Are the Muppets “Selling Out”?

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) First of all, let’s throw something away from this discussion. While it may be convenient shorthand to reference the situation, I don’t care for the phrase “selling out” — it reminds me too much of the jealousy of one artist towards another who is more financially successful. That being said, let […]

One of My Favorite Films: Buckaroo Banzai

Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension Warning: This appreciation contains a few modest spoilers. The first time I saw The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension, was at Wiscon in February or March of 1986. I sat down with a friend to watch it in the film room, and was instantly hooked by […]

Walking Dead Still Walking

When I first saw the preview trailers for Walking Dead, I was sold. They were effectively put together, gripping, and tense. I was ready to see it, even having no experience with the comics or graphic novels. After the pilot, I was completely sold. This was something fresh and different; a decent treatment of the […]

Odyssey Con is THIS WEEKEND!

I’m appearing on panels at OdysseyCon, one of my hometown conventions. The guests of honor this year are authors Richard Lee Byers and Troy Denning, and game designer Peter Lee of Wizards of the Coast. I’ve never met Richard before, and know Troy and Peter only a little. Getting to know all of them better […]