Movie Review: “Lightyear”

Movie Review: “Lightyear”

Here’s my review of Pixar’s new entry in the “Toy Story” cinematic universe, an animated adventure centered on space ranger Buzz Lightyear versus the evil villain Zurg.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post has written a superb piece¬†about the making of the best movie ever about newspaper journalism, “All The President’s Men.”

“Good Luck To You, Leo Grande”

“Good Luck To You, Leo Grande”

My review of a new movie in which a widowed woman (Emma Thompson) hires a sex worker (Daryl McCormack) to experience what it’s like to be with a man whose job is merely to give her pleasure.

Four Random Thoughts

Four Random Thoughts

Quickies about ice cream cones, odometer changes, offline refrigerators, and mid-season TV interviews.

Comedy Bladder Control

Comedy Bladder Control

We had a great time at Chris Rock’s standup show this weekend, in which he offered only a couple of jokes about the Will Smith Oscars slap. But there was something that really annoyed me.

Best Thing I’ve Seen Today

Best Thing I’ve Seen Today

Take nine minutes out of your day to follow Teller’s recommendation for a beautiful visual representation of George Gershwin’s most famous composition — and that’s him playing the piano!

The 1/6 Hearing

The 1/6 Hearing

Some thoughts after watching the first installment of the January 6th Committee hearings, which had some standout moments — and actually had me cheering on a member of the Cheney family.

Music Rediscovery

Music Rediscovery

During the first half of my radio career, I played some artists and songs over and over ad nauseam. But lately, I’ve rediscovered some that suddenly appeal to me anew.

My Dessert Math Problem

My Dessert Math Problem

“Math was never my best subject,” said the cashier at my favorite frozen custard place. But the problem had nothing to do with math and everything to do with what John Allen Paulos calls “innumeracy.” Here’s the story.

NoMoHoJo

NoMoHoJo

Hearing about the closing of the last Howard Johnson’s restaurant makes me nostalgic for the food, the ice cream, and the iconic orange roof.

Hail, Hail, The Cabs Weren’t There

Hail, Hail, The Cabs Weren’t There

The streets of New York City used to be filled with yellow taxis, but their numbers have been drastically reduced, which impacted our recent trip. Here’s the story and an explanation.

For External Use Only

For External Use Only

I wasn’t surprised when a United flight attendant handed us a sanitizing wipe as we boarded the plane, but I couldn’t figure out why this warning was printed on the package.

The FL Stands For Failing League

The FL Stands For Failing League

Do you ever hear anyone talking about the USFL? I caught five minutes of a game this weekend, and to call the stands sparsely-populated would be overestimating the crowd.

Best Thing I’ve Watched Today

Best Thing I’ve Watched Today

Carlos Santana had a hit in 1970 with his version of Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va.” Now Santana and his wife Cindy have recorded a new version with musicians from around the world as part of the Playing For Change series.