There's a moment in every Marvel comics movie where all the husbands/boyfriends in the audience whisper to their companions, "That's Stan Lee!" (The companions know it is Stan Lee, but endure this anyway.)
This week, this paper's film critics Alan Scherstul, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek discuss David O. Russell's American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. They also recommend Despicable Me 2, the late Paul Walker's Hours and Compliance.
It's said that you're never more than three feet away from a spider. At Comic Con, you're never more than three feet away from Spiderman... or the Doctor, or Beetlejuice. From coast to coast, conventions are the perfect excuse to dress up in disguises on an occasion that's not Halloween. This year ... More >>
With the Oscars behind us, let me remind you of Julia Minamata's illustrations which inserted me into two of the nominated films--The Hobbit and Hitchcock--plus one about international current events. Yes, they were from the year-end issue, but I need some attention right now, so I'm finally sharin ... More >>
A giant adventure's old-fashioned spirit
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. The Playbook for Kids About Sex Author: Joani Blank (words); pictures by Marcia Quackenbush Date: 1980 Publisher: Down There Press Discovered at: Community Thrif ... More >>
Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the coming weeks and months:
Elizabeth Hand's Errantry, Jon Peterson's history of Dungeons & Dragons and role-playing games
The end of cinema? Hardly.
Getting neither there nor back again
Naturally, they might change--especially when I see every last film--but right now, this is what I'm predicting on goldderby.com (where they ask various commentators for their incredibly prescient forecasts and expect them to be accurate). SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1--Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 2--S ... More >>
Enjoy a rustic bloodbath