Archive for the 'Opinions' Category


“The Way, Way Back”

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

This looks like something I might like. Written and directed by Oscar winner Dean Pelton! (and his writing partner).



2011 end of the year playlist

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Standard annual disclaimer: Not the “best of” by any stretch of the imagination (because my “best” is sometimes your “worst”) but a list of 15 songs, arranged in order for maximum listening experience, that I enjoyed in 2011. (Oh, and I know “Young Blood” came out in late 2010 but I don’t work at a newspaper anymore and didn’t hear the song until this year. Deal with it).

Oh, and P.S.- I can’t believe I picked a Coldplay song either.

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Volcano Girl- this weekend!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Details here for those interested- and some teaser images I put together after the jump.

Date: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 7:00 PM (Invitation Only) & 8:30PM (Open to Everyone)

Location: USC Norris Theater


Screening is free, and anyone is welcome at the 8:30 screening. Two other films will play- “Dog-Eared” and “Snow Queen.” All three films are very different, each running 12 minutes+credits.

Teaser images below– but note that the time listed is INCORRECT on these images

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Remember my dumb theory about Mario?

Friday, January 14th, 2011

(Which you can read here)

It seems kind of agrees with my assessment.


Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010


Even if “Scott Pilgrim” could have ended with the fourth volume, I’m glad it didn’t. The fifth book is easily the best so far– Scott dealing with his insecurities around Ramona, Kim becoming more important as a supporting character, plot threads seemingly discarded from the (awful) first volume returning. (Spoiler free, because by now you really should be reading these books).

The fights actually take a back seat here to the relationships between the characters, as they bicker, get drunk and try to hold on to each other as they invariably grow older and apart. It’s quite good stuff, especially when Scott has to fight a killer robot every few pages. It’s also the first volume that has a proper cliffhanger, setting the final volume into motion.

But the best part? Scott desperately trying to hold on to Ramona, making forced conversation about old X-Men story lines from the 80s as Ramona tries on clothes in a mall, gets dressed and goes about her life. It’s so heartbreaking and funny at the same time. Probably the best moment in the entire series by far.


Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010


This could have– perhaps should have– been the final volume in the series. Yeah, there’s still two more to go, but, spoilers, Read the rest of this entry