by | Nov 7, 2019

When I was growing up in Nebraska, Marvel characters were part of my adolescent mythology: I took an iconic photo of two of my best friends around 2 a.m. in Walmart, ironically-unironically decked out in Captain America shields and masks….

by | Sep 6, 2019

Laughs never come so hard as when some authority — a vice principal, a parent, a coach — sternly lectures, “That’s not funny!” This in part explains the rolling-on-the-floor hysterics induced by Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special, Sticks and Stones. The…

by | Jun 11, 2019

One of television’s most anticipated and talked-’ shows in recent years, Black Mirror, has just released its fifth season straight to Netflix. The show is a series of vignettes that discuss the dangers and absurdity of our technological culture and…

by | May 2, 2019

The Netflix teen show “13 Reasons Why” based on the book of the same name that, in reverse-order fashion, explains why a girl committed suicide. It was promoted by Netflix and viewed by an average of 2.6 million people, mostly…

by | Jun 21, 2018

It’s now been more than a week since the repeal of Title II regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the internet sky is yet to fall. Taxpayers Protection Alliance pointed out that internet service providers (ISPs) could have…

by | May 22, 2018

Not that anyone expected them to go away quietly. Barack and Michelle Obama have just signed a Netflix deal, guaranteeing that your streaming habit will be even less safe from politics. From CNBC.com: The Obamas are headed to Netflix. The…

by | Sep 2, 2017

Word has reached me that Robert Redford and Jane Fonda have made another romantic comedy. That’s right, Redford and Fonda in the, uh, saddle again. Their last one being The Electric Horseman in 1979 (my two favorites in that one…

by | Aug 25, 2017

Sam seems frozen. Any situation outside his family home can make him stand absolutely still, like one of his beloved penguins; Sam is obsessed with the minutiae of life in Antarctica.The only discernible emotion when he freezes will be in…

by | Oct 31, 2016

You just want to watch movies and TV shows where and when you want to, so you probably think a column about utility taxes has nothing to do with how you get your entertainment. Wrong. The city of Alameda, California,…

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