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Charles and Erik: MORTAL FRENEMIES

Here's the thing: I usually try to focus my FTE posts on stuff that's at least a little bit under the radar. Of course there are exceptions (um, hello, Elf), but for the most part I figure the optimum use...
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A Girl and A Ghost Walk Into A Bar…

In my youth I was a sucker for adventure games. I suffered through any number of ignoble deaths in all the old Sierra “Quest” games, I punned my way through Monkey Island, and I punched my way through the Nazis of...
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It’s never too late for Yuletide!

This may shock you, but my holiday traditions have a lot to do with gift exchanges. The catch is that these gifts have specific requirements: they must be rare, they must be personalized, and they must be handmade using only...
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Sci-Fi with a wink, a smile and a plot

In December of 1999 I was taken to St. Mark’s hospital in Metro Manila to have my gallbladder removed. For the next few days, my doctor and the incredibly attentive staff worried about the state of my internal organs. Me, I was...
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Six penguins and (a clothed) Carla Gugino

The closest movie theater to our house hosts a free kid’s movie every weekend during the fall. This selection a few months ago was Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I only went because my son was a bit stir-crazy and it was free...
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Taking jobs away from the REAL fuggos

Like many people of my generation, I went through a little bit of a Christian Slater phase. First it was Heathers, then Pump Up the Volume, then Untamed Heart... and then I saw Kuffs, and...
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