Review: Frozen

To successfully tweak a formula, one must first immerse oneself in it. No one could argue that Disney hasn’t been immersed in the princess formula over the years, but it took screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee to finally shatter that formula for good. Frozen is a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen story. A pinch of Wicked helps ... Read More »

Review: Philomena

Philomena, likely like the woman who gives the film its name, is slight. Where you would expect the film to go big, it instead goes small. When you expect something serious, it instead turns almost slapstick. That might make it too clever a film for some—such as New York Post critic Kyle Smith. He accuses the film of being “organized ... Read More »

Top ten most popular Professor Hobo comics of 2013

This year saw some changes for Professor Hobo as a comic. For the past few years we’ve been producing three comics a week. About midway through this year we switched to about one a week. Why? Some personal changes in our lives made the upkeep of a three-times-a-week comic a bit too much to handle. Nevertheless, we still found success ... Read More »

Review: American Hustle

Former FBI supervisor John Good, who oversaw the Abscam operation that makes up the heart of American Hustle, said of the film’s plot, “If they just did it the way Abscam was done, it would be a very boring movie.” American Hustle is anything but boring, but simply not being boring is not the same as being interesting. David O. ... Read More »

Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Is the creative spark forged in the fires of passion or adversity? Saving Mr. Banks, the story of the making of Mary Poppins, tries to answer this question, and comes down somewhere between the two. It argues it was the unique passion of those at Disney coupled with the adversity-filled childhood of Poppins author P.L. Travers that gave birth to ... Read More »

Review: Nebraska

Oscar Wilde wrote, “Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.” It might be the most succinct thematic summation of Nebraska, the wonderful new film from director Alexander Payne. Payne has made a name for himself in recent years with films such as Sideways and The Descendants where the ... Read More »

Duck Dynasty Tales

If you’ve been on Facebook in the past 24 hours, it’s likely you’ve been inundated with statuses either in support or against Phil Robertson of the TV show Duck Dynasty. Likely too, you’ve already formed an opinion in the us-against-them war of words. Maybe you’ve liked a new page asking for Robertson to be reinstated, or you’ve commented furiously on ... Read More »

Dear Asshole on the Internet

The following is in response to the viral article “Dear Mom On The iPhone”. You have probably seen it pop up in your Facebook news feed–perhaps while browsing on your iPhone or, gasp, Android (don’t even get me started about those Windows Phone 8 jerks). Anyway, it’s one of those uniquely asinine posts that deserve a response. Yes, the heart ... Read More »

Ten Films You May Have Overlooked In 2012

The Golden Globes are airing while I type this (though on no TV of mine), and the Academy Awards are coming up in a few short weeks. Given that, I thought I would take some time to highlight a few films you may have overlooked in 2012. These are, for the most part, not big Hollywood films. However, many are ... Read More »

Top ten most popular Professor Hobo comics of 2012

Producing a comic three times a week is a lot of work. Each year we crank out 156 Professor Hobo comics. Some become big hits online, while others fizzle. We have no magic formula for guessing which will go viral and which will not, but it’s always fun to look back and see. Below are the ten most popular strips ... Read More »