I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

March 26th, 2010 @ 7:28 am
Friday Five: Bond Women Names
  1. Pussy Galore
  2. Holly Goodhead
  3. Penelope Smallbone
  4. Plenty O’Toole
  5. Xenia Onatopp
February 19th, 2010 @ 7:10 am
Friday Five: Awesome Spaceships
  1. Millennium Falcon
  2. Battlestar Galactica
  3. X-Wing Fighter
  4. USS Enterprise
  5. Gunstar
January 30th, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
Living Under a Rock

With the possible exceptions of my father and (maybe-not-so-strangely-coincidentally) my father-in-law, I don’t know anyone who is as voracious a reader as I am. I also seem to consume an outlandish amount of television and there is rarely a moment in my life in which there isn’t music playing. Oh, and I love movies. Yet, […]

December 27th, 2009 @ 5:28 am
One Awesome Year

When I was a kid I thought that no year would ever be able to beat 1983 for movies. In addition to Return of the Jedi, Vacation, and WarGames — three of my all-time favorites — that year also saw the release of Scarface, The Right Stuff, Risky Business, Octopussy, Monty Python’s The Meaning of […]

December 23rd, 2009 @ 12:15 pm
The 2009 Movie List

I do not have obsessive compulsive disorder. I do not have obsessive compulsive disorder. Let me make it absolutely clear that I do not have obsessive compulsive disorder. But … I will admit that I am fanatical about some things. Since I was a sophomore in high school — a mind-bogglingly shocking twenty-something years ago […]

December 4th, 2009 @ 8:28 am
Friday Five: Favorite Bond Movies
  1. Live and Let Die
  2. Casino Royale
  3. The Spy Who Loved Me
  4. Moonraker
  5. Octopussy
November 20th, 2009 @ 8:18 am
Friday Five: Favorite Tom Cruise Movies
  1. Jerry Maquire
  2. Top Gun
  3. Vanilla Sky
  4. Minority Report
  5. Born on the Fourth of July
October 17th, 2009 @ 6:20 am
Real Products for Fictional Companies

The excellent local blog CurbedLA had an entry recently on artist Mark Bennett’s blueprints of fictional places. He has created very detailed floor-plans of famous pretend places, like the homes of George and Jane Jetson, Rob and Laura Petrie, and June and Ward Cleaver. (There’s a book, too!) I thought these were terrific so I […]

October 7th, 2009 @ 9:32 am
Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

They probably would have sold a lot more of these if they’d had them twenty years ago. I can’t remember the last time I slept in a sleeping bag, and I certainly don’t see it happening any time soon. I would have thought this was awesome when I was 11, though. “This high-quality sleeping bag […]

October 2nd, 2009 @ 7:50 am
Friday Five: Favorite Indiana Jones Scenes
  1. When he’s complaining to Marion about his injuries on the boat
  2. When he runs away from the giant boulder at the beginning of Raiders
  3. When the pirate points to him swimming towards the submarine
  4. When he’s just about to cut the rope bridge
  5. When he’s fighting the Nazis on the truck with the Ark
  6. Bonus: When he’s fighting the bald Nazi at the airplane
August 21st, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
Star Wars Design Flaws

Note to the Emperor: Someone on your Death Star design staff is in the pay of Rebel forces. Oh, right, you can’t get the memo because someone threw you down a huge exposed shaft in your Death Star throne room. from John Scalzi’s Guide to the Most Epic FAILs in Star Wars Design

June 18th, 2009 @ 8:36 am
What about Sicko?

Does anyone have any idea why the Michael Moore film about health insurance in America, Sicko, got nowhere near the same amount of publicity as Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11? I’m not asking how you feel about the message / content of any of these films. I’m just trying to understand why Sicko seemed […]

May 29th, 2009 @ 6:27 am
Friday Five – Harrison Ford Movies

Raiders of the Lost Ark

  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  2. Star Wars (1977)
  3. Presumed Innocent (1990)
  4. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
  5. Witness (1985)
May 13th, 2009 @ 7:14 am
Why the Original “Star Trek” Still Matters

Listen: I was never a huge Trek fan. I was always Star Wars all the way. After school my sister and I watched cartoons — Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Superfriends — and then, because we were usually with my grandparents, the standard early 80s grandparent shows: Happy Days, Barney Miller, Alice, and M*A*S*H. It […]

April 3rd, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Friday Five: Comedies

Five Classics That I’ll Watch Every Time:

  1. Fletch
  2. Bull Durham
  3. Airplane
  4. Soapdish
  5. A Fish Called Wanda
February 27th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Friday Five: Nicolas Cage Movies

Honeymoon in VegasFive favorite Nicolas Cage movies:

  1. Honeymoon in Vegas – 1992
  2. Next – 2007
  3. Wild at Heart – 1990
  4. National Treasure – 2004
  5. The Rock – 1996
February 20th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Friday Five: Tom Hanks Movies

Saving Private RyanFive favorite Tom Hanks movies:

  1. The ‘Burbs – 1989
  2. Sleepless in Seattle – 1993
  3. Saving Private Ryan – 1998
  4. Apollo 13 – 1995
  5. You’ve Got Mail – 1998
January 11th, 2009 @ 2:55 am
Movies in 2008

You say you want an alphabetized list of all the movies I saw in 2008? I can do that.

January 5th, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
Amy Winehouse Is Dead Sexy

Is it just me or does Amy Winehouse look amazingly similar to Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show? </barf>

December 22nd, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
Faith Unrewarded

I have no idea what possessed me to go see The Day the Earth Stood Still on Saturday night. The ads didn’t really impress me, but I saw that it featured Coach Taylor, Dom Draper, and Archie Leach, so how bad could it be? Let me put it this way: The absolute best part of […]