Category Archives: Yakmala!

Yakmala: Steel

In the late ‘90s, there was no one bigger — literally and the new meaning of the word “literally” — than Shaquille O’Neal. Since he was a genetic freak and good enough basketball player that he stopped hearing the word … Continue reading

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Yakmala: Flashdance

In 1983, everybody saw Flashdance. Fucking everybody. Well, not me, because I was too young, but everyone else. It captured the zeitgeist — hell, it created large chunks of it — of the transformation of the grimy early ‘80s into … Continue reading

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Yakmala: Battle of the Year

I always thought of breakdancing as something existing in the increasingly graying depths of my youth in the ‘80s. I figured it went the way of crimped ponytails, wearing eight pairs of socks at once, or Walter Mondale. Turns out, … Continue reading

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Yakmala: Judge Dredd

The Judge Dredd comic book occupies much the same place in my pop culture landscape as Doctor Who: a beloved British property of which I am only tangentially aware. So I have no dog in the fight over whether the … Continue reading

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Yakmala: The Warrior and the Sorceress

One evening, I went over to a friend’s place for a movie night, and he said, “So, what do you want to watch? Sci-fi? Horror? Fantasy? Bad fantasy?” Any loyal reader knows exactly what I picked, and that was how … Continue reading

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Spring Reruns

I started writing for the Satellite Show in February of 2010, which proves a simple point: I do not know when to quit. Since that time, three regular features have emerged: Now Fear This, when I talk about underrated (mostly … Continue reading

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Yakmala: North

That critics have any power whatsoever is a myth we’ve all agreed upon. Yet, very occasionally, a review will become far more notorious than the movie that spawned it. None have accomplished this feat harder than Roger Ebert, normally a … Continue reading

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