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In what blogger Audrey II (great name) called the Red Wedding of corporate moves, Barnes & Noble appears to have committed slow-moving suicide, and I don’t think she’s exaggerating. Bloodless business news squibs buried under a mountain of awful in this news cycle reported that B&N launched a round of layoffs that would save $40 million from the company. Exact numbers weren’t available, but its SEC filing reported the cuts as “a new labor model…... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CultureGeek
Winchester is better than its reviews, but only half of what it could have been. I made a bet going in that we’d be hit with 20 jump scares, and there were only 15. The fact that I could keep count might tell you something. I picked up on the Big Plot Twist about half an hour early, and I hate when I can see it coming. While Jason Clarke is a decent actor, there... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CultureGeek
In the category of Hollywood is Still Run By Idiots, we have the brilliant plan by Paramount to release Annihilation domestically and sell the international release rights to… Netflix. The Atlantic notes that Arrival, a similar science fiction thriller, grossed $203 million and got eight Oscar nominations including best picture. And yet, Annihilation, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, is being treated to zero fanfare at all, with no theatrical rollout outside of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at CultureGeek
At first I thought this was going to be the easiest Superb Owl column I’d ever write, because the consensus in the room this year was nearly unanimous: NFL players dancing to ‘80s pop is totally awesome. For those new to the show: I pay only the barest attention to sports, and the Superb Owl is basically an excuse to eat a lot of food with friends, laugh at the commercials and dance around with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at CultureGeek
The closest most women got to the Grammys Sunday night was when Hillary Clinton read from Fire and Fury during a comic skit. Click here to see what has the political side foaming at the mouth. The Grammys are my annual reminder that I’m too old to be cool. I look at the list of people who are nominated, and I’m lucky to recognize one out of ten. Fortunately I have a coolness-to-old-person translator in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at CultureGeek
Confession: I hate Heathers. Its popularity baffles me. Even pre-Columbine, I couldn’t find any humor in a psychotic teenager who kills his classmates and fakes suicides. Or the hilarity of heartbroken, grieving parents, using sexuality as blackmail, bullying and fatshaming, suicide contagion and other delightfully raucous fun. With bonus terrorism and mass murder! Now we have a remake-as-series, which flips it so the vicious bitchery ruling the school belongs to people whom the 80s Heathers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at CultureGeek
I could keep listing the latest people revealed to be sexist, harassing assholes in the arts - or at least accused of such - or I could just keep repeating, “Tom Hanks is still a nice guy.” So, apparently, is Robert Redford, as he spoke at Sundance Film Festival this week and said “the role for men right now is to listen.” Sundance is hitting the controversies hard this year, including Monsters and Men, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at CultureGeek
Grab the popcorn, folks: the next step in the Sexual Harassment Merry-Go-Round is the sale of the artist formerly known as the Weinstein Company. Okay, it’s still called Weinstein Co., but it is selling itself and the bulk of its film and television assets to avoid bankruptcy, according to Variety. Possible bidders include Killer Content with the backing of a collection of investors gearing to steer Weinstein profits to nonprofits helping women. In general, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at CultureGeek
No, I’m not getting into The Last Jedi. Nope, not at all. Why should I, when everyone else has done so already? And better than I could. So I’m not going to talk about it. Yet. Cartoon by Joe Heller • It’s Golden Globes time! The 75th Golden Globe Awards have an interesting lineup, including movies that haven’t come out yet. Drama nominees include Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, The Post, The Shape of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at CultureGeek
Like many of you, I was leery of Justice League. After the dull, morose betrayal of Superman in Man of Steel and its nonsensical and annoying continuance in Batman v. Superman, I was not at all eager to watch Zack Synder take a third shot at my favorite superhero, even if he was dead. This was compounded by terrible reviews, the horrifying picture of Amazons in leather bikinis, reports of annoying upskirt shots of Wonder... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at CultureGeek
I sometimes wonder how the obit writers choose what to put in the headline when an actor or other artist dies. Sure, you could say that Robert Guillaume was the star of Benson or Soap, and those things are true. Most of his obituaries led with that, though he's said he was initially hesitant to take the role of a black servant to a white family. Or they led with with his turn as the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at CultureGeek
• A Marvel editor was harassed online because she dared to post a selfie of herself and several coworkers grabbing milkshakes. This led to verbal abuse, being blamed for all of Marvel’s financial woes, complaints about “fake geek girls” (hey dicks, they WORK FOR MARVEL unlike you) and, of course, the requisite sexual innuendos and rape threats. This is why we can’t have nice things. • Speaking of Marvel, here’s why Agent Carter was cancelled.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at CultureGeek
Note: This post did not run last Monday due to technical snafus. Those responsible have been sacked. There was a little shindig in San Diego last weekend, and you might’ve heard a few things from it. Okay, you heard a lot from it. Here’s a rundown of what I heard, and it won’t include everything, because nobody could possibly contain the hugeness of SDCC in one column without boring the crap out of you. So... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at CultureGeek
