Category Archives: Entertainment

No Home Without Potter, Yes?

   November 17, 2003    Comments Off on No Home Without Potter, Yes?

Harry Potter book sales have hit 250,000,000. The current population of the United States, according to the Census Bureau, is 292,615,786. Given that three or four people outside the U.S. have bought books, I’m not sure the saturation is that great on this product. Would Bill Gates stand for it if at least 42 million people in this country didn’t… Read more »

One Queer Cartoon Utopia, Please

   August 27, 2003    Comments Off on One Queer Cartoon Utopia, Please

Skip the dating show bit in TAP: Web Feature: Queer Factor and read the part about Queer Eye. The “cartoon utopia” aspect is precisely why I enjoy the show so much – and why I enjoyed the film Big Eden despite some character development shortcomings. It is lovely to have even a one-hour vision of what the world is like… Read more »

I Have Been Done Wrong: Comics Edition

   July 29, 2003    Comments Off on I Have Been Done Wrong: Comics Edition

Dear Alan Moore: I read League. Well, I tried. Maybe Watchmen was the apex of your career – it was amazing, and revolutionary, and I loved it. This… not. Dear Guy at Dragon’s Lair: When I told you my heart was breaking because The Invisibles was over, you recommended Transmetropolitan instead of Planetary. What the hell were you thinking?

The League of Extraordinary Oh. My. God. How. Boring.

   July 15, 2003    Comments Off on The League of Extraordinary Oh. My. God. How. Boring.

I could not have set my expectations low enough for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The best thing about it was the matinee pricing. However, my walk there proved that I now live only 15 minutes away from The Alamo Drafthouse North and The Quilt Store. They’re in the same parking lot – it’s very convenient.

The Thing: A horror movie full of extremely cheerful people

   August 28, 2002    Comments Off on The Thing: A horror movie full of extremely cheerful people

Seriously, they don’t seem all that stressed by having a blood-sucking alien stomping around hanging people upside down in the greenhouse and shredding up dogs to feed the podlings that will take over the Earth. I actually started to suspect the woman *was* a podling, so insignificant was her fear reaction to these events. But it was kind of cool… Read more »

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

   August 24, 2002    Comments Off on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? was eminently satisfying, and has aged wonderfully. Without the visuals, I’m even curious whether the time period would even be distinguishable. (Well, the reactions would seem a bit extreme unless they changed the accents to deep Southern.) While watching “issue” movies and television shows, I am often irritated that the characters don’t seem to be… Read more »

Minority Report: Suspension of Dislike Failed Too

   July 8, 2002    Comments Off on Minority Report: Suspension of Dislike Failed Too

I’ve been thinking about Minority Report for a while, wanting to say something but not knowing what to say. But I think I have it: The only way you could enjoy this movie is if you actually were surprised that someone could mess with the system. Unfortunately, it’s not really possible to be surprised about that. Oh well.