You Should Be Watching “Arrow”

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I’ve been enjoying the Marvel movie renaissance as much as the next geek, but I’m a DC guy and proud of it. DC has had renaissance of its own that far exceeds Marvel’s, albeit on the small screen. Thanks to the sure hands of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, they have created the most fully realized [Read More...]

Cutting the Cable: Why to Do It, How to Do It

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Last May, we cut cable TV service to the house for the first time in 22 years. I was going to crow about it then, with an “Oh look at me, how unworldly I am” kind of post, but then I realized that a summer without cable really isn’t that big a deal, and decided [Read More...]

The Technophobic Traditionalism of “The Prisoner”

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I started showing my daughter Patrick McGoohan’s classic surrealist spy show The Prisoner last night, and she had a lot of questions (as does everyone who watches) about the symbols and meaning. This kind of thing is hotly debated, and has been since the original series ended its run with a cryptic ending that left [Read More...]

Streamageddon: Your Netflix Queue Just Got Shorter

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Mayday is Doomsday for lovers of classic films on Netflix. Today, the Warner/MGM library of classic films–the stuff I actually watch–vanished from the service. My queue was 49 films lighter this morning, and I’m feeling a little grumpy about it, particularly since I was preparing to cut my cable TV at the end of May. [Read More...]

Eugene Polley, RIP

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When I was young, my parents had convincing stories of youthful hardship: long walks to school, hauling coal for 25 cents a ton, the deprivations of the Depression, World War II, and so on. My stories of the average Gen X childhood are considerably less impressive (although my son remains fascinated by the dangers of [Read More...]

Trading Virginity for 15 Minutes of Fame UPDATED

One of the more nauseating aspects of the modern commodification and debasing of sex is the way virginity is treated like cheap coin to be spent as quickly as possible. Purity is no longer Laertes “chaste treasure,” but is now more like a midway token to be plugged into the first game that comes along. [Read More...]


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