Hava Nagila Hoedown

Did anybody else see the evangelicals celebrating Judaism (Christians wearing yamulkas excited about the rapture/restoration) with a Hava Nagila hoedown? I swear they sung it alternating with lyrics of Like a chicken in a bread pan, pickin up dough Even had the devil sayin ‘ "Go, Man, Go !"

American Dreamz

Is everyone in American a self-absorbed back-stabbing asshole? That is pretty much the thesis of American Dreamz, a American Idol spoof with Mandy Moore, Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Chris Klein and Marcia Gay Harden (doing a fantastic Laura Bush-inspired First Lady). I have a suspicion that American Dreamz was toned down. There is a ton […]

Superman Returns

Superman Returns is a valiant effort. But Brandon Routh lacks the charm of Christopher Reeve. Reeve’s Clark Kent was always a big dork but had an underlying charm that Raimi didn’t evoke out of Routh. Spacey is great as Lex Luthor and Parker Posey is fun as his henchwoman, Kitty. I think Parker Posey should […]


I am really liking Guns, Germs and Steel. I like ‘whole systems’ explained to me and having trends pointed out. I never really understood what it meant to domesticate a crop. Or considered how early hunter-gather groups figured out farming. Or how crucial domesticated animals were to pretty much everything. So far what I find […]