Category Archives: Pop Culture

I love Between Two Ferns.



I am not a big fan of the sycophantic political ones, though these are often not terrible. There are good moments in every single episode. But the ones that are not political are amazingly hilarious. Like the one with Steve Carell. And Will Ferrell. And Conan. And Jennifer Aniston. I wish Zach would do more of ’em.


Ah, Tokyo 🗼🗾

東京 🇯🇵

A post shared by Jordan Schlansky (@jordanschlansky) on

Wish I had spent more time there. Screw China, Japan is the place to be, when in that part of the world!

By the way, if you don’t know who Jordan Schlansky is, just Google him or visit his Team Coco page. Watch and enjoy the many clips on the YouTube.


Happy 74th birthday, Mr. Christopher Walken


Who knew? Actor Christopher Walken shares a birthday with my uncle.

Walken is “one of the most distinctive film actors of the past 50 years. Whether he’s playing an analog of Macduff in a wacko modernization of Macbeth, the ghost of a malicious Hessian mercenary or any one of a hundred other roles, you won’t mistake him for anyone else.”

There’s only one way to celebrate! And be sure not to walk without rhythm this weekend.


There’s nothing better than a good villain.

Grand Admiral Thrawn is a complex, multi-faceted character and the primary antagonist in the third season of Star Wars Rebels.

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since first seeing Return of the Jedi on network TV back in the Eighties or Nineties.¹

I didn’t care for the prequels, but did enjoy watching second rendition of The Clone Wars and its successor, Star Wars Rebels, which is currently in its third season. Despite being aired on Disney XD, an obscure outlet, I look for illegal copies online to watch, mostly on YouTube.

The central villain of season three is Grand Admiral Thrawn. His portrayal is terrific. I just hope we get to see more of him.

Darth Maul was another wonderful creation and killing him off at the end of The Phantom Menace was a serious blunder.


1. And the video clip on YouTube is from an old VHS tape with the actual broadcast from KGW, channel 8, in Portland, Oregon, no less. That’s exactly what I was watching.

I’m gonna miss the wacko crazy, hard left covers of the NY Daily News


Things are so bad at the New York Daily News that advertising is taking over the front page, relegating its biased news coverage to the inside.

Meanwhile, I am gonna check out Nick Nolte in his new show portraying a former president. Sela Ward plays the former first lady. The first episode is rather bland, despite a lot of swearing. Clearly there’s a big effort to be hip and cool, too much so. It often forces the issue. Nolte is the best part.


Love these guys! The original Magnificent Seven! None other.


One of the best Westerns ever made! The cast, the crew, the studios. All deserve credit for making it. It will live forever.

Regarding the remake, I have only seen the trailer. I have seen a few reviews, some laudatory, others dismissive. I wish Denzel, Pratt and company success. But I do think it is crazy to take on such an iconic film. We will see if it pays off.