Notes On “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”

The idea for this story began with an image taken from an item from the 1980s era TV show “That’s Incredible”. Unusually for shows of this kind, this segment actually set about debunking a paranormal tale, in this case, the story of The Amityville Horror. The specific image I’m referring to is that of a… Continue reading Notes On “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”

In At Least One Universe, Sulu is Gay

In at least one of Star Trek‘s universes–the one controlled by J.J. Abrams, helmsman Sulu has been (or will be) revealed as gay, with a husband and child. Apparently, this was meant as a tribute to George Takei, portrayer of Sulu Prime. However, Mr. Takei’s emotions about this seem mixed: “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,”… Continue reading In At Least One Universe, Sulu is Gay

Which Movie Character Would Trump Be?

It’s been a miserable 24 hours, so to cheer up a bit, but only a bit, I started thinking about which movie character best represents Trump. I mean, sure, there’s this guy from a 1930s German film… But he’s not a character, exactly. Who to pick? Who to pick? I think whoever it is has… Continue reading Which Movie Character Would Trump Be?

The 44th after ’71: Being John Malkovich

On the original 42 after ’71 list–a list of my 42 favorite movies made since the year of my birth–I  omitted Being John Malkovich. Well, time has passed and the moment has come to add it. (Actually, the moment came some six months ago. What can I say? I’ve had things to do.) #44. Being John… Continue reading The 44th after ’71: Being John Malkovich

On Fandom

The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which I haven’t seen and am feeling little-to-no temptation to see, got me thinking about my relationship with the things I claim to be a fan of. Of course, we identify ourselves to others (and to ourselves) through our fandoms. The cultural products we consume are synecdoche… Continue reading On Fandom