Links to columns on the Oscars, fast food joints, etc.

I don’t feel like writing much here today. Instead, here are links to some columns of mine that ran this week: First, my News Watch column on fast food joints, which recounted a notorious trip to a Carl’s Jr. in Los Angeles years ago that went so badly that it was comical.  (Pictured above: a…

What are you most excited about today? Daytona 500, or the Oscars?

As usual, the great American tradition of Oscar Night is colliding the same day as another great American event: NASCAR. Boogity Boogity Boogity!  It seems like this happens every year, except this time the Oscars are up against the Great American Race, the Daytona 500! I guess the good news is this year they won’t…

My final word on the same old lousy-as-usual Oscars show

This will suffice as my last word about the Oscar show on Sunday that seems to be getting panned left, right and centre by everyone.  Obviously I agree with the criticism, but to be honest it was no worse a show than it usually is. It had its moments — Lady Gaga and Julie Andrews,…

Do you even care anymore that the Oscars are on this weekend?!

I am less excited about this Sunday evening’s Oscar show than I have been in years. All I really care about is whether or not Julianne Moore wins Best Actress for Still Alice, just because she’s so awesome. But that’s about it. The headline at Drudge Report dubbed it “The ‘Dullest’ Show on Earth” and…

IN MY OPINION, THE SETH MACFARLANE OSCAR SHOW WAS THE USUAL MESS

I’m planning to do a big writeup in my cinema column about the Oscar show from last night. While it had it’s interesting moments — the Michelle Obama presentation of Best Picture direct from the White House being one of them, the James Bond tribute being another — I think the whole show was pretty much a…

I FIND MYSELF MORE INTERESTED IN NASCAR THAN THE OSCARS THIS YEAR

Usually I am all hyped about the Academy Awards but for some reason I was still more interested in the Daytona 500 even though there was that awful wreck the other day that sent many fans to the hospital. Amazingly, no one has died. Even more amazingly, they pushed ahead with today’s race in spite of…