Best Thing I’ve Heard Today

Elayne Boosler, one of my all-time favorite comedians and a real trailblazer — the first female standup to do contemporary, observational humor — explains the sexist obstacles she had to overcome to have a successful career.

Theater Review: “Alabama Story”

Here’s my review of the St. Louis Rep production of “Alabama Story,” a new play about a librarian standing her ground against a bigoted politician upset about a children’s book in 1959 Alabama.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

I was reminded of Steven Pinker’s book, “Enlightenment Now,” in reading Nicholas Kristof’s piece, “Why 2018 Was The Best Year In Human History!”

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Rory Turnbull started a thread on Twitter about movie cliches, which other people picked up on, adding their own. The result is a bunch of entries that had me laughing out loud.

Theater Review: “Network”

Here’s my review of the Broadway stage version of the classic 1976 movie “Network,” with Bryan Cranston, Tatiana Maslany, and Tony Goldwyn.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Two different takes on the leaked audio of Louis CK’s recent comedy club set, in which he joked about the Parkland shooting students and non-binary youth. Their pieces are not about his material, but about whether it’s right to judge the work-in-progress of a comedian trying out material on stage.

Best Documentaries Of 2018

I didn’t see as many documentaries this year as I would have liked, but of those I did, these were the five best.

Another Quiet New Year’s Eve

Here’s why you shouldn’t look for me or my wife among the New Year’s Eve revelers tonight, plus a memory of a December 31st meal we’d rather forget.

Trump’s Favorite Movies

Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter made a list of some of Trump’s favorite movies of 2018, including “WhiteKKKlansman” and “Crazy Rich Russians.” Then he named some of Trump’s all-time faves. I like Scott’s list so much, it inspired me to come up with ten of my own Trumpian titles.

Worst Movies Of 2018

Here are capsule reviews of the ten movies I most regret watching on the big screen this year.

The Next Ten Movies

Here are ten movies that didn’t make my Best Of 2018 list, but were still good enough for Honorable Mention.

Best Movies Of 2018

These are the ten best movies that I saw this year. If you missed these in theaters, I recommend you catch up with them on DVD, Netflix, or Amazon Prime.