Archive for December 2016

Bottom 10 Movies of 2016

Bottom 10 Movies of 2016
When you’re a movie freak like me, you go see everything. Even if you know it’s going to be bad. Well, okay – maybe not EVERYTHING. There are some I skipped based on past experience, like Mother’s Day (Garry Marshall-directed star-studded holiday romcoms are never good) and Assassin’s Creed (videogame adaptation – ditto). And, as... Read more »

Top 10 Movies of 2016

Top 10 Movies of 2016
This is one of my favorite posts to do every year. Dorky as it may be, I keep a running tab of all the movies I see each year, ranked in order from best to worst. This helps me remember what I’ve seen, but also put each movie in context with others that were released. So... Read more »

Favorites of 2016

Favorites of 2016
2016 has been a YEAR. And kind of a huge jerk. Mere moments after I published my feelings about not blaming this calendar year for stealing all our favorite celebrities from us, it went and took Jason Seaver, Carol Brady, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. That’s just piling on. Politics this year were... Read more »
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What I meant to say

What I meant to say
Dear Friends, Family Members, and Acquaintances, I’m not used to encountering proud Trump voters in my daily life. I spend a lot of time in my online bubble, reading screeds about how the country is headed down the toilet. I talk to my dog about my feelings. He voted for Johnson, but I think he gets... Read more »

Movie Review: Rogue One

Movie Review: Rogue One
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Genre: Sci-Fi Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 133 mins. Premise: A ragtag group of rebels stage a daring mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Behind-the-Scenes: This is a prequel taking place between Episodes III and IV. The story idea came from John Knoll, who worked on the visual effects... Read more »

Cool people who died in 2015

2016 doesn’t have a monopoly on celebrity deaths. Cool people died last year. Cool people will die next year. Circle of life. Here are some of the beloved and talented folks who died in 2015. Leonard Nemoy Maureen O’Hara Yogi Berra Wes Craven Frank Gifford “Rowdy” Roddy Piper Omar Sharif Jerry Weintraub Amanda Peterson of... Read more »
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Movie Review: Office Christmas Party

Movie Review: Office Christmas Party
OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY Genre: Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 105 mins. Premise: When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down the company branch he heads, Clay Vanstone (T.J. Miller) decides to throw the ultimate Christmas party to woo a bigwig client and make a last-ditch effort to save everyone’s jobs. Behind-the-Scenes: Shot in and around Chicago, with the Daley... Read more »

Movie Review: Jackie

Movie Review: Jackie
JACKIE Genre: Biopic Rating: R Running Time: 99 mins. Premise: In the wake of the assassination of JFK, Jackie Onassis Kennedy (Natalie Portman) sits down for an interview and re-traces the impact and aftermath of her husband’s death and subsequent funeral. Behind-the-Scenes: Portman is receiving a ton of Oscar heat for her performance here. She’s... Read more »

Dear 2016, It's Not Your Fault

Dear 2016, It's Not Your Fault
We’ve been hearing this since January, since David Bowie died. “2016! You cruel beast! You are the worst! Curse you forever, you monster!” We heard it when Alan Rickman died and Prince and a whole host of other people maybe you’ve heard of, maybe you haven’t. Every celebrity death, no matter how obscure or expected,... Read more »
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New Favorite Christmas Traditions...for Me, and Only Me

New Favorite Christmas Traditions...for Me, and Only Me
This holiday season is not going to be a fun one for me. I’m finishing up edits on one novel (Any Boy But You, which will be available on February 13!) and frantically working on the second book in the series, which is due to my editor by January 1. Free time is sparse, and... Read more »