Black History Minute

While writing this listing for the indie horror flick The Signal on Metroactive’s movie reviews index page, I snuck in a jab at VH1:

This horror flick is about strange broadcasts that drive viewers insane. Yeah, too many VH1 marathons of ‘I Love New York’ and ‘Flavor of Love’ will do that to you. Oh and [...]

Election Ads—Old School

I’ve been avoiding campaign ads for the sake of my mental health, but I did run across an amazing political artifact in the fascinating new DVD collection Saved From the Flames (Flicker Alley). This compilation of nitrate-stock oddities includes Hell-Bent for Election, a 12-minute pro-FDR cartoon from 1944, animated by none other than Chuck Jones [...]

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition—except the Bush Adminstration

Monty Python once riffed on the catchphrase “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.” What was funny on the Flying Circus doesn’t seem so amusing after Steven G. Bradbury, who serves in an acting capacity in the Office of Legal Counsel for the Justice Department, testified before Congress about how the administration keeps tabs on “rough interrogation” [...]

Lost: “The Economist”

“The day I start trusting him is the day I will have sold my soul.” – Sayid

Maybe I should do that from now on: open each Lost recap with a meaningful, ominous or ironic quote from the episode as if Lost were The Wire.

(Spoilers after the jump)

Go With the Stanford Low Flow

I stopped watching Seinfeld reruns after I’d seen every episode at least 10 times. But the Seinfeld moments keep coming. Recently, for instance, students at Stanford revolted against new low-flow shower heads in their dorm rooms. Forgetting for any thoughts of being environmentally conscious, think back to the Seinfeld “Shower Head” Episode of 1996. [...]

Our Movie Morals

The Golden Globes got downsized to a press conference, and the Oscars barely escape by the skin of the writers’ strike, but thank goodness, the Movieguide Annual Faith and Value Awards went off without a hitch on Feb. 12. Amazing Grace won the Epiphany Prize, and Ratatouille was dubbed best family film. Bella received the [...]

“Give us a kiss”: Favorite Roy Scheider moments

The Feb. 10 death of the underappreciated and dependable Roy Scheider has made me want to retrieve my DVD copy of Jaws (which I stupidly left behind at my parents’ house after I moved out), just to rewatch my favorite sequence. It doesn’t even involve the shark at all. It’s one of the quieter parts [...]

The Cat Dude Abides

A strange Big Lebowski sighting. In the daily comic strip Mutts this week (Feb. 4-9), the cat Mooch has taken to wearing a zoot suit and calling himself the Dude. In Saturday’s strip, Mooch curls up for nap, and his canine pal, Earl, says, “There he is—as always—just hanging around—doing nothing—nothing but being a ‘cat.’” [...]

Lost: “Confirmed Dead”

According to Sawyer’s nickname generator at Lost‘s official site, my nickname is “Metro” (which also happens to be the name of this blog’s parent company). I’m also known as “Pud” and “Stubby.”

(Spoilers after the jump)

Slow Satire?

One of the best bits in the brilliant Canadian TV comedy Slings & Arrows (read a review) is a New Age ad agency called Frog Hammer, which offers its clients absurd advice while serving them chai in their offices, which they describe as a “brothel of the mind.” The other day, in The New York [...]