I Am a Mechanical Man: Robocops and Robowars

Peter Weller as Robocop, 1987. Some movies ought to be left alone. Not because they’re no longer relevant — but because they’re too relevant. José Padiliha’s planned 2013 reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 masterwork Robocop is one such transgression of cinematic and historical decency. In 1987, Robocop was science fiction; now, it’s the nightly news. One wonders … Continue reading

James Dallas Egbert III: The Dungeon Master

Dungeon Master

(Originally appeared on Dangerous Minds; re-printed here to save it from formatting mayhem.) When I was about 14, I discovered a copy of The Dungeon Master: The Disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III in the local library used-book bin. Noting that it had something to do with Dungeons and Dragons (don’t act smug!), and also … Continue reading