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Adam West: Farewell to a Caped Crusader and a Mayor

When I was on vacation in Boston last week, news came that Adam West had passed away at the age of 88. In the interview with Conan O’Brien above, from 1997, the actor and the host banter in a funny, relaxed way. This is how we remember Adam West, hilarious and cool, in on the … Continue reading Adam West: Farewell to a Caped Crusader and a Mayor

Kingsman: The Secret Service

MANNERS MAKETH THE MAN.  When an agent working for a top-secret intelligence agency is killed, his colleague (Colin Firth) enlists a troublesome teenager (Taron Egerton) to join a group of candidates who will be trained to fill the vacancy. In Matthew Vaughn’s view spy movies were getting a bit too serious, which is why he … Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service

The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

EVERY GENERATION HAS A STORY. There are some people out there who call themselves fans of Star Wars but still prefer to pretend like the trilogy of prequels that George Lucas created in 1999-2005 never happened, even though they were as excited about them before the premiere as they are now when the saga continues … Continue reading The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

Highlights of Comic-Con 2015

This year’s Comic-Con in San Diego ended last Sunday. Time to sum up what we enjoyed the most: The Star Wars panel – We get J.J. Abrams explaining his vision for the new movie, and Lawrence Kasdan as a connection to the original trilogy. We get real examples of newly designed creatures. And we get a Carrie Fisher-Mark … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2015

Star Wars Teasers – Now and Then

“There’s been an awakening… have you felt it?” After an amazing build-up today that felt like the entire Internet was standing still in anticipation of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we finally got to see what all the fuss was about… and it was beautiful to behold. Just listening to the … Continue reading Star Wars Teasers – Now and Then

Candy Makes Conservatives Foam At the Mouth

The second debate between Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama last Tuesday was a relief to Democrats as everyone seemed to agree that Obama gave a lively performance. Anything else would truly have been a complete disaster for the President’s reelection campaign considering how much Romney has gained since the first debate; FiveThirtyEight’s Nate … Continue reading Candy Makes Conservatives Foam At the Mouth

Return of the Jedi: A Case of the Cutes

THE EMPIRE FALLS… When I told a friend of mine that I had recently reviewed the first three Star Wars movies and realized that the third film is inferior to the others, he objected. That’s the most entertaining chapter of them all, he argued, and I used to agree with him. But Return of the Jedi suffers from a … Continue reading Return of the Jedi: A Case of the Cutes

Empire Strikes Back: Deeper Space

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES… I went back to this old favorite certain that I would be less impressed this time and give it a lower rating. But I’m surprised to say that the sequel to Star Wars is still a masterpiece as far as popcorn blockbusters go – and it’s quite different from its predecessor. The first film’s … Continue reading Empire Strikes Back: Deeper Space

Star Wars: One Force to Rule Them All

A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY… Many people of my age grew up watching the Star Wars franchise. I never did; my movie nerd era didn’t begin until I was 16 and that’s probably when I saw those films. I understood why they had been so popular with young audiences and liked them … Continue reading Star Wars: One Force to Rule Them All