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Category Archives: 3 Tinseltown Tuesday

Things to watch on Netflix, Part 2: Every Korean Action Movie Known to Man

While I was healing up from a thing, I watched every possible free movie on Netflix. The happiest surprise, out of nowhere? South Korean action movies. I grew up on … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

What Thor was doing during CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. So why does this short bit with zero special effects work so well? Let’s take it apart. Comedy … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Things to watch on Netflix, Part 1: CARTEL LAND

So I’ve been home almost two weeks after some surgery (I’m fine), and what do you do when you’re on painkillers, can’t drive and can’t write? You read books. And you … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

Top 7 ways SUICIDE SQUAD went epically wrong—and could have gone right

Marvel and DC have taken comic books for kids and turned them into an unstoppable machine, designed to entertain the masses while making massive profits. When all the pieces fit … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

STAR TREK and STAR WARS are now opposite sides of the same repetitive story

I say this out of love, and not just because both series are (a) sci-fi space operas (b) starring ensemble casts of heroes with (c) both series taken over and vastly … Continue reading

August 4, 2016 · 3 Comments


After spending a week hanging out with our two-year-old niece, I’ve memorized the words to “Let It Go” and “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” Those two songs–especially “Let It … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

Quirky and Fun versus Weird for the Sake of Weird

In my sacred quest to watch Every Decent Thing on Netflix, I’ve seen a lot of quirky movies that make fun of the action and superhero genres. All good, right? … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment