The TV Show You Should Be Watching Right Now

Smart? Check. Character driven? Check. Female leads (yes, plural) who pass the Bechdel test? Check. Wait, what? Yes, folks, it's real. AMC's Halt and Catch Fire (HACT) is the show you should be watching right now. The show quickly moved from being about 2 guys and their volatile and brilliant female coder building a laptop … Continue reading The TV Show You Should Be Watching Right Now

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5 Reasons I’m Going to Miss Mad Men–The Best Show on TV

I married my husband for a lot of reasons...he’s good-looking, had a job, health insurance, his own place, he’s funny, he’s kind, he asked me to, he watched Mad Men… I’ve been watching Mad Men since season two--initially online (“he has cable” should go on the list too, I guess)--and I had no one to … Continue reading 5 Reasons I’m Going to Miss Mad Men–The Best Show on TV

When Best Selling Doesn’t Mean Best Writing: The Mind Numbing Problems with Divergent

This post contains spoilers—the main one being that I think this book is terrible. Never have I read a book that went off the rails so suddenly or so completely. The last act of this story is a crazy, train-wreck of a read. And I don’t mean that in a good way. The Deceptively Mediocre … Continue reading When Best Selling Doesn’t Mean Best Writing: The Mind Numbing Problems with Divergent

Sin City and the Art of Adaptation

The images in Sin City may be black and white, but the morals certainly aren't. Frank Miller created a series of comics, now generally collected in to seven volumes, that tells the stories of one singularly corrupt town.  He exposes the underbelly of a city full of thugs, hit men, dirty politics and polluted justice. … Continue reading Sin City and the Art of Adaptation

Doing a Remake Right:  A look at Purple Noon and The Talented Mr. Ripley

                Our frugality backfired. Initially we felt good about deciding to forego spending $21.50 to see a Saturday night showing of Snowpiercer.  Unfortunately our alternative mall wandering turned into a Criterion Blu-ray buying spree at Barnes & Noble.  We ended up with several good movies, but didn’t save … Continue reading Doing a Remake Right:  A look at Purple Noon and The Talented Mr. Ripley

A Look Inside My Guilty Pleasure

Spy novels.  That’s my vice, my guilty pleasure. My younger brother, from whom I never take advice, told me once that guilty pleasures are stupid.  If something’s a pleasure, you should not feel guilty. This sort of hedonism is either the best or worst philosophy.  It all depends on how long-term your approach to pleasure … Continue reading A Look Inside My Guilty Pleasure

The Lego Movie: Everything is Awesome

The Lego Movie explores the ultimate dichotomy of life: those who only build Lego kits as directed on the construction guide and those who find such directions limiting. Are you a construction guide follower or are you a free-form inventor of worlds. Are your creations detailed and precisely constructed using the provided pieces and harmonious … Continue reading The Lego Movie: Everything is Awesome