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The Lion in Winter: The November Man, reviewed.

The Lion in Winter: The November Man, reviewed.

Pierce Brosnan in "The November Man."Did you happen to notice that the 12-year interval between The November Man, which I review for NPR today, and Brosnan’s final appearance as James Bond, 2002’s (lousy) Die Another Day, matches the span of time that elapsed between Sean Connery’s final “official” Bond performance, in 1971’s (lousy) Diamonds  Are Forever, and his return in 1983’s out-of-canon Never Say Never Again?

Well, Idid. I…

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The Spirit of 77: To Be Takei, reviewed.

I am acquainted through DC theatre with Marc Okrand, the man who developed the Klingon language to for Paramount Pictures.

The Spirit of 77: To Be Takei, reviewed.

I am acquainted through DC theatre with Marc Okrand, the man who developed the Klingon language to for Paramount Pictures.

Bulgarian Holiday: The Expendables 3, reviewed.

Bulgarian Holiday: The Expendables 3, reviewed.

Expendables 3I reviewed The Expendables 3 for NPR, because their audience demanded it.

This movie made me weirdly nostalgic for the days when martial artists or athletes like current MMA champ Ronda Rousey or retired MMA fighter Randy Couture might be deemed worthy of their own low-budget action flicks. No, I can’t explain, really.

 

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Pop Culture Happy Hour #203: On Guardians of the Galaxy and So-Bad-It’s-Good

Pop Culture Happy Hour #203: On Guardians of the Galaxy and So-Bad-It’s-Good

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GUARDIANS special ed poster

I was thrilled as always to fill the fourth chair on this week’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, wherein we discuss the latest — and funniest, and unlikeliest — Marvel Studios blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy. Even I had no idea who any of these characters were when I sat down to watch this thing.

We also discussed the curious, evergreen phenomenon of Things So Bad They Are Good, a complex topic…

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To Boldly Go Where Only Two Men Have Gone Before: Deepsea Challenge 3D, reviewed.

My review of Deepsea Challenge 3D, the new National Geographic documentary about James Cameron’s historic March 2012 dive to the bottom of the deepest part of any ocean on the planet in a one-of-a-kind sub he co-designed himself, is on 

To Boldly Go Where Only Two Men Have Gone Before: Deepsea Challenge 3D, reviewed.

My review of Deepsea Challenge 3D, the new National Geographic documentary about James Cameron’s historic March 2012 dive to the bottom of the deepest part of any ocean on the planet in a one-of-a-kind sub he co-designed himself, is on 

Shoot With the Tranquilizer Gun the Dinosaurs that Come to Attack Us!

Shoot With the Tranquilizer Gun the Dinosaurs that Come to Attack Us!

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Originally posted on Rob’s Movie Vault:

maxresdefaultIf you take a piece of white bread and stick weird things into it, what you have isn’t anything bold or dazzling; it’s just white bread with weird things stuck into it. Guardians of the Galaxy is that white bread: ornamentally eye-catching but fundamentally bland. The movie is set in the same universe as Iron Man and The Avengersand the other…

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Video stores are history but at least we’ve still got the place where Target keeps my cereal.

Video stores are history but at least we’ve still got the place where Target keeps my cereal.

Capital Fringe Festival on New York Ave. NW: — 40 —

As it has every year since 2010, overseeing the Washington City Paper’s coverage of the…

Capital Fringe Festival on New York Ave. NW: — 40 —

As it has every year since 2010, overseeing the Washington City Paper’s coverage of the…

Deleted Scene: The Infiltration Unit

Deleted Scene: The Infiltration Unit

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The “mimetic pollyalloy” T-1000 in its transitional state.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day originally had a sunlit coda set on the National Mall in the no-longer-grim future of 2029 with Linda Hamilton in unconvincing old age makeup. Director James Cameron was right to cut it.

My essay about the movie’s villain that ran on The Dissolvelast week originally had a rambling 500-word introduction. My…

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