Bathroom Graffiti: Airport Edition



Ah graffiti artists, how you pull at my heart-strings!  They create art and break the law all in one fell swoop.  It kinda makes me wish I could draw.  I love the detail on the mouth here as we are asked to ponder “Wake up” or “Keep Dreaming?”  Those angry eyebrows make me think that waking up is not the prefered course or action and I do find it quite apropos to the airport experience.  When one is traveling, you’re detached from the routine and sometimes, it feels that if you could just keep on going and never return home, maybe you’d just “keep dreaming.”

My mind tends to wander when I’m in the bathroom.

4 reasons Short Circuit 2 isn’t as good as the original (movie review)

Only Fischer Stevens (racist 80s stereotype character) and Tim Blaney (the voice of Johnny Five) return from the original cast in Short Circuit 2, a movie that exists because there was money to be made on the brand.   The first movie was a harmony of creativity, old ideas with a new twist and commercial appeal, while this movie just cashes in on the first installment.  Here are 4 reasons Short Circuit 2 doesn’t live up to the original. Read the rest of this entry

Short Circuit movie review

In the 1980s, it wasn’t enough that your movie was an adventure.  You had to give the audience more than that; you had to have a fresh take, even if you reused old ideas.  So, your Frankenstein/sci-fi story also had to be a comedy… and a road movie… and have a romantic subplot… and challenge the very notion of what it means to be alive.  You get all this and more in a movie that includes a scene where a robot and Ally Sheedy have weird sexual chemistry while dancing to a scene from Saturday Night Fever playing on a television.  I give you Short Circuit!  Read the rest of this entry

There she blows! It’s my recycling garbage all over the neighborhood!


When I went outside this morning and found this recycling mess, for some reason, all I could think of was Willem Dafoe’s death in Platoon
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Movie Trailers: When Voice Over Goes Wrong (Aloha movie trailer)

There are lots of ways to market movies: you got your print media in the form of billboards, wrapped buses, posters and whatnot, but for me, it’s all about the trailer.  This is an art form unto itself, and it’s not easy.  Here, we have two different movie trailers for Bradley Cooper’s new jam, Aloha.  The thirty second spot features voice over while the two-minute plus version does not, and it makes a world of difference.  Read the rest of this entry

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie review

I was entertained by Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I also have to rip it to shreds.  There’s a lot to like, but honestly, it’s a bladder punishing two hours and twenty minutes that carries too much bloat.   Read the rest of this entry

Super Mario Bros Super Show Review


“Hey Paisanos! This is going to totally blow!”

As a kid, I was all about the Mario Bros.  I had the first Mario Bros game for my sister’s Atari 2600 and then I got the NES and got my Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt combo cartridge, and that was it; I was hooked for life.  (Seriously – I’m just about done with Super Mario 3D World for Wii U.)  Then, Super Mario Bros 2 came out (the American version – not the extremely difficult Japanese one) and blew everyone’s mind and it flew out of the stores at such a fevered pace that I never actually owned a copy.  Such was the fever of Mario Mania – it was everywhere.  Naturally, the time was right to launch a TV show, and I thought, “YEAH!  That sounds amazing! I am going to watch the hell out of this show.”

And I did.

And then I thought, “Oh.  I mean… oh.”  I let out an exasperated sigh, a few weeks passed and then, the following Monday, I couldn’t help but think, “Is it Friday yet?”  People who watched the show know exactly what I’m talking about.  Read the rest of this entry

2 Songs From The Early 90s That Are More Christian Than I Realized At The Time


If you can identify one of the songs by this screen grab, you are a gangsta. Give yourself a gold star.

You gotta love the title for this post, right?  Rolls right off your tongue.

Anyway, the early 1990s saw a musical culture in flux; it wasn’t the 80s anymore but Grunge Rock and Gangsta Rap had not yet electrified the landscape.  In 1991, the biggest song of the year was from the film Robin Hood:  Prince of Thieves via Brian Adams’ “Everything I do (I Do It For You),” and in that tradition, I bring you 2 Songs From The Early 90s That Are More Christian Than I realized At The Time, because I’m just noticing this now.  Read the rest of this entry


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