Archive for November 2015

Hammering Out... Creed

Hammering Out... Creed
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: CREED. JOHN: If you thought we’d seen the last of Rocky after Sylvester Stallone redeemed the series and ended it on a high note with 2006’s Rocky Balboa, you wouldn’t be crazy for thinking... Read more »

Hammering Out...The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Hammering Out...The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 JULIE: We’ve reached the end of an era, the era of hotly anticipated movies based on young adult novel series. (Yes, I know there will be new... Read more »

Taylor Swift vs. Adele

Taylor Swift vs. Adele
Like the rest of the world, I’ve been listening to Adele’s new album this week. My early assessment is that I like it, but, man, is that young lady of only 25 years of age worried that she’s one old ass bitch. My thirty-mumbles birthday is next month. I must be a pile of dust... Read more »
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Thanksgiving 101: Talking politics at the table

Thanksgiving 101: Talking politics at the table
Everyone knows it’s Bad Idea Jeans to discuss politics at dinner, especially holiday dinner, because, when your guests are people with whom the only thing you have in common is DNA, things have a tendency to GET MESSY. The problem is, politics are on everyone’s mind right now. The world is going to Hell in... Read more »

Parenting: Sometimes I'm kind of a dick to my kids

Parenting: Sometimes I'm kind of a dick to my kids
I made one of the kids cry yesterday. I won’t tell you which one; but since I have two, a boy and a girl, you have a fifty-fifty shot. This child asked what we were having for dinner. I said, “Chicken, barley, and broccoli.” The child responded with an “I hate chicken” whine. I responded... Read more »

Spectre Is a Lesser Bond Film That Pales in Comparison to Skyfall

Spectre Is a Lesser Bond Film That Pales in Comparison to Skyfall
SPECTRE Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 148 mins. Premise: James Bond (Daniel Craig) goes rogue after receiving a secret message, and uncovers a sinister organization called SPECTRE led by the villainous Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), who may be linked to Bond’s past. Behind-the-Scenes: After breaking out with the biggest grossing Bond of all time in Skyfall... Read more »
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Hollywood gets it wrong: Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train

Hollywood gets it wrong: Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train
(Yeah, I’ll probably eat these words in a year when we’re all talking about Emily Blunt’s transcendent performance in The Girl on the Train next year, but for now…I’m spitting fire.) If you’ve been living under a rock, The Girl on the Train is the biggest book of the year. It’s the new Gone Girl,... Read more »

Slow Cooker Slow Jams: No Worry Chicken Curry

Slow Cooker Slow Jams: No Worry Chicken Curry
It’s fall. Time to break out the soup recipes and the slow cooker. (Though I use my slow cooker all year long. It’s great in the summer because you don’t have to heat up the stove or oven.) Since I’m such a slow cooker enthusiast, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite... Read more »