Category Archives: Mindless Mondays

Movie Review: Why “Alien: Covenant” is a Step Backward for the Franchise

Even before “Alien: Covenant” opened to softer-than-expected box office, I was dubious it would really offer the creative goods. That’s why I placed it in the “I’m not so sure about” section of my summer movie preview, and watching the film didn’t really change anything. I still wish they had made a more direct sequel… Read More »

Movie Review: King Arthur

“King Arthur” holds the dubious distinction of being “Summer 2017’s First Big Flop.” Uhhh…congratulations? To celebrate, what do you get the movie who has nothing, including dismal reviews, bad box office, and its franchise hopes dashed? How about a mild Alabama Liberal review that points out what the movie does right? I’m just kidding, this… Read More »

TV Review: A “Twin Peaks” Newbie Tries to Make Sense of the First Four Episodes

As a millennial TV critic, I was about four years old when “Twin Peaks” first exploded onto the scene during its original ABC run, and needless to say I wasn’t much following it at the time, instead engrossed in a different bizarre world called “Sesame Street.” Still, I’ve heard more times than I can count… Read More »

TV Reviews: Better Call Saul, The Americans, Fargo, Homeland

All of the Best Dramas on TV are back after some alarmingly long hiatuses (both “Homeland” and “Fargo”) skipped 2016, something most people wish they had the option to do. Sure, you may ask about more popular behemoths like “Game of Thrones” or “The Walking Dead” or something else in the fantasy, horror, sci-fi genre… Read More »

Why Simone Biles Didn’t Win “Dancing With the Stars” Even Though She Should’ve

People are funny. They are “shocked” Simone Biles didn’t make the “Dancing with the Stars” Finale over lesser dancers like David Ross. The judges “couldn’t believe it” after they had judged her harshly. The host couldn’t believe it after he had told her to smile more just last week. And the media write-ups keep using… Read More »

The Most (And Least) Anticipated Movies of the Summer

To me, this Summer seems much quieter than previous years and it seems more full of shoulder shrugs than sure-things, with almost half my “Most Anticipated” list coming out in August, traditionally the sleepier period of Summer. We may finally be seeing the affect of studios greenlighting fewer movies to release bigger tentpoles, a strategy… Read More »

TV Reviews: The Leftovers, The Son, American Gods

Three novels adapted into TV series, and even though “The Circle” demonstrated the downsides of movie adaptations that diverge too far from their source material, these shows may demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of source-novel devotion for TV. The Leftovers…Longtime readers know that I hated the first season of HBO’s adaptation of the Tom Perrotta… Read More »

The Best Movie Mothers

I didn’t even want to put “of all time” in the title of this posting, because I realized that if there’s anything harder than coming up with a list of Bad Movie Mothers, it’s limiting my list of Good Movie Mothers. There were so many to choose from, this list is going to be a… Read More »

The Worst (Movie) Mothers of All Time

There have been so many bad movie mothers that it’s hard to know where to begin with a list like this, so I tried to focus less on “bad moms” and more on “Bad Mothers.” What’s the difference? A “Bad Mother” is serious business and severe, possibly played by Nicole Kidman, and definitely representative of… Read More »