Oscar 2017 Nominations and Reactions

E: Huh.  31 out of 34 predictions correct.  I feel pretty good about that!  I also feel really good about the diversity of this year’s slate – three movies starring African Americans (surely a first), a movie about Indians and India, and three movies with female leads.  (And yes, three out of nine is pathetic, and yet by nominating more than two in an industry where Hollywood refuses to make movies about women and then routinely ignores many of the good ones it does produce, Oscar is operating on high.)

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November 2016 Movie Preview: Part Deux

E: Sorry for the delay, friends — after a fraught election week and all, we’re belatedly bringing you the rest of November’s movie offerings. Also, all three siblings have gone since last we wrote — and you know what?  Despite my dread, Trolls was pretty enjoyable.

M: And C and I separately saw Doctor Strange, which is not the best Marvel movie ever, but despite that is quite entertaining.

E: As with November’s first week, there are some pretty fine offerings to be had.  If you’re looking for a distraction, your multiplex can definitely accommodate you for a few hours.

C: There’s also a fair bit of random garbage, but yeah, some strong contenders too — one of which I already have tickets for. And if you all don’t know that’s Fantastic Beasts, you don’t know me.

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Mini-reviews: A to Z, Forever, and How To Get Away With Murder

E: Now that I’ve had enough time to watch multiple episodes and get a real feel for new shows, I thought I’d share my thoughts on what I’ve been watching.  Perhaps later I’ll rant about the mysterious dearth of humor on Castle (did he get a personality transplant? I’ve counted 1 attempt at a joke in the new season), or my new interest in The Big Bang Theory, but for now, it’s all about the newbies.  Continue reading

2014 Fall Television Preview: Thursday

E: Thursday is starting to look like the day I catch up with everything that’s overloading my DVR.  Not a lot of Must See TV for me!

M: What a change that is from the past, when Thursday was far and away the biggest and most crowded night of television.

C: That’s probably Sundays these days, or maybe Tuesday, depending on the demographic. But with Big Bang Theory on another night for now and Parks & Rec on hold until mid-season (augghhh!), my Thursday nights are looking curiously free.

E: As always, if we haven’t included something that you watch or were thinking about watching, please leave a comment and let us know why we’re missing the boat! Here’s a quick key to help you as you read:

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Oscar Nomination Predictions, 2012

E: Here it is again, that time of year.   It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of film (much of which, depending on where you live, probably still hasn’t come to a theater near you).  It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of guesses, of anticipation, of pedigreed films which fell flat at the box office or with the critics, with festival darlings who may or may not make the grade, with movies flying under the general radar, but worth the search.  Ready for a month of marathon movie watching?  Ready to make those final guesses?  Ready to get up early tomorrow and hear the news?

The nominations always bring greater surprises than the actual awards; that makes nomination day my favorite of the awards season.  Let’s start with one of the worst categories – but I’m going to leave the very most important and very worst of all, Best Picture with its uncertain number of honorees, for last.  And as always, I will be hoping to be wrong.

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Relatively Entertaining: One-Year Anniversary

M: June 22, 2010 marks the one-year anniversary of our first post, and we thought that we’d celebrate.  We decided to follow the lead of one of our favorite ice cream makers, Ben and Jerry’s, who give out free ice cream on the company’s birthday.  So today, all content on the site is completely free!!!

OK, so the whole site’s free… but hey, we’re doing what we can.  We did consider what to do for the anniversary, and decided to share some things with you that we’ve found interesting over the past year.  You see, one of the services WordPress provides is allowing us to see what search engine terms have led people to our blog.  Most of these search phrases are very straightforward and make perfect sense, like “relatively entertaining, ” “quibbling siblings” or something we’ve reviewed, like “you can’t take it with you” or “the good wife.”  However, there are some searches that stand out, and make us wonder either how that term led to us, why the person searching for it clicked on our link, or what the hell they were actually looking for.

E: Throughout the year, M has kept track of the searches that amused him.  Now we present to you a list of our favorite head-scratchers, oddities, and goofball ways people have found us in the last year.

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