#TBT Hammerle's Movie Madness 1995

#TBT Hammerle's Movie Madness 1995
Julie just wrote about the bag of gifts that my sister, Courtney, brought over to our house last Friday.  The bag is full of random items my parents wanted to give to us before they moved to Dubai.  There were presents for the kids, a U.S. map placemat (naturally), and some old articles and newspaper... Read more »

A turtle named Titty

A turtle named Titty
Last weekend, my sister-in-law came over with a bag of toys for the kids. In it was a little stuffed turtle that my daughter took a liking to. On Saturday morning, she showed it to me. “This is my turtle,” she said. “His name is Titty.” I was on the phone with my mom at... Read more »

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
Folks, we need to talk about Ramsay. I remain on the fence about the sexual assault that happened at the end of the episode. On the one hand, I think it was a lazy creative choice. No one’s character is advanced here, except maybe Theon’s, and who cares about him. On the other hand, the... Read more »
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Game of Thrones recap: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Game of Thrones recap: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
The title of this week’s Game of Thrones episode comes from the Dornish motto, but it applies to all of our stories tonight. Let’s get to it. Mad Men is on. Dorne: Jaime and Bronn have joined the Dornish equivalent of a biker gang and have reached the water gardens. They find Myrcella hanging out... Read more »

Hammering Out... Pitch Perfect 2

Hammering Out... Pitch Perfect 2
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: PITCH PERFECT 2. JOHN: I love the first Pitch Perfect.  It came out in 2012 and if I recall correctly, I named it my third favorite movie of the year, after Skyfall and The... Read more »

Hammering Out... Mad Max: Fury Road

Hammering Out... Mad Max: Fury Road
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. JOHN: Die Hard. Terminator 2. Speed. The Road Warrior. Raiders of the Lost Ark. Aliens. The Raid 2. The Matrix.  For my money, these are the greatest action movies of... Read more »
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I wrote a book! (And someone's publishing it!)

I wrote a book! (And someone's publishing it!)
I’ve been holding this news in since February, I think. As of yesterday, I can finally talk about it — Entangled Teen has bought my debut YA novel, A Place for Us. It’s slated to be published in the fall of 2016. It’s the story of a girl who decides to escape her boring life... Read more »

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: Kill the Boy

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: Kill the Boy
This was another setup episode with a lot of pieces moving around the chess board — Stannis and Jon are leaving the Wall, Dany is making decisions that will affect things going forward, Gilly is STILL THERE. Who were your big Game of Thrones winners and losers this week? Enjoy this post? Click like on... Read more »

Game of Thrones recap: "Kill the Boy"

Game of Thrones recap: "Kill the Boy"
I truly thought someone would literally “kill a boy” in this episode. This is Game of Thrones, after all. But the show showed considerable death restraint this week, especially for an episode with the word “kill” in the title. All of the kills were metaphorical. Witness: Jon Snow: This is where Maester Aemon actually uttered... Read more »
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Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: The Sons of the Harpy

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: The Sons of the Harpy
There were some status flip-flops after this episode of Game of Thrones, in which two mid-major characters may have possibly died. Up is down, down is up, Petyr Baelish is ALMOST a loser. And the queen regent didn’t even make the list. Here are this week’s winners and losers. Enjoy this post? Click like on... Read more »