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In one scene in American Sniper (out Christmas day), Navy SEAL Chris Kyle comes home from his first tour in Iraq. Though he’s sitting still and claims he’s fine, a doctor slaps a blood-pressure cuff …

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Book Review: THE RETRIBUTION by Val McDermid

January 30, 2012 – 9:20 pm | 5 Comments
Book Review: THE RETRIBUTION by Val McDermid

This originally ran in Shelf Awareness and is reprinted here with permission.
For her seventh thriller featuring profiler Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, Val McDermid unleases not one but two serial killers. …

Reactions to SAG Awards 2012 & Fashion Roundup

January 29, 2012 – 10:18 pm | 3 Comments
Reactions to SAG Awards 2012 & Fashion Roundup

Wow, I was bored throughout this show, despite the fact it’s produced by my union and I got to vote for the awards. I can’t even do a best & worst list because the show …

PCN’s Banished Words

January 26, 2012 – 10:06 pm | 42 Comments
PCN’s Banished Words

At the start of the year, Lake Superior State University published its annual list of words and phrases it feels should be banished. I perused the list and found that several are not that offensive. …

Academy Award Nominations 2012

January 24, 2012 – 1:55 pm | 21 Comments
Academy Award Nominations 2012

I’m sure you’ve heard the nominations so I’ll just share some of my reactions to them. For the most part, I like the nominees but of course, there were a few omissions I wasn’t happy …

TAKEN by Robert Crais: Q&A and Giveaway

January 23, 2012 – 2:24 am | 48 Comments
TAKEN by Robert Crais: Q&A and Giveaway

Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate it! Today is the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, which sounds like it should be my year but it’s not. I’m actually Year of the …

HAYWIRE Q&A with Steven Soderbergh and Cast Members

January 19, 2012 – 5:45 pm | 2 Comments
HAYWIRE Q&A with Steven Soderbergh and Cast Members

Last November, Haywire was the secret screening at the AFI Fest, with a Q&A session afterward with director Steven Soderbergh, Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, moderated by Joel McHale. I discussed the movie back …

Who’s That Actor?! Pt. 3

January 18, 2012 – 1:09 am | 15 Comments
Who’s That Actor?! Pt. 3

In the last month or so, I’ve watched a lot of films and TV and noticed how many actors show up repeatedly. I’m not talking about big stars but thespians who do a ton of …

Golden Globes 2012 Fashion Roundup

January 16, 2012 – 1:56 am | 11 Comments
Golden Globes 2012 Fashion Roundup

The red carpet arrivals started at 3 p.m. PST, and I thought I’d watch this live, too. Mr. PCN came in after a while and watched with me, and I think it’s clear his observations …

Golden Globes 2012 Recap

January 15, 2012 – 11:18 pm | 7 Comments
Golden Globes 2012 Recap

I usually DVR the show so I wouldn’t have to watch commercials, but for once, I thought I’d try watching it live (it started at 5 p.m. PST) and blog my reactions to it without …

Book Review: RAYLAN by Elmore Leonard

January 10, 2012 – 6:36 pm | 6 Comments
Book Review: RAYLAN by Elmore Leonard

This review is by contributor Eric Edwards, a cowboy in his own way.—PCN
Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshal whose no-nonsense way of upholding the law is viewed by his higher-ups as too reminiscent of the Old …

Quick Impressions of HOUSE OF LIES & THE FIRM

January 9, 2012 – 2:43 am | 8 Comments
Quick Impressions of HOUSE OF LIES & THE FIRM

Sunday night brought two anticipated TV debuts, but after I saw them, I was ready for them to go away. Showtime’s House of Lies starred Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, head of a team of …

My Weekly REVENGE Ritual

January 5, 2012 – 12:53 am | 10 Comments
My Weekly REVENGE Ritual

It’s ridiculous how much I anticipated Revenge‘s return tonight. When it debuted last fall, it was the show I was least interested in watching. It had a generic title and marketing campaign, which didn’t make …

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