Blinded By The Light

Blinded By The Light preaches the Gospel According to Bruce in a typical Hollywood fashion. Even spotlighting the best music does not prevent the film from being uneven.

One Word Kill

Dungeons & Dragons was never cool. Fun? Totally. But the game cannot, and probably never will, rise above its stigmata of being a holy place for geeks, dweebs, nerds, and the Simpson’s Comic-Book Guy. Polo-shirt wearing drones need not apply. Thanks to Stranger Things, the game has regained some of its collective groove. A counter-culture…

’80s Teen Movies

Life moves pretty fast. Sage advice of a hallowed teen from the mid-1980’s, when Reaganomics’s voodoo charmed ideologies, a generation of kids were being raised at the shopping mall, and Huey told us to get back in time. Hollywood noticed these changes and, like John Bender piercing his ear in triumph, transformed pop-culture into the…

School, Sex, and SATs!

High school might indeed be the most dangerous place on earth, especially during those four oh-so special years. Yet be it Lindsey Lee Johnson‘s post-9/11 NoCal children or John Hughes‘ Shermer-based Gen X-ers, the clique names might have changed, but the game has not. For Johnson’s debut novel, the stage is set with a suicide…

Adventureland

Every couple of years a nostalgic film of note comes along allowing the previous generation to remember their glory days of old. Director Greg Mottola provides this with Adventureland, his follow up to the comedic hit Superbad. Set smack in the late ’80s, Adventureland tells the coming-of-age tale, which such movies are ought to do,…