The 11 Days of Hallmark Christmas Movie Pitches In April

Yes, I know it isn’t even close to Christmas and no, I know that it is closer to Christmas today compared to yesterday.  For these reasons and the fact that 2021 is getting to be a poorly produced sequel to 2020, Hallmark recently announced that they are going to be airing Christmas movies this April …

Franchise the 13th Part XIII: Jason Is Not Your Way Right Away

Ah, movie franchises!  The assured theatrical comfort food for the masses. And audiences eat them up accordingly.  A franchise movie series brings along a comfy and familiar concept.  If the formula for the follow-up sticks relatively close to the series predecessors, the worst the audience would say is “Well, that wasn’t too bad, right?”  Oddly enough, …

How We All Can Lick Hatred, COVID, and Everything

As we head into another year of these unprecedented, unusual, trying, uncertain, challenging, extraordinary, difficult, hard, and tough times in this virus-laden world, many have tried to assign blame on others for how we ended up in these circumstances.  “It’s Trump’s/China’s/the Democrats’/the Republicans’/the governors’/Fauci’s/George Soros’/the CDC’s/Bill Gates’/Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s/O.J. Simpson’s/(insert other name here)’s fault!”  The …

Witnessing the 5th in Line While Being 5th in Line: My Experiences at the May 2018 Royal Wedding™ of Harry and Meghan

With all the recent hoohah and flapdoodle surrounding everyone’s favorite non-royals, I thought I would go reflect to happier times, before lucrative Netflix deals and huge interviews with Oprah.  Back before these plucky innocents were undoubtedly tormented by the trappings of incredible wealth and status and privilege through their being members of the British monarchy.  …

Concerted Efforts Part 1: The Fifth Best Audience In The World!

With the holidays reasonably in our rearview mirrors and the possibility of summer concert tours mistily ahead of us, I would like to take a moment to halfheartedly exaggerate what I remember about some of the concerts that I have had the good fortune to see in person.  Keep in mind that I am aging rapidly, …

The Seven Deadly Citizens On Patrol: An Examination Of Faults, Misdeeds, and Police Academy

The Seven Seas.  The Seven Dwarves.  The Magnificent Seven.  The Seven Continents.  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  All these sevens have two things in common: 1) They all involve having more than six, but less than eight of something and 2) They are all fictional.  (C’mon…Asia and Europe are the same landmass.  Call it Eurasia …

Go Go Godzilla Went Went Away

(Author’s note: This was originally written back hundreds of years ago in the lovely days of November 2014.  Since Hollywood believes in bringing forth nothing new, I thought I wouldn’t either!  Well, that’s not exactly true.  I’ve reedited this a tad and added some pictures, which the original post didn’t have, and spiffed it up …

How I Saved Lucasfilm and Star Wars: A Primer

With all the claptrap and hoohah with Lucasfilm and Star Wars and Disney and whatever else going on, I thought that I would do what I do best: help out even though no one asked me to in the first place.  Hey, no need to thank me!  Just think of me as a Good Samaritan wandering out in the …

Almost Equal Sequels Part VII: Magnum Force

Yet another dismal snow-filled week in February begins.  So let us gather around and warm not only the cockles of our hearts but cockles everywhere with throwing yet another wonderful sequel on the fire.  The fire of appreciation that is!  Let us stoke the furnace of love with these sequel logs, shall we? By the …

The Toxicity of Toxic Fandoms that are Toxic!

I didn’t think that the day would end in controversy.  Certainly that wasn’t my goal, at least at that time.  It was a relatively chilly and cloudy day, par for the course of an admittedly blasé Wisconsin winter.  After a rigorous battle reorganizing the linen closet, matching pillowcases with sheets and folding more towels than …