In today’s article, I explain why Disney/Pixar’s Up is pure pulp fiction.
Disney’s Up is 100% pulp fiction. If this story had been written and published in Amazing Stories or Weird Tales, it could not have been any more pulp-y than it already is.
The main character takes an unusual mode of transportation and finds himself in a paradise. Here he comes across a friendly animal that leads him to the animal’s master. This master is a megalomaniacal explorer who appears to have slipped over the edge of sanity, using his mania as a means to ensure his solitude and terrorize the locals. After a brief struggle, the main character saves the friendly animal, thwarts the megalomaniacal explorer who falls to his death, and then the main character returns home via a similarly unusual mode of transportation with a new lease on life and a story few people would ever believe.
When you strip out the specifics, the names, and the fact…
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February 14 – pulling taffy
February 13 – the little store on the corner
pork roll, egg, and cheese
and malted milkshakes
February 12 – the button at the top of a baseball cap
swatting greenheads — ouch! baseball cap leaves a welt
February 11 – Pilsner glasses
empty Pilsner glass–clouds all day
Have you seen Jordan Peele’s GET OUT? You should.
By now I have to imagine anyone who loves horror movies has seen Get Out, so it’s probably preaching to the choir at this point, but if for some reason you’ve skipped over this film you are doing yourself a serious disservice. Seriously, stop reading now and just go watch the movie.
Are you still here? If so, I’m going to assume you’ve watched the film, so beware spoilers below.
Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington
It would be stupid not to discuss the popularity of Jordan Peele as a comedy writer and sketch actor, especially where it comes to his frequent collaborator Keegan Michael Key (if you watched the Super Bowl, you saw Key in at least two commercial breaks, and I’m sure you recognize him from character actor roles all over the place). If you’ve ever watched any of the Key and Peele sketch show, you have no…
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February 10 – Indian cotton shirts
my cat nestled deep
in cotton t-shirts
February 9 – beating the heat
the poet longs for sand
and sweet tea
February 8 – paintbox
phthalo blue–her eyes and the midnight ocean
February 6 – cutting the lawn
the hum of yellowjackets
lost to the lawnmower roar
February 5 – listening to the radio
Garden State Parkway–
and middle fingers
National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) is going on right now. Short poems for a short month. Check out the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page for more information. I’ll be posting my haiku here as well as on Facebook. Here’s a catch up for the first 4 days.
February 1 – biting into a taco
my words still burn
on my tongue
February 2 – railroad ties
by creosote and iron
February 3 – Greek coffee
black and bitter
coffee grounds settle for hours
February 4 – cream cheese with chives
my bagel lands
cream cheese side down —
six more weeks of winter