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N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 1: Vote!
October 10, 2013 – 10:30 AM | 27 Comments
N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 1: Vote!

This isn't one of the tougher flights to predict; the randomizer gave us a couple of doozies, but I think it's Goldfish cheddar's to lose.

Gravity: Just breathe
October 5, 2013 – 11:31 AM | 16 Comments
<em>Gravity</em>: Just breathe

Gravity's 98-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes at this writing is appropriate.

Tiger Eyes
September 22, 2013 – 10:44 AM | 14 Comments
<em>Tiger Eyes</em>

"Second-Act Problems" is not a spirit animal, folks.

The N Cracker AA: Nominations
July 23, 2013 – 7:00 AM | 120 Comments
The N Cracker AA: Nominations

It's time for the N Cracker AA – together, we'll choose the best cracker of them all.

Koch: More lights on the bridge
July 21, 2013 – 5:36 PM | No Comment
<em>Koch</em>: More lights on the bridge

I grew up in a Wall Street bedroom community, where the local news isn't really local because…who cares.

Terms And Conditions May Apply
July 11, 2013 – 3:49 PM | 8 Comments
Terms And Conditions May Apply

Let's go out to the lobby, and get ourselves a Couch Baron, again! John Ramos produced another fine film, Terms And Conditions May Apply, and I'm super-happy to plug this one, because 1) it's a …

This Republic of Suffering: Good deaths
June 10, 2013 – 10:22 AM | 5 Comments
<I>This Republic of Suffering</I>: Good deaths

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War is an overview of how Americans managed death, in response to a larger and more sustained barrage of it than anyone could have previously imagined.

Get Happy: Way up high
May 4, 2013 – 10:13 AM | 8 Comments
<I>Get Happy</I>: Way up high

I knew scarcely anything about Judy Garland before I read Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland; I don't know much more about her now.

War of the Worlds: Close Encounters, Take Two
April 30, 2013 – 11:32 PM | 9 Comments
<I>War of the Worlds</I>: <I>Close Encounters</I>, Take Two

A fantastic two hours; I didn't get bored once. I like Tom Cruise so much more when he's playing a borderline douche, as he does here.

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
April 16, 2013 – 2:29 PM | One Comment
<I>Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston</I>

An odd documentary whose amateurishness gets the best of it in the end, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston can't get its arms all the way around Roy Halston Prowick.