mikevago
Mike Vago
mikevago
Host of the podcast Why Is This Not a Movie? His sixth book, The Planets Are Very, Very, Very Far Away is due in early 2021. He tells people he lives in New York, but he really lives in New Jersey.
Oct 18
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The Nazis and the Soviets invaded Poland and met in the middle. Hitler and Stalin signed a non-agression pact, they jointly invaded Poland, and then Hitler broke the pact and invaded the USSR, to diastrous effect. This is all 9th-grade-level stuff.

Oct 12
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Yeah, but at no point was Sinatra her dad. Not saying a 50 year old and a 20 year old isn’t skeevy as hell, but it’s still not Woody Allen-level skeevy.

Oct 12
2

You would think whoever produces karaoke music would cut out long instrumental passages, but you’d be wrong. Friends of mine sang the Jack White/Loretta Lynn duet “Portland, Oregon,” which is a fantastic karaoke duet... except it has a full 2 minute-long introduction where you just have to stand around and wait for Read more

Sep 28
1

Talk page highlights are back! 2020 isn’t all bad after all!!!

Sep 28
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Fuckwit Mike did in fact read the article and made the editorial decision not to go on a detour about Australian geography.

Sep 21
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My band in college was called Runaway Weiner Dog (I did not name it), and we used that painting as our first album cover.

Sep 11
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Boy, the imaginary show playing in your head sounds terrible. But I saw the American Utopia tour before it hit Broadway and I’ve never in my life seen a show less sad or robotic. It was remarkably life-affirming and uplifting, and that’s coming from a hardened Gen-X cynic who feels neither highs nor lows.

Sep 11
2

I’ve been a radio DJ, a program director, a music critic, and I married a music critic. I have seen a lot on concerts over the last 30 years. And pre-Broadway “American Utopia” was the best show I’ve ever seen. The band is immensely talented and serves the songs really well; the song selection manages to be a perfect Read more

Sep 11
2

I’ve played a little CKIII, and it’s not far off from my pre-release impression of, “CKII with better graphics!” The interface is different enough that there’s a (brief) learning curve, but I feel like we’ll all have to play it for a while to uncover the differences. Read more

Sep 9
2

Seriously, how was Straw Hat Riot not the name of a swing band in the early 2000s?

Aug 31
1

My great-grandparents were Jews who left Europe in the 30s and they didn’t even tell anyone over here they were Jewish, let alone their reasons for leaving. My grandfather didn’t even tell his wife and kids he was Jewish — we found out when my Dad’s cousin was going through Ellis Island records more than 10 years Read more

Aug 27
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I was thinking about something similar when people were clamoring for Idris Elba to be James Bond, or Gillian Anderson, or for Quentin Tarantino to direct one of the films. Why does it have to be Bond? Just make that movie? QT could direct a spy thriller with Idris Elba and the two of them could buy the Atlantic Ocean Read more

Aug 27
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Haven’t we had enough flashbacks of Thomas and Martha Wayne being done to death? (Sorry, I’ll see myself out)

Aug 25
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My knee-jerk reaction was that we don’t need yet another Holmes adaptation, but damn if this doesn’t look charming and fun. 

Aug 24
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Pretty sure this is how the closing credits music to WKRP In Cincinnati was written too...