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January 11, 2017 – 6:48 pm | 6 Comments

Since almost half the month has passed, I figured I should get this list up. I’ve been moving slowly due to January rains, days that get dark at 1:00 p.m., and my general tendency to …

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Favorite 2016 Books

January 4, 2017 – 6:51 pm | 8 Comments
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I’m baaaack!
I took off for a couple of weeks over the holidays, and when I go on vacation, I go off the grid. There’s no blogging or social media, sometimes no Internet or cell reception. I …

Capsule Movie Reviews: FENCES, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, SING, and HIDDEN FIGURES

December 19, 2016 – 1:18 am | One Comment
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The holidays are upon us and the movies are coming out fast and furious, competing for your dollars. Since you’re probably doing last-minute shopping and have no time for full reviews, I’ll keep my comments …

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Spoiler-Free Movie Review

December 13, 2016 – 9:10 pm | 6 Comments
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Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you. I might be even more spoiler-averse than you are. In fact, that made me miss the first 5 minutes of the movie.
I went to a screening without …

Nerdy Special List December 2016

December 8, 2016 – 11:29 pm | One Comment
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This month, I asked our illustrious contributors for a December favorite or one from any month this year, as long as it hasn’t appeared on the NSL.
Since you might be looking for gift ideas, how about considering some of these …

Movie Review: LA LA LAND

December 7, 2016 – 7:31 pm | 6 Comments
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Ohhh, what can I say about La La Land? If you’ve seen the trailer or photos, you probably already think it looks dreamy. I can confirm that it is. But with one foot in reality, …

Movie Review: JACKIE

December 1, 2016 – 9:58 pm | One Comment
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Jackie Kennedy is such an iconic figure, what hasn’t already been said about her? Well, Pablo Larraín’s Jackie tries to give us a different portrait of her by imagining how she was in the private moments …

Capsule Movie Reviews: ALLIED, RULES DON’T APPLY, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA & LION

November 22, 2016 – 11:17 pm | 2 Comments
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If you celebrate Thanksgiving, then I imagine your weekend will include not only turkey and stuffing but also football and movie viewing. I can’t help you with the first three items, seeing as how I can …

Funny Shows For Sad Times

November 15, 2016 – 12:45 am | 5 Comments
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If you’ve been finding yourself weeping for the past week, perhaps you could use some laughter. Why not check out the hilarious shows below? You’re probably on the couch already.
What I especially like about these programs, all …

Not Too Long Ago, In a Place Not So Far Away…

September 5, 2016 – 7:42 pm | 6 Comments
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This past Saturday, I got to do something I’ve long wanted to do: see John Williams perform live, conducting the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

I did not come dressed as a Star Wars character, …

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