BARB LIVES
a STRANGER THINGS shirt, made by me...

As you know,  I LOVE, LOVE. LOVE Stranger Things.

And I love Barb more than anything on the show.

And you know what?

Barb's not dead.

No way.

No.

Spread the word with this awesome shirt, seen here modeled by Will from Casserole of Disaster (which is a website you need to bookmark, by the way).  You can follow him also on Twitter at the incredible handle @VeggieMacabre 



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BATMAN v SUPERMAN
not all that bad

It took me a while, but I finally sat through BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE last night.  

My first attempt was cancelled after 15 minutes in.  I couldn't get past the set up, which feels left over from MAN OF STEEL, which you may recall I despised big time.

But, once the story kicks in and the conflicts are built, it actually becomes pretty entertaining (albeit long, and long-winded).  

Here are some thoughts...



The Good
  • Better plotting and pacing than MAN OF STEEL


  • Way better character design and loved the use of Martha-moms coincidence to connect Batman emotionally to Superman during the battle that becomes a team up.


  • The “can we trust” Superman backlash of the public being generated by media, scandal, and political bad doings added a relatable touch to the story.


  • A few genuinly beautiful sequences visually, and LOVED Superman catching Lois from falling  - stunningly shot/set-up and emotionally pure Superman.


  • The Ultimate Edition improves the story (according to what I’ve read about the original cut), and the film is justly R rated as it should be.


The Bad
  • Lex Luthor: Jesse Eisenberg overdoes his performance, and the character is so insane and annoying that it leaves no room for the things that make Lex a powerful villain in the Superman canon.  His Lex Luthor bothers me more than how much Superman was changed in MAN OF STEEL.


  • So many plot holes and ultimately ridiculous situations, dialogue, and in some cases relationship of characters to geographic location (how does Lois just walk over to the dead Superman at the end, where are they even, where’s everyone else?).


  • EVERYTHING about Doomsday.  Its look, its changed backstory, its motivation, AND I’m pretty sure that it turns into “Nuclear Man” at the climax, as a this-shouldn’t-ever-happen tribute to Superman IV.


  • The excessive use of cameos of real media personalities.  Forced and tired.


  • The introduction of Aquaman and Cyborg (and technically Wonder Woman) on the Bat Computer was a lame device used in music videos for songs from movie soundtracks when the band can’t figure out how to get clips from the movie into their music video.

  • And this, most of all, this...

The world has been so caught up with what Superman can do that no one has asked what he should do. 
 - Senator Finch, Metropolis


Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.
 - Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

BARB
(from STRANGER THINGS
LIVES!



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THE WEEK IN Pokémon Go



YOUR WEEKLY RECAP IN 
POKÉMON GO
 


- Toledo Blade

Is Pokémon Go's Success Sustainable
- The New Yorker

Man Shot At Teens Playing Pokémon Go
- Orlando Sentinel

Pokémon Go Causes Mayhem in New York's Central Park
 - CDA News

Pokémon Go Gamers Figure Out Eeveelution
 - Tech Times

Find Your PokéStops on Yelp!
 - TechRadar

Just Bieber plays Pokémon Go Near Central Park
 - New York Daily News

- Mashable

 - Polygon

- ABC News

 - Time

 - CNN Money

 - Inc

 - TechCrunch 

 - USA Today

 - KOMO News

 - Gamespot






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How to Clear Your Bag For Space

Stay Away From Fake Pokémon Go Apps

• Charge Your Phone With A Real PokéBall!

• How To Handle Those Intimidating Trips To The Gym




PikaJew

So I'm walking back from an interview for an Executive Level job at a major media company when my Pokémon Go starts buzzing (because I'm really a 44 year old kid).

A wild Rapidash, right at my dressy feet

In addition to a Pinsir (CP335) and a Rapidash (CP296) in the nearby vicinity, it turns out my neighborhood synagogue (The Actor's Temple on 47th street) is also a Pokémon Gym.

I quickly enter, begin the battle, and for the first time, this chosen one was the victor, taking the formerly Victor status for team Mystic.  In other words, I went Nintendo equivalent of Judah Maccabee.

So there I am in my moment of glory when this manic early-twenties girl comes up to me franticly.  "Are you playing Pokémon right now?  Somebody just took my gym and now I'm afraid to leave here."

Go for God, stay for the Pikachu.

