Dark Comedy and ‘Free Fire’

What makes guns and shooting people funny?

What is it about dark humor?  Why do I find myself laughing at something so gruesome or so depressing?  Or why do I think Jewish stereotypes are funny despite being Jewish?  It must be the set-up.  That’s why.

Somehow, that was the question that was posed today in my head.  I had gone to see Free Fire over the weekend because (1) it looked like a fun shoot-‘em-up with humor to get over the nauseating gore, and (2) going to the movies has been an activity that I’ve been doing often during the past three months. Continue reading “Dark Comedy and ‘Free Fire’”

Oscar Predictions 2017

It’s that time of the year again.  The “La La Land” awards, sorry, the Academy Awards/Oscars are this Sunday.  And while it is going to be a tense and political ceremony (more so than last year’s parade of causes speeches), it will still be exciting to watch to see who ultimately wins the grand prize. Continue reading “Oscar Predictions 2017”

Playlist for These (Happy/Dark) Times

Today, I’ve been having a little difficulty finding any joy.  All I can think of are the worst things that will come in four years.  Dictatorship and tyranny.  Massive oppression.  Greater divide between wealth and poor.  Not everyone thinks about this, but I do, and so do my peers.  So I did the one thing that could heal me: make a playlist.  It seems odd because the last thing I want to do is enjoy or make art, but it’s the only way I heal and get away from things, so I will proceed. Continue reading “Playlist for These (Happy/Dark) Times”

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: An Appreciation

It’s been more than a week since the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and it has been about two months since I’ve written a post (more on that in another piece).  But that shouldn’t stop me from mourning the lost of two ladies that have had a huge impact on me as I grew up. Continue reading “Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: An Appreciation”

‘South Park’ Gives the Response Needed After a Brutal Election

It also reestablishes its satirical bite after an outlandish start to the season

If there was anything that I was somewhat looking forward to after a dismal election, it was the next episode South Park that was going to air that night.  I love South Park.  If you couldn’t tell, I made the banner of this blog in an avatar app that was used to promote its 20th season.  I think it is the perfect equal opportunity offender, because if I’m going to be upset about some remark about my identity as a woman and Jewish, then it will upset people of other backgrounds, genders, and race.  Continue reading “‘South Park’ Gives the Response Needed After a Brutal Election”

Post Election Apologies from the Media Junkie

It’s been about 12 hours since the US election results came in, and, like millions of people, I’m very nervous.  There are millions out there cheering, let’s not forget that, just not the ones I’m personally friendly with.  As we try to move on, I feel like I need to apologize for a bunch of things. Continue reading “Post Election Apologies from the Media Junkie”