anonymity empowers cowards to become bullies

I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT BULLIES several times on this site, both from personal memories and with the still escalating instances of Internet bullying often referred to as “trolling.” We are watching the seventh season of the television series CASTLE, and one of the episodes deals with both the type of bullying that I experienced fifty years ago, and the with cyber-bullying of today.


harry dean stanton made clint eastwood seem downright garrulous

READING ABOUT MOVIES before the Internet, I often came across descriptions of Gary Cooper as being Hollywood’s most laconic actor. That’s not a common word, nor one that was taught in the classrooms of America in the ’60s. According to Merriam-Webster, Cooper was “using or involving the use of a minimum of words,” which does sum up many of the characters he played in CONTINUE READING

is “auto focus” an out-of-focus half-assed piece of garbage?

IT’S NOT OFTEN that I am moved to write a piece about a movie based on a review of the movie instead of the movie itself. But last night I watched Auto Focus with Greg Kinnear playing actor Bob Crane. I knew very little about Crane’s life, except that he was the star of Hogan’s Heroes, had a HUGE lust for women—lots and lots of


where were the hoary hosts of hoggoth? (a review of dr. strange)

FINALLY, I SAW IT—Dr. Strange, the movie. I say “finally” as I am one of the dying breed of guys who bought and collected Marvel comic books in the ’60s as the magic was happening. (And by the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, face facts: it was almost exclusively guys who read superhero comics at the time.) And Dr. Strange was always one of my

we are each of us a fading gigolo or fading gigolette

BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO OPENED its first stores in the 1980s, renting movies as both Beta and VHS cassette tapes. Standard procedure then was to remove the cassette from the original cardboard box and insert the tape into a black plastic box.

It’s a story about how people deal with loneliness. Of course, you’d have to watch the movie to know that.

Blockbuster then wrapped their own CONTINUE READING

phaw! on rambaldi and the unwatchable finale of “alias”

ALIAS. A super-spy/CIA adventure series for ABC that ran five seasons (2001-2006) and was nominated for more than seventy awards—although not a single important nomination was made for the final season. ALIAS made Jennifer Garner a star, for which we should all be grateful. The first few seasons were loads of fun with good scripts, good characters, and good acting. Berni and I enjoyed CONTINUE READING

sometimes ‘alias’ ain’t no alias at all

I LOGGED INTO MY KCLS ACCOUNT and in the Search field typed “alias.” I wanted to place a hold on the fourth and fifth seasons of the ABC television series Alias from earlier in this century, starring Jennifer Garner. Aside from the five DVDs for the series and perhaps a few books about the show, I wasn’t expecting a large amount of entries under that CONTINUE READING

changing the tower light bulb (it’s too late, baby)

WAY BACK IN PRE-REAGAN AMERICA, back in the ’60s when the wealthy and the corporations still paid something resembling a reasonable tax rate, many (white) high schools in these here United States had a Guidance Counselor. This person’s job was to assist juniors and seniors in recognizing and understanding their interests and skills and guide them towards courses that might help them towards realizing the CONTINUE READING

the slaughter of our wolves (a little less action, a little more conversation)

SOMEWHERE TO THE EASTWARD A WOLF HOWLED; lightly, questioningly. I knew the voice, for I had heard it many times before. It was George, sounding the wasteland for an echo from the missing members of his family. But for me it was a voice which spoke of the lost world which once was ours before we chose the alien role; a world which I had CONTINUE READING