Category: Movies and TV

The Looney Tunes purge, and the difficulty of collecting them all

Slate has a post about HBO Max pulling Looney Tunes cartoons from the service unexpectedly. Specifically they cut more than 250 cartoons from the service, from 1950 to 2004, including the classic “What’s Opera, Doc?” The thread on Hacker News led me down the rabbit hole (heh) to a...

Goodbye to Schoolhouse Rock! creator George Newall

Ars has a nice post about one of the creators of Schoolhouse Rock!, George Newall, who passed away at 88. Most Gen X’ers I know can recite at least a few of the Schoolhouse Rock! shorts, and have fond memories of the cartoons meant to teach kids math, grammar,...

“No Sudden Move” is all surface and no substance

My first thought after finishing No Sudden Move last night was “what the hell went wrong?” (Spoilers below, so beware.) No Sudden Move is a heist film, though you really pick this up only in dribs and drabs. Oh, and it’s also a big deal because the heist isn’t...

Not with a bang, but a whimper: The Stand collapses

Stephen King, and all of us, keep coming back to The Stand trying to get it right. First published in 1978, The Stand has been re-issued with an additional 500 or so pages in 1990, adapted as a miniseries in the early 90s, a comic series by Marvel from...

Things that don’t happen in Star Trek

I’m pacing myself… 🙂 This list is obviously pre-Enterprise. (How many folks in the audience watch “Enterprise” faithfully?) 1. The Enterprise runs into a mysterious energy field of a type it has encountered several times before. 2. The Enterprise goes to visit a remote outpost of scientists, who are...