Archive for August 2015

11 Lessons Learned From Seeing 50 New Movies This Summer

11 Lessons Learned From Seeing 50 New Movies This Summer
With the weather cooling off, September on the horizon, and summer movie season 2015 stumbling to the finish line (Hitman: Agent 47 or We Are Your Friends, anyone?), I figured it was high time to take stock of what went down in theaters this summer.  Back in April, there was so much potential and excitement... Read more »

7 most frequent questions a not-yet-published author hears

7 most frequent questions a not-yet-published author hears
I’m in that weird limbo between my book being sold and my book being published. When I run into friends and family members, even ones I see very frequently, I get asked a lot of the same questions. I welcome the questions, actually. 1) Writing is a very solitary thing. It’s nice when people in... Read more »

My Facebook posts are not for you

I read a blog post the other day that is not worth linking to. (But apparently it is worth writing a reaction post about?) (How’s that for ending two sentences with prepositions?) The poster complained about all the back to school photos in her social media feeds. “Do we need to do this every year?”... Read more »
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Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Genre: Musical Biopic Rating: R Running Time: 147 mins. Premise: In the late ’80s, the hugely influential rap group N.W.A., whose members include such icons as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, escaped the streets of Compton and rose to national prominence with topical, loaded lyrics that chronicled their way of life. ... Read more »

New Web-Series "Variety Pack" Aims To Bewilder and Bedevil

New Web-Series "Variety Pack" Aims To Bewilder and Bedevil
In the mood for something a little different?  A little silly?  A little gonzo?  Well, how ’bout something that’s a lot of all of those things?  If so, you might want to check out a new web-series called VARIETY PACK, which launches online this Sunday, August 23. The series was filmed completely in Chicago on... Read more »

The Head of "The Class"

The Head of "The Class"
John and I were watching David Simon’s new HBO miniseries last night (Show Me a Hero); and who should pop up but Jon Bernthal, AKA Shane, AKA The Class. If that name doesn’t ring a bell yet, it will. He was Shane on The Walking Dead. He was in Fury and Me and Earl and... Read more »
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Parents, your sons can watch My Little Pony

Parents, your sons can watch My Little Pony
I was at a party last weekend and a mom of boys came up to me and said she caught her sons watching My Little Pony. When you think about all the things you might catch you kids doing, catching them watching a cartoon made for children probably shouldn’t even make the list, but here... Read more »

Who's your celebrity birthday buddy?

Who's your celebrity birthday buddy?
I have a very crowded birthday, celebrity-wise. We all hang out together, we December 18th-ers, obviously — me, Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg, Xtina, Alyssa Milano, the ghost of Ty Cobb. It’s a lot of fun. But there’s one celebrity who not only shares my birthday, but also my birth year. That celebrity is the ex-Mrs.... Read more »

Parenting Trends: The Harold Weir Method

Kids aren’t afraid enough these days. We Gen-Xers grew up thinking everything would kill us — drugs, cigarettes, sex, driving in a car, going to a club, walking to school. Death was constantly right around the corner. These days, kids are used to nothing having consequences. Get a bad grade? I’ll bully the teacher into... Read more »
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Movie Review: Fantastic Four

Movie Review: Fantastic Four
FANTASTIC FOUR Genre: Comic Book Sci-Fi Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 100 mins. Premise: Young science prodigy Reed Richards (Miles Teller) invents an inter-dimensional teleportation device and after traveling to an alternate universe with childhood bud Ben Grimm, and colleagues Johnny Storm, Victor Von Doom, and Sue Storm (who actually doesn’t even get to go), the... Read more »