I explained I was pretty new to the game, and actually got some good tips from her after she realized I had only beaten one of the lower levels.

"You know that's my Temple actually," I explained.  "We should charge money during the afternoon and give people a place to battle Pokémon inside."

"That's a really Jewish thing to say," she quickly pointed out.

GHOSTBUSTERS
OH NO THEY DIDN'T podcast


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Our GHOSTBUSTERS episode is now available here, or download on iTunes or Google Play for free!


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the week in
POKEMON GO news...


It seems every day there's another news blurb about Nintendo's massive breakout POKEMON GO. Here's your weekly recap of some of the best from 7/9 to 7/15...

Pokemon Go leads teen to dead body 
- CNNMoney

Pokemon GO is Becoming a Dating App 
- Comicbook.com

The Strangest Places Fans of Pokemon Go Have Tried To Catch Them All
- Daily MailComicbook.com

Someone Inside The White House Loves To Play 'Pokemon Go' Too 
- The Inquisitr

Robbers used 'Pokemon Go' to lure their victims 
- Engadget

Cultural phenomenon Pokémon Go gets introverts outside 
- KUTV 2News

Pokémon Go is doing what few apps can – driving real-world traffic 
- TechCrunch

Restaurants Are Using Pokémon Go to Catch Customers 
- Slate

Pokemon GO' Powers Nintendo Stock to 25 Percent Growth 
- TheWrap

'Pokémon Go' Chasers in China Hit Brick Wall 
- Wall Street Journal

Pokémon Go becomes global craze as game overtakes Twitter 
- The Guardian

Pokemon GO App Users: Law Enforcement Urges Caution 
- Patch.com

Auschwitz Museum says no to "Pokemon Go" 
- CBS News

Pokemon Go exposes cheating boyfriend 
- The Week UK

Man robbed while playing 'Pokemon Go' 
- U.S. News

2016 Pokemon Go Is Partnering With McDonald's 
- GameSpot

'Pokemon Go' players arrested at Ohio zoo 
- U.S. News

Two Pokemon GO players fall off cliff while trying to catch 'em all 
- Mirror

All around the world, authorities are worrying about Pokemon Go
 - Washington Post

T-Mobile offering a year of free mobile data for Pokemon Go 
- Geek

Daughter hit by car while playing 'Pokemon Go' 
- WTVD-TV



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ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING
Oh No They Didn't! podcast

Disney Channel has taken your love of an 80s comedy classic and made it way less PG-13.

On this episode of OH NO THEY DIDN'T! Archie, TJ and Todd discuss the recent made for television remake of the 1988 Adventures in Babysitting.



For those who missed our recording of the podcast live on Google On Air, here's my opening tribute...



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My Amityville Hopefull

GET OUT!



I've now had over twenty friends forwarding me the news that 108 Ocean Avenue (formerly known as 112) is back on the market.

I guess I should have expected the "you should buy it, this time" outpouring of encouragement, as I'm known as a bit of a historian on the property. 

Unfortunately, I'm short the $850,000 asking price. 

My fascination with this "most haunted house in America" began as a kid, after having older cousins report a play-by-play of the popular 1979 movie. In the pre-VHS era, my curiosity was quickly fed by the Jay Anson novel that spawned the hysteria, and spread the mystery. 

Me, age 6, starting a lifetime obsession with Haunted Homes

Years of sequels, remakes, talk shows, novels, articles and documentaries only continued my obsession with the bizarre back-story of a seemingly innocent Dutch Colonial style home, that just happened to have a gate-way to Hell in the basement.

So, in 2010, when the house was previously purchased, an under the radar tag sale (which quickly became very not-under-the-radar) gave me a chance to actually go into the property. 

I purchased a rug from the very room Father Ralph J. Pecoraro was supposedly ordered to "get out" by a swarm of flies. Or so the story goes. 

Here's the deal though. I don't actually believe any of the American horror story accounts of this address. It's just an absolutely beautiful home on a potentially quiet street that's been plagued by a lot of lore since the very tragic DeFeo family murders in November of 1974. 

I may be a skeptic that "wants to believe," but after a lifetime of digesting each and every fact about the so-called "Amityville Horror" that George and Kathy Lutz most likely concocted, my recent fascination has been in debunking much of the myth. 

If I had the financial ability to purchase the house, I would honestly strive to make the myth go away. 

