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

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I FINALLY 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. READ MORE

we are each of us a fading gigolo or fading gigolette

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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. Block­buster then wrapped their own covers around the box: the com­pany name was on the front, the movie title on the spine, and a brief syn­opsis of the movie on the back. READ MORE

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

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ALIAS was 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. READ MORE

sometimes “alias” ain’t no alias at all

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I LOGGED INTO my li­brary 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 number of en­tries under that word. READ MORE

laughing with alan watts and the wild hogs

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WHO RECOMMENDED “WILD HOGS”? This fur­sh­lug­giner film is poorly con­ceived and pre­dictably point­less! It’s a biker-comedy (?) with an im­pres­sive if motley cast. There are four male leads, two roles filled by a couple of se­rious ac­tors that I enjoy seeing in just about any­thing. Un­for­tu­nately, a pair of sup­pos­edly funny ac­tors that I rarely enjoy in any­thing oc­cu­pies the other two roles. READ MORE

on being eminently beddable (my crush on marisa tomei)

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FOLLOWING MY POST on being bul­lied for merely being be­lieved to be gay in high school with a nice bit of musing on at­trac­tive women seemed ap­pro­priate to reaf­firm my status as a het­ero­sexual of manly man. So, here I in­tro­duce the term Em­i­nently Bed­d­able (EB) and ex­plain its ori­gins and then very briefly dis­cuss a movie star who I be­lieve fits the de­scrip­tion per­fectly. READ MORE

why mariel hemingway’s new revelation about woody allen doesn’t matter

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“WOODY ALLEN IS A PREDATOR.Or so screams out from the Salon web­site posted on March 26, 2015. The sub-title is “Why Mariel Hemingway’s new rev­e­la­tion mat­ters,” and it is meant to grab my attention—and it has. It also send chills up my spine and should yours also, whether you’re in the “I knew it!” READ MORE

what’s with all the different dvd packaging? (make up your minds already)

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WHAT’S WITH THE DVD PACKAGING? A simple ques­tion, right? Why so many dif­ferent boxes jackets sleeves what­ever? Why no uni­for­mity or user friend­li­ness? And I don’t even want to start on the way DVDs begin: the var­ious way-too-clever man­ners in which bored techs find to align the chap­ters or choices in the opening min­utes of the video is often con­fusing and frus­trating! READ MORE

irony in casting a movie has been known to tinkle my funny keys

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LAST NIGHT we watched Lee Daniels’ The Butler. It is based on the life of Eu­gene Allen, a butler in the White House for decades, where but­lers are his­tor­i­cally black. It stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, who wit­nesses the changing of the guard in the Oval Of­fice through thirty-four years of ser­vice.

It was a good movie, ad­dressing some of the re­al­i­ties of racism in these here United States. READ MORE