What was pitched as an artistic choice turned out to be one of necessity -- and we're all the better for it.
Here's my favorite joke from the original run of Arrested Development: While planning a charity event, George Bluth Sr. asks his family to recommend an organization or cause to benefit. Everyone recommends something self-serving in the secret ballot, except one family member, who suggests "cervical cancer."
"Oh, I wonder who wrote that one down," George Sr. deadpans as the camera cuts to Michael.
I love this moment, not only because it's funny and indicative of the family's self-involvement, but also because this is how we find out the cause of Tracey Bluth's death -- through comedy.
For me, comedies are always best when they're dramas (or outright tragedies) first. The fourth season of AD didn't deliver as much tragedy as I would have liked, but it did finally reveal Michael's late wife amidst a hectic, muddled, misshapen new season that was frustrating and funny, off-kilter and canny.
I guess it was bound to happen: Wonder Woman got a makeover.
The New York Times reports that in issue 600 of the long-running series, Diana Prince will receive a sleeker costume that takes her out of the traditional bathing suit she’s worn for years. In its place, the Amazon warrior will get slacks, boots and a leather jacket with the sleeves rolled up.
In this unruly and completely unnecessary article, CC2K's Tony Lazlo wonders who would have played the members of the Justice League had they appeared on the classic 1960s Batman TV series.
The universe depicted in the old Adam West Batman series could have sustained the entire DCU, but who would have played the other heroes?
As comic-book fans, it's rare for us to see more than one hero onscreen at the same time. To be sure, there are exceptions, but for the most part, Hollywood presents our heroes to us in hermetically sealed packages -- one per movie or TV series. Exceptions to this rule include the upcoming movie The Avengers as well as the long-running CW series Smallville, and it was while I was thinking of Smallville that I got the idea for this article: What other actors would we cast as DCU heroes in the universe depicted in the classic Adam West Batman series?
In this classic book review, Tony Lazlo sounds an extended dirge for the disappointing final chapter in the Harry Potter book series.
The empress is naked.
After 10 wonderful years of books whose release dates arrived with the anticipation of fresh boxes of Wonka bars, we're left with the disheartening reality that J.K. Rowling couldn't write a Harry Potter novel set beyond the walls, curriculum and classes of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a stunning disappointment with a great ending -- and let me stress: The novel itself has a great ending. The seven-book series doesn't.
CC2K's Tony Lazlo imagines how George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy could have rocked.
When I left the theater after seeing Attack of the Clones, I was already pissed off and devastated. I felt this way because the movie sucked, and even if the then-untitled third episode was a perfect, sloppy, wet blowjob of a success, two-thirds of the new Star Wars trilogy would still suck.
An essay ostensibly arguing that Temple of Doom is the best Indiana Jones movie, but which veers into a larger analysis of the trilogy and the Indiana Jones character
Let's talk theme. Ideally, a great movie should be about something great, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom -- like Aliens -- is a sequel that tops the original, and it tops Raiders of the Lost Ark not because it's a bigger, grander movie, but because it goes to a dark, scary and different place to explore a worthy theme: parenthood.
In this unruly and completely unnecessary article, CC2K's Tony Lazlo wonders who would have played the members of the Justice League had they appeared on the classic 1960s Batman TV series. The universe depicted in the old Adam West Batman series could have sustained the entire DCU, but who would have played the other heroes? As comic-book fans, it's rare…
Last night, I watched Star Wars for the first time in a few years. I know, I know -- what is there to say about it? Well, don't worry; I'm not about to launch into a 10,000 word treatise on its many virtues, but I did have a few thoughts:
In this classic book review, Tony Lazlo sounds an extended dirge for the disappointing final chapter in the Harry Potter book series. SPOILERS AHEAD! The empress is naked.After 10 wonderful years of books whose release dates arrived with the anticipation of fresh boxes of Wonka bars, we're left with the disheartening reality that J.K. Rowling couldn't write a Harry Potter…
Imagine Marvel’s Doctor Strange, with all of its trippy imagery, cool psychic battles, and supernatural-bordering-on-super-science worldbuilding. Now imagine that story written by a master novelist with protean-powerful command of first person, and you’d have David Mitchell’s Slade House. Needless to say, SPOILERS LIE AHEAD!
One of the myriad pleasures of the classic TV series Twin Peaks is sensing the artistic tug-of-war between showrunners David Lynch and Mark Frost. By now it’s received wisdom that Frost—an alum of more traditional story-driven shows like Hill Street Blues—was a necessary correction for Lynch, the dreamy abstractionist.
In competing narrative voices (mostly first with a dash of third), author Mayer ably explores the turbulent headspace of Quinn, a teenager with a condition known as congenital analgesia—he can't feel pain.
John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a southern-gothic masterpiece that borders ever so slightly on gonzo journalism—though it falls short of passing into that bizarro realm. Reading it spurred me to contemplate the border between the two major realms of nonfiction writing; the DMZ between the ordered lands of subject-first traditional journalism and the wild…