Risk: The Reboot

When I was 22 I moved to a small town in Maine where I knew nobody. My intention was to isolate myself the better to focus on my goal of writing the Great American Novel. Instead I focused on playing a lot of Risk on my Mac Classic. Wow, did I play a lot of Risk. I developed very intense feelings about Kamchatka.

Eventually I had to …

The Blob & Toad Report — The Economic Stimulus Package

Greetings, horrible homo sapiens! It’s me — the marvelous mutant known as The Toad! I can’t wait to get my $600 tax refund check from the government! To the Cherry Hill Mall I will hop in a hurry! First on my salacious shopping list — a new leather jerkin, with a more magnificent Medieval neck piece! Then, perhaps a pernicious …

The Elusive Where the Wild Things Are Clip

This appears to be a leaked clip from the upcoming movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Apparently the studio (Warner Brothers — hey, we’re corporate cousins! Don’t tase me, bro!) has been busting them wherever they appear, but here’s one I swiped from Ain’t It Cool. The dialogue is obviously scratch, but the …

The Annotated “Husbands and Knives” — Part III

Continuing a breakdown of interesting nerdy (to me) tidbits about the “new comic book store” plot of The Simpsons episode, “Husbands and Knives.”

• One of the strengths of The Simpsons is our ability to get away with referencing extremely esoteric chunks pop culture. I’d been looking for a way to sneak Tintin on the show for a long …

Trailer Alert: Indiana Jones and the Adjunct Professorship of Destiny!

The first Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull trailer is up:

Lots of obligatory shots from the earlier movies, for the benefit of those who weren’t born yet. (Through diligent archival research and expensive digital touch-ups they managed to salvage 6 watchable seconds from Temple of Doom.) Then on to wry, aging Indy! …

Star Wars: A New Hope (and a New Despair)

Yesterday Jim Poniewozik, Time’s TV and media writer-slash-Tuned In blogger, forwarded me a press release from the Cartoon Network that begins as follows:

After months of speculation throughout the television industry, Turner Broadcasting has landed the broadcast rights to the highly-sought-after CG-animated series, STAR WARS: THE …

The Annotated “Husbands and Knives” — Part II

Continuing a breakdown of interesting (to me) nerdy tidbits about the “new comic book store” plot of The Simpsons episode, “Husbands and Knives.”

Let’s talk about Jack Black. We’ve had a lot of amazing guest stars on The Simpsons. But Jack Black deserves a special place in the pantheon, for going above and beyond the call of …

The Annotated “Husbands and Knives” — Part I

Sunday, February 10, at 8 PM, Fox is re-running the comic bookiest Simpsons episode ever to have my name on it, a show called “Husbands and Knives.” The plot: the Springfield kids are sick of Comic Book Guy’s abuse, but he’s got the only store in town. Until — a new comic book store opens across the street, run by a NICE comic book …

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