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Jake & Elwood Do a Quarter

This week, the Chicago Sun-Times is running a special report on the 25th anniversary of the release of The Blues Brothers. Click here to go there now! Read it now? Okay. In 1980 I was DJ’ing a novelty record show at Iowa State University called "The Mutant Patrol." John Candy got scheduled to do a […]

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I’ve ironed your cape, Master Bruce

Wait a minute! Michael Caine is playing Alfred the Butler in "Batman Begins." And nowhere in the movie does anyone ask him "What’s it all about?" Or whether it’s "just for the moments we li-i-i-i-ve?" Where’s Dionne Warwick when you need her?

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And here’s your epitaph, Mrs. Robinson

On the occasion of Anne Bancroft’s death this week, every radio station that reported on the news, even the all-news stations, felt the need to illuminate the story with a drop-in of dialogue from "The Graduate," or a snippet of the Simon & Garfunkel song, "Mrs. Robinson." And then, in the obit story itself, they […]

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And I call myself a Pop Culture Scholar…

I first started my little web site way back in 1995. One of my plans for the little darlin’ would be to compile a Dictionary of Pop Culture References, where I would cite and define terms springing from TV and movies, to enlighten people of future generations. Somehwere out there, f’instance, is a guide to […]

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Backstage Here at the Blog

I decided to sign up for posting ads by Google on this site. After all, we all have the dream of just putting up something on the web and letting the click-through fees roll in. Of course it’s not nearly as simple as that. This is also a game we can play, like Mad Libs. […]

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Christopher Reeve

Chris Reeve was not really "my" Superman. (Know what I mean? In the way that each generation of British kids defined themselves by who "their" Doctor Who was.) As a tyke, I had reruns of "The Adventures of Superman," the George Reeves series, every afternoon, right after the local Cartoon Carnival (which ran only Warner […]

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More Oscar Observations

Impressing your friends with your Oscar savvy I did promise this a while back now, didn’t I. Alright, here are a few things you can use next time the Oscars roll around: Documentary Feature and Short Subject awards. Other observers have picked up on this independently, so it should no longer be a surprise. The […]

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Oscar, oscar, oscar pt. 2

So of course Sean Penn is getting some pipe for his clearly unprepared Oscar acceptance speech, which opened with "One thing actors know, besides the fact that there were no WMD’s…" But waitaminit! There were no WMD’s! And people who suggested there weren’t were being called traitors! Who’s turned out to be smarter: George W. […]

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Oscar, Oscar?, Oscar!

Despite my affected cynicism, I’m just a sucker for the Academy Awards. I usually think of myself as being able to reliably pick the minor and technical awards based on previous observations (which I’ll summarize below). But had I gotten up the gumption to enter, say, the Outguess Ebert contest, I would never have thought […]

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I’m littering up the Web even more

I’m trying to place links to other places where I’ve written pithy or worthwhile stuff. Here you can find an index of comments I’ve left about movies on the Internet Movie Database. Worth a try. Also, when I contributed a plot summary about the "Fargo" TV pilot, it was indexed under this search link. Finally, […]