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Movie Review: BLACK SWAN

November 29, 2010 – 4:47 pm | 14 Comments
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When awards season rolls around, and even for months beforehand, we’re subjected to a lot of hyperbole, where every picture is breathtakingly touted as “best of the year!” and every performance is called Oscar-worthy. More …

Leslie Nielsen 1926-2010

November 28, 2010 – 7:31 pm | 9 Comments

I was sitting in my living room, laughing about something, when I looked over at my computer and saw the news that Leslie Nielsen had died Sunday at 84 of complications from pneumonia. My laughter …

Giveaway Winners + Another Giveaway: Pat Conroy’s MY READING LIFE

November 28, 2010 – 6:40 pm | 7 Comments

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend whether or not you celebrated Thanksgiving. I think we should treat every weekend as a holiday, and by that I mean we should sleep in, never change …

Harry Potter Thanksgiving

November 26, 2010 – 11:54 pm | 25 Comments
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I’m still enjoying the slothfulness of this weekend so will keep this brief. Just wanted to post some pictures of the cool Harry Potter-themed Thanksgiving dinner I attended.
My amazingly gifted friend Mari hosts a themed …

THE KING’S SPEECH: Movie Review with Production Notes

November 22, 2010 – 11:00 pm | 12 Comments
Firth at AFI Fest

When I first heard a while back that Colin Firth had picked this as his next project, I thought, “Ugh.” I’m not a big fan of historical drama and the description sounded so humorless and …

Movie Review: BURLESQUE

November 21, 2010 – 9:41 pm | 19 Comments
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After I saw Burlesque (opening Nov. 24) last week, a bunch of my friends asked, “So, was it a train wreck?” I think it’s telling that’s their first question but the answer is: It’s not …


November 19, 2010 – 11:51 pm | 4 Comments
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Among my favorite stories of all time are the ones about Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and the rest of Pooh’s friends in the 100 Acre Wood. It never fails to make me cry when …

Boring Prequels Challenge

November 19, 2010 – 9:16 pm | 8 Comments

Against my better judgment, I sometimes spend time on Twitter when I should be doing something else. But it can be fun and every once in a while, someone posts a funny game that I …


November 18, 2010 – 12:57 am | 17 Comments
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A movie that’s opening against Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 had better have the muscle and legs to stand up to it. It probably wouldn’t hurt to also have some magic dust …

Book Giveaway: Michael Connelly’s THE HARRY BOSCH NOVELS, VOLUME 3

November 16, 2010 – 12:29 am | 22 Comments
harry bosch novels vol. 3

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I’m giving away three copies of this new omnibus which includes three complete Harry Bosch novels: A Darkness More than Night, City of Bones, and Lost Light. Perhaps you already …

Book Review: Walter Mosley’s THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY

November 15, 2010 – 12:07 am | 5 Comments
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man living in a cluttered, squalid Los Angeles apartment, mostly forgotten by the world while forgetting his own past due to dementia. One day, Robyn, a 17-year-old orphan and family …


November 11, 2010 – 12:50 am | 8 Comments

I’ve been busy attending the AFI Festival this past week, where I got to see several Oscar-bait movies like The King’s Speech, Rabbit Hole and The Fighter. Quick reactions? Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Melissa …

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