Incredible Too

I took a trip up the West Coast earlier this year, stopping off at all the places I could that were culturally relevant.  The first club Green Day played in Oakland, the building at Cal Poly where Weird Al worked on the student radio station and recorded “Another One Rides the Bus,” the garage where Steve Jobs changed the world, the building where The People’s Temple used to be that is now a post office, the Hearst Castle, the Winchester House.  One place we had to see was Pixar’s headquarters.

Pointless Action?

Even as a bit of a film snob, I have guilty pleasures, and if the aggregate stats are any indication, a lot of film critics have a mushy soft spot in their head for the Jackass films.  The second and third are both mid-sixties on Rotten Tomatoes, and if either they – or their .5 upgrades – are playing on late night TV, I find myself sticking around for the lunacy.

Sheepdog David Grant’s 19th Annual Academy Awards Contest Results!!!

A lot of people were expecting heavy political messages this year, and there were a couple. When Iran’s “The Salesman” won Best Foreign Language Film, a statement was read by the filmmaker, who refused to come to America as long as we have a president that has openly discussed a “Muslim ban.” While presenting, Gael Garcia Bernal told a truth about how all those in the film industry are migrant workers who go to other countries to craft their work. And several jokes were made that teased at the division in our country. Overall, however, it was kind of lite on hardline statements.

What makes a great romance? An exploration of ‘LA LA Land’

The prevailing consensus for romance movies seems to have been to write the main characters straight, and then write fun, interesting friends for them to get advice from. It’s not something that doesn’t work. After all, it comes from Shakespeare’s playbook. If Much Ado about Nothing is the prototypical rom-com, then why wouldn’t you do that? Write an ingénue character for the women to sympathize with. Write a romantic man for the men to sympathize with, and if you think it will make things more palatable for the guys, simply give the male lead a gender-specific pastime, like sports.