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Reading: Wednesday 28 October (tonight!)
October 28, 2009 – 12:08 PM | No Comment

Come see me read at "How I Learned," hosted by Blaise K — the month's theme is "How I Learned What Everybody Else Already Knew." Not sure what I'll be talking about yet, but the …

The End Of Side A = The End Of An Era
October 22, 2009 – 10:12 PM | 53 Comments
The End Of Side A = The End Of An Era

What ever happened to Toad The Wet Sprocket? You know, the "All I Want" band from the '90s?
…No? "Walk On The Ocean"? Not ringing a bell?
I'd forgotten I even owned that album until iTunes DJ …

TV Question Qorner: Character by numbers
October 8, 2009 – 8:22 PM | 28 Comments
TV Question Qorner: Character by numbers

Law & Order: SVU. Really? A cockroach? Just going to rip Papillon and Brazil off, but without the insight?
Meloni's "the walls, they breeeeeeathe" acting choices looked a lot like the ones he made while humping …

TV Question Qorner: Vampires, mouse poo, and the prime snore-ective
October 5, 2009 – 4:19 PM | 28 Comments
TV Question Qorner: Vampires, mouse poo, and the prime snore-ective

Flash Forward. In the DVR timeslot face-off with The Vampire Diaries, this lost….Yeah, I know. Cool premise; irritating execution, for two reasons.The first: Sonya Walger.I just can't care.
The second: The idea that this happened to …

Adventures In Random DVR-Pausing: Josh Charles Tonsorial Fail Edition
September 30, 2009 – 12:28 AM | 22 Comments
Adventures In Random DVR-Pausing: Josh Charles Tonsorial Fail Edition

Concept stolen from the boundlessly talented Joe R; image stolen from The Good Wife; hair stolen, evidently, from Mr. Wayne Newton.

TV Question Qorner: Smizenheimers
September 29, 2009 – 4:30 PM | 33 Comments
TV Question Qorner: Smizenheimers

America's Next Top Model. When did Mr. Jay become kind of rad?Or have I started identifying with my captors?Has Tyra herself become so unbearable to me that anyone who ever makes a shred of non-self-aggrandizing, …

Logan's Run
September 13, 2009 – 6:08 PM | 31 Comments
<I>Logan's Run</I>

Logan's Run is a disappointment.It's disappointing as camp: you've seen far more laughable hair and attire in other films of the period, sci-fi and otherwise, and in William F. Nolan's version of the future, human …

21 Jump Street: "21 Jump Street, Part 2"
September 5, 2009 – 12:30 AM | 9 Comments
<I>21 Jump Street</I>: "21 Jump Street, Part 2"

Previously on 21 Jump Street: Stealth junkie Kenny Weckerle rumbled with the scenery; Officer Tom Hanson missed his dead non-gay dad, and had no sense of humor about looking young, which got him reassigned to …

21 Jump Street: "21 Jump Street, Part 1"
September 1, 2009 – 7:44 PM | 28 Comments
<I>21 Jump Street</I>: "21 Jump Street, Part 1"

Credits.Speaking of credit, I have to give it to the theme song: it's unpleasant to listen to, and yet it gets stuck in my head every time.
A suburban family, the Weckerles, readies for supper.The dialogue …

Support Local Biz: August 31, 2009
August 31, 2009 – 10:16 AM | One Comment

"Summer of '84: The Evolution of the Modern Blockbuster, Part 1" is above.Written by Matt Zoller Seitz and Aaron Aradillas and narrated by one Dave Bunting Jr., it's the first of a five-part series, all …