I hope you all had a fun and safe Fourth of July. Hopefully you made it through Thursday with all of your fingers intact and your eyebrows unsinged.
I have to say that this year’s barbecue at Hobo Headquarters was the best one yet. Not only did our newest writer, Fontina Turner, impress with her fantastic grilled fare, but for the first time in as long as I can remember, Ned didn’t get drunk and start singing awful karaoke and Joel and Lars only spent 40 minutes talking about Batman instead of their usual two hours.
Here’s what’s new on HoboTrashcan.com this week:
Review – The Way, Way Back
In the summertime, explosion-filled action films like Man of Steel and Pacific Rim reign supreme. And while it is always fun to see Superman and General Zod destroy half of Metropolis in a superpowered fistfight, sometimes it’s nice to have a change of pace. Academy Award winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash offer that change of pace in The Way, Way Back, the story of a brooding 14-year-old teenager forced to spend the summer at his mother’s boyfriend’s beach house. Find out if their follow up to The Descendants is worth your time and money in our review.
Murphy’s Law – Jack Bauer’s America
The Fourth of July is upon us. While many of you are marked the occasion by stocking up on fireworks or loading up on assorted meats to grill, Joel Murphy wants to celebrate the day by bringing back one of America’s greatest patriot – Jack Bauer. Murphy explains why we need Kiefer Sutherland’s iconic CTU superagent on the case now more than ever and explains how Bauer can whip this country back into shape after the recent NSA and IRS scandals. If you don’t read this column, then the terrorists win.
Positive Cynicism – Stop judging people for the “choices” you think they make
Aaron R. Davis has struggled with his weight. He has also had to struggle with other people, who assume that everyone who is overweight has “chosen” to be so and because of that they aren’t really worthy of compassion. Davis takes a look at this idea that being overweight is a conscious choice and talks about his own struggles with weight and his emotional well-being in this column. It’s something that everyone should read and really think about before attacking someone online for how they look.
The Teachers’ Lounge – The final funniest moments of the year
When he’s not writing for HoboTrashcan or drinking himself into a gin-soaked stupor, Ned Bitters spends his days molding the minds of today’s impressionable youth. As a high school teacher, Bitters is there every day in the classroom with America’s teenagers and – surprise, surprise – it’s nothing like the way Michelle Pfeiffer depicted it in Dangerous Minds. With the school year now over, Bitters once again checks in this week with some of his favorite moments from inside the classroom this year.
From the Vault – Hobo Radio 138 – Cue the fireworks
Thursday, most Americas headed outside to watch people blow shit up in honor of our victory over England 237 years ago. It’s a strange tradition, but one that all Americans seem to love. In 2010, Joel Murphy and Lars did their best to make sense of this yearly spectacle and also pay tribute to America, albeit somewhat unenthusiastically. They also discussed Despicable Me‘s strange new gimmick, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World‘s ineffective advertising campaign and Wonder Woman’s boring new costume.
Make sure you never miss the action:
Hugs and Skittles,
– Hobo Stu