The Definition Of Power

The Definition Of Power

What is power? What does it entail?

Is it money? Anyone can have money. Lottery winners aren’t powerful; they’re lucky.

Is it influence? Hardly. No one really knows what that is or how to get it.

To me, power is like pornography: you know it when you see it.

And no one had more power at any given time that Jay-Z did in 2006.

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I Wanna Sink To The Bottom With You: Remembering Adam Schlesinger

I Wanna Sink To The Bottom With You: Remembering Adam Schlesinger

I wanted to be the one who wrote thoughts about Adam Schlesinger, who was part of the beautiful group Fountains Of Wayne as well as a man who dipped his toes into songs for television, movies, and the stage. Schlesinger died on Wednesday due to complications from coronavirus at the age of 52.

So, why can’t I fucking think of anything to say?

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Fancy Boys Stays Home With The Movies: The Hunt

Fancy Boys Stays Home With The Movies: The Hunt

With movie theaters closed, many studios have decided to release current-run movies out for streaming and download. I caught up with Blumhouse Productions’ latest film.

This might be giving the review away, but I’m just gonna lead off with this: for all of the people who furious about Craig Zobel’s The Hunt, specifically those upset with it’s premise of violence against conservatives, y’all done fucked up. Instead of trying to get the film banned (it had been shelved of it’s August 2019 date), you should have just let it come out into theaters, where it would have not done well, and then you could have claimed victory of the liberal elites trying to push their wishful thinking down your throats… or whatever.

And The Hunt would have failed. But not for it’s politics. It’s just not all that great.

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Fancy Boys Stays Home With The Movies: Onward

Fancy Boys Stays Home With The Movies: Onward

With movie theaters closed, many studios have decided to release current-run movies out for streaming and download. I caught up with Pixar’s 22nd film.

Pixar has always excelled at two different film structures. The first is when they bring out the magnificent in the mundane: toys that come to life when no one is watching, a world existing entirely of cars, a restaurant which gets the help from a rat.

The second type of structure, when Pixar brings the mundane to the magnificent, is what drives the concept of Onward, it’s latest film which is just a delight and a wonderful film to gather the family around a television to check out.

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If Cartoons Were Walking Around In Our World Right Now, You Would Not Be Chill About It

If Cartoons Were Walking Around In Our World Right Now, You Would Not Be Chill About It

I will start by saying I have no plans to see Sonic the Hedgehog, but I morally support the career of James Marsden. He is now a two-time cartoon-in-reality film star. Prior to Sonic, Marsden was in the brutally-seasonal Easter Bunny film, Hop.

Cartoons interacting with the real world is no new venture, but sometimes I get the feeling that our human counterparts are too damn chill about being in the presence of a sentient drawing.

Let me be clear- if this happened to you, the only result is instantaneous cardiac arrest.

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Fancy Boys Go To The Movies: Birds Of Prey

Fancy Boys Go To The Movies: Birds Of Prey

At a cursory glance, Birds Of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has a lot going for it, besides the exhausting title. It is the second DCEU to feature a female lead and the second film in DC Comic’s rocky film history to have a female director (Cathy Yan). Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn, and she was one of the few positives of the very not-good Suicide Squad. Most importantly, this film takes place in Gotham City and features absolutely zero nipples on a Batman costume.

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FBC OSCAR COVERAGE, PART X: The Night That Was Parasite

FBC OSCAR COVERAGE, PART X: The Night That Was Parasite

When the smoke had cleared and the dust had settled on the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night, it was Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite dominating the field. Yes, it won Best International Feature. That was expected. What was less expected however, were the other three awards it claimed: Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture.

As Bong went up to accept his screenwriting Oscar, I turned to my wife and said, “This could be a huge night for Parasite.” I didn’t realize that I was making one of the more dramatic understatements in the history of me watching the Oscars, which goes back to when I was a child.

Even though Parasite‘s four wins destroyed my chances of winning the Oscar pool I was in AND possibly ruined my credibility as a prognosticator (I went 18-for-24), I cannot help but be ecstatic for Bong. Because not only was Parasite the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture, but for the first time this century (and maybe longer), the winner of Best Picture wasn’t just the best movie nominated, it was the best film that came out all year.

And we haven’t even gotten to Eminem yet.

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FBC Oscar Coverage Part IX: Predicting The Winners, Part V

FBC Oscar Coverage Part IX: Predicting The Winners, Part V

Welcome back to my ever-extensive Oscar coverage. In the days leading up to the Oscars, I’ll be predicting every award, but focusing in-depth on what I call the “Big 8”. In my first two installments, I predicting the winners of the screenplay categories, the supporting actor categories, the lead acting categories. and all of the other categories. Also, if you want to hear the Fancy Boy Film Society’s top ten films of 2019, you can check it out on the Fancy Boys Club podcast.

Well, we’ve done it. We’ve finally gotten to the two big awards: Best Director and Best Picture. I’ve stared at this list and tried to put myself in the mind of a member of the Academy. And while these two categories are the ones I’m the least sure of, I’m ready to lock it in.

Let’s finish up these predictions.

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FBC Oscar Coverage Part VIII: Predicting The Winners, Part IV

FBC Oscar Coverage Part VIII: Predicting The Winners, Part IV

Welcome back to my ever-extensive Oscar coverage. In the days leading up to the Oscars, I’ll be predicting every award, but focusing in-depth on what I call the “Big 8”. In my first two installments, I predicting the winners of the screenplay categories, the supporting actor categories, and the lead acting categories. Also, if you want to hear the Fancy Boy Film Society’s top ten films of 2019, you can check it out on the Fancy Boys Club podcast.

We will not be covering Best Picture and Best Director today, mostly because I am stalling for time because I have no idea what I’m going to predict. So, now that my shame is out there and we can all deal with that as a team, I need a plan because I’m already two paragraphs in. So, in the meantime, let’s cover EVERY OTHER CATEGORY in the Oscars. As a note, I’m usually terrible at these, so it’s probably best to only kind of listen to me. Let’s get into it.

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FBC Oscar Coverage, Part VII: Predicting The Winners, Part III

FBC Oscar Coverage, Part VII: Predicting The Winners, Part III

Welcome back to my ever-extensive Oscar coverage. In the days leading up to the Oscars, I’ll be predicting every award, but focusing in-depth on what I call the “Big 8”. In my first two installments, I predicting the winners of the screenplay categories and the supporting actor categories. Also, if you want to hear the Fancy Boy Film Society’s top ten films of 2019, you can check it out on the Fancy Boys Club podcast.

I feel like the acting categories are slam dunks this year. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t snubs to discuss. Also, I’m crazy terrible at predicting winners, so it’s quite possible that this is going to be a horrible quagmire.

That being said, let’s get to some leading predictions!

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