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Batkid Begins: Doing The Wave
January 22, 2016 – 8:20 AM | 2 Comments
<em>Batkid Begins</em>: Doing The Wave

I think perhaps Netflix should consider bundling DVDs of Kurt Kuenne projects with those purse packs of Kleenex.

Film Fiber: Jaws
January 7, 2016 – 2:24 PM | 14 Comments
Film Fiber: <em>Jaws</em>

Roy Scheider is the most underrated actor of his generation. I am NOT a crackpot.

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Working Girl
December 11, 2015 – 8:05 AM | 21 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Working Girl</em>

A head for business and a nom for sin.

Poppy-Fields Movies: The Couch Of Fame
December 9, 2015 – 5:03 AM | 108 Comments
Poppy-Fields Movies: The Couch Of Fame

12/9/15: We've just crowned The Princess Bride as our latest PFM Couch Of Famer!

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Princess Bride
September 8, 2015 – 11:53 AM | 41 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>The Princess Bride</em>

Contheevable!

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Some Like It Hot
August 28, 2015 – 7:11 AM | 9 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Some Like It Hot</em>

Nobody's perfect.

"It Was More About The Effort To Survive": A Chat About Everybody Loves Our Town
August 20, 2015 – 8:50 AM | 4 Comments
"It Was More About The Effort To Survive": A Chat About <em>Everybody Loves Our Town</em>

Mark Blankenship joins me to talk about Mark Yarm's oral history of grunge.

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Silence Of The Lambs
July 20, 2015 – 11:09 AM | 22 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>The Silence Of The Lambs</em>

Butterflies aren't always free.

Twomato Concentrate: 16 July 2015
July 16, 2015 – 1:49 PM | 7 Comments
Twomato Concentrate: 16 July 2015

Again With This, Emmy oversights, and the Girls' Bike Club's sad prescience.

Twomato Concentrate: 15 July 2015
July 15, 2015 – 12:02 PM | 3 Comments
Twomato Concentrate: 15 July 2015

Managers, Watchmen, and more stuff I'm thinking about.