The Stoner Comedy the Nazis Stole: Boy’s Club by Matt Furie

          In times of social and political uncertainty, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a stoner comedy. They require no mental effort to enjoy, are low stakes, and are gleefully apolitical. The closest thing any of these movies come to a political statement is that vague libertarian lite idea that weed should be legalized. JustContinue reading “The Stoner Comedy the Nazis Stole: Boy’s Club by Matt Furie”

The Version ‘Apocalypse Now’ You’ve Never Heard Of: The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer

          Ever since European men have ventured into parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas that they weren’t invited to, a certain trope has appeared in our collective memory that rears its head again and again in our fiction. A white man goes into the wilderness where he is unaccustomed, slowly goes mad and embracesContinue reading “The Version ‘Apocalypse Now’ You’ve Never Heard Of: The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer”

Bathroom Reading for English Majors: The White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon by Dana Schwartz

           The humor sections of The New Yorker aren’t funny. Whether it’s the pictures or those bullshit tongue-in-cheek mini-essays they have in there. Pretentious humor can be funny, but these jokes are a six out of ten at best. You rightly deserved to get strangled to death with your watch chain if your snooty assContinue reading “Bathroom Reading for English Majors: The White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon by Dana Schwartz”

History’s Messiest Bitch Who Loved All The Drama: Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore

            In the early 2000’s, MTV Cribs kicked ass. Apparently that show is still on, I honestly had no idea. Back in the day though, looking at all the crazy nonsense celebrities filled their house with was like gawking at the richest freak in the sideshow. A person acquiring riches seems to breed a levelContinue reading “History’s Messiest Bitch Who Loved All The Drama: Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore”

A Hair’s Breadth from Interesting: Wish by CLAMP

              There are certain genres of fiction that I’ll never really be into, no matter how good individual examples of that genre are. The other week Cindy and I watched Arctic starring Mads Mikkelsen. Think Castaway, but cold. Or The Grey minus the wolves. It’s a typical man vs. nature story while also being chilly.Continue reading “A Hair’s Breadth from Interesting: Wish by CLAMP”

No Dude, That Stripper is Totally Into You: ‘I Date a Hooker’ by Jeff Fischer

             If you need to kill a weekday evening, I can’t recommend highly enough Chapo Traphouse co-host Felix Biderman’s excellent documentary, Fighting in the Age of Loneliness. It’s a fascinating history of the sport of MMA. It’s both a history of the sport as a whole and a philosophical discussion on sanctioned violence as anContinue reading “No Dude, That Stripper is Totally Into You: ‘I Date a Hooker’ by Jeff Fischer”

Frying Pans and Crime Related Poetry (Part 1): Chicken a la Meyhem

              As I write this introduction, a good-sized chunk of the planet has been pretty much forced to eat most of their meals at home. For some members of the suburban bourgeoisie, this has led them to descend on their local state capitals, suspiciously expensive guns un hand, to loudly scream their desire to eatContinue reading “Frying Pans and Crime Related Poetry (Part 1): Chicken a la Meyhem”

What If Scott Pilgrim Was Good?: Solanin by Inio Asano

What If Scott Pilgrim Was Good?: Solanin by Inio Asano             I’m kind of kidding with that title. I actually think Edgar Wright’s film, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is pretty solid. It’s no Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, but it’s funny enough and still looks quitee good. I’m less of a fanContinue reading “What If Scott Pilgrim Was Good?: Solanin by Inio Asano”

Working Class Tragic Hero: Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

                          British culture has a lot to reckon with. That’s not to say every culture doesn’t have its baggage, the monsters that step out of folklore and leave real, physical bodies in their wake. The term ‘skeletons in your closet’ applies especially toContinue reading “Working Class Tragic Hero: Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth”