January 18, 2013 |
Apparently, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. In response to a wave of civic activism or, in some cases, cynicism, the White House announced this week that it's upping the threshold required for petitioners to receive a response from the government. As Andrew Khouri reported Wednesday, no longer will petitions that reach 25,000 online signatures trigger a response from the government. It's now 100,000 in 30 days. Thanks a lot, all 50 states. Though White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips didn't say it in his blog outlining the new policy, the more-difficult-to-reach threshold looks to be a response to a number of petitions the White House has received since President Obama was elected.
October 18, 2012 |
"How cool would it be if we made a movie that looked like recovered footage from some kind of expedition gone wrong? Nobody's seen that before!" Only that sort of willful ignorance could have inspired "Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes. " There's simply no other explanation as to how filmmakers could seem so blissfully unaware of the entire cycle/glut of films that present themselves as "found footage. " "Bigfoot" wanders straight into every tired trope and trap of the conceit. By the time a character actually says, "No matter what happens, don't stop filming" the movie has long-since toppled over into some kind of mad self-parody, lost in its own hall of mirrors of awfulness.
March 27, 2012 |
Imagine a hulking, growling, 8-foot-tall woodland creature so elusive that professional trackers can't find it, scientists can only speculate about it and believers can't prove -- definitively -- that it exists. Hiding deep in the forest may be your modus operandi, Bigfoot, but Hollywood and Madison Avenue are pushing you -- however reluctantly -- into the spotlight. A slew of documentary, TV and film projects including Animal Planet's current hit "Finding Bigfoot," and a Sasquatch film trilogy from "Blair Witch Project" director Eduardo Sanchez are poised to get past the old grainy images of yesterday and give the hairy 800-pound biped a high-def close-up.
December 4, 2011
Abarat Absolute Midnight Clive Barker Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, $24.99, ages 13 and up In the third installment of this lavish series, a teen girl is menaced by a powerful sorceress in a mystical fantasy world. The Annotated Peter Pan J.M. Barrie, edited with an introduction by Maria Tatar W.W. Norton, $39.95, all ages The tale of a forever youthful boy and his friends in a handsome edition edited by an authority on classic fairy tales.
June 26, 2011 |
Full disclosure: I am no Bigfoot junkie. In fact, before strapping my mom, my 3-year-old and myself in the car and traveling north on U.S. 101 to Arcata, Calif., then swinging east on California 299 to the blink-and-you'll-miss-it town of Willow Creek, I believed all things Sasquatch were laughable at best. I knew that lots of honest folks did believe that Bigfoot or Sasquatch or, as crypto-zoologists call him, Gigantopithecus , not only exists but also thrives in Klamath River country between the Humboldt County coast and the Shasta Cascade.
June 5, 2011
SUNDAY "If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook" from "The Social Network" is our pick in the newly minted best-line-from-a-movie category at the "2011 MTV Movie Awards. " "SNL's" Jason Sudeikis hosts. (MTV, VH1, 9 p.m.) Would-be cryptozoologists traipse through America's backwoods and bayous in hopes of "Finding Bigfoot" — the mythic man-beast also known as Sasquatch — in this new reality series. Do us a favor: Ask him where he buys his shoes.