Wherein Jim Responds To the Movie Love Questionnaire

Maybe I ought to speak to my therapist about my inability to pass up answering one of these interview-like questionnaires. This one comes from Roger Ebert’s website. You can read critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s answers here. Here are mine. (Write yours in comments or on Facebook or in Tweets or on your own damned blog.)… Continue reading Wherein Jim Responds To the Movie Love Questionnaire

Why I’m Rooting For the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl

I don’t usually indulge in petty hatreds. Oh, there are lots of things I dislike–Republicans, BMW drivers, JJ Abrams movies–but I usually reserve my hates for those who’ve unleashed great evil on the world: aged Nazis, General Efrain Rios Montt, aging members of the Khmer Rouge, the Kim Dynasty of North Korea, Dick Cheney, George… Continue reading Why I’m Rooting For the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl

I Won’t Watch. Don’t Ask Me.

The Onion AV Club started a conversation that got me thinking about the pop culture that I deliberately avoid, that I want to know as little about as possible. I could use this as a jumping off point for another rant about Michael Bay (whom I loathe in almost every way it’s possible to loathe… Continue reading I Won’t Watch. Don’t Ask Me.

Warning: Here Be Nerdiness

Yesterday, a conversation with a student somehow turned to the Michael Bay movie Armageddon–a film that shares the same real estate in my cortex as the Tuck Rule Game, the George W. Bush presidency, and Star Wars Episode II. We both agreed that the idea of a single nuclear weapon splitting a mass as gargantuanly hippopotamic as… Continue reading Warning: Here Be Nerdiness

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Okay, the premise of the Red Dawn remake is that North Korea invaded us? North Korea, the country that can’t feed itself because it blows all its dough on missiles that don’t work and luxury cars for the Dear Leader? Unless this movie takes place in a parallel universe where Gustav Graves‘s orbiting laser killed James… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?