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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 […]

“Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day”

July 4th, 2014

Earlier this week, I celebrated Canada Day by listing five signs you are a real Canadian. If you missed it, I humbly apologize for that. Today, we turn to our neighbors to the south to celebrate their equivalent holiday, the Fourth of July. There is no shortage of inspiring words from inspirational Americans. This is […]

Movie Reviews: Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men Days of Future Past, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

June 20th, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) When you are playing most video games, you don’t have a huge fear of dying. That’s because you know that you’ll simply re-spawn at the beginning of the level to try it all over again. This is fundamentally the power that Tom Cruise’s character inherits in Edge of Tomorrow, a sci-fi […]