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Summer Movie Forecast 2017

Summer Movie Forecast 2017
Though I’ve done this post every year for the last 7 years, this may be the first year where the concept of a summer movie no longer means what it once did. When Beauty and the Beast opens to $175M in March and then goes on to make $500M, or when The Fate of the... Read more »

The 10 Best Moments from the 2017 Oscars

The 10 Best Moments from the 2017 Oscars
It was a long show. A lot went down. And, for those who tuned out or went to bed early, you missed a doozy of an ending. Now that we’ve all had time to reflect on last night’s ceremony, here are my picks for the 10 best moments from the 2017 Oscars: *** Enjoy this... Read more »

Chicago Moviegoing on a Budget: 9 Trusty Tips from an Expert

Chicago Moviegoing on a Budget: 9 Trusty Tips from an Expert
As all of you know by now, I see many movies in the theater. Too many? One could certainly make a case for that. One of the questions I typically get is: where do you find the money to pay for all these movies? Well, up until about six months ago, I used this excellent... Read more »
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12 Awesome Halloween Costumes From This Year's Movies (2016 Edition)

12 Awesome Halloween Costumes From This Year's Movies (2016 Edition)
Halloween parties are going to start cropping up the next few weekends, and after procrastinating to this point, you’re finally ready to start thinking about a costume. But, what to wear? Never fear, I’ve got all you movie fans covered. This post is for those looking outside the superhero box. Oh sure. You could dress as... Read more »

What's your end of summer song?

What's your end of summer song?
I never realized I had one until just now. Yesterday Lainey Gossip posted a Salon article in which the writer said he listens to Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” once every August to signal the start of fall. Lainey added that her end of summer song is “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the Dirty Dancing... Read more »

This post isn't perfect, but...

This post isn't perfect, but...
I just finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a lot of fun and very suspenseful. It’s rare these days for me to find a show that I am excited to keep watching (see also: The Night Of on HBO. Wow). There are a lot of “good” shows out there... Read more »
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I hugged every last one of my possessions and all I got was this VERY TIDY house

I hugged every last one of my possessions and all I got was this VERY TIDY house
I wrote on Facebook a few weeks ago that John and I were in the process of KonMari-ing our house. I had been thinking about doing it for a long time. I’d had a sample of the book (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) on my Kindle for months. But I kept putting it off... Read more »

Summer Movie Forecast 2016

Summer Movie Forecast 2016
With Batman already fighting Superman in March and The Jungle Book absolutely crushing the box office last weekend, nobody could blame you for thinking the summer movie season was already under way.  You’d be wrong though.  Summer officially starts (for movie geeks anyway) on May 6, when Captain America: Civil War is unleashed. As regular... Read more »

Best podcasts of 2016...so far

Best podcasts of 2016...so far
We’re already a quarter of the way through the year, which is nuts. I thought about writing a best TV post, and maybe I still will; but for now, here’s what you should be watching: OJ, Girls, Broad City, The Grinder. There are others, but that’s a good list to start with. I don’t want... Read more »
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If you disagree with this post, you are a bully

If you disagree with this post, you are a bully
The other day, I was reading one of my favorite gossip sites, Lainey Gossip. In the Smutty Social Media post, there was an Instagram photo from one Ms. Jaime King, member of Taylor Swift’s crew and…actress…? She tossed up quite the screed about another of my favorite gossip sites, Go Fug Yourself, calling the Fug... Read more »