Archive for July 2011

18 Questions About the 'Breaking Bad' Premiere: Box Cutter

1. Ho. Lee. Shit. Right? 2. What the? I know. 3. So, I suppose, let’s take a moment for the dear, departed Gale, right? Let’s.  Gale was Walter’s lab assistant in Gus’s Happy Time Laugh Meth Factory last season, until Walter needed to help Jesse and then Gale got kicked to the curb.  And then... Read more »

True Blood Recap: I'm Alive and on Fire

True Blood Recap: I'm Alive and on Fire
Every season of True Blood is a round robin of plot lines.  The writers throw about twenty stories to the wall at the beginning of the season; and by the end, only one or two remain hanging there.  The others are on the floor below, a jumble of dried and forgotten spaghetti.  So let’s talk... Read more »

Movie Review - Winnie the Pooh (***1/2 out of 5)

Movie Review - Winnie the Pooh (***1/2 out of 5)
Disney has released Pooh-related movies fairly regularly for the last few years, but none have come as close to capturing the spirit of the classic Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as the new (and imaginatively named) Winnie the Pooh.  Kids and parents tired of all the PG-13 blockbuster shenanigans can relax in the sweet, good-natured... Read more »
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2011 Emmy Nominations

Best Drama Boardwalk Empire Dexter Friday Night Lights Game of Thrones The Good Wife Mad Men Best Actor (Drama) Jon Hamm (Mad Men) Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) Kyle Chandler (FNL) Michael C. Hall (Dexter) Timothy Olyphant (Justified) Best Actress (Drama) Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife) Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)... Read more »

My Transformative Moviegoing Experiences

My Transformative Moviegoing Experiences
What is it that makes somebody a movie fan?  What moviegoing experiences shape and inform their favorites?  Their genre preferences?  Likes?  Dislikes?  Everybody has them.  I like to consider myself a film geek.  I watch a ton.  I write about them.  I spend countless weekend night hours in a theater.  But one thing I’ve noticed... Read more »

True Blood Recap - Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's a Fairy

True Blood Recap - Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's a Fairy
Let’s give it up for all the caretakers on True Blood, for all the little people who support and nurture the many different kinds of folks who make their homes in Bon Temps.  And believe me, their charges don’t make it easy for them.  A big round of applause for… Sookie: Poor Sookie just can’t... Read more »
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First Teaser Poster for The Dark Knight Rises Revealed!

First Teaser Poster for The Dark Knight Rises Revealed!
Be on the lookout for the first teaser trailer this week as well.  It will be attached to all prints of Harry Potter this weekend, and will likely hit the Internet a day or two before that.

Movie Review - Zookeeper (** out of 5)

Movie Review - Zookeeper (** out of 5)
Zookeeper epitomizes the lazy, stale, formulaic family film.  It treats its audience like buffoons and makes its leading man frequently look like one.  I must admit, however, that I was a bit relieved to discover that the movie is more calmly stupid – going about its talking animals high concept in a relaxed, easygoing manner... Read more »

Movie Review - Horrible Bosses (***1/2 out of 5)

Movie Review - Horrible Bosses (***1/2 out of 5)
This has officially been the summer of the R-rated comedy.  With Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II cleaning up the box office, and Bad Teacher exceeding commercial expectations as well, audiences have embraced the genre anew.  But which one is the best?  We have a clear winner on this front, and it’s Horrible Bosses.  I... Read more »
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Movie Review - Larry Crowne (*1/2 out of 5)

Movie Review - Larry Crowne (*1/2 out of 5)
Nearly 15 years have passed since Tom Hanks last directed a film.  I count myself a big fan of 1996’s That Thing You Do!, so I was anxiously anticipating Hanks getting in the director’s chair again.  Had I known that when he finally did direct again, the result would be the tepid, wholly unbelievable dud... Read more »