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Positive Cynicism – Today’s kids couldn’t fight monsters

Aaron R. Davis I’ve been hearing some noise lately that remake factory Platinum Dunes is next going to be tainting The Monster Squad. I am … puzzled. I’m not going to say I’m against the idea of a remake because (a) I’m philosophically opposed to remakes (I’m

Positive Cynicism – The five stages of grief

Aaron R. Davis I woke up one morning four weeks ago to discover that my external hard drive was no longer being recognized by my computer. I’ve never had one before, but I’m pretty sure the feeling that started burning into my neck, slid into the pit

Positive Cynicism – In praise of Bitch Slap

Aaron R. Davis One of the more lamely amusing aspects of modern Hollywood is that so many of its movies try too hard to be homages to certain genres. Directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez — and, let’s face it, even before them Steven Spielberg —

Positive Cynicism – Questions that commercials make me ask

Aaron R. Davis Commercials are supposed to make you want to find out more about a specific product or service. But a lot of the commercials I’ve been seeing have been making me ask questions completely unrelated to what’s being advertised. Why are those guys at Taco

Positive Cynicism – Just tell me how to react, neighbor

Aaron R. Davis Yes, neighbor. I hear you over there, with your impossibly loud bass. I hear it loud and clear, through my bedroom wall. So what if it’s 2:30 in the morning? You’re cool, and when you’re cool, the rules don’t apply. So I’ll just lay

Positive Cynicism – Where is all my time going?

Aaron R. Davis Thanks to budget mismanagement in Illinois, I’ve found myself with an awful lot of free time lately. Did that sound bitter? Good, it was. Here in the town where I live, competition for substitute teaching gigs has gotten out of control. Teacher assistants were