symbolic retribution—a gift Tarantino loves to … Continue reading

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Al Hirschfeld’s “Late Late Very Late Show” – How Many Can We Identify?

A game: I thought it might be fun to see how many people from this 1955 Al Hirschfeld drawing we could collectively identify. Sorry for the less-than-stellar quality image; I took this picture with my cell phone. It’s on the … Continue reading

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Viewers With Prosopagnosia Enjoy TV and Movies and Plays and Comics With Diverse Casts

Or, at least, I do. I’ve got prosopagnosia, aka face blindness.1 I’ve recently started watching “Arrow,” which is a TV show about a bunch of muscular, thirtyish, conventionally handsome, mostly white men plus a few really thin, twentyish, conventionally pretty … Continue reading

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Jessica Jones Discussion Thread (Warning, spoilers)

(Here there be spoilers.) I really liked “Jessica Jones,” the new Marvel show (available in 13 streaming episodes on Netflix). Is this the most feminist interpretation of a superhero ever done? It just might be, both for having tons of … Continue reading

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All the movies watched by Presidents Carter and Reagan

Don’t know why I find this so interesting, but I do, so I might as well share it with you folks. Every Single Movie That Jimmy Carter Watched at the White House And FILMS PRESIDENT AND MRS. REAGAN VIEWED (Chronologically … Continue reading

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A List Of Musicals I’ve Seen Live

So I was chatting with Myca earlier today, and he mentioned seeing Amelie The Musical and wanted to know if I’d like the Playbill. No, I said, I don’t collect Playbills; but the conversation made me regret that I haven’t … Continue reading

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