Archive for November, 2016

Film and the Great Depression
In 1932, a quarter of Americans were unemployed. There was no social safety net, social security, or unemployment compensation. It was an economic and social catastrophe. Everyone blamed Hoover for th...
Sarah Quinna year ago
Geeky Weddings That You Won't Believe
I planned my wedding in two months, in a city I had never lived in, before Pinterest. So what I’m saying is that it was all generic fake floral centerpieces in a church gymnasium and everyone drank 15...
Matt Catesa year ago
Where Would Darth Vader Go on Vacation?
Different people worry about different things. Families, careers, life goals, yada yada. Occasionally we worry about “trivial” things, too. Why didn’t Obi-Wan remember R2-D2 in A New Hope? Exactly how...
Sarah Quinna year ago
The Timeless Lessons of Captain EO
Some of you immediately remember your first experience seeing the science fiction classic Captain EO. You were either at a Disney park between 1986 and 1997 seeing the original short film, or you were...
Jason Schwartza year ago
5 Gamecube Games That Are Still Great
The Gamecube system might now be just for college dorm rooms, but back in the day it was a revolutionary system. While there are many bad Gamecube games (*cough* Shadow the Hedgehog *cough*) the best ...
Hollywood Secrets of the Golden Days
A rather amusing classic Hollywood practical joke was vouched for as perfectly authentic when the man who had perpetrated it. Eddie Goulding is who. Even way back towards the end of the silent period ...
Sarah Quinna year ago
Unique Handmade Gifts for Miyazaki Fans
If you or someone you love is obsessed with Miyazaki and the amazing films of Studio Ghibli, you don’t need a support group. You need handmade brooches, spoons, earrings, and art prints from Etsy! Ok,...
Jason Schwartza year ago
Why Is it Okay to Kill in Marvel Movies?
Killing in comics has always been a controversial subject. Killing is what can separate a hero from a vigilante. If there is a hero who kills his enemies the question almost always arises, what makes ...
George Gotta year ago
Humble Beginnings at The Improv with Larry David
Larry David looks out at a packed house through thick aviator glasses. Catching the audience off guard, he speaks slowly, in a voice vaguely reminiscent of Jackie Mason. "Well, I've done it again I've...
Sarah Quinna year ago
The Best Ways to Introduce Kids to Superheroes
One of my absolute favorite things about being a parent is sharing the things I love the most with my kids. A perfect example was getting to hear my kids gasp in shock when Darth Vader reveals that bi...
Geek Culture Revolution
The term 'geek' is quite an ugly one on face value alone, spoiled by a harsh guttural sound that makes it seem more of a gag reflex noise than a community to be worshipped. But, the geek community has...
Sarah Quinna year ago
The Best Handmade Gifts For Princess Leia Fanatics
If somebody will get this walking carpet out of my way, I’ll be able to tell you all about these amazing handmade gifts for the Princess Leia fans in your life (or for yourself, let’s be honest). From...
Is Superman Pop Culture's Jesus?
When Jewish immigrants Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster originally created Superman, his origin story was their own modern reinvention of the classic Moses story. Moses was sent away by his parents in an...
Anne St. Mariea year ago
The Latest On That All-Female 'Ocean's Eleven' Spinoff
Nobody can deny that the Ocean’s Eleven franchise has been pretty successful over the years. From its first Sinatra-led incarnation to the three movies helmed by George Clooney and Brad Pitt, the deli...
Just Some Really Good Biopics
Some of the best movies, in my opinion, are bio-pics. These movies take the life (or events of a life) of someone extraordinary. They’ve won many Academy Awards, and procured countless nominations. Ci...