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The Pythons' Gonzo Gosepl

The scene is familiar: the vast blue sky, the expanses of sand, and, atop a distant hill, Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount to a rapt throng. But on the fringes of the crowd, His listeners behave like rowdies at a rock concert, yelling at one anot
Jesus never had a chance
By STEPHEN SCHIFF  |  October 02, 2009

Review: The Pink Panther 2

Part "deux" of the resurrected Blake Edwards's franchise returns Steve Martin as the hapless Inspector Clouseau.
An all-too-familiar stink
By TOM MEEK  |  February 04, 2009

Welcome to the PalinDome

One-stop shopping for humor mavericks
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2008


Nothing like walking out of a theater with your kid asking, “Daddy, what is suicide?”
Hard to gauge which children this film is for — if any
By MARK BAZER  |  September 16, 2008

Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008

Swamp gas

Shrek has metastasized into a symptom of and metaphor for the entertainment industry and modern culture in general.
Shrek the Third   gets bloated
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 16, 2007


Iraqis don’t count!

Thanks to the Pat Tillman charade, we know we can trust our military to deliver the hard, honest facts about deaths in combat.
US media gives short shrift to the war's death toll
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 28, 2007


Last weekend Cowboy and I were at my mother’s while I finished teaching a summer acting workshop and he banged together an outdoor pen for my mother’s cats.
Bramhall Square
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  August 17, 2006

Six story lines to follow

Now that the World Cup is upon us, here are six things you should know. "Don't Mention the World Cup"
Open wide for some soccer
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 12, 2006


Broadway is strewn with the banana peel of Arthurian legend.
Monty Python’s Spamalot , Súgán’s Talking to Terrorists
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 21, 2006

Penises + vaginas

Cowboy loves to tell me that I break everything down to penises and vaginas; after a recent exchange with a reader, a light bulb went on over my head: Guilty as charged.
Bramhall Square
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  March 15, 2006