The criminality of the men and women of “GoodFellas” is intoxicating, but the lives and bodies left in their wake are sobering.
Despite some societal and legal progress made in the LGBTQ community over the past two decades (albeit with recent setbacks), queer cinema has not kept pace in the mainstream as superhero and animated blockbusters dominate the marketplace. But for so many more reasons, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" became a breakout hit in 1995 in a way that seems impossible today.
The true greatness of “Die Hard” lies not in its relationship to Christmas, but its status as one of the best studio action films of all time. It features a great premise, brilliant set pieces, memorable quotes, a screwed-tight script and career-making performances from stars Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman (in his first film).
We’ve cheered for many cinematic heroines over our lifetimes, particularly in the past few years, as women are headlining action, adventure and superhero films more and more. But even more than 30 years later, Sigourney Weaver’s journey as Ellen Ripley in “Aliens” uniquely stands tall among her peers.
Last week I got the chance to chat up Jay Mewes, star of several Kevin Smith movies including the iconic “Clerks” from 1994. Mewes is super talkative, as he awaited his next opportunity to play the game “Fortnight” on his Facebook Live stream, which is pretty much what you would expect from the pop culture persona he’s developed for 25 years.
"Superman: The Movie" succeeds in so many areas that it's easy to see why it's still revered, while many other superhero movies, popular when released, have faded from memory. "Superman" inspired millions in the middle of a dark, cynical decade for the United States. Of course it's still relevant today.
Back at the turn of the century (which frankly feels like an old-timey thing to say, but it’s accurate), Tom Green was a fast-rising star in comedy with his outrageous and provocative sketch/talk comedy “The Tom Green Show” on MTV. While his popularity peaked around 2000-01, Green has continued to perform comedy with his standup tours all around the world.
I join millions of other fans in appreciating Lee from afar, whether it's reading the stories of his superhero creations, seeing him pop up briefly in the Marvel movies and shows, or generally watching Lee as a public figure, a personality that usually ranged between late night talk show host and used car salesman. Lee was not a perfect person and made more than one legendary creator deeply resentful of his persona, but there's no doubt that his non-stop charm offensive and sheer force of personality made him as revered as a pop culture figure as Walt Disney.
Tonight David Cross returns to Buffalo for a standup comedy performance at Babeville. He is the headliner of my weekly comedy recommendations for The Buffalo News.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how social media marketers can use trending, popular memes and repurpose them to advertise their brand. At some point, everybody should want to forge ahead with their own trends and marketing, but in this fast-paced world where we are assaulted with content (and the need for content) every minute and every second, occasionally walking a well-traveled path is worth it if you’re looking for something easy that will draw somebody’s attention.