John has moved to Cold Bananas

John Hansen's entertainment blog has moved to The new website will have all the movie, TV, book and comics posts you've come to expect from me (and I'm in the process of migrating my old posts as well), but with a cleaner look and crisper organization.

Additionally, I'm thrilled to have Michael Olinger join me as a blogger at Cold Bananas. A former newspaper movie critic like me, Michael attends more than 100 movies a year and will provide fresher reviews, and in a higher volume, than I tend to.

My top 10 movies list will close out 2017 (and usher in Cold Bananas) on Sunday, and in the new year, I plan on doing flashback series on the "Harry Potter" films and the "Planet of the Apes" saga (which marks 50 years in 2018). And I'll continue chipping away at my "Terminator" and "Buffy" reviews, while also weighing in on new TV shows and the latest home-video movie releases.

Thanks to everyone who read and commented here over the past nine years, and I hope you'll continue to do so at the new site!

One-season wonders: ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ (2008)

So I've finished my rewatches of all the Joss Whedon series between 1997-2010 except one – and it's the most unusual one. "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (2008) is three 15-minute web episodes that add up to length of one TV episode. It was penned by Whedon and his brothers Zack and Jed and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen (who also plays Captain Hammer Groupie No. 1) during the TV writers' strike.


First episode impressions: ‘Play It Again, Dick’

In the ongoing push to take "meta" to new and absurd levels, "Play It Again, Dick" (Tuesdays, CW Seed) joins the likes of "The Comeback," "Episodes" and "Extras" (or James Van Der Beek playing "himself" on "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23") as it chronicles the making of the fake "Veronica Mars" spinoff "Private Dick."


‘Dating Rules from My Future Self’ makes web TV cool again

My top show of 2007 was a web series -- "quarterlife" -- and three of my top 10 of 2008 were web series, headlined by "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." I was even titling my year-end lists "Top 10 TV/Internet shows." It definitely seemed like TV and the Internet were well on the way to merging into one entity.


‘Angry Video Game Nerd’ is pure nostalgic bliss … and anger

The "Angry Video Game Nerd" (type in that phrase on YouTube or go to his website) uses modern production values (film clips and staged scenes to go along with the typical voice-over-game-footage) to capture the nostalgia of vintage games. There are a lot of video game reviewers on YouTube, but no one brings back those old cartridges like the AVGN (actually named James Rolfe).


(Matt’s) top 10 albums of 2009

For the last post of the first year of my blog, I'd like to introduce you to my music geek friend Matt (not to be confused with my comic-book geek friend Another Matt, who also posts comments sometimes), and his recently launched blog, The B-Side.


Random plug for a good column: Life in the Cubicle by Dudley B. Dawson

As a student in the 1990s, my favorite genre of TV shows and movies was high school stories (the latest example of the "last day of high school" subgenre has recently arrived in the form of "I Love You, Beth Cooper").


Top 10 TV/Internet shows of 2008 (finally) … and random thoughts

Here's evidence that "writer" is more of a lifestyle than a profession. When I lost my job to a layoff on Dec. 2, one of my first regrets was that I wouldn't get to publish my end-of-year top 10 lists.

I love writing and reading these lists. I practically wait by my mailbox to get Entertainment Weekly's year-end issue, and if a few of our choices match up, I know I'm not completely whiffing on what's cool in entertainment (I've been reading EW for more than a decade, and they know their stuff).