Month: February 2014

The World’s Finest Tourist Trap

It’s not until you reach the room with the giant whale wrestling a squid that you realize the sheer magnitude of the madness into which you’ve descended. Squid, sea, whale, all double life-size, roaring up out of the concrete floor in an anonymous pole-barn in the Wisconsin prairie. It was all constructed over a half century by a madman with…

Philomena – Haiku Review

Sad sack Englishman Dame Judi Dench being old Sure-fire Oscar wins   Grump and old woman On a road trip through the States Almost Guilt Trip II!   Such lively music For breach births, missing children, Girls becoming slaves   Oof, Catholic church This was quite the travesty Really should think twice   Why are nuns so stern? Even the…

Nebraska – Haiku Review

On an epic quest To find pretend winnings and An air compressor   Woody looks like my Relatives in thirty years Highly unnerving   Family of owls Really, they all look like birds A strange casting choice   Fiesty grandmas and And incoherent old men Sure-fire Oscar wins   These actors are great I wonder where they found them Funeral…

10 Reasons to Dislike the Winter Olympics

I’ve watched the Sochi Winter Olympics almost religiously these past two weeks and, well, it’s getting to me. Let’s be clear – I do love the Olympics. I think the sports are kooky and delightful, the commentators amusing, the stadiums architecturally fascinating. But in my forty-odd viewing hours, I’ve arrived at a few significant gripes. 1. It’s not actually winter…

Paul Cadmus – Fantasia on a Theme by Dr S

Occasionally, I’ll unexpectedly find myself appreciating strange art, and Paul Cadmus’s painting is awfully strange in a viscerally eye-catching way. The colors and figures pop from the canvas like a 3D image. Honestly, the painting is disgusting in the same manner that films by John Waters are unsettling. It’s got almost a kitsch air about it. Fascinating how something that…

Blue Jasmine – Haiku Review

The perfect movie If you desire Cate Blanchett Looking real haggard   Cate’s perfect drunk face Is a skillfully sculpted Snarling gargoyle   I would describe her For the film’s majority As “oozing disdain”   “Metamorphosis” Might be a better title Cate changes drastically   It’s two roles, one film Jasmine the ignorant rich Jasmine the sad drunk   Both…