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The Age of Innocence (1934): Subtraction by addition
December 21, 2012 – 1:22 AM | 4 Comments
<I>The Age of Innocence</I> (1934): Subtraction by addition

The Age of Innocence's 1934 iteration is an interesting prospect. The stymied romance between old-money lawyer Newland Archer (John Boles) and his bland but correct fiancée's bohemian cousin Ellen Olenska (Irene Dunne), recently escaped from …

The Vine: December 19, 2012
December 19, 2012 – 11:20 AM | 34 Comments
The Vine: December 19, 2012

I'm a happily married mother of two young children; my husband and I are both in our mid-thirties. We don't really disagree about much and we have a pretty great life. But even though we …

Blood and Honor: Listening to the Crow
December 17, 2012 – 12:42 PM | 15 Comments
<I>Blood and Honor</I>: Listening to the Crow

"Bruno was the consummate racketeer. Scarfo, on the other hand, was a gangster."
The crime
It's about the self-destruction the Philly mob, so: pick your felony. But implied also is a metaphorical crime, an affront to the …

The Vine: December 14, 2012
December 14, 2012 – 11:32 AM | 46 Comments
The Vine: December 14, 2012

Here's two for the readers. The first was a book on tape that I listened to but never finished, probably sometime around 1998, although the book itself definitely predated that — I want to say it …

The Vine: December 12, 2012
December 12, 2012 – 3:56 PM | 28 Comments
The Vine: December 12, 2012

I've got a "please help me find this song" request to put out there. My hard-to-buy-for boyfriend has heard a song in the yoga class we've been taking, and I'd like to get him a copy …

X-Files Rewatch: Season 5
December 8, 2012 – 7:19 AM | 11 Comments
<I>X-Files</I> Rewatch: Season 5

So, I started rewatching The X-Files from the beginning — or, really, "watching it," because during the series' run, I came in late and only watched casually. It holds up pretty well almost 20 years later, despite …

The Vine: December 7, 2012
December 7, 2012 – 11:47 AM | 72 Comments
The Vine: December 7, 2012

My family always had advent calendars growing up, and I am looking for suggestions for good advent calendars to purchase now. I am open to reusable or non-reusable ones.
There is also one particular advent calendar …

The Vine: December 5, 2012
December 5, 2012 – 10:03 AM | 158 Comments
The Vine: December 5, 2012

I'm looking for book suggestions for my just-turned-thirteen niece. It's a very in-betweeny age, where her Christmas list is mostly clothes, but she still doesn't want me to cancel her American Girl magazine subscription. Though …

The Imposter: The past isn't past
November 30, 2012 – 4:40 PM | 6 Comments
<em>The Imposter</em>: The past isn't past

Though [Bourdin] emphasized his cunning, he acknowledged what any con man knows but rarely admits: it is not that hard to fool people. People have basic expectations of others' behavior and are rarely on guard …

The Vine: November 30, 2012
November 30, 2012 – 12:17 PM | 17 Comments
The Vine: November 30, 2012

A Vine question from my brother…who is single. And lives in Seattle. And needs a girlfriend. But anyway, he had a movie question, and as my normally encyclopediac movie brain has failed me, I'd like …