Archive for the entertainment Category

Conaw

Posted in entertainment, television on September 2, 2010 by Jonathan

Boundaries

Posted in arts, culture, entertainment, movies on August 7, 2010 by Jonathan

Fun question: What if the following scene had been written in the 1940s?

To be honest, I don’t know what’s more offensive, the gratuitous use of the f-word or Robert DeNiro’s sunglasses.

For the record, I’m not one who thinks that movies need to be wiped clean of profanity. Sometimes those words are necessary. I am, however, of the belief that boundaries, for the most part, force one to be more creative, which is why whenever I turn on Turner Classic Movies I’m thankful for those restrictions that both the movie industry and the culture at large imposed on filmmakers. The movies were better because of them. (For proof, check out this video of the 100 best cinematic putdowns, and try to find any of the more modern ones that top the line Bogart gives to Peter Lorre in Casablanca.) A lack of boundaries doesn’t automatically make a work of art or entertainment worse, but it doesn’t automatically elevate it, either.

Happy Father’s Day

Posted in culture, entertainment, music on June 20, 2010 by Jonathan

With a song from Groucho:

[HT: Threedonia]

Leeroooooooooooy!

Posted in entertainment on May 30, 2010 by Jonathan

For the record, I have never played World of Warcraft:

My Favorite Writers – Living, Dead, and Otherwise

Posted in arts, books, culture, entertainment on March 7, 2010 by Jonathan

With apologies to those who aren’t on the list but most certainly deserve to be:

Mark Steyn, Malcolm Gladwell, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Alex Garland, Rob Long, Zadie Smith, Steve Martin, Dave Barry, Captain John G. Bourke, Bill Bryson, Paul Johnson, Tom Wolfe, C.J. Samson, William Shakespeare, G.K. Chesterton, O. Henry, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Joe Queenan, Edgar Allan Poe, and whoever writes the ingredients for Ghirardelli chocolate bars.

Rube lives, again

Posted in entertainment, music on March 6, 2010 by Jonathan

A week ago Execupundit noticed this neat video of a Rube Goldberg device some guys had rigged in their apartment. (Notice the word “guys” — few women would ever understand the beauty of these things.)

Now imagine if those aforementioned guys had more money, more space, and some music to set their genius to, and you get this:

[HT: Jonah Goldberg, who swears he’s no relation to Rube.]

UPDATE: If you need some inspiration to start using the treadmill, check out this video from the same band.

Comedy in the Muslim world

Posted in entertainment on February 21, 2010 by Jonathan

A stand-up comedian relates his experiences performing for the troops in Iraq.