On Steven Seagal, Seth McFarlane, and Steve Ballmer

Happy Election Day! Good thing I have the day off so I can update this blog.

Okay, I’m done gloating. Here are my latest Overthinking It contributions:

  • Be sure to check out the latest podcast episode, in which the panel somehow digressed from Halloween to Steven Seagal movies. I have only myself to blame for that.
  • My latest article takes “Family Guy” and Microsoft to task for their aborted marketing attempt.

What’s your benchmark movie?

In this week’s OTI Think Tank, I present “National Treasure” as my “reference movie,” a concept which we define in a couple of ways:

  • a movie in which every good thing about it is balanced by something bad, or
  • a movie by which you judge “good movies” versus “bad movies; i.e.,, if a movie is better than your benchmark movie, it’s a “good movie,” and if it’s worse, then it’s a “bad movie.”

My choice? “National Treasure.” Good fun, but totally schlocky and riddled with cliche.

Head over to OverthinkingIt.com and suggest your own “reference movie.”