Glenn McDonald writes about popular culture from his home in lovely Chapel Hill, NC. His humor essays have been described as "grammatically consistent" and "remarkably frequent". He is editor of the Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me daily news quiz at NPR.org, and a film critic at the Raleigh News & Observer. He lives virtually at www.glenn-mcdonald.com.
Choosing the right movie can spell the difference between an evening of fun thrills and a night of seriously bad dreams.
25 Oct 2012
Media formats come and go, subject to the gale-force winds of technology and the retail market. Me, I'm still clinging to my Monty Python collections on VHS.
18 Aug 2011
We went into Ice Road Truckers with the best intentions for our eight-year-old, I swear. It's the History channel, right? It's educational!
26 Jun 2011
Old books and even older movies can fend off the creeping anxiety of information overload.
11 May 2011
I Am Number Four, a PG-13 science-fiction-slash-teen-romance movie, is so faithful to the Twilight template that it could have been assembled by marketing software.
13 Mar 2011
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It occurred to me that Clint Eastwood used to make these kinds of movies – often with an orangutan – back when he made good movies.
09 Nov 2010
The RiffTrax line of DVDs reignites the enduring debate: Can something really be so bad that it's good?
06 Jul 2010
A clever script and a compelling visual strategy make 'The Book of Eli' a superior post-apocalyptic specimen.
14 Jun 2010
Is there a certain film that, if you come across it flipping channels randomly, you feel compelled to watch yet again? Even though you've seen it 34,000 times? Even if it's on the Spanish-language station and you don't speak Spanish?
04 May 2010
If Dave Chapelle came back, spring would come earlier, melodies would sound sweeter, the polar ice caps would stop melting, and maybe we might all understand and treat each other just a bit better.
21 Mar 2010
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