Category Archives: Things That Are The Best

Lovely day

Another very excellent use of music and visuals – Bill Withers’ Lovely Day in 127 Hours. Sorry for the video quality.

Everything about this movie is amazing, and the creative and raw ways that Boyle and Franco communicate his despair and triumphs while being stuck in the same place are truly good film work.

I’m also particularly fond of this movie because its about overcoming the lone hero mythos to turn instead to society and people. Good stuff. But that’s a post for another day.


You’re no rock’n roll fun

I am of the opinion that there are few people cooler than Carrie Brownstein.  I mean being in Sleater-Kinney was enough, but then to go on and do Portlandia?  It’s almost too much greatness.

Also, Fred Armisen is truly the Michelangelo of stutters and “ums”.

Things that are the Best

NotTildaSwinton on twitter.  Pure poetry.  I hope this turns out to secretly be someone I know.










I am interested in anonymous internet actors.  Even if they’re doing it to get a gig, or eventually reveal their identities, I love that people are tweaking their reality in quite genius ways for mass, free entertainment.

I also know that the internet hate/gossip machine can be a terrible, destructive thing.  But I think that as sad as some may interpret this, there’s quite a bit of long-time media family love in the Gen X/Millennial generations.  We all know every moment of Full House, are awaiting Rick Moranis, and are so happy to welcome Michael J. Fox back into our house.  The internet love is strong and nostalgic.

So I hope that people will see these sort of critiques, witticisms, and satire as a great conversation about who we like and why we like them.  Sure, the internet’s front page can be cliche and pandering, but on the whole stories about kindness, charity, heroism, and beauty get promoted the most.  (Okay – conjecture.  But let’s entertain it as a thought.  I stopped doing citations when I finished my masters.)

So write on, you lovely internet scribes!  Your beloved 80’s tv actor will rise again at the next reunion!

Things That Are The Best: Street Fighter the Movie (1994)

Legitimately as an adult enjoying the Street Fighter movie.  I mean, it is awful.  But it knows it’s awful, and is actually kind of smart at times.  Plus: Raul Julia!  Better than any Bond villain.  The world mourns.


We Gen X/Millennials are exceedingly nostalgic, but we truly did have a shared childhood vocabulary of shows, toys, and memories.  I also secretly like to think there is a secret, cinematic quality that can be in any film, good or “bad”, to really make it a good story.  I believe that a simple but well-told story can elevate any movie of any budget.  I guess that’s what I’m really out to do: look in unexpected corners for good stories, and figure out the qualities that they all share.  Whether they’re Oscar winners or mindless pop.