I’ve never seen a Karate Kid movie. As a member of Gen-X, it’s a somewhat odd accomplishment. The first two films were blockbusters, with the original adding multiple quotes—wax on, wax off—to popular culture. I tell you this, so you know going in that I’m not gushing...
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The Sweet Surprise of Squid Game
I remember sitting in the theater with my friend Jessica. Less than five minutes into M. Night Shamalamadingdong's The Village, I turned to her and said, "If the 'twist' is that they're living in modern times, this will be the stupidest movie ever made. And it was....
A Two Hit Wonder That Lost to the System
Everyone is familiar with the one hit wonder, but how many bands have been a member of the two hit wonder club?
The Positivity Paradox
My wife calls The Critical Drinker my “YouTube boyfriend.” I’m not sure I’m that obsessed with him, but this is a blog about him…
Slightly Behind the Hollywood Curtain
Two quick, quirky stories from my time working behind the scenes on Hollywood productions. Enjoy.
Being Good Doesn’t Matter. Going Viral Does.
The Just for Laughs festival is the biggest comedy gathering in the world. Comedians apply like mad to get in, because managers, agents, and talent scouts aplenty attend the showcases. Controversy plagued the event in 2018, however, because a fella named Darren Knight...
Conveyor Belt Songwriting
One of my best friends is a jazz musician in New York City. Years ago he told me a secret: “You know, Jennifer Lopez is so bereft of talent that she can’t sing on her own albums without help.”
Will it Play in Iowa?
I’m not sure that question is being asked anymore. At least, not by Hollywood.
Hollywood Knows No Secrets
Let me tell you a secret about Hollywood: there are no secrets in Hollywood.
OK Go in the Middle of Nowhere
What was OK Go doing in a Podunk Minnesota town?
Outside, It’s America
I lived in a small, isolated Wisconsin town rife with racism.
Adam Carolla to the Rescue
I like Adam Carolla because I have low self-esteem. No, wait. Shit. That came out wrong. I relate to Adam Carolla because I see myself in him: white-trash childhood, two kids via in vitro fertilization, slinging jokes to cover insecurities… you know, shared...