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 +1Posted on May 14th, 2011 | re: Monsters' Ball: The Week's Best Comments (77 comments)

Wishes do come true. Thanks, Godsauce!

 +2Posted on May 11th, 2011 | re: Guess What, Guys? We All Have a New Hero! (40 comments)

I don’t know how to make gifs, but I do know that I hope to see Jeffrey dancing in the Monster’s Ball thread on Friday! This kid is the best.

Nicely played.

 +4Posted on Apr 8th, 2011 | re: Happy Third Birthday, Videogum! (145 comments)

Hurray for lurkers! I am outing myself in solidarity. This is a safe space!

It gives me hope for the future that not everyone gets this reference. You’re better off not knowing.

My dog left the room. She is now pacing downstairs. Sorry, dog!

 +2Posted on Sep 13th, 2010 | re: The Unfortunate Return Of The Hunt For The Worst Movie Of All Time (940 comments)

I nominate The Cell starring Jennifer Lopez. It was bad enough that I still remember it years later. The Cell had pretty visuals for the time — maybe they hold up now, who knows — but is utterly, completely soulless. It’s an example of overreliance on CGI destroying any semblance of actual writing.

 +12Posted on Sep 9th, 2010 | re: January Jones Looks Great! (How We Sexism Now) (52 comments)

My mom taught January Jones in high school. She also graduated the same year I did (I went to a different school). I never met her and mom remembers her only as “nice”.

So is it weird that I have somehow translated this tangential connection into “I have a special affection for January Jones”? Or does this just happen because she’s pretty? I don’t imagine myself having a special connection to other famous local alumni (that means you, Pat O’Brien!).

 +3Posted on Aug 27th, 2010 | re: Tony Danza Is A Teacher Liar (70 comments)

I hate nearly all movies/tv shows about teaching. My experience has been that they lead parents to think things like, “Teaching is easy, even Tony Danza (or Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, or whoever) can do it, what the hell is wrong with my kids’ teachers?!?” They suggest that if only teachers were more committed, all the systemic problems in schools would go away, and also it wouldn’t matter if children live in poverty or come to school without breakfast, because the teacher will visit the kid’s house at night and chastise the parent, or feed the kids himself, or whatever.

Oh, and also teachers all teach because they love kids (which is true), so it’s acceptable to keep their salaries low and treat them as if they are missionaries instead of professionals.

The only show that gets teaching even close to correct is Season 4 of The Wire, and even there, Prez becomes a suspiciously effective instructor in a week or two of time. I realize The Wire is making a point about how the system stymies good teaching, which I appreciate, but still.

Rant over, time to go to school and TEACH SOME KIDS.

 +2Posted on Aug 11th, 2010 | re: Ben Quayle Would Like To Represent Arizona's Snoreth District (79 comments)

Seth Green’s performance art has improved.

 +12Posted on Nov 2nd, 2009 | re: The Hunt For The Worst Movie Of All Time: Funny Games (145 comments)

I haven’t seen Funny Games, because the only way to win is not to play.