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Please, No More Tourism to Cultlike, Repressive Dictatorships Like North Korea

June 26, 2017


We originally published this article on 2 January 2015.  At that moment, there were no Americans in North Korean custody, thanks to an embarrassing and expensive mission by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to retrieve the last two American prisoners in late 2014.  Thus, we implored the American traveling public to adopt a New […]

Vitas, the Man With the Five-Octave Voice

May 1, 2017


His name is Vitaliy Vladasovich Grachyov, but you can call him Vitas.  He was born in Latvia, raised in Ukraine, sings in Russian, and is wildly popular in China.  When I say “wildly popular,” I mean, he draws crowds of fainting girls worthy of the Beatles’ heyday.  Here is a video of crowd reactions, shot […]

Not Your Average Holiday Movie… “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”

December 19, 2016


In the mood for some Christmas entertainment that isn’t all gooey-saccharine-sweet?  How about a Christmas horror movie? If you don’t mind subtitles and can take it as the silly comedy-horror show that it is, check out the Finnish movie, Rare Exports:  A Christmas Tale.  You don’t want this Santa coming down your chimney. There are […]

So You’ve Never Heard of Steampunk?

October 24, 2016


There was Lila, invited to a Halloween party at the last minute, and not a thing to wear. What to do, what to do… Aha! For Christmas a few years ago, some wonderfully strange friends had given Lila Ebola and Plague. No, no, not the actual diseases; these were somewhat cute, plush, giant microbe toys […]

All I Need to Know, I Learned From Comics: Baltimore Comic-Con This Weekend!

August 29, 2016


This weekend, for anyone who can make it, is the Baltimore Comic-Con! Hubby and I were fortunate enough to attend the event a couple of years back.  It was apparently an enormous success and drew the largest crowds seen in… maybe the whole history of the event, at least up to that point.  The line, for […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: They Laughed When I Sat Down to Play

March 14, 2016


I don’t know how I learned to play the piano. It’s such a ridiculous history that I’m having trouble writing about it.  But, ridiculous as it may be, I’m going to try to tell you, as clearly as I, in my senior of senior years, may relate the story and attempt to put all the fatuous […]

Beware the Machine-Compiled Dictionary

February 1, 2016


Yes, I am talking about YOU,! Language is a tricky thing.  Some years ago, I stood in a bookstore alongside my Russian friend.  We spotted some pretty well-respected brand-name dictionaries of slang and idioms for the Russian language.  As a student of the language, I was immediately interested.  I pulled on off the shelf, […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Favorite Bond Girls of All Time

November 4, 2015


By Joan Larsen   The latest James Bond movie – SPECTRE – is about to hit the screens in the United States . . . a week after London’s world premiere. Yes, I think we have all noticed that most of the latest films don’t seem to draw crowds as they once did. But James […]

Bandshell (Maybe Forever?)

September 7, 2015


By Lauriate Roly One of my greatest pleasures is hearing a band playing in an outdoor bandshell.  From earliest childhood days that I can recall, listening to music being played in the open air is just about the most beautiful feeling there is for me. The music is raw.  No enhancing sound devices involved and […]

Top 20 Film Performances of 2014

February 27, 2015


By Luther Elmo As promised on Monday, here are the top 20 performances in film for 2014. Like the films themselves, there was a very strong lot from which to select, but unsurprisingly, most of these were drawn from films that I highlighted previously (proving that in most cases, it’s the characters we respond to, […]

The Top 20 Films of 2014

February 23, 2015


By Luther Elmo   Once a year at Oscar time, I compile my own list for the best films of the previous year. I used to just pick from within the group that had actually received Oscar nominations; however, it soon became apparent that the Academy did not necessarily reward nominations based solely on achievement […]

New Year’s Resolution: Please, No More Tourism to Cultlike, Repressive Dictatorships Like North Korea

January 2, 2015


Now that “The Interview” has been released, woe unto any American snared by North Korea. North Korea has a well-known history of imprisoning Americans (see the summary of recent cases at the end of this article), sentencing them to hard labor, and then – after weeks, months or years – granting the American’s release only […]

Dinner Movie Theater: Nothing Like Dinner Theater

December 19, 2014


… and I didn’t even really like dinner theater, either. Lila does not often attend live theater, but way back in college, I had occasion to attend a dinner-theater production. It was a formal affair, with coats and ties and crisp tablecloths and candlelight, all very subdued to allow for almost full attention to the […]

Jim Klobuchar Presents: From Ginger Rogers, A Squeeze and a Promise

October 29, 2014


It is with pleasure and delight that I introduce you to a man of many talents: Jim Klobuchar – the daily columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for over 30 years (and probably the best-known name in the whole upper Midwest), named the nation’s top columnist in 1984, finalist in NASA’s Journalist in Space project (a […]

So You’ve Never Heard of Steampunk?

