what we can do about...

“The Red flag of Communism will fly over the whole world, including the United States, by the year 1973!” The words leapt off the page at me. Obviously, as far as predictions go, this one was pretty far off the mark, but with a title like What We Can Do About Communism, I figured...

Ocean's Eleven ...

The stars of Ocean’s 11 exude so much charm that it oozes off the screen and mixes with the spilled Diet Cokes and five-day-old Gummi Bears to form liquid pools of charisma on the floor of the theater. A brief rundown of the cast includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia...

Spy Game (2001)

Brad Pitt managed to exude more charm and charisma in the 30 seconds of screen time he had in a trailer for Ocean’s 11 than he did during two hours of Spy Game. Don’t blame Pitt though; the fault lies almost entirely at the feet of Tony Scott, whose ham-fisted directorial style...

big men, little wien...

The poor potted meat selection at Safeway brings Patti to tears. I guess the sign has always been in the grocery store. I just never noticed it before. Canned Meats. The very name was enough to send chills down my spine. This is a section of the supermarket where SPAM was at the...

garfield strikes bac...

I got a letter the other day. It seems a reader took exception to my treatment of Garfield. (See Garfield’s brief life and exciting death in burn, garfield, burn.) This isn’t a really nasty letter or anything, but I thought it was worth reprinting. Brett Koth’s Letter From:...