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119-word movie reviews: Pineapple Express

Posted by on Aug 8, 2008 in News & Events |

2 stars (out of 4) An R-rated stoner flick? Judd Apatow? Seth Rogen? Expectations were high, pardon the pun. The trailer made the movie look like a cross between Dazed and Confused and the Beastie Boys’ classic Sabotage video. Expectations: dashed. One (obvious) way to gauge a comedy’s success is to count the number of times you laugh out loud, and...

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All-time box office leaders adjusted for inflation

Posted by on Aug 8, 2008 in News & Events |

You hear a lot about record-setting movie grosses whenever the latest IndyPotterSpideyBat flick hits. If you’re like me you yawn and assume that with modern marketing muscle, any franchise can break records; it seems more science than art. So the inflation-adjusted list from Box Office Mojo, with grosses shown in 2008 dollars, is pretty cool. Be sure...

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Maybe cigarettes bump you into NC-17 territory

Posted by on Aug 7, 2008 in News & Events | 1 comment

Not that you needed further evidence that Hollywood is a very silly place, but … Just saw Pineapple Express (expect a 119-word review tomorrow), and something jarred me halfway through. Here we have an R-rated flick in which virtually every character is a heavy-duty pot-smoker and/or dealer. When they’re not getting high they’re shooting...

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Know when to fold ’em

Posted by on Aug 7, 2008 in News & Events | 2 comments

Even if you’re a reasonably acute football fan you may not remember Robert Smith (no, that’s not him at left; that’s the anti-Robert Smith), and not just because he has a name usually found in sleazy motels’ guest registers. Smith was a breathtaking running back for my beloved Minnesota Vikings from 1993 to 2000. While the...

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119-word movie reviews: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Posted by on Aug 1, 2008 in News & Events | 1 comment

1.5 stars (out of 4) Clever as your nephew’s knock-knock jokes, surprising as a Jay Leno monologue. Not much else to say about this stinker (except that when you paint yourself into a corner requiring three warrior Yeti, your screenplay probably needs work), so let’s get to the important thing: Maria Bello, who costars with Brendan Fraser and actually...

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Life lessons from Sidekick Meyer

Posted by on Jul 31, 2008 in News & Events | 2 comments

I stumbled across Travis McGee, John D. MacDonald‘s amateur sleuth, in the mid 1980s. It instantly became my favorite series for several reasons, some of which I understand and some of which I don’t. (I’m reading the books, in order, for the third time. Why? Partly because I love them. Partly because this appears to be a rare series I can...

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