Archive for February 2013

Were You a Geek or a Freak? Looking Back at the "Freaks and Geeks" Pilot

Emma Fraser and I recently finished up our peek back at My So-Called Life over at This Was Television. Starting today, we’re going to be discussing another short-lived, iconic teen drama — Freaks and Geeks. This show, which aired for one season from 1999-2000 and was produced by Judd Apatow, housed a plethora of young... Read more »

They Say "Write What You Know," But What if You Only Know, Like, Three Things?

They Say "Write What You Know," But What if You Only Know, Like, Three Things?
Over the past three and a half years, I’ve written four novels, all of them in varying states of disrepair. That looks impressive now that I’ve written it, but really, if you saw a few of them, you’d just get sad. Now that I have these four manuscripts, I’ve started to notice some patterns in... Read more »

Which Books Are on Your "Did Not Finish" List?

Which Books Are on Your "Did Not Finish" List?
A literary agent mentioned on Twitter yesterday that she stopped reading a book because she just didn’t love it. “Just didn’t love it” seems like a pretty broad category. If I stopped reading a book because I just didn’t love it, I’d never finish anything, because I’m a bitter old crone who is incapable of... Read more »
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Best Oscar Tweets That Are C-Word Free!

Best Oscar Tweets That Are C-Word Free!
I didn’t notice anyone in my Twitter feed (including myself) calling anyone a See You Next Tuesday last night during the Oscars, not even Tommy Lee Jones. I consider that a rousing success! Here are some (nearly chronological) tweets about what happened at the Oscars last night. Despite what the title of this post says,... Read more »

Last Minute Oscar Predictions to "Impress" Your Friends

Last Minute Oscar Predictions to "Impress" Your Friends
They’re heeeeere.  Well, almost here.  The Oscars are on Sunday.  It’s a big night in the Hammerle house.  The kids go to bed at, oh, 6:30.  Pizza is ordered.  Drinks are had.  Facebook and Twitter are up in full force.  We used to do an Oscar pool back in college but it’s been abandoned over... Read more »

Everyone's a Critic, But Some Of Them Are Morons

Everyone's a Critic, But Some Of Them Are Morons
So, a few weeks ago I saw Steven Soderbergh’s supposedly “last” theatrical feature film, Side Effects.  I was pumped for it, despite the fact that Soderbergh, more than any other director, can really be hit and miss.  When he’s good, he’s amazing.  I love his clinical, hyper-stylish direction of movies like Ocean’s 11, Traffic, The Informant!, Contagion, and Magic Mike.  But... Read more »
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The Walking Dead Recap: Home

The Walking Dead Recap: Home
All play and no work make Rick something something. This week’s Walking Dead episode starts out as a quiet one, a reaction to last week’s carnage. Rick and friends are back home in the prison, trying to figure out what to do with themselves. Tyrese and his friends have been booted from the premises. Glenn... Read more »

Which TV Show Taught You About Sex?

Over at This Was Television, we’ve been talking about love and sex every Friday for the month of February. Last week we discussed our first TV crushes and this week the topic is which TV show filled in the blanks where your sex ed/parental birds and bees talk left off.  So, it’s your turn. Which... Read more »

Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard (**)

Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard (**)
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Genre: Action Rating: R Running Time: 1 hour 38 mins. Premise: NYC cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) heads to Russia to rescue his son (Jai Courtney), and the two find themselves in the midst of yet another terrorist plot that only they can stop. Behind-the-Scenes: After the last installment, 2007′s Live Free... Read more »
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6 Best TV Kisses of All Time

6 Best TV Kisses of All Time
Will they or won’t they? Love/hate relationships. Unrequited love. TV is filled with great love stories and great kisses. Did you swoon when Dylan caught up with Brenda and swept her up into an angry teenage kiss on Beverly Hills, 90210? Were you waiting with baited breath for Niles to finally get the balls to... Read more »