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5 things to love/hate about Spider-man (movie review)

This movie is everything that The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t; it’s full of charm, drama, and characters you care about. It’s not perfect, but 2002′s Spider-man is certainly good enough. Here’s five things to love and five things to hate about Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s take on ol’ web head.
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Romancing the Stone (movie review)

Since I’ve been going through the Indiana Jones movies recently, this naturally led Dr. Girlfriend to introduce me to Romancing the Stone, a movie I’d heard of but never gotten around to watching when it was on its big TV run in the late 1980s. What’s the connection between this flick and the Indy series? Take a look at the trailer in all its 80s delicious-ness and I think you’ll see the synergy right away. Read the rest of this entry

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Indiana Jones (movie review)

Raiders of the Lost Ark seems to be the favorite Indiana Jones movie of anyone who’s in their forties or older – if you’re in your thirties, you tend to gravitate toward The Last Crusade, but such is life. I mention this because I myself am a Last Crusade man and therefore don’t worship at the altar of the Lost Ark. That’s not to say I don’t like the movie, but I thought it was worth mentioning that this one isn’t my favorite so you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

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5 things to love/hate about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (movie review)

I go back on forth on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – lots of people love it, lots of people hate it. I used to fall solidly in the latter category, but now, the more times I watch it, the more I get split on the subject. Therefore, I’m prepared to speak on both the good and the bad: here are five things to love and five things to hate about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (movie review)

When I sit down and think about it, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a much better film than it should be. It stars inexperienced child actors (Rupert Grint had previously appeared in a movie about farting… I think that one was called Thunderpants), it’s directed by all or nothing Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Fantastic Four) and had super heavy expectations from the novel’s fans – not to mention a CGI department that either didn’t care, didn’t know what they’re doing or was using technology that would have gotten laughed out of the Jurassic Park development room. Let’s take a look at the movie that kick started the franchise that opened its own theme park!

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8 Classic Episodes from The Simpsons, season 4 (and 14 memorable ones!)

For me, the fourth season of The Simpsons is a "they can do no wrong" collection of episodes. I think all 22 episodes are great, but there are eight episodes that rise above the rest – and are, in my opinion, as good a sitcom episode as any show has ever made.

"A Streetcar Named Marge"
I love the "New Orleans" song, Jon Lovitz is excellent as the director, the way the art and the performance come together to create that Marlon Brando impression is collaborative genius… it’s a great episode.
So many memorable quotes, but I’ll just go with "Oo – they’re some quarters in here!"

"Treehouse of Horror III"
Any Simpsons Halloween is great, but "Dial "Z" for Zombie" might be my favorite short of them all.
"Show’s over, Shakespeare!"

"Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie"
I think this is the beginning of the thread that Bart will become a lawyer and eventually a Supreme Court Justice. In "Lisa’s Wedding," Bart mentions he’s "…getting out all of his aggression before he goes to law school." On the other hand, in "Bart to the Future," he’s a struggling musician at age 38 and Lisa is President… maybe he goes out to law school right after that. OK, I’ve gone far afield, but let me just close out by saying that this may be the only episode where Homer makes a parenting decision, sticks to it, and Bart learns from it.

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Ranking all 24 episodes of The Simpsons, season 3

the-simpsons_logoThe third season of The Simpsons is so great that I didn’t even bother eliminating any episodes and instead, I just fit them into categories ranging from “All Time Classics,” “Good Examples of Season 3″ and “Just a Good Ol’ Fashioned Simpsons Episode!”. Let’s dive in!

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The Three Things You Need When Your Car is Stuck in the Snow

I think it goes without saying for anyone living in the continental United States that this has been the winter from hell and getting your car stuck in the snow has become par for the course. I’ve been through this several times in my life, but this winter, the snow has been relentless and I’ve had the opportunity (the unfortunate opportunity) to test the various suggestions and now I’m hear to tell you what works and what’s a waste of time. Read the rest of this entry

5 Reasons Monthly Comic Book Sales Will NEVER Recover

comic booksThere are so many reasons that practical monthly comic book sales (I mean of the physical object) will never rebound back to their levels of yesteryear that it’s hard to know where to start. As an old-fashioned comic geek, I’ll just stick to the things the industry is doing to themselves rather than factors Marvel and DC can’t control, like the advent of video games and other home entertainment options. Read the rest of this entry

4 reasons NBC sucks at covering the Olympics

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; NBC sucks at covering the Olympics. They can’t help it; it’s partly their awful ideas and partly the fact that they’re trying to run a business. Let’s put on a Breaking Bad hazmat suit and dive into this putrid pile of puke. Read the rest of this entry

My 14 Favorite Episodes of The Simpsons, season 2

the-simpsons_logoThis was a tough list to make as the second season of The Simpsons doesn’t really have any bad episodes. I decided that the best thing to do was just hunker down and pick my favorites; the ones that have really stuck with me over time. So, in no particular order, here are my favorites episodes from The Simpsons, season two style.

