I have fond memories of my family driving down to the Park City mall in Lancaster, PA. The games store there sold me my first copy of Star Fleet Battles. However, they get an Apple Store and there still isn’t one in Center City Philadelphia? Oh, come on! This so totally sucks!
Like San Francisco, New York City, Delaware, Ireland, and (shockingly) France, it will be possible later this week to enjoy a meal or a drink without the public nuisance of second hand smoke anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I expected the ever-contentious state legislature to pull the rug out from under this law by now, but the clock’s running down and businesses are already working on compliance.
K. and I would sometimes meet in the burbs for food or drink before a movie. Inevitably somebody would light up, and we’d regret ever deciding to dine outside the city limits. After the 11th, the only problem with dining in the burbs will be the poor selection of mostly-chain restaurants.
Welcome to the 21st century, Pennsylvania.
Researching online sources for my favorite television shows, I was saddened to discover CW cancelled this show back in May. It was a funny, thoughtful, relevant show that never got its laughs by dehumanizing its characters, very much in the kinder-gentler satire vein of Saved! That wasn’t enough to save it from the axe.
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich examines the political and policy wasteland that the United States has become on Bill Moyers Journal. It’s a strategic look at how Imperial Presidency and the collapse of the Empire of Production got us into a mess with no easy egress. He ranges too far and wide to summarize in a few sentences, so visit pbs.org to browse the summary and see the video:
Fire Extinguisher or Grenade Launcher? — MUST HAVE! Can I get one that shoots a mix of rounds, some to start fires and some to put them out? I love the design–a thing of beauty except for the hospital white. It should come in a nice gunmetal or jet black finish. I love the range control too, but how about gyro-stabilizers and a laser rangefinder?
The 14th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival ended on Tuesday. Well, technically for me it ended Wednesday at 01:00 since K. and I closed the closing night party in the wee hours. Here are some of the films worth checking out if you missed them:
- Affinity — British bodice-ripping Lesbian medium period piece is an early fest guilty pleasure. Fun for all!
- Clandestinos — Thanks, Spain, for a fun, quirky, slightly creepy guilty pleasure. Transcends a few really awkward moments.
- Ciao — Deliberate, well-told character study & rare case of well-directed slow pacing. Nuanced, old-fashioned indie.
- Fashion Victims — So-German fashion farce where Father knows worst. Consistently funny, quirky, and sweet–but in a good way.
- Mulligans — Nicely shot kinder-gentler gay indie love child of AmericanBeauty, OrdinaryPeople, and LittleMissSunshine.
- The Houseboy — Works it with a dark story, good lead, and racy scenes–high marks from me indeed for a film set at xmas time.
- The Lost Coast — A moody, deliberate nocturnal journey that snared me (but few others) with story, visuals, and atmosphere.
I’ve been a little behind schedule on picking my films up because my new client is in Rockville, MD. I am home for the duration of the festival though and hope to see all of you at films and out-and-about the town. You can find my schedule on the festival website:
The festival is no longer using B-Side, so you won’t be able to hit the URL to see reviews of films and such. It’s now an in-house project and they’re working on reviews, social media, and much more for next year. For my reviews, you can follow me on Twitter:
I will try to tweet after every film. The 140-character limit does make for more concise reviews, so it’s not all bad. I will also tweet about where I am around town and doing things, so if you’re also a twitter-head, feel free to drop by if you see I’m in the neighborhood.