Hollywood will continue to churn out "based on a true story" accounts of possession and hauntings. 
Conjuring 2 is at the top of the box office right now, and another Amityville reboot is on the way after 12(!) sequels, spinoffs and remakes of the original film. 

It seems to me the easiest way to exorcise the demons of 108 Ocean Avenue would be to simply show that they don't exist in the first place. 

Live-streaming tech has given us the ability to be anywhere in the world, and VR/360 video takes the experience even further. 

I'd set up a constant stream from every room and every angle of the house, to satisfy our [still] Big Brother obsessed 24/7 media consuming culture. Driven by the appeal of exploitation, I guarantee the whole experiment would quickly become as eventful as Geraldo's Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults

But we love our perpetual myths, and the unfortunate souls who do purchase the house will be haunted by them. The town will always be synonymous with the home's fictionalized, but bestselling backstory. 

If anyone does have an extra $850,000 to loan me, I pledge my best to clean the home's past of posturing poltergeists.

the last ten films I've seen...

REPO MAN (Dir. Alex Cox, 1984)
NEON BULL (Dir. Gabriel Mascaro, 2015)
VACATION (Dir. John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, 2015)
FEAR OF FEAR (Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975)
BURNT OFFERINGS (Dir. Dan Curtis, 1976)
KING COBRA (Dir. Bob Claver, 1981)
THE FALLEN IDOL (Dir. Carol Reed, 1948)
AMERICAN PSYCHO 2 (Dir. Morgan J. Freeman, 2002)
DARK CITY (Dir. Alex Proyas, 1998)
BAD INFLUENCE (Dir. Curtis Hanson, 1990)

BAD INFLUENCE
Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane, Marcia Cross

WATCH BAD INFLUENCE (1990)
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Starring Rob Lowe, Lisa Zane, James Spader and Marcia Cross

I remember being obsessed with this film when it was released, probably because Spader was cast so against type and the film just gets darker and darker as it goes along.  

COEN BROTHERS
from VICELAND
The Vice Guide to Film

AMERICAN PSYCHO 2
Oh No They Didn't!

It's true, I have ANOTHER new podcast - OH NO THEY DIDN'T.  It's devoted to bad movie reboots, remakes, and sequels.

Enjoy the first episode below, as Archie and I take on the straight-to-video AMERICAN PSYCHO 2!

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the last ten films I've seen...

PHANTASM (Dir. Don Coscarelli, 1979)

BORN TO BE BLUE (Dir. Robert Budreau, 2005)

ALL THINGS MUST PASS (Dir. Colin Hanks, 2015)

TANGERINE (Dir. Sean S. Baker, 2015)

THE VISIT (Dir. M. Night Shyamalan, 2015)
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (Dir. Leigh Whannell, 2015)
THE WILD BUNCH (Dir. Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
MILES AHEAD (Dir. Don Cheadle, 2016)
CUBE  (Dir. Vincenzo Natali, 1998)
THE FINAL GIRLS (Dir. Todd Strauss-Schulson, 2015) 

the last ten films I've seen...

3 WOMEN (Dir. Robert Altman, 1977)

MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE (Dir. Alek Keshishian, 1991)

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (Dir. Dan Trachtenberg, 2016)

PET (Dir. Carles Torrens, 2016)

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (Dir. Jeff Nichols, 2016)
IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE (Dir. Ti West, 2016)
OPERATION AVALANCHE (Dir. Matt Johnson, 2016)
THE DWARVENAUT (Dir. Josh Bishop, 2016)
THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK (Dir. Joel Potrykus, 2016)
BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN (Dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky, 2016) 

the last ten films I've seen

DAZED & CONFUSED (Dir. Richard Linklater, 1993)  

STARRY EYES (Dirs. Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer, 2014) 
MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM  MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL (Dir. Spike Lee, 2016) 
WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE? (Dir. Liz Garbus, 2015) 
DEADPOOL (Dir. Tim Miller, 2016) 
THE WITCH (Dir. Robert Eggers, 2015)
RAN (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1985) 
ZOOTOPIA (Dirs. Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush, 2016) 
JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA 
(Dir. 
Jeff Tremaine, 2013)
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. (Dir. Michael Moore, 2016)

the last ten films I've seen...