October 27, 2014


So there was Lila, invited to a Halloween party at the last minute, and not a thing to wear. What to do, what to do… Aha! For Christmas a few years ago, some wonderfully strange friends had given Lila Ebola and Plague. No, no, not the actual diseases; these were somewhat cute, plush, giant microbe […]

Huge Star Wars Fan Conflicted About the New Episode VII Movie

May 19, 2014


I was in my teens, and a friend breathlessly asked: “Lila! Have you seen Star Wars yet?” I had not seen it. I had not even heard of it. What the heck was Star Wars? “You have got to see it, you’ll love it!” Eh, whatever, if you say so. So we settle into the […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Fleming, Ian Fleming – the Man Who Would be Bond

February 3, 2014


by Joan Larsen “Bond, James Bond”.  No matter what generation we are, just hearing those words and most of us could be found running to the theaters for another in the exciting – and more than a little sexy – series of Bond movies. But the great BBC America – with its 4-part mini-series about […]

Paul Walker: A Cautionary Tale

December 9, 2013


He starred in a series of movies about illegal street racing, until a high-speed crash killed him. Until his death in a fiery car crash, I had no idea who Paul Walker was.  It quickly became clear that he was the star of the movie franchise The Fast and the Furious.   Walker was not driving […]

Chris Brown: DC Isn’t LA. Hope You Enjoyed Your Cell.

October 28, 2013


Chris Brown in yet another brawl.  More proof that money doesn’t buy class. I had no idea Chris Brown was in my area until I opened up the news yesterday morning to learn that he was arrested for felony assault outside the W Hotel sometime around 4:30 AM Sunday. Now, first point:  the W Hotel […]

All I Need to Know, I Learned From Comics

September 9, 2013


This past Saturday, Hubby and I attended the Baltimore Comic-Con.  It was apparently an enormous success and drew the largest crowds seen in… maybe the whole 14-year history of the event.  The line, for those of us who already had tickets, wrapped entirely around the outside of the building and it took nearly half an […]

Children of Adultery: Not Your Proudest Parental Moment

August 23, 2013


Simon Cowell and Kim Kardashian have something in common, and it’s not pretty. A-dul-ter-ate, v.t. [<L. adulteratus, pp of adulterare, to falsify <adulter, an adulterer <ad-, to, + alter, other, another], to make inferior, impure, not genuine, etc., by adding a poor or improper substance.  adj., 1. Guilty of adultery; adulterous.  2.  Illegitimate through adultery.  […]

A Woman as “Doctor Who”: Why Not?

August 12, 2013


Lila is not a Doctor Who fan, having never watched a full episode of the science fiction show, but Diana Reese’s article in the Washington Post caught my attention:  “The Tardis: No Girls Allowed as the Doctor.”   Apparently, in the long history of the show (it began in 1966), there have been eleven male actors […]

Calling All Shakespeare Fans!

July 30, 2013


Brooke McEldowney is at it again!  Get in on his artistic vision of Romeo and Juliet! You might recall that back in November, we reviewed Brooke McEldowney’s highly original and not-generally-for-kids comic strip, Pibgorn.  Lila is an unabashed fan; while the story arcs can move slowly, the artwork is a delight to the eye, and […]

Market Day

July 25, 2013


By Lauriate Roly Probably No Big Deal In NYC – But Amazing In Belleville. There were two things I wanted at the farmer’s market to-day, so I got up early to go there before the torrid zone heat set in again. I quickly found what I wanted: corn on the cob, and a watermelon. The […]

Justin Bieber Apologizes to the Wrong Person

July 22, 2013


You know, after writing about Justin Bieber’s behavior “slipping,” I told myself I wasn’t going to write about him anymore, or at least, not anytime soon.  But I can’t let this one slide.  In case you haven’t heard, the latest Bieber misbehavior to hit the media is a months-old incident in which he and his […]

Justin Bieber: Slipping

May 23, 2013


“If you have to say you are, you aren’t.”  – Margaret Thatcher You know, I’m really not one to follow celebrity news, but once in a while a celebrity will do something so outrageous – or a series of such outrageous things – that the headlines are just unavoidable.  Yes, Justin Bieber is back, and […]

“War on Terror” Humor: An Untapped Niche

May 20, 2013


Why is there no sitcom about bumbling terrorists and counterterrorism agents? Last Thursday, I wrote about the rather cartoonish arrest of Ryan Fogle in Moscow.  To illustrate that cartoonishness, I settled on Maxwell Smart from the 1960s sitcom Get Smart, but I also ran across this image of Boris and Natasha with a big bomb […]

Lila’s TV Series Review: “The Americans” – Excellent!

March 14, 2013


“The Americans” is an exceptionally well-written and well-presented Cold War drama. In the wasteland of “reality” TV and cheap-laughs sitcoms, it’s hard to find entertainment for actual thinking people.  Even those shows which purport to take a serious look at, say, history, forensics, or nature are so dumbed-down, simplistic and repetitive as to drive me […]

The Missing Link: Scrat! No, Really!

February 19, 2013


And now for a little light entertainment, a chuckle which will hopefully brighten your day.  Sometimes life imitates art – or in this case, a fossil imitates a cartoon – in the most satisfyingly hilarious way. If you have seen any of the Ice Age movies by Blue Sky Studios, then you are familiar with […]

Joan Larsen Recommends: Love Letters on the Silver Screen

February 12, 2013


by Joan Larsen The perfect time of year to curl up on the sofa, fire flickering in the fireplace, for some of my long-time favorite letter-writing movies that are bound to touch the chords of our hearts. Love Letters (1945), the Jennifer Jones/Joseph Cotton drama in which Cotton wrote love letters for his Army buddy […]

Miley Cyrus Christmas Creampies Concert: Miley, Please… Stop

December 17, 2012


Well, first off, Christmas should be about Christmas, and not about “creampies.”  But there is a bigger issue here for women and girls.  It’s past time that women stop selling themselves as animated sex toys, because so long as that’s the view of ourselves that we promote, we will never – never – be seen […]