'Back to School' with Rodney Dangerfield is this week's Thin Slices weekend DVD pick
"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
NO RESPECT: Back-to-school blues got you down? Lighten up with Rodney Dangerfield and his 1986 comedy classic Back to School. The plot -- Thorton Mellon (Dangerfield), successful owner of the Tall and Fat clothing chain, goes to college -- is just an excuse for the comic to riff some great one-liners. In the process, he woos English prof Sally Kellerman, gives the pompous business professor his comeuppance, and still has time to win the big college swim meet with the dangerous Triple Lindy. Shakespeare for everyone. (KB)
CELEBRATE THE BLUES: It's OK to have the blues about going back to school. Really it is. And this weekend the Black Swamp Blues Society is having a festival Saturday for everyone to rediscover their mojo. Headliner Magic Slim will burn up the Hines Farm stage, guaranteed.
THE ROCKER GETS ROLLED: The reviews are in for Rainn Wilson's new movie The Rocker and they're not looking too good with many of them echoing Kurt Loder's take. The problem seems to be an uncanny resemblance to School of Rock.
GOODBYE To A SAX MAN: The Dave Matthews Band offered up an inspired farewell to their saxophone player LeRoi Moore, who died Tuesday from complications in an ATV accident. Moore will be missed on songs like "#41" that featured his soulful instrumental work. (RL)
CALL HER THE MATERIAL WOMAN: Madonna turned 50 this weekend with a party that featured her husband and kids, so how wild could it be? Turns out she was up the next day for a workout, so you've got to figure she practiced moderation. Not so for the folks at the United Kingdom's Daily Mail newspaper, who gave the pop queen a rather snarky takedown prior to her big day comparing her in unflattering terms to, ahem, Barbie.
THE BIG GUY: The whole Bigfoot press conference turned out to be a bit of a letdown so let's look back at our favorite Bigfoot parodies and celebrate the man, the fur ball, the legend. The Sarah McLachlan tune made me tear up a little. Blade writer Ryan Smith examined Sasquatch and the Buckeye State connection back in May. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization claims that Ohio is one of the hottest places in the nation for Bigfootin'. Practice your moaning howl if ever tracking in the Columbiana County, Ohio area. (KC)
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