W.B. at the movies: Well-meaning aliens

My favorite of the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies is easily First Contact. In the Trek mythology, the Vulcans discovered Earth on the day Zefram Cochrane performed a successful warp drive experiment. A passing Vulcan craft detected the warp drive signature — a sign of an advanced, star-faring civilization — and went over toContinue reading “W.B. at the movies: Well-meaning aliens”

Lists pros and cons

I had an interesting exchange Friday after I posted yesterday’s post (“Joni’s foreground music”) to Facebook.  One of my closest we-should-be-friend-friends-not-just-Facebook-friends friends, Sam Kujava, responded, “I would say she is my favorite female musician but that is considered sexist now, right?” And added, “I cried happy and sad tears watching her perform here,” talking aboutContinue reading “Lists pros and cons”

W.B. at the Movies: Dr. Strange 2

We watched Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Saturday night, and I appreciated it for what it was. How do you go wrong, really, with a cast along the lines of Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel MacAdams and newcomer Xochitl Gomez? I have resigned myself to the fact thatContinue reading “W.B. at the Movies: Dr. Strange 2”

You didn’t get a second opinion for something called a ‘brain cloud’?

I saw an ad for a supplement designed to fight brain cloud. Wait, what? I first heard the phrase “brain cloud” in John Patrick Shanley’s eccentric follow-up to Moonstruck. In Joe Vs. The Volcano, brain cloud is a ridiculous, made-up medical condition used to bamboozle Tom Hanks’ character into believing he has only months toContinue reading “You didn’t get a second opinion for something called a ‘brain cloud’?”

W.B. at the Movies: Spider-Man No Way Home

The forced closure of theaters two years ago changed the way we watch movies. The last film we saw on the traditional big screen was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019. The government’s decision to shutter the movie theaters led me to the conclusion that for the price of two tickets andContinue reading “W.B. at the Movies: Spider-Man No Way Home”

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art Now there’s an April Fool’s Day headline if ever a wiz there was. Plan 9 From Outer Space is on plenty of lists of the worst movies ever made, and it IS a bit of a train wreck in many ways. But still … That opening lineContinue reading “‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art”

An epoch in comic book history

Every time I see this image, I remember the awe I felt gazing at the cover of Fantastic Four #39 at age 12, only partly because it was finding old friends after too long a wait. We had moved to a town with no comic books, and it had been 15 months between the storyContinue reading “An epoch in comic book history”

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