Archive for July 2010

Latin Movie Titles - 2010 Summer Movies

Back when I was a teacher, I used to torture my students with themed lists of movie or TV titles (all in Latin) for them to decipher.  Now it’s your turn.  All of these films are from this year’s crop of summer movies.  Some are easy; some are more difficult.  Most of them are solvable... Read more »

Friday Procrastination Aid - 7/23/10

Was it just me or was the Internet kind of boring this week?  Maybe it just took a much-needed summer vacation, sailing with George Clooney off the coast of Italy. But I did find a few tidbits to help you through your Friday. The Onion has the gripping tale of a girl raised by a... Read more »

'So You Think You Can Dance' Strikes Again

11 Questions About Last Night’s Episode of So You Think You Can Dance: 1. So, did the murderous arm of the SYTYCD grim reaper strike again last night? You betcha!  This time it felled everyone’s favorite moppet, Billy “Elliot/Jamie” Bell. 2. You seem chipper.  And you only ever seem chipper when you smell a conspiracy.... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 1991

10. FATHER OF THE BRIDE. One of the rare remakes that actually works thanks to smart, sophisticated writing and directing from then husband-wife team Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers.  It doesn't hurt to have Steve Martin in the lead either.  Martin Short has a field day with the role of Franz.
In 1991, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died of complications from AIDS.  The Soviet Union officially ceased to exist, collapsing into fifteen different soverign republics.  Jamie Lynn Spears was born.  On TV, Adam Sandler and Tim Meadows joined SNL, and The Jerry Springer Show premiered.  Bryan Adams had a hit with “Everything I Do (I Do... Read more »

The Villain in the Next Batman Movie Is...

This is a lot of he-said-she-said speculative what-nottery, but is reporting that allegedly there exists a casting grid for the next Batman movie and allegedly the character The Riddler appears on said casting grid next to the name “Joseph Gordon-Levitt” and the word “Interested.” I am very, very, very excited if this is true.... Read more »

Movie Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (***)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  121 mins.  PG.  Directed by Jon Turteltaub.  Written by Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal & Matt Lopez.  Starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, and Monica Bellucci. Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest attempt to take a pop cultural artifact (here, the Mickey and brooms sequence from Fantasia) and turn it into box... Read more »

Hammering Out . . . INCEPTION

Hammering Out . . . INCEPTION
Inception.  148 mins.  PG-13.  Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Caine. JOHN: Christopher Nolan is one of the most consistently excellent directors working in movies today, and with his latest film, the dazzlingly dense Inception, he practically saves Hollywood from this summer’s... Read more »

True Blood Recap - Wake Me When Lafayette's on Screen

You know it’s not going to be a good True Blood episode when half the show is focused alternately on Tara’s reaction shots and Sam’s family.  My recap from An excerpt: So this was the episode of True Blood where really nothing interesting happened.  Most of the episode was spent in the company of Tara and... Read more »

Friday Procrastination Aid - 7/16/10

You can do it!  Just a few more hours until freedom.  Until then… …You could spend time finding the love of your life on Hannidate. …Or you could watch the best cry ever, …And then watch it autotuned. …You could eat up a ton of time watching the Old Spice channel and tweeting questions to... Read more »

Another Wednesday, Another 'So You Think You Can Dance'

10 Questions about last night’s So You Think You Can Dance: 1. Her? That’s right. Bland was absent from the competition.  She mysteriously “injured” “herself” during practice.  But she was nowhere to be seen.  What did she injure?  Was it a gross disfigurement that will render her face more recognizable? 2. Was it just me... Read more »