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Category Archive: Entertainment

Jun 13 2013

Starting a Podcast/Live show – Feedback appreciated

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So, for a very long time now I’ve been interested in starting a podcast.  Mostly because it seems like the perfect way to grow an audience and create more space for my public intellectualism, but partially because I used to do a vlog and I really enjoyed it.  I quit, however, because it brought so …

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Apr 22 2013

I get e-mail — Cinematic Appraisals: “Mind Science” or Pseudoscience

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I got a very hurt e-mail from someone yesterday. A few years ago, before I was at Freethoughtblogs, I wrote an article about a service offered to film producers called “Cinematic Appraisals”.  I had recently optioned my screenplay and I was generally up-to-date with everything, but a friend sent me a link to their site telling me …

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Feb 24 2013

OSCAR Liveblog

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12:04 Seth McFarlane was pretty good.  Best moment? JLaw tripping and laughing about it and Ben Affleck crying. 12:02 Closing number from Chenoweth.  GAYEST OSCARS EVER.  WE ALL WIN. 11:57 17/23 Best Picture: Will win: Argo Should win: Django Unchained Should have been nominated: Hunger Games 11:54 Michelle Obama is gorgeous.  Jack is gross, but, you know, adorable …

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Feb 24 2013

Oscar Predictions for Every Category (slightly OCD)

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Emmett and I put together a predictions list for the Oscars that I am going to share with you.  Tonight, I’ll be live blogging the event.  This is not because I think the Oscars are particularly right in their judgments, but more that I just love the Oscars. Best Picture: Will win: Argo Should win: …

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Jan 10 2013

Oscar Noms 2012 — Analysis Forthcoming

SHOCK OF THE DAY: No Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director Lead Actress: Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis Lead Actor: Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington Best Picture: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silver Linings, Zero Dark 30, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Django, Argo …

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Jan 03 2013

2012 Movies, Part 1: Top 5 Films

The Extraordinary Fantastic movies of 2012 I’ve seen a lot of movies this year and wanted to discuss all of them in-depth, but realized that was way too much for one post.  So, to start with, this is a list of my ten favorite films of the year and a discussion of the problematic aspects …

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Dec 13 2012

Pina: Jagged and Beautiful

Short post today, as finals are gnawing on my free time. In 2009, German choreographer Pina Bausch died, five days after a cancer diagnosis, and two days before filming was to start on a documentary about her art. The film was released earlier this year. A classically trained ballet dancer for most of my life, …

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Oct 01 2012

A present for you: Rolling in the Deep Ukulele

Yes, instead of real deep thoughtful content, I brought you this video.  Which you should appreciate as I currently can’t use my thumb because of it.

Jul 18 2012

The Only Appropriate Response to Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A

This brilliant song was released in March, back when RuPaul’s Drag Race was happening. Willam is pretty much my favorite internet Drag Queen. “So please don’t sue us for libel, we just want a little meat without your Bible…” Willam Belli, Detox and Vicky You might feel shame (You should feel shame) (You’re an abomination) …

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Jul 16 2012

Goodbye Encyclopedia Brown: Thank you Donald J. Sobol

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One of my first introductions to critical thinking was through the Encyclopedia Brown books.  They were more like riddles than mysteries, but they always taught you to pay close attention to the details and figure out which part was bullshit. The author of these wonderful books, Donald J. Sobol, has passed away today. If you …

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