Nothing new under the sun

I’m not a religious person, but watching Kings, I found myself remembering an oft-quoted (even in secular contexts) passage from the book of Ecclesiastes: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Auckland’s finest

“New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk duo” is making its way to the West Coast. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement make up the funniest mother-folking musical twosome currently rocking.

Something gaudy

Dr. Manhattan is easily one of the most interesting characters in Alan Moore’s original comic book series Watchmen, and so it only makes sense that one of his many philosophical meanderings can be so aptly applied to the Watchmen cinematic adaptation.

Problems with Eastbound

Television and cinematic humor so often rely on the stupidity or ignorance of a narrative’s protagonist, or, at the very least, a powerful self-deception bestowing the aforementioned protagonist with delusions about their place in the world.


These days, the fastest way into the highly competitive world of comedy is to be discovered by Judd Apatow. Once the Christ-figure of bromance films recognizes you, opportunity no longer knocks. It takes a battering ram to your door and pleads.

Life in the Dollhouse

It’s a new day. It’s socially acceptable to enjoy sci-fi, and Dollhouse is a surprisingly enjoyable show, one that has been a long time coming.

Inside Coraline

Over the weekend, director Henry Selick’s stop-motion masterpiece Coraline single-handedly pushed the Portland film world a step closer to national recognition.

These United States

Who knew that debilitating mental illness was part of the recipe for hilarious primetime cable comedy? Apparently Steven Spielberg, the super-director/producer most recently seen destroying the Indiana Jones franchise.

What the frak?

Finally, at long last, it’s back. The long awaited, much anticipated final episodes of Battlestar Galactica have come to a television near you, as long as that television has cable or satellite.