RESULTS (Dir. Andrew Bujalski, 2015) 

STEVE JOBS (Dir. Danny Boyle, 2015) 
AMY (Dir. Asif Kapadia, 2015) 
SPOTLIGHT (Dir. Tom McCarthy, 2015) 
KING KONG (Dir. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack1933) 
THE BIG SHORT (Dir. Adam McKay, 2015
THE REVENANT (Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015
ROOM (Dir. Lenny Abrahamson, 2015
EX MACHINA (Dir. Alex Garland, 2015
THE LOBSTER (Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2016

I'll Stop The World And Melt With You

As some folks know, I've been mildly obsessed with candle vloggers way before Scream Queens brought one to the masses. 

The pioneer of candle vlogging is Drew, who gained fame from Tosh.0 with his pre-puberty videos. Now he's all grown up, in college, and in this very cringeworthy, awkward drinking-game of a video, has a "friend." 


I share with you what is probably the very best Yankee Candle Kid Drew video of all time. 


Of ALL time.



the last 10 films I've seen

BEST OF ENEMIES (Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon, 2015)

TRUMBO (Jay Roach, 2015)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Edwin L. Marin, 1938)
TRAINWRECK (Judd Apatow, 2015)
THE MARTIAN (Ridley Scott, 2015)
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (Olivier Assayas, 2015)
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (F. Gary Gray, 2015)
MACBETH (Justin Kurzel, 2015)
BROOKLYN (John Crowley, 2015)
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (J J Abrams, 2015)

the last 10 films I've seen

THE SEVENTH VICTIM (Mark Robson 1943)

DEVIL'S ANGELS (Daniel Haller, 1967)
FANTASTIC FOUR (Josh Trank, 2015)
MACBETH (Roman Polanski, 1971)
CAROL (Todd Haynes, 2015)
CREED (Ryan Coogler, 2015)
ZOOLANDER (Ben Stiller, 2001)
THE HATEFUL 8 (Quentin Tarantino, 2015)
SPECTRE (Sam Mendes 2015)
THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Peter Sohn, 2015)

the last 10 films I've seen

THE WALK (Robert Zemeckis, 2015)
BRIDGE OF SPIES (Steven Spielberg, 2015)
THE HAUNTING (Robert Wise, 1963)
EL BARON DEL TERROR (Chano Urueta, 1961)
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (Lucio Fulci, 1980)
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (George Romero, 1968)
CHRISTINE (John Carpenter, 1983)
THE GIFT (Joel Edgerton, 2015)
THE PEANUTS MOVIE (Steve Martino, 2015)
ANOMALISA (Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, 2015)

I Still Love You
NEW YORK

This past July I celebrated my 20th anniversary as a resident of the greatest city in the world - NEW YORK, NEW YORK.


On today's somber anniversary, here's a lighter reflection on just some of the amazing experiences my move to New York City has afforded me...

- I've been yelled at, and sort of fired, by Harvey Weinstein...


- I partied with Rudy Giuliani at Gracie Mansion on the Fourth of July..


- Um, yeah. Okay. Worked for Lorne Michaels...



- Ended up in an amateur Beat poetry reading in a Greenwich Village apartment...



- Modeled for the cover of an R L Stine book...




- Programmed the movies and Warner Bros. cartoons for the Bryant Park Film Festival for two Summers...


- Helped develop a float for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...



- Hung out backstage at Carnegie Hall with John Lithgow...


- Co-Created and Co-Host of one of New York City's first, and longest running comedy podcasts, mentioned by The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine ...


- Directed Omar Sharif in a voice-over for a documentary...




- DJ'd in the basement bar of Times Square's "China Club"...

- Screened Attack of the 50 Foot Woman on the roof of the Brill Building...



- Introduced my nephew to New York City one great activity at a time...



- Interviewed on camera horror icons Kane Hodder and Robert Englund...


- Trained for a marathon, though ran the actual one in Chicago...


- Restored my vinyl collection from childhood one record at a time...



- Joined the New York chapters of the British Film Academy and the Emmys...


- Roasted my friend and podcast co-host Rachel Weiss on her 40th birthday...



- Attended a private party at the Friars Club...


- Introduced my niece to New York City one great activity at a time...


- Biked around the entire island of Manhattan, just for kicks...


- Adopted a few cats...


- Grew a mustache for charity with hundreds of thousands of other New York men...

- Helped launch the first-ever LGBTQ Comic-Con in New York...

- Performed Improv comedy with the People's Improv Theater...



- Performed a stand-up comedy set in the East Village...


And of course, best of all, I met some of the greatest friends of my life, especially my husband Craig...