Because I am an old man with one foot in the grave, more interested in the location of the bathroom than in the attentions of the fairer sex, I have decided to spend a week or two trying to deny the effects of my advanced age on my body. I will cycle New England. To […]

Originally posted on Bored and Dangerous:
“That jerk Karl Marx said opium was the… religion of people. I got news for him, it’s money.” John Cassevetes is a cinema name I’ve heard a lot.  But I think until a few years ago, I assumed he was just some stone faced, hard ass actor, in the…

I should have been a pair of ragged claws Scuttling across the floors of silent seas. T.S. Eliot The Lobster is basically an extended Monty Python skit blown up into a feature length movie. Initially amusing, it falls apart in the second half. While it benefits from Rachel Weisz’s narration, which somehow combines deadpan comic […]

Back in the 1950s, when planes taking off from Newark International Airport developed a bad habit of falling out of the sky onto downtown Elizabeth, NJ, there was talk of opening a new airport 20 miles west in Morris County. Environmentalists quickly mobilized, and not only blocked the project, but eventually managed to turn most […]

I’d like to reserve a nice, cozy room in Hell away from all the goody goodies, preferably next to Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde.

  The Earth was once considered to be the center of the universe. We now know it isn’t the center of anything besides, perhaps, the activity of our species. And who knows how long that will last. The world we live in is increasingly drifting from what was once considered “the real”; man’s powers over […]

The high concept of The Lobster, explained briefly: In an alternate universe, every single person past a certain age is sent to a resort/prison in the country where they’re given a certain number of days to find a mate or else they’re surgically turned into an animal of their choosing. Every night the resort prisoners […]

Early in Chariots of Fire, the 1981 winner of the Best Picture Oscar, Harold Abrahams, one half of the film’s dual-headed hero, gives an almost perfect description of what would now be called “microaggression.” “It’s an ache, a helplessness, an anger. One feels humiliated. Sometimes I say to myself ‘hey, steady on, you’re imagining all […]

This has nothing to do with my essay. It simply demonstrates the proper way to exercise one’s white privilege when dealing with the police. If you’ve noticed the absence of blog posts lately, it was mostly because I spent the Summer working at a late night warehouse job. I had plenty of time to write […]

A screenshot from the Nazi propaganda film Kolberg, which is largely free from crude appeals to antisemitism or any demonized racial “other.” But who in the world is the black actor who plays one of the French soldiers? Was he a French North African POW forced to play a role as an “extra?” Napoleon did […]