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9 reasons White House Down is the best Die Hard movie in nearly 20 years

We finally got around to watching White House Down and I must tell you:  it’s the best Die Hard movie since Die Hard with a Vengeance.   Read the rest of this entry

5 Points on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – a movie review

I finally got around to seeing the latest J. R. R. Tolkien/Peter Jackson jam, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it did not disappoint – well, not me, at least.  If the movie did pizz you off, I can certainly understand why.  Also:  check out my reviews of The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey here (written) and here (video). Read the rest of this entry

5 Things I Never Payed Much Attention To From A Christmas Story

 

This trailer is terrible, but it does at least show many key scenes from the movie.

Like many other folks, I’ve seen A Christmas Story an uncountable number of times because it’s one of the best movies ever.  Every image pops right off the screen, every beat is perfectly crafted, every line is impeccably delivered… and so on.  Since to list everything that is great about this movie is to mention every single second of footage, today, I’ll just point out a few things that I’ve seen a million times before but just never gave much thought to.   Read the rest of this entry

4 Stupid Things TV & Movies Do With Guns

I watch a lot of movies and a fair amount of TV and I keep seeing fictional law enforcement, bad guys and vigilantes taking the law into their own hands without a second’s thought to how to handle a gun properly.  Sure, I give gun nuts a hard time, but I do actually like guns and I wish and I’d like to advocate for safe usage.  With that in mind, here are 4 Stupid Things TV & Movies Do With Guns that you should NEVER, EVER do in real life.  Guns are dangerous weapons and, at the same time, they can be a valuable tool, but they’re not toys and they’re certainly not for looking cool… unless you’re holding a rubber prop, then do whatever you want.  But in real life, Don’t Do what Donny Don’t Does.
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Tips for Men on Relationships and Christmas Gifts

Hi Guys,

I know, this Paco Rabanne commercial is confusing, but don’t worry – I’m gonna break this shiz down for you.

1. Don’t keep your woman locked in a vault. Besides all of the obvious moral objections, you’ll literally go to jail for a thousand years. (Anytime anyone says anything about “a thousand years,” I think of that song from Twilight .)

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4 Reasons why Fred Claus sucks (quick movie review)

What can I say about Fred Claus? Well, it sucks… but given its user ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, you already knew that. Perhaps I should ask “What can I say about Fred Claus that you don’t already know?” Not much, so this is going to be a quick one. Read the rest of this entry

Thanksgiving Day 2013 link drop

In case you need some holiday cheer, I thought I’d put together a handy-dandy list of previous Thanksgiving centric posts for your viewing pleasure.  Here we go:

Animal Retrospective [Video]
This video features a small amount of footage of actual wild turkeys.

Vegan Shepard’s Pie
My modification to Shepard’s Pie to make it vegan.

Cooking on Thanksgiving
You can see some photos of my “famous” baked ziti with vegan sausage here!

Turkeys protest Thanksgiving
Hey, sometimes a wild turkey has to take to the streets and be heard.

wild turkeys in Wayne, NJ
A quick photo of some wild turkeys wandering around.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy a quick video and a well wishing message!

Have a great Thanksgiving and if you have off tomorrow, do something fun!

The 5 most memorable episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeI’ve written several posts about one of my favorite shows of all time, Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I still have more to say. Today, I’ll examine the 5 most memorable episodes of the series. When I say “memorable,” I’m referring to episodes that stick out in my mind for any particular reason – not because they’re good or bad, but just because they got my attention. Here we are, in no particular order… no wait, I’ll do them in order of appearance. Let’s do this! Read the rest of this entry

The 5 best kid – adult crossover cartoons that are on TV right now

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“That’s the thing I like about cartoons – I get older, they stay the same age.”
~the creepy dude from Dazed and Confused said something like that.

But it’s true! I might be old, but I still love cartoons, and there are some cartoons that are getting it done in a big bad way as I believe they are pleasing to both kids and adults. Here today, I present to you (in no particular order), the 5 best kid – adult crossover cartoons that are on TV right now.

Adventure Time

I’m just getting into this show, but it clearly has the goods. The scope and complexity of Adventure Time is kinda baffling, but I’m looking forward to getting caught up. Read the rest of this entry

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