Mosquito Coast (Apple TV) (through two episodes)-Based on a novel in the 1980s that was adapted into a Peter Weir film starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, and river Phoenix. The protagonist, Allie, was inspired by novelist Paul Thoreaux’s self-reliant father (who would often take his kids dumpster diving) along with American cult leaders like Jim Jones and Joseph Smith (father of Mormonism) who wanted to take what they viewed as the American ideal and create a utopia with it somewhere else.

Fortunately, Allie does not want to kool-aid a thousand people to their deaths or marry dozens of women. He…


A week ago when I was puzzled why Elon Musk was getting such vicious crap, I noticed a cyber-acquaintance had posted an article on him at the AV Club and in responding to what I considered to be an off-base assessment, I found myself commenting and subsequently getting caught in the comment loop as I found articles that seemed to be misleading or show an obvious bias.

I’m a journalist and I always try to make the argument against peers that the news is unfairly smeared, but the coverage on Elon Musk and the AV Club newswire is not doing…


Charlyne Yi responds to Seth Rogen saying he won’t work with James Franco (avclub.com)

Actress Charlyne Yi is portraying herself as a survivor of on-set abuse when she’s openly admitted nothing happened to her on that set. She simply heard second-hand rumors on the part of James Franco and insisted on breaking a contract which would hold up production and cause countless problems to other people’s lives. When the producers attempted to placate her, she smeared them in the press with a charge of bribery.

If she’s going to co-opt the label of “survivor” or gender-based discrimination, she needs something…


I recently tried a creative exercise of designing the Circle characters from scratch with an eye towards interesting storylines and the kinds of diversity (including geographical, though the show veers towards California) the show demands. Hmmm, maybe I should write fiction?

  1. A 23-year old Caucasian male from Chicago in a wheelchair with a severe enough disease (though mentally he’s fine) that he needs a live-in nurse. He pairs up with his nurse who’s a 60-year old Trinidad and Tobago emigre (basing this off my grandmother’s nurse). The two really have a strong bond and she’s not entirely maternal of him…

Out of about 46 movies I saw this year, this list was surprisingly easy to make owing to the fact that there are some great movies I saw that I can’t remember a stand-out scene from months later. Not every film here is among my favorites but I have a clear memory of the scene and continue to look back on these film moments fondly.

  1. Borat 2-Rudy Giuliani gets caught with his pants down

Perhaps as an effort to differentiate himself as one of the good guys, Sasha Baron Cohen opted for more staged scenes than trickery with his subjects…


When Dan Levy accepted the Golden Globe for Schitt’s Creek this year and ended his speech with a desire to see a more inclusive ceremony in a year’s time, I decided I had enough of the Oscar cycle after following it religiously since 2003.

To clarify, I love Dan Levy as a comedic talent and when he talks about “Schitt’s Creek” being a show built around the spirit of inclusiveness, that’s a part of what I love about “Schitt’s Creek.” The problem with Levy’s statement was twofold. His speech was in the middle of a ceremony when several minutes of…


This is a scene piece I’m really proud of that was published but when the newspaper went out of business, the article lost its internet home. As a result, I will reprint it here:

An hour after tennis matches were scheduled to start on Thursday at the Citi Open, a group of security officers crowded in a tented area because of a storm.

The Sloane Stephens upset and the first-ever professional matchup between the Zverev brothers were the day’s big headlines. …


I recently watched “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Richard Jewell” which are both hot off the red box and they are a stark reminder of the way two films can hint at the ideologies of their makers and my evolution in reading them.

“Motherless Brooklyn” stands out primarily as a great film and showcase for Edward Norton who co-adapted the book and directed in addition to playing a starring role. Stylistically, the film takes its cues from film noir with a detective falling deeper and deeper into a well of obsession and that’s not an easy genre to re-capture, let alone put…


Can a rock god be a sweet angelic boy — someone wants nothing more than to buy his mother a house and do right by his high school sweetheart and extended family?

My experience with rock and roll biopics (Ray, Walk the Line, Dreamgirls, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Doors, Almost Famous) has taught me otherwise. If the movies (and the occasional Rolling Stone article) has taught me anything, it’s that rock is a corrupting influence. …


I often debate the insanity of Cancel Culture on my Facebook Wall and the same four or five social-justice-oriented friends participate in a spirited argument with me. One defense they make is that cancel culture doesn’t stick. A lot of the people who we perceive to be cancelled like Roseanne Barr or Gina Carano or Shane Gillis (famously fired by SNL) or Billie Bush found work again. Even some of the greater exiles like Woody Allen and Louie CK still are working in some capacity.

I’ll readily admit for people who have been victimized in the same way that Louie…

Orrin Konheim

I’m a freelance journalist w/ work in 3 dozen publication and doer of other stuff. Patreon: http://www.patreon/com/okjournalist Twitter: okonh0wp

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