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Behind the Scenes at the Oscars 2011

February 28, 2011 – 3:06 am | No Comment
Govenors Ball

I have a friend who went to the Oscars and as usual, she called me after the Governors Ball. She shared the following anecdotes, things you didn’t get to see on TV. She also took …

Oscars 2011 Reaction: Nerdies for Best & Worst Moments

February 28, 2011 – 2:18 am | 9 Comments
bullock & firth

Watching the Oscars is akin to how people describe childbirth to me—it’s painful but after some time passes you forget about the pain and want to do it again. I don’t think I’ve really enjoyed …

Movie Challenge: Best Picture Hybrids

February 22, 2011 – 12:07 am | 12 Comments
oscars_2011

There’s been a lot of ink leading up to the Oscars this Sunday and last week I realized I was bored with the nominees being discussed the same way over and over again: Who will …

Movie Review: UNKNOWN

February 21, 2011 – 1:04 am | 17 Comments
UNKNOWN

Back in 1987, I reviewed for my school paper the movie Suspect, starring Cher, Dennis Quaid, and Liam Neeson in one of his first American features. I remember writing that even though Neeson was mostly …

Tell Me a Story about…Bananas

February 16, 2011 – 3:57 pm | 26 Comments
bananas

This past weekend, I was thinking about doing another edition of “tell me a story…” (see sample past posts here and here) in which I give you a random word and you tell me whatever …

Book Review: Erin Kelly’s THE POISON TREE

February 16, 2011 – 1:54 am | 3 Comments
The-Poison-Tree

The cover of Erin Kelly’s The Poison Tree is stunning, with its web of black branches against a blood red background. It conveys a sense of ominousness, daring me to peek inside and unravel its …

Ten Unexpectedly Romantic Movies

February 13, 2011 – 11:25 pm | 19 Comments
wall*e

Today is Valentine’s Day, whether you like it or not. Since you’ve probably been bombarded by sentimental consumerism for a couple months, I thought I’d put together a list of movies that are romantic in …

Book Review: Sophie Littlefield’s AFTERTIME

February 11, 2011 – 1:42 am | 10 Comments
aftertime

Before I get to the review, I want to mention I don’t normally read dystopian fiction, horror, or romance novels and I definitely don’t do zombies. I can handle aliens and Godzilla but zombies give …

Winners of THE LINCOLN LAWYER Paperbacks & Movie Posters

February 11, 2011 – 12:05 am | No Comment

The randomly selected winners are:

Jann
Marjorie
Judy
Kathy P

Greg

Please send me your addresses by Sunday, February 13, 5 p.m. PST using this contact form. I’ll forward them to Hachette, who will ship the prizes to you. Thanks …

Book Review: Brad Parks’s EYES OF THE INNOCENT

February 8, 2011 – 9:24 pm | 4 Comments
eyes-of-the-innocent

Though Brad Parks had Shamus and Nero awards thrown at his Faces—his debut novel, Faces of the Gone, that is— there’s no sign of the sophomore slump in his follow-up, Eyes of the Innocent, which …

TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE

February 8, 2011 – 1:06 am | 8 Comments
chicago code

Though Shawn Ryan’s The Chicago Code (FOX, Mondays, 9 p.m.) isn’t the most innovative cop show ever, its style and content make it immensely watchable. Jennifer Beals stars as Teresa Colvin, the Chicago Police Department’s …

Thoughts on Super Bowl Ads & Post-Game GLEE

February 7, 2011 – 12:08 am | 28 Comments
thrillergleecast

Since I’m not a football fan, I reversed my viewing habit of DVR’d shows and only watched the commercials (after Christina Aguilera’s horribly overwrought and mangled version of the anthem, that is). I thought the …

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