“In The Heights” Isn’t Hitting Any

Hollywood is shocked that “In The Heights” — the movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other Broadway musical — is not doing nearly as much business as expected. But I think there’s a simple explanation.

Don’t Blame The Blues

Don’t Blame The Blues

Here’s how to keep things in perspective when you see headlines about MO having the highest per capita rates of COVID cases and hospitalizations — and which states are keeping the US from hitting vax rates of 70% by July 4th.

Four Random Thoughts

Four Random Thoughts

Quickies about an intriguing new TV series, the real reason the Girl Scouts have so many leftover cookies, why I’m glad we didn’t visit some national parks this month, and a final thought to ponder.

Powerless

Powerless

Thanks to a severe thunderstorm that rolled through late Saturday afternoon, we spent most of the weekend without electricity. Here’s the story of our powerless experience on one of the hottest weekends of the summer.

Movie Review: A Rita Moreno Documentary

Movie Review: A Rita Moreno Documentary

My review of a new documentary about Hollywood and Broadway star Rita Moreno who, at 89, looks back on her struggles, her successes, and her Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award-winning career.

Jon Stewart’s Ridiculous Rant

Jon Stewart’s Ridiculous Rant

Here’s why I was surprised to see Jon Stewart go off on a rant about the origins of COVID-19, in which he sounded just like the kind of TV personalities he used to mock on “The Daily Show.”

As I Tweeted

As I Tweeted

I hadn’t had my height measured for decades, but it’s happened twice in the last month at two different medical places. And the results didn’t match. They apparently caught me during morphing season.

Movie Review: “12 Mighty Orphans”

Movie Review: “12 Mighty Orphans”

If you enjoy it when I blast a really bad movie, read my review of “12 Mighty Orphans,” which doesn’t miss a single underdog sports cliché and will be on my Worst Movies Of 2021 list.

Movie Review: “In The Heights”

Movie Review: “In The Heights”

Here’s my review of “In The Heights,” a big screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Lin-Manuel Miranda had before he became the King Of Broadway with “Hamilton.” It’s in theaters and on HBO Max now.

A Cautionary Joe Manchin Tale

A Cautionary Joe Manchin Tale

An episode of “The West Wing” came to mind as a cautionary tale about Joe Manchin, the senator who’s blocking his Democratic colleagues from killing the filibuster and passing a new voting rights act.

“Jeopardy!” Update

“Jeopardy!” Update

Some thoughts on Mayim Bialik’s stint as “Jeopardy!” guest host, and where she stands in the pantheon of potential permanent new hosts.