Category Archives: TV & Film

Baker, Wilder, Wogan: Cheer Up, It Might Never Happen

I remember watching an interview with the Pollyanna broadcaster Danny Baker in which he relayed a conversation he once had with his wife in an airport bookstore. Frustrated at seeing such an abundance of ‘misery memoirs’ and other similarly unappealing tomes, … Continue reading

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That Time Brian Williams Flew Me Home in a Helicopter

I’ll never forget that one time Brian Williams offered me a ride back home – in a helicopter. It was mighty cold out – a real American nor’easter – and, like a solemn echo of the automobile industry at the … Continue reading

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Ed Snowden, the N.S.A., and the Myth of Complexity

Shame on me, I’ve been awful slow to pay any meaningful attention to the N.S.A., in spite of its massive, unprecedented-in-the-course-of-human-history failure to extend me the same basic courtesy. It doesn’t matter if we ignore it, it’s not ignoring us – hiding, … Continue reading

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Gone Girl: What Happens Next?

If you stop and think about it mainstream culture is surprisingly difficult to pin down. You might, for instance, want to dismiss it all as homogenous and bland. But then how do you account for the Beatles? Or peak-era Motown? Or … Continue reading

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All Things Said & Done (50 All-Time Greatest Films)

…One a Day for 50 Straight Days: My All-Time 50 Favorite Films (Just a single rule: mix-tape-style, no more than one film per director. You know, because otherwise the whole thing would be pointless.) (#1) Badlands Crime     •     dir. Terrence … Continue reading

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Out & About (50 All-Time Greatest Films)

…One a Day for 50 Straight Days: My All-Time 50 Favorite Films (Just a single rule: mix-tape-style, no more than one film per director. You know, because otherwise the whole thing would be pointless.) (#2) Journey to Italy Drama     •     … Continue reading

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Hitchcock & the Chasing Pack (50 All-Time Greatest Films)

…One a Day for 50 Straight Days: My All-Time 50 Favorite Films (Just a single rule: mix-tape-style, no more than one film per director. You know, because otherwise the whole thing would be pointless.) (#3) North by Northwest Action/Adventure     … Continue reading

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