Random Review – The Social Network

This movie is such a touchy subject.  All I’m going to say about its veracity-related issues is that I wish they didn’t bother me as much as they did.  Imagine if somebody made a movie about you – using your name, appearance, known aspects of your personal and professional life – but created you into […]


Outside the Box

Repost from old blog, 9/26/2006 I just finished a book, The Girl in the Box by Ouida Sebestyen. I suppose it could be considered a teen novel, and from what I understand a lot of teen girls read and were freaked out by it around the time when it was published in 1988. The jacket […]


Random Review: “The Stoned Age”

Repost from old blog, 8/5/2008 The Stoned Age (1994) You’d think that “The Stoned Age,” an unabashadley low-budget, straight-to-video film, wouldn’t fit in the pantheon of classic stoner movies such as “The Big Lebowski” and “Dazed and Confused” (“Happy Face” is also up there for me). Mostly you’d be right. The film is almost relentlessly […]


Greasy Kid Stuff

Repost from old blog, 9/22/2007I read Blake Nelson’s novel Girl when I was in high school (back in the day, devouring my girl friend’s used copies of Sassy in study hall). I enjoyed it a great deal (a novel about teens with sex and drugs!), but Nelson fell off my radar until recently, when I […]


Old Joy

Repost from old blog, 4/20/2008God, how stupid is this? While wasting a perfectly good half-hour browsing user reviews on Netflix, I became troubled by all the negative reactions to the 2006 film “Old Joy,” which was one of the best movies I saw that year. I was compelled to write my own review, but when […]


Sister’s Boyfriend Redux

Joe Gage showed me this clip a couple of years ago, a deleted scene from Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous,” and I’ve finally discovered it online. I remember the ending being drawn out a bit more, with more attention being drawn to the boyfriend’s mysterious hand motion, and extended eye contact between them…but maybe I just […]


Young Dennis Quaid

Okay, sure, I re-watched Dreamscape on Netflix for pretty much the sole reason of reviewing this memorable shot of a young Dennis Quaid in bikinis that rival the size and purposelessness of Ripley’s. But it’s actually a pretty good movie with some fantastic imagery, amusing performances (wherefore art thou, David Patrick Kelly?), an inspired score […]

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Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

What a piece of shit.  Is there anything more excruciating than the third act of a bad action movie?  Where you know exactly what’s going to happen, and who is going to win in the end, yet have to sit through an endless battle sequence anyway? How it pains me to refer to action movies […]