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Monthly Archives: February 2016

 

More Shooting, Please

February 28th, 2016

Heat changed a lot of things. Released in 1995, it was a sprawling crime saga pitting obsessive cop Al Pacino against clever thief Robert De Niro. Watching it, you’ll have a lot to enjoy. A ridiculously talented cast. Highly precise action scenes. Existential musings found within a labyrinthine plot. It’s probably the best thing writer/director Michael Mann has ever done. In its DNA, you can see strands of Reservoir Dogs, The Getaway, and Charley Varrick, to name a few. But Heat is the platonic ideal of what the modern heist film should be. We see echoes of it in films like Sicario and... Read More

Have Your Day in the Sun…It’s Good for You!

February 25th, 2016

The latest estimates suggest that nearly half the world’s population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. This is bad news since vitamin D  deficiency has been associated with a host of serious conditions: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis and depression, as well as  brittle bones and the common cold. Currently, vitamin D is being investigated to determine the role it plays in insulin resistance, high blood pressure and immune function. Recent neurological research discovered that when compared with subjects with normal levels of vitamin D, individuals with... Read More

The Hammer Of Witches

February 21st, 2016

Horror is probably the most subjective genre in film, with comedy running a very close second. We all have our own individual cracks in our psyches, and certain fears strike us in different ways. What scares me may not necessarily scare you. It’s a shame, too, that horror is sneered at, looked down upon. It’s the red-headed stepchild of film. People with otherwise impeccable taste in any other art form will turn up their noses if you suggest a horror flick for movie night. These same people will then campaign vigorously for overrated tripe like Forrest Gump.  The color palate of... Read More

Hanger is a Real Thing

February 17th, 2016

Ever skipped meals or eaten less in anticipation of a big meal later?  Chances are, you got hangry. Hangry is a hybrid of the words hungry and angry that illustrate the simmering grouchiness that goes along with waiting too long to eat.  There have been stories in the news about people lashing out aggressively over little things when hangry.   Hanger is an actual physiological phenomenon. When you are hungry your body is low on blood glucose. When you haven’t eaten recently the brain receives all kinds of signals to behave aggressively. Aggressive and violent behaviors are regulated by self-control.... Read More

With Great Power Comes Great Irresponsibility

February 14th, 2016

Let’s say there’s this punk rock band. They’re not what you would call musically accomplished. Matter of fact, we have to wonder if they can even read music. All of their songs are short, probably two minutes or less. They don’t seem like much, truth be told. But we decide to check out their set, in some dirtbag club. We give them a shot, and it turns out to be a good call. Because despite being profane, juvenile, and simple, they’re great. Wildly entertaining. Huge energy. Fun as hell. Congratulations, we just saw Black Flag. The Dead Kennedys. The Sex Pistols. All... Read More

Lights, Camera, Abduction

February 7th, 2016

For anybody who likes movies, especially those of us who are approaching or have already reached a certain age, there’s a temptation to drag out the hoary old chestnut of, “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” That statement is the rhetorical equivalent of Schrodinger’s Cat, where it is both true and false at the same time. Please allow me to explain. On the one hand, as long as there have been movies, the majority of them have been garbage. Jump onto your favorite search engine and plug in any year you care to name. You’ll see that no matter the... Read More