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Your Favorite Unconventional Holiday Movies

December 23rd, 2014

Everyone has their favorites. Some people are charmed by timeless classics like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life. Others prefer slightly more modern fare like Elf or Bad Santa. And let’s not forget about all those great Christmas specials on TV too. But what about all those holiday movies that aren’t really […]

Why Aaron Sorkin Can Keep Doing Exactly the Same Thing (and I’ll Keep Watching)

December 19th, 2014

This past Sunday, HBO aired the final episode of The Newsroom, a drama that depicts the behind-the-scenes workings of a fictional news network akin to CNN. If the fundamental concept sounds familiar, it’s because Aaron Sorkin has effectively already done this before. Remember Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip? That was a drama that depicted […]

Sunday Snippet: Sarah Connor (Terminator 2)

December 7th, 2014

“Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The terminator would never stop. It would never leave him, and it would never hurt him, never shout at him, or get drunk and hit him, or say it was too busy to spend time with him. It would always be there. And it would […]

On the Appreciation for Art and History

December 5th, 2014

A big part of me is decidedly pragmatic and utilitarian in nature. I generally look for pieces of furniture that are functional and practical in design. I think about how those shelves and drawers can be best utilized to suitably store my stuff. At the same time, I’m also a dreamer at heart, one who […]

Grumpy Cat: Some Memes Need to Stay on the Internet

November 4th, 2014

Some content translates beautifully from one medium to another. I thought the filmmakers did a good job creating the comic book and graphic novel-inspired environments of the Scott Pilgrim and Sin City movies, for example. Other times, the transition is not nearly as smooth and we end up with terrible adaptations and even worse video […]

Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2014

Halloween can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For the youngest among us, Halloween means having the opportunity to dress up in an awesome costume, going door to door on an epic trick-or-treat adventure. For older kids and young adults, Halloween might mean going to a costume party and […]

Movie Reviews – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story

October 3rd, 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) You know, I was really looking forward to this movie. The original Sin City has such an amazing aesthetic about it, perfectly translating the gritty graphic novel look into something that works beautifully on the big screen. The action is intense, the characters are colorful (figuratively speaking) […]

Lessons from My TV Dad Role Models

August 25th, 2014

Before the Internet really became a thing, the television was a great source of inspiration and wisdom for me. From the Price Is Right, I learned the importance of knowing how much things cost (and the importance of spaying and neutering your pets). From Saved By The Bell, I learned about high school life before […]