Going for the Goldblum: The Fly

If at some point in the last forty years you have seen Jeff Goldblum in something and thought, well, that’s an attractive man, which of course you have, then let me assure you that in this movie you will witness at least one moment that will surpass even the greatest of those.

As long as you don’t have a problem with near-mullets, anyway.

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Going for the Goldblum: Transylvania 6-5000

Good news, everybody! Not only is Jeff Goldblum in fine mid-80s fettle in Transylvania 6-5000, the movie is as goofy and fun as it is dumb. (Spoiler: It’s really, really dumb.) After the last few weeks of ponderous, inexplicable, baffling movies, what a treat this is!

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State of the Writing: January 2015

I wrote things in January, mostly reviews and my weekly column, Going for the Goldblum, on Pop Culture Crazy. Plus, I plugged away at a little bit of original fiction, mostly short stories. One written last year was rejected in January with a very nice note by Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, so out it goes again to somewhere else. I sent out a few other pieces and am hoping to hear back on one of them this week. Fingers crossed! I don’t mind the rejections. Some offer great feedback on what might not be working in the story, but I’d like an acceptance at some point. Obviously!

(Not writing, but writing-adjacent: I also produced my first podcast episode for Apex Magazine, a short story by Ursula Vernon​ called Pocosin! The second podcast episode will be out later this week.)

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Going for the Goldblum: Into the Night

Here we are, at Jeff Goldblum’s first starring role: Into the Night. Top billing. No ensemble. It’s all him! Too bad it’s in such a mess of a movie.

Goldblum is an insomniac who’s fucking up at work and discovers his wife is cheating on him. So, one night, he jumps in the car and drives to the airport. To escape? Mindlessly filling the hours? It’s hard to tell. What he does manage to do is rescue Michelle Pfeiffer from a group of pratfalling Iranian bad guys and then go driving aimlessly around Los Angeles while she tries to offload the emeralds she smuggled into the country. (Director John Landis plays one of the Iranians, so that might give you a sense of how responsibly they’re portrayed.)

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