KHAAANNNN!

KHAAANNNN!

It’s obvious Harrison is just trying to throw everyone off by saying HE’S SPARTACUS.

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NOW THAT’S MORE LIKE IT

NOW THAT’S MORE LIKE IT

Neill Blomkamp’s cyberpunk political allegory Elysium is exactly the kind of movie I used to dream about in the middle of the night on-shift cutting granite in rural Georgia in 1986 as I looked up into the night sky in-between rock loads.

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AGENT COULSON ISN’T DEAD, YO

AGENT COULSON ISN’T DEAD, YO

I’m not a person who puts much truck into “spoilers,” because I’m an old-school entertainment consumer. Back in 1980, I bought the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back and found out Yoda was a little blue yard gnome. The experience of watching the film was so different than the experience of reading the book that […]

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THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH LARRY YOUNG FOR JON HAMM

THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH LARRY YOUNG FOR JON HAMM

Mad Men returns after a seventeen month scheduled hiatus full of insider machinations and salary negotiations that would have made Machiavelli pause for breath. In honor of its return, former advertising and marketing professional-turned-comic book writer and publisher Larry Young channels his inner Will Ferrell and instead of doing a full Mexican telenovella straight, answers […]

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SIXTEEN IN THE CLIP AND ONE IN THE HOLE

SIXTEEN IN THE CLIP AND ONE IN THE HOLE

Back in the late 90s and early aughts, I was good pals with Darick Robertson. Time passes, the gears of the clock turn; folks go off into the world and the responsibility of family takes precedence over, say, hypothetically, killing a bottle of whiskey with your friend and talking about making comics better with sharp […]

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YOU FINALLY, *REALLY* DID IT

YOU FINALLY, *REALLY* DID IT

I’ve been on the Internet a long time; seen a lot of strange stuff but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. No; wait. I’ve been on the Internet since the ubiquitous free-AOL-disk days. The Compuserve era. Just missed GEnie, you know? And this whole time I’ve been […]

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THE LAST RITES OF RANSOM PRIDE

THE LAST RITES OF RANSOM PRIDE

Good friends of mine know I love the Mendonoma Coast and subscribe to the paper of record up there called the Independent Coast Observer. There’s a little column, tucked in there with the “Mark Your Calendar” listings, called “Mr. Smee’s Video Picks.” Now, it is a function of the genial and bucolic nature of the […]

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WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

I didn’t forget to do an Alcatraz article this week; my TiVo didn’t record it so I’ll have to wait for its rerun on March 10. Instead, please enjoy the selection of fine cheeses I had sent over.

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IF YOU’RE GOING TO PHONE IT IN, I WILL, TOO.

Oh, Alcatraz. I got bummed-out early this week because TV By The Numbers has you set for cancellation, and I can’t find room to disagree. LOST blew it out of the park by episode five, and even Journeyman hooked us so deeply that when it got canned people missed it. But if you’re not going […]

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Talking about SWEET JANE with my father-in-law

Talking about SWEET JANE with my father-in-law

Maybe I’ve had an extremely blessed existence, or something, but any song I’d choose as “Best Love Song Ever” would highlight unbearable happiness as well as the unbearable pain but I allow that may just be me. Love’s a two-sided coin, and any “Best Love Song Ever” would have to hit both sides, for me.

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