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The Crushed Film Festival presents: Ready to Rumble and Boiler Room
February 14, 2009 · 10 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Ready to Rumble</I> and <I>Boiler Room</I>

by Joe Reid
The Movie(s): Ready to Rumble and Boiler Room
The Crush Object: Scott Caan
The Story: Rumble: Two glorified retards (Caan and David Arquette) set out to help their favorite pro wrestler (Oliver Platt) win his …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: The Rules of Attraction
February 14, 2009 · 9 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>The Rules of Attraction</I>

by John "the Couch Baron" Ramos
The Movie: The Rules Of Attraction
The Crush Object: Ian Somerhalder
The Story: Even calling it "a story" is being generous, but basically, it's about several self-absorbed college students who drink and …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
February 13, 2009 · 24 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil</I>

by Mark Blankenship
The Movie: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Crush Object: Jude Law
The Story: Reporter John Kelso (John Cusack) thinks he's got a simple assignment in Savannah, Georgia: cover a rich eccentric's …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: Turk 182!
February 13, 2009 · 21 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Turk 182!</I>

by Sarah D. Bunting
The Movie: Turk 182!
The Crush Object: Timothy Hutton
The Story: When his firefighter brother Terry (Robert Urich) gets hurt saving a little moppet from a blaze while intoxicated (Terry is intoxicated, not the …

Introducing The Crushed Film Festival
February 13, 2009 · 34 Comments

The Crushed Film Festival is a series of pieces in which I and various colleagues admit to/review films we saw because, and pretty much only because, an actor or actress we had a crush on …

Sober House: A Question
February 12, 2009 · 33 Comments
<I>Sober House</I>: A Question

A question besides "Why do I watch this sordidry?", that is, because there's no good answer to that.
No, my question is: Does anyone else wonder why Jen is in charge of that house if she's …

Why We Need The Oxford Comma
February 12, 2009 · 82 Comments
Why We Need The Oxford Comma

[T]he comma separates items (including the last from the next-to-last) in a list of more than two — e.g.: "The Joneses, the Smiths, and the Nelsons." In this position, it's called, variously, the serial comma, …

The Vine: February 11, 2009
February 11, 2009 · 69 Comments

Hi Sars,
I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this, but I don't have the sources to back me up: I'm doing a couple of different volunteer things that require me to receive and sometimes …

Encounters At The End Of The World
February 10, 2009 · 9 Comments
<I>Encounters At The End Of The World</I>

It's stayed with me for a few days; Werner Herzog, who narrates as well as writing and directing the documentary, has a way of musing in voice-over about the prospects for human life's continued tenure …

At least headline-writers get to have a good time
February 9, 2009 · 30 Comments
At least headline-writers get to have a good time

"A-Roid," "A-Fraud," it's a tabloid field day around here. Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Times has a good (and more importantly, calm) piece about the revelations, and the last few days of coverage.
If you demonize and …