Let me tell you all a story about a man named Jed. ... But I'll tell you, the ending isn't what I expected.
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Coldplay vs Bill and Ted
Coldplay makes me sick. I'm not being mean. I'm not saying that I dislike the band or that I'm unhappy with their music. I am saying that every song they have ever released flat-out makes me nauseated. Here's a scenario: I'll be driving along on a beautiful summer's day, feeling fine. Then without warning I... Continue Reading →
Harmonizing Nazi Cannibals
For some reason, I always thought the Von Trapps were part of the Donner Party. I'd never watched The Sound of Music, so I had no idea those children were the Von Trapps. I also, inexplicably, thought the musical was about a happy-go-lucky German family during WWII. Rest assured, my family is never going to... Continue Reading →
Growing up in the women's lib 70s, my female teachers constantly would ask us kids whether we thought there were any girls in TV or movies that were positive role models. I never had a good answer for that. It took me a long time to realize that's because I never thought of Princess Leia... Continue Reading →
Marty McFly’s Second Chance
In one week, Marty McFly is going to visit from 1985. Hill Valley, wherever it is, will get a quick touch-down from him and the Doc. They'll snag a sports almanac, and -- whoosh -- they'll be off again. The last chapter (chronologically) in the trilogy will be finished. That's a rather melancholy thought until... Continue Reading →
Evil Tim Curry
Tim Curry has the perfect voice for evil. The other day, someone in my family posed the question of whether he ever plays anything except the villain. It seemed like a joke at first, but when I looked him up on IMDB, I was aghast at his resume. If you're not familiar with IMDB.com, it's... Continue Reading →
Pretty, sexy, and smart
One misstep of modern feminism is that we keep trying to make women choose between being smart and being pretty; we've all but stopped acknowledging that someone can be both. I'd like to present a new role model for today's young ladies: Hedy Lamarr. If you're under 50, you've probably never heard of her, but... Continue Reading →
Why Doc Brown killed Jennifer
Before I start ranting, let me say that I consider "Back to the Future" a nearly perfect movie, and the entire series gets an "A" from me. But then, I'm a sucker for time-travel stories. I don't even mind the number of times that Doc killed Jennifer. The crux of a good time-travel piece is... Continue Reading →