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April 8, 2018 – 7:54 pm | 4 Comments

I had a lazy weekend—well, lazier than usual—and ended up watching lots of TV and movies. Good thing they were mostly entertaining. Here are some brief thoughts on the ones worth mentioning.
Killing Eve

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John Hughes 1950-2009

August 6, 2009 – 3:31 pm | 4 Comments
John Hughes

I can’t take any more of these iconic people dying this summer. Twenty-plus summers ago, I was going through adolescence with Hughes’s movies as a backdrop to it all.
When I was in college, I DJ’d …


August 5, 2009 – 8:22 pm | 9 Comments
L bones

I didn’t love Alice Sebold’s book, thought it was slightly overhyped, but I am looking forward to the movie. This trailer (watch it here; they won’t let me embed it) looks good and creepy. The …

Kick Some Ass, Get a Scholarship

August 4, 2009 – 10:24 pm | 12 Comments
Lee Child by Sigrid Estrada

England’s The Guardian reports that thriller writer Lee Child has established several scholarships named after his fictional hero Jack Reacher for students going to Sheffield University, Child’s alma mater.
I think this is the coolest thing. …

Nerdvana or Substandnerd?

August 4, 2009 – 10:13 pm | 6 Comments

Some interesting entertainment news were announced recently and I’m not sure how I feel about them so I thought I’d ask your opinions. Vote “Nerdvana” if it makes you euphoric; “Substandnerd” if you think the …

Book Buffet

August 3, 2009 – 3:01 am | 11 Comments

Since my TBR book pile was getting so big it threatened to become a fire hazard, I decided to lock myself in until I’d made a dent in it. Well, that didn’t last long since …

Guess the Fake Foreign Movie Titles

July 30, 2009 – 11:04 pm | 10 Comments

Earlier this week, I reviewed Stieg Larsson’s novel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was originally titled Men Who Hate Women in Swedish.
This got me …


July 28, 2009 – 1:15 am | 6 Comments

When I read the first book in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (see my review here), I finished it in a two-and-a-half-day marathon. I beat my own record when I swallowed …


July 26, 2009 – 10:58 pm | 21 Comments

The clip below of Terry Gilliam’s movie shows Heath Ledger as Tony, who’s part of a troupe of performers trying to save Dr. Parnassus’s daughter from the Devil. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) had promised his daughter …

Review: David Mazzucchelli's ASTERIOS POLYP

July 24, 2009 – 10:40 pm | 7 Comments
ap & hana

This review was written by contributing writer Thuy Dinh, an editor of the webzine Da Mau and my resident expert on graphic novels. —PCN


As children, my cousin Allan and I would spy on Mrs. Seven, …

Breaking News About James Cameron's AVATAR

July 23, 2009 – 3:58 pm | 10 Comments

James Cameron showed 25 minutes of Avatar at Comic-Con today and the reactions range from “jaw-dropping,” “gasp-worthy,” “indescribable” to “historic.” Since the lucky people who got to see it are having a hard time putting …

Review: JULIE & JULIA–The Movie

July 22, 2009 – 10:40 pm | 12 Comments
Columbia Pictures/Jonathan Wenk

Even though I’d eaten a perfectly good dinner right before the screening of Julie & Julia (opening August 7), I went home after the movie and ate some more. Talk about a gut reaction.
The film—based …

Teaser Trailer for Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

July 22, 2009 – 3:11 pm | 13 Comments

Oh man, this is WILD. Check out the teaser trailer below and tell me what you think. Johnny Depp seems even loopier as the Mad Hatter than as Captain Jack and I love it when …

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