Category: Culture

Review of “As You Like It”

William Shakespeare’s adorable comedy As You Like It will be brought to life at the Ahmanson Theatre from the present through March 26th. Sir Peter Hall, winner of multiple Tony-Awards, directs the Theatre Royal Bath with the lead of Rosalind...

/ February 6, 2005

Insights and questions from “E.T. – Extra Terrestial”

I just watched E.T. for the first time. It won best picture in 1982, and remains a revered (and oft quoted) cultural icon. What makes it so excellent? I will approach the question not by examining E.T. as a film,...

/ February 5, 2005


When perusing comments over at Pandas Thumb, I came across a link to this list of the top 100 non-fiction books of the 20th century from National Review. Check out entries six and seven: 6. The Open Society and Its...

/ January 14, 2005

In Good Company

Grace Hill Media made good on their promise to buy tickets to In Good Company for the Los Angeles based bloggers who responded to their promotion (they excluded us from the grand prize because the movie is already showing in...

/ January 11, 2005

A mind is a terrible thing to waste on comedy

Eddie Izzard is a gifted, but he’s burying his talent. How can I claim this, and why should I be bothering about the speck in his life before the log in mine? As to the first, I shall attempt to...

/ December 24, 2004

Technological progress

I am someone who grew up inculcated with the belief that mankind, as a whole, is always progressing forward. I was never preached Darwinian evolution but I somehow came out of Junior High with other forms of evolutionary or progressive...

/ December 18, 2004

Stats and Blogging

Today I discovered that The Doctor has a link to this site on his own page. Naturally, this prompted visions of ‘blog glory’–hundreds of thousands of hits per day, all to read the thoughts here. I finally realized, though, that...

/ December 7, 2004

Free from politics

Jim (Matt’s brother) writes: But then you’ve got films like On the Waterfront, which is political, entertaining, and artistic at the same time. (It also has one of the most sympathetic, perhaps most realistic Hollywood portrayals of a man of...

/ May 26, 2004

Quentin Tarantino

I just went on a Quentin Tarantino kick, catching up on his most recent films: Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004). Before I saw these three films I was convinced that I...

/ April 25, 2004

Diary of a Country Priest

While things are still a bit of a free for all and we’re still sort of hammering down the “vision” of this blog I thought I’d throw out a recommendation. I know most of the members on this blog (who...

/ April 16, 2004