Author: JohnValbyNation

Alec Baldwin’s Trump Impression Is a Technical Marvel

From the moment he started imitating Donald Trump during the 2016 election, Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of the future president became a point of fascination. Twitter, blogs, The New York Times, even Trump himself had an opinion on Baldwin’s semiregular Saturday Night Live performances. Like Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin impersonation a few election cycles ago, the…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

Is The Dark Tower Any Good? Depends How Much You've Read

Filmmakers have been trying to adapt Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series for more than a decade. But with time-jumping metanarratives and compulsive genre-switching, the eight novels proved tough to wrangle into one film-able narrative. Director Nikolaj Arcel’s version of King’s events finally hits theaters today. Written by no fewer than four writers (not including…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

The Handmaid's Tale Just Made Hulu a Prestige TV Player

When Hulu made its debut nearly a decade ago, you would have been forgiven for thinking its semi-cryptic name was actually an acronym for “Here’s, Uh, Lotsa Unrelated stuff!” For its first few years, the streaming service’s offerings were hilariously scattershot, a mix of rando ‘80s sitcoms, oddball documentaries, and some cool Criterion Collection samurai…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

Stranger Things' Lab to Stuff Co.: Which Evil Org Is For You?

During the first season of Stranger Things—which returns to Netflix this Friday—viewers were introduced to the Hawkins National Laboratory, a mysterious high-tech lair in which scientists conduct all sorts of top-secret mucking about with the space-time continuum. Sure, it was an effectively creepy setting—but what would it be like as a workplace, especially when compared…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0