Archive for November 2013

The Common Core Standards: The fact is, fiction is a dirty word

The Common Core Standards: The fact is, fiction is a dirty word
Twitter anecdote: A mother came home from her daughter’s parent-teacher conference and tweeted that the teacher suggested the daughter was reading too much fiction. The mother was peeved, as I would’ve been. If the kid’s reading, who the fuck cares what she’s reading? Well, the Common Core Curriculum does, apparently. Now, I’m new to this... Read more »

I've been walking around naked all week and nobody's even noticed

I've been walking around naked all week and nobody's even noticed
Last week, Karen Alpert of Baby Sideburns fame suggested that all of us ladies go without makeup and mirrors for a whole week. My immediate response was, “Aw heeyull no.” My response a few days later was similar, with maybe a less emphatic “hell.” But the thing was, her post had gotten to me. It... Read more »

Hammering Out…About Time

Hammering Out…About Time
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie.  This week: About Time. JULIE: I am a sucker for a Richard Curtis movie. I want to live in a Richard Curtis movie. I don’t really care which one, as long as it’s Four Weddings and a... Read more »
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The Walking Dead recap, "Internment"

The Walking Dead recap, "Internment"
So far Season 4.1 of The Walking Dead has been pretty darn stellar, and this episode, “Internment,” was among the best hours the show’s ever had. At least until that very last shot. But we’ll get to that in a moment. First, the meat. Maybe it’s because I just saw About Time this afternoon, but... Read more »

'Thor: The Dark World' Review

'Thor: The Dark World' Review
THOR: THE DARK WORLD Genre: Superhero Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 111 mins. Premise: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) reunites with Jane (Natalie Portman), and takes her to Asgard, after she’s infected by an evil substance called the Aether.  Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) wants to use the Aether to control the universe, so it’s up to Thor, with... Read more »

Scandal recap, "Icarus"

Scandal recap, "Icarus"
Though this episode of Scandal was named “Icarus” after the Greek myth about the boy who flew too close to the sun, this crux of this episode centered around cheating, secrets, and lies. Let’s run it down, shall we? Mellie: She’s not actually cheating on anyone (yet), but she’s trying to help facilitate her husband’s... Read more »
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34 Egregious Examples of Truly Terrible DVD Cover Art

34 Egregious Examples of Truly Terrible DVD Cover Art
There I was, going about my business on the train like normal.  I was about to watch a movie on my iPad to pass the time, and then, a deep sense of Fassbender-type shame washed over me as I clicked on the image of said movie.  I hoped nobody would notice.  The movie was Jack... Read more »

How Do Parents Not Go Crazy?

Sometimes it all seems so fragile, and so random. Today Baby Cookies fell down the stairs. I had just put her shoes on and had run down to the first floor to attend to the barking dog, when I heard the distinct sound of tumbling behind me. I whirled around to see my girl falling... Read more »

Movie Revue: Ender's Game, Last Vegas, Bad Grandpa, Free Birds

Movie Revue: Ender's Game, Last Vegas, Bad Grandpa, Free Birds
Movie Revue is a collection of capsule reviews of the week’s latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between. ENDER’S GAME.  This long-awaited adaptation of the sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card tries but fails to kickstart a new franchise, like The Golden Compass and countless others before it.  Having never read the... Read more »
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New Girl: Why can't Jess have two black roommates?

New Girl: Why can't Jess have two black roommates?
Tonight Damon Wayans Jr. returns to New Girl to reprise his role as Coach. Wayans filmed the pilot a few years ago, back when the future of his show Happy Endings was in flux. Now that Happy Endings has gone to the big network in the sky (boo-hoo!), Wayans is free to return to New... Read more »