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“Coughlin’s Law: anything else is always something better.”
The same could be said of Cocktail: anything else would go down better. For a movie about the bars, business, and relationships, it seems to understand very little about the basic underpinnings of bars, business, and relationships. At the same time, it has an amazing lack of self-awareness about the aspects it hits dead on. The movie is itself a kind of a flair bartending, parading out Tom Cruise and his cute (albeit sometimes manic) smile to distract you from the fact that you’re drinking the film equivalent of an underpoured, over-iced cocktail that’s all tonic and no gin. And while it might fail to get you drunk and goes down about as smoothly as a shot from the rails, as anyone knows, there are still some good times to be had at the bottom shelf.
Kristen Bialik works in public relations in Milwaukee, WI. When she’s not doing that, she’s trying to learn Korean, trying to write short stories, or trying to scheme up ways she can work for Conan O’Brien in Burbank. They’re works in progress.
Regeneration, like many great concepts in fiction, was created entirely by accident. The show had already replaced all of its original cast members except for the Doctor himself. The popularity, particularly "Dalekmania," was still riding high when William Hartnell, who was 55 going on Infinity, said he was going to have to step down. I'm sure that the producers would have loved to recast the doddering old fool who didn't know his lines, but it seemed a little hard to sell the replacement of an entire character. Think about a television show, movie, or other franchise that replaced its main character and succeeded. Most likely you went through a list of television shows like That 70's Show, All in the Family, or Happy Days and realized that they all sucked after their lead actor left. What about Julianne Moore taking over Jodie Foster's role in Hannibal? Or when they replaced Vin Diesel with Ice Cube in the second xXx movie?
Trevor Byrne-Smith has a Masters Degree in Media Studies from Emerson College in Boston. He currently runs the Doctor Who fan blog The Horror of Fan Blog (http://thehorroroffanblog.blogspot.com).
Beyond a few broad, core truths (the Nazis are Evil, the Axis are a Threat), propaganda is by its very nature filled with falsehoods, exaggerations, and lies. It reveals far more about the country that created it than its actual target. In the following cartoons, which cast the most popular animated characters of the time into situations both comic and nightmarish, the concerns of World War II America are laid bare: it's scared, defiant, and strangely obsessed.
Joe DeMartino is a Connecticut-based writer who grew up wanting to be Ted Williams, but you would not BELIEVE how hard it is to hit a baseball, so he gave that up because he writes words OK. He talks about exploding suns, video games, karaoke, and other cool shit at his blog. He can be emailed at email@example.com and tweeted at @thetoycannon. He writes about sports elsewhere. The sports sells better.
Immediately post-credits, we're told by the narrator that the setting of this story is of no vital importance. Don't let that fool you, because it's only a coy misdirection. While the narrator tersely ushers our attention towards the hero, observe the scenery. The eponymous hero, not yet introduced, can be seen in the middle ground, a slender black gash across pale desert hues, erect upon a wind-crescented tor. In the far distance, the sinking edifices of an ill-fated settlement rest their faces on their arms, at last sleepily succumbing to desert dust. A mean sun, naked, glares across the turquoise void, sends hateful rays piling more hateful heat onto a land already interred. The scene steps towards a close-up of that defiant figure, setting the viewer eye-to-irisless-eye with the stoic grimace of a man with a mechanical arm, a man who was known as---
Nathaniel Hoyt is an inconceivably complex system of sentient organic materials dedicated to eating poorly and playing video games frequently. He has a Tumblr account that he doesn't quite know how to use, which you can view at dedolence.tumblr.com, although admittedly there's probably better ways to waste company time. As a do-er of many things, feel free to seek Nathaniel out if you have any things that need doing, like bicycle fixing, coffee making, artwork drawing, or opinion giving. END COMMUNICATION.