We’re back! It was a long vacation, but I thought of all of you quite often as I basked in the Florida sunshine… no, I didn’t. I’m totally lying. I would like to give you the highlights in CultureGeek news while I was away, but I hear the voice of Inigo in my head: “No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” So here’s the Inigo version: • Happy 62nd Birthday Disneyland! I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at CultureGeek
Image has the best analysis so far of why Wonder Woman is the best and most popular of the DCEU films, and it isn’t because Gal Gadot looks awesome in the leather swimsuit. Or even because she’s a kickass woman in a central role. (Side note: let’s quit with the damn memes arguing “Well, she wasn’t the FIRST…” Duh. We all know that. In the modern comic-film renaissance, there’s been a striking lack of female... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at CultureGeek
• A bunch of Disney flicks got their release dates, including a pushback for Indiana Jones 5: The Apology. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a December release this year, just as Force Awakens was, but the as-yet untitled Episode IX will be a May 2019 release, rather than sticking with the Christmas plan. That’s probably because Frozen 2 comes out that Christmas, and Disney doesn’t like to fight itself. (Please, Disney. We’re gonna go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at CultureGeek
The Tonys were held Sunday night, and I am pleased to announce that Edwardsville native Laurie Metcalf won best actress for A Doll’s House Part 2 - a production I did not know existed, but intrigues me. Trivia note: the Metcalf Theater on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is named after her father, James Metcalf. Laurie Metcalf is a founding member of Steppenwolf Theater, along with John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and others. Metcalf’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at CultureGeek
• This year’s WWDC conference had a bunch of gifts for Apple fans. Business Insider has an interesting analysis: instead of flashy new projects (though there are a few of those), Apple is laying out a strategy for the next 10 years. Personally I don’t care about the iWatch or augmented reality. The HomePod interests me much more, as a lifelong Apple user with a full-house Apple system. MacOS and iOS updates, App Store update,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at CultureGeek
Welcome to a mega-edition of CultureGeek Linkspam, since we took Memorial Day-Week off. What? There were brats to grill. • Apple Computer held its WWDC keynote today, announcing a number of fun stuff. Among them: Amazon Prime finally comes to Apple TV; the older iMac model gets a boost and they premiered a new iMac Pro; the HomePod; software updates…. oh, just read it. • A review of Wonder Woman is pending after a rewatch.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at CultureGeek
This summer, CultureGeek will feature a series of guest blogs centered on the classic Godzilla films, written by author and Godzilla aficionado Jim D. Gillentine and collated from other Godzilla fans as well. Rawr! - CultureGeek Gojira was a huge success for Toho Studios when it came out in 1954. It broke box office records, earned the equivalent of the Oscar in Japan and was a powerful allegory for the dangers of nuclear war and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at CultureGeek
This summer, CultureGeek will feature a series of guest blogs centered on the classic Godzilla films, written by author and Godzilla aficionado Jim D. Gillentine and collated from other Godzilla fans as well. Rawr! - CultureGeek In the third installment in the Godzilla series, Toho decided to bring in another well-known monster to be Godzilla’s opponent; the mighty King Kong! It was originally an idea by Willis O'Brien to film a movie to be called... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at CultureGeek
This summer, CultureGeek will feature a series of guest blogs centered on the classic Godzilla films, written by author and Godzilla aficionado Jim D. Gillentine and collated from other Godzilla fans as well. Rawr! - CultureGeek Gojira: The Beginning With a pitch-black screen and a sudden thundering boom followed by his iconic roar, the 1954 classic Gojira begins. This is the one that started it all, and to many G-Fans, it is still the best... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at CultureGeek
Everyone has already posted their condolences on the death of Roger Moore, so I won’t try. Cancer sucks. As usual, the debate of “who was the best Bond” arises as it does any time the Bond franchise is in the news, with the aura of a religious fervor and none shall be swayed. I won’t say Moore was my favorite Bond, but he was the first I saw, back when they re-ran Bond flicks in... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at CultureGeek
Today's guest reviewer is Jason R. Tippitt of The Mental Nomad, discussing the cancellation of Law & Order: Chicago... I mean, Chicago Justice. Take it away, Jason: I'm not surprised, given that Chicago Justice wasn't mentioned -- one way or another -- at the time NBC announced its fall schedule. The one-and-done fate of this series follows the similar course "blazed" by Law & Order: Los Angeles. You would think that just remaking the original... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at CultureGeek
If you liked Prometheus, you will love Alien Covenant. I hated Prometheus, so I only halfway liked Covenant. Ridley Scott seems determined to pretend most of the original quadrilogy didn't happen, and while we might agree with him on a few aspects, the Alien Queen rocked and I will brook no argument. Scott has apparently decided the Alien Queen doesn't exist, and that's a problem for me. Meanwhile, Covenant is trying to say something about... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at CultureGeek