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The N Candy AA
March 18, 2010 – 12:57 AM | 26 Comments

We've crownedkings in the snackets for cheese, ice cream, and cereal. Now it's timefor yet another series of showdowns in the grocery aisle, as the BunklerSnacketology Clinic rocks your sweet teeth with…The N Candy AA …

Hit Charade
March 16, 2010 – 9:52 AM | One Comment
<I>Hit Charade</I>

Not every magazine article should get promoted to full-length book. Sometimes it works (Into Thin Air), but sometimes it doesn't: Tyler Gray's Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. …

TV Question Qorner: James and the Giant Beeyatches, with special guest Miss Alli
March 15, 2010 – 7:41 PM | 34 Comments
TV Question Qorner: <I>James and the Giant Beeyatches</I>, with special guest Miss Alli

Sarah: So you're not really watching Survivor this season?
Alli: I have seen some of it. But you have to understand how deep my dislike of Russell and Rupert really goes.
Sarah: …RUPERT.
Alli: I just…why would I …

Odds, Ends, Updates
March 8, 2010 – 9:41 AM | 17 Comments
Odds, Ends, Updates

You may have noticed a shift in the categories and tags on the blog; I'm preparing for another redesign. I know it feels like I just ported everything over from the last redesign, but this …

Oscar Pool Postmortem
March 8, 2010 – 2:10 AM | 33 Comments
Oscar Pool Postmortem

I've done worse — but with 50 of the nominees under my belt, I should have done better.
The scorecard is below.
Best Picture: wrong
I really thought they'd try to split the baby between Avatar and The …

Oscars Death Race: Conclusion and Pool Recs
March 7, 2010 – 5:11 PM | 12 Comments
Oscars Death Race: Conclusion and Pool Recs

Well, friends, I gave it my best, but I couldn't manage to watch them all. The final score is Sarah 50, Death Race 8 (86-ish percent) and 20 out of 24 categories completed (83 percent). …

The Last Station
March 7, 2010 – 4:29 PM | 5 Comments

A handful of nice moments — most of them from McAvoy, who isn't nominated — but one review I read called the movie an acting showcase more than a plot, and I'd have to agree. …

El Secreto de Sus Ojos
March 7, 2010 – 3:04 AM | 2 Comments

This is a great movie. Here's how I could tell: the version I saw had, bar none, the worst subtitling I've ever seen, and I have watched a fair amount of bootleg kung-fu in my …

March 6, 2010 – 9:45 AM | 3 Comments

Everyone looks beautiful, the acting is good (with one semi-exception), and Nine successfully evokes Fellini, but I don't think I see the point of the exercise, here or in the stage original. That the dialogue …

The White Ribbon
March 4, 2010 – 3:41 PM | 5 Comments

This is, I believe, the presumptive favorite for Best Foreign Film, with good reason. I've only seen one of the other nominees, and it's good, but The White Ribbon is in another class entirely; it's …