Tag Archive | movies

Falling asleep during the movie invalidates your perspective

It was Friday night. My girlfriend, Ashley, and I were lounging at home. “Is it my turn to pick out a movie tonight?” I asked. “I don’t know,” Ashley said. “Is it? I thought you picked out the movie last Friday?” “What movie did I pick out?” I asked. She shrugged. “I don’t know. I […]

An essay of epic proportions

I sat down to write a blog post the other day, and this overwhelming sense of exhaustion draped over me. The idea of piecing together a coherent essay – complete with a gripping lede, a compelling thesis, and a succinct conclusion to tie it all up – seemed daunting and not worth the strain. I […]

That wicked-smart takedown from ‘Good Will Hunting’

I’ve always wanted to have a Good Will Hunting moment. See, there’s a scene in the movie where Ben Affleck tries talking to Minnie Driver in a bar, and a Harvard creep interrupts and starts spouting intellectual gibberish to make Affleck look stupid. (Which shouldn’t have been too hard, given that Affleck would go on […]

Willy Wonka and the psychedelic tunnel of horrors 

I was sitting on the living-room couch, writing on my laptop, when somebody started rattling my apartment door. Startled, I jumped up and crept toward the door. The knob continued to rattle, then someone pushed on the door, as if ramming it with their shoulder. I held my breath and looked out the peephole. All […]

‘State of Play’ and the state of journalism

The 2009 film “State of Play” delves into the untidy, tangled world of investigate journalism … as well as the untidy, tangled world of Russell Crowe’s hair.

‘I could write these things!’

I have a relative who likes to forecast the outcome of every movie he watches. The problem is, he’s always 100 percent wrong.

The greatest Christmas movie ever 

Now that the holiday season is upon us, it’s time once again to watch the greatest Christmas film in history. (And no, it’s probably not what you expect.)

‘Bat jet! Oh — Bat copter’

I was so excited as a kid to receive a Bat Copter for Christmas … even though it was nowhere to be found in the movie it was based on.

Fifty Shades of Sweat Socks

Now that she’s read “Fifty Shades of Grey,” she has heightened expectations …

OCD: Humorous fodder for Hollywood screenwriters

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is nothing to laugh at … unless you’re featuring it in a Hollywood movie.