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

You’re Not Making A Sequel To That, Are You?

Word around the campfire is that Netflix, home of some excellent original shows like Orange Is the New Black* and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is planning to give us the sequel to Full House. (from New York Magazine): Everywhere you look, there’s an old show (or movie!) being made anew. TV Line reports that Netflix is very close to… Continue reading You’re Not Making A Sequel To That, Are You?

My Favorite Nimoy Performances on Star Trek

I noticed in the aftermath of Leonard Nimoy’s death that a few in my Twitter-orbit went out and screened “Spock’s Brain” as part of their mourning process. While I’m not saying here that a person should never watch “Spock’s Brain”–I’ll say that elsewhere, but not here, it’s tantamount to mourning Shakespeare’s death by screening King John… Continue reading My Favorite Nimoy Performances on Star Trek

My 10 Favorite Songs From The Muppet Show

It’s hard to pick. There were so many memorable tunes. But these are the ten songs I recall most fondly from The Muppet Show. As is often true of my lists, these come in no particular order. 10. Cuanto Le Gusta I love Miss Piggy’s dance moves in this one. 9. Train Back Home I’m a… Continue reading My 10 Favorite Songs From The Muppet Show

The Stories We Told After Adolf Eichmann’s Capture

Six days from now we’ll have reached the 44th anniversary of the Mossad’s capture of SS Lt. Colonel Adolf Eichmann, who’d been hiding in Argentina since the end of World War II. His arrest and trial were international sensations, rekindling interest in other Holocaust perpetrators who had eluded justice, and providing storytellers with a new trope:… Continue reading The Stories We Told After Adolf Eichmann’s Capture

Summer of Long Knives Holiday Buying Guide

Here you’ll find a list of gifts perfect for someone who’s already bought, read, stolen, or otherwise wrangled a copy of Summer of Long Knives. (Of course, if you haven’t read Summer, I recommend you find a way to remedy that. But that’s another story.) 1. DVD: The Nazis: A Warning From History Thanks to the History Channel, we’ve… Continue reading Summer of Long Knives Holiday Buying Guide

Best of the Year So Far

Best Movie Seen In Theaters: None. I hadn’t realized until just now that I haven’t been in a movie theater since I caught Skyfall with my mom and Venice last December. I know good movies have come out, and right up until the first reviews, I’d been looking forward to Man of Steel. Ah, well. Something about… Continue reading Best of the Year So Far