Fin: Parenthood’s hippie-punching, circling jerks at NRO and the stupidity of 

I love how NBC’s Parenthood, on top of all of its other virtues, takes occasional shots at, for lack of a better term, California hippie bullshit. That “spirituality retreat” in Big Sur on this week’s episode had the added benefit of dressing the characters in white and having them take a vow of silence, so more »

The Care Bears are coming…to Netflix

They were an ’80s boyfriend’s best friend, a go-to gift for that special someone (on one of the multitude of “Nth” month anniversaries we adolescents seemed to celebrate). Created by American Greeting in 1981, it was Kenner who commercialized these huggable critters, turning them into fluffy stuffed toys (and, as a result, a teen boy’s more »

Fin: “Fight Club” and the ’90s, the Dane Cook comeback no one wants and Godspeed, Ronan

The 15th anniversary of “Fight Club”- and especially Bill Gibron’s essay- made me think about something: I’ve long looked back on the ’90s, especially the latter half, as a relatively happy time, when we weren’t at war, the economy was pretty good, the future looked generally bright, and instead of the Soviet Union or al-Qaeda more »

Let’s “talk” about ‘Fight Club’ at 15

So there I was, on opening day, sitting in a more or less empty theater. I was shocked by the turnout. After all, this was the newest movie from the man who gave us ‘Alien3,’ the startling ‘Se7en,’ and the baffling brainteaser ‘The Game.’ Why wouldn’t your average film fan be excited? And where were more »

Fin: The Love-Grohl truce, “Fight Club” at 15, and the sexiest bullfight alive 

If Courtney Love and Dave Grohl can make peace after 20 years, then I suppose there’s hope for the Israelis and Palestinians after all (Page Six) On the exact 10th anniversary of Jon Stewart’s “you’re hurting America” speech, CNN cancelled the newest version of Crossfire, meaning it has hurt America for the last time. Since more »

Trying hard to be the shepherd: ‘Pulp Fiction’ at 20

While ‘Reservoir Dogs‘ announced his unexpected arrival on the scene, it’s clear that, once Quentin Tarantino took the Cannes stage to accept the Palme d’Or (the festival’s most valued prize) for ‘Pulp Fiction,’ cinema would never be the same. From his film geek persona to his extensive knowledge of the artform worldwide, the former video more »

Fin: The next stage of ebola panic, questions from Al Sharpton and M. Night Reitman 

Anyone else get the impression that the media, especially cable news, is telling us that now that a pretty American lady has ebola, it’s “real,” and it’s “arrived,” and now we’re really supposed to care? Never mind the woman- I think I’ve already seen the picture of her dog more on the news than I more »

The Foo Fighters HBO series ‘Sonic Highways’ is the ‘Anti-Let It Be’

Way back in 1968, just after the tumultuous sessions that lead to the heralded ‘White Album,’ Paul McCartney of The Beatles decided that the band needed to go “back to their roots.” Sensing the disintegration in the working relationship between the former Fab Four, he suggested a “fly on the wall” documentary, giving fans a more »

Keanu Reeves reveals the status of ‘Bill and Ted 3,’ as well as some plot points

Sometimes, an idea hits unexpectedly. If we were to pitch an idea to you about a couple of metal-loving SoCal “dudes” who end up traveling through time and saving the world, you’d either laugh us out of the pitch meeting, or you’d shout “EXCELLENT!” and demand a treatment. Whatever its beginnings, it’s now clear that, more »

Fin: Trans ‘South Park,’ Maureen Dowd on “Gone Girl” and the sexiest “blacklisted” woman alive 

South Park‘s take on transgenderism- in which Cartman pretends to be transgender in order to get his own bathroom at school- was actually quite poignant and progressive. So let’s consider it Parker and Stone’s plea for a mulligan on that whole “Mrs. Garrison” storyline. You know, the one where Mr. Garrison became a trans woman more »

Fin: The end of CSNY, The Gimp speaks and Frank Sobotka’s revenge on Baltimore  

Neil Young has announced that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young will probably never tour together again, meaning the end of perhaps rock’s greatest-ever supergroup. When I was in college I went to a CSNY concert, during the reunion tour they did in 2000. They sounded quite good, and my memories are: My friends and I were more »

Fin: Jay and Conan on cable, Palestinian Chicken and a Pennylvania porn deal

Ten years ago, in 2004, NBC announced the Leno-to-Conan Tonight Show succession plan. Who could have guessed that ten years later, Jay and Conan would both be banished to basic cable, while the guy who ruined SNL sketches every week with his giggling was hosting the Tonight Show- and dominating in the ratings? William Goldman more »