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Archive for the ‘Arts and Entertainment’ Category

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 […]

Movie Reviews: If I Stay, The Giver, Dim Sum Funeral

August 22nd, 2014

If I Stay (2014) Chloe Grace Moretz plays teenager Mia Hall. While she was born to a couple of “too cool” rocker parents, she gravitated to the cello and classical music from a very young age. And she has since blossomed into something of a prodigy, eventually landing an audition with Juilliard. Meanwhile, she also […]

Movie Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Linings Playbook, From Up on Poppy Hill

August 8th, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe keep getting better and better. The Iron Man trilogy was tremendous, The Avengers was thoroughly satisfying and Winter Soldier was amazing. When I first saw the trailers to Guardians of the Galaxy, I thought it looked pretty good. Then, the overwhelmingly positive early reviews […]

Movie Reviews: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Transformers Age of Extinction, Pompeii

July 25th, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Apes. Together. Strong. Some people have said that Dawn is to the Planet of the Apes franchise as The Dark Knight was to the Batman franchise. I’m almost inclined to agree. Set 10 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of […]

Sunday Snippet: John Oliver

July 20th, 2014

“The reason a British person has to do that is that we’re raised in a rigid class system where we have all hope beaten out of us. And your [American] optimism is overwhelmingly positive, except when it leads you to act against your own best interests.” You are, at least in part, a product of […]