September 26-28, 2011

Ana Holguin watches all the television, so you don’t have to. Kat Dennings is the awesome, but will her new sitcom, Two Broke Girls, hold Ana’s attention? Find out in “What I’m watching”

The world of Twin Peaks is a strange one, but perhaps not quite as strange as the worlds inhabited by those who watch the show in 30-hour marathon sessions. Repeatedly. Daniel J. Hogan lets us in on one such world in “Welcome to Twin Peaks”

The Gamers’ Club is playing EarthBound. Read “Happy Happy” by Daniel J. Hogan and “The grind” by Andrew Simone

Because San Francisco wasn’t far enough west, “The F Word” this week gets even closer to the International Date Line in Hawaii! Mai tais and pig roasts abound. (Those with squeamish constitutions are warned.) Read “From Hawaii with aloha”

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What I’m Watching: Two Broke Girls

The leaves are dropping and getting crunchy. I’ve donned my first pair of patterned tights for the season. Fall is officially here and with it a brand new TV schedule. Why Thanksgiving is not aligned with premiere week, I will never know — I could definitely use some pie to accompany this couch potato. Since … Continue reading

Welcome to Twin Peaks

I do not remember much of Twin Peaks during its original run on television. But, I do remember the many references to it scattered across other media, mainly gags on episodes of The Simpsons. My first real experience with Twin Peaks was during my freshman year in college (I’m sure cooler people than I will … Continue reading

EarthBound: The grind

I have a deep suspicion that upon completing this game, I will have declared it almost good. The menus are clunky, the level grinding would be tiresome if there wasn’t a auto-fight feature (and, even then, it’s annoying) and whenever I kill a boss I feel relief not satisfaction. I will, however, hold off on … Continue reading

EarthBound: Happy Happy

This latest stretch of the game took a, surprise-surprise, weird turn. I had to travel a town over to Twoson, in search of a girl with psychic powers, Paula (her weapon of choice? A frying pan). One problem: Paula had been kidnapped. Who kidnapped Paula? A bunch of cultists, the Happy-Happyists. Hilarity, as would be … Continue reading

From Hawaii with aloha

Aloha, fair readers. In case you aren’t friends with me on Facebook or didn’t notice my incessant posting, I was in Hawaii last week on a birthday trip from Charlie. We stayed in a hotel a block from Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. Waikiki is this sort of strange paradise where everything looks … Continue reading

September 19-23, 2011

Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film, Hard Eight, is a Vegas movie that isn’t about Vegas, a gangster movie that isn’t about gangsters. Mostly, according to Kevin Mattison, it’s a film about how family isn’t just about blood, or at least not the kind of blood that you normally think about when you say family is about blood. Read “Family, the hard way”

Confused by this whole Netflix/Qwikster thing? Who’s doing discs? What the hell is a “Qwikster,” anyway? Sarah Pavis sorts it out for you, mostly, in “Parallel universes In which Netflix becoming Qwikster makes sense”

The Gamers’ Club is playing EarthBound. Read “Getting started, getting started” by Gavin Craig, “A spiteful crow stole my breadroll” by Daniel J. Hogan, and “I just don’t know” by Andrew Simone

Lindsey Malta isn’t feeling well, so she spends some time with The Doctor. Doctor who, you say? Exactly. Read “The Doctor is in”

Family, the hard way

I have walked out of a film once in my life and sat through a great deal more that I probably shouldn’t have (Lady in the Water (2006) comes to mind). That one time occurred when a friend of mine, who was a fan of kung-fu films but lacked the healthy irony such fandom requires, … Continue reading

Parallel universes In which Netflix becoming Qwikster makes sense

Doing Two Things Is Confusing The year is 2000, Amazon, the burgoning internet book seller, splits off their new music department into a website called Nile.com. By 2011 every river has a .com address and is a commerce portal operated by Amazon.com. Over the next 10 years the internet is entirely dominated by single-serving sites. … Continue reading

EarthBound: Getting started, getting started

EarthBound is a challenging choice for the Gamers’ Club for the same reason, hopefully, that it will be an interesting one. Last week, I wrote that playing EarthBound made one a member of an exclusive club, which is true mostly because the game itself is so hard to find. The only official release of EarthBound … Continue reading