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01/23/2011 - 8:16pm

We are frequently told the “good ol’ days” were simpler, happier times.  While the past is often viewed through rose-colored glasses by those who experienced it, the assertion that things were simpler is certainly true.  Relationships are definitely more complicated because of our dedication to chasing after success in our chosen careers.  The rise of Internet dating is a simpler alternative for some; but even that is too time-consuming (not to mention a little scary) for some of today’s busy adults.  The young professionals in this week’s m

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01/17/2011 - 1:34am

The Green Hornet

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01/08/2011 - 10:38pm

January is a cold, dead month.  The trees are leafless with the branches resembling the gnarled hands of a stereotypical witch.  Theatres are just as dead and barren as this time of year.  The Oscar contenders of December are still out, but they are being joined by films that couldn’t win a dog show if they were the only entries.  Occasionally a good film pops up in the first month of the year; but, these days are usually a graveyard where studios dump movies they know are not going to be thought of at awards time.  What would this week’s movie, “S

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01/02/2011 - 5:21pm

After a break for the holidays, your votes at WIMZ.com sent me to see a couple of Oscar contending films.  One is the Coen Brothers remake of the classic western “True Grit” while the other is a study of a troubled ballerina in “Black Swan.”  Each film is filled with great performances but one struck a chord while the other struck a nerve.

Black Swan

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12/20/2010 - 12:49am

Everyone has a dream.  It could be elaborate or mundane.  It could be whimsical or serious.  It could be completely crazy or perfectly sane.  Whatever form a dream takes, we all have one and hope one day to see it fulfilled.  Of course, most of those dreams will never come true; mostly due to a lack of effort to see them brought to life or a lack of courage to even try.  There are those rare individuals who see obstacles and failures as minor bumps in the road and don’t give up on making their dreams come true for any reason.  This week’s movie

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12/11/2010 - 11:22pm

There’s a candy that used to advertise itself as “two great tastes that taste great together.”  That’s often the case with food.  Sometimes, the two don’t automatically seem to go together, like pretzels and chocolate.  But the creation of chocolate-covered pretzels makes the two individual great snacks even better as a combo.  Of course, not every combination is a good idea.  For instance, an orange and a liquorish stick wouldn’t be good at all.  Leaving the realm of food, fire and gasoline shouldn’t mix either; except

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12/05/2010 - 4:57pm

Back in the late 1980’s, I was offered a job in the panhandle of Florida, working at a pair of radio stations owned by the people for whom I was working at the time.  The town was about 30 miles from the beach; I loved taking vacations in Florida and thought this would be a great thing to do.  My wife and I packed up everything we owned and moved to the small town of De Funiak Springs, FL.  It didn’t take long for us to feel a bit out of place.  We were used to living in larger cities with plenty of choices for whatever we wanted and, essentially, a completel

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11/28/2010 - 3:06am

This week I saw two very different movies that had more in common than one may expect.  First, there’s the new Disney animated feature “Tangled,” which is a retelling of the fairy tale Repunzel.  Second, there’s the real-life story of Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours.”  Both main characters are forced to make difficult decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.  Of course, one does it with computer animation and show tunes while the other uses hallucinations and a dull knife.  To each their own.

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11/22/2010 - 12:20am

A few years ago, I made the mistake of believing something I saw on a TV infomercial.  I should have known better, but it really seemed like something that would solve a problem I had, so I bought the item.  It was a solar-powered device hung in your car window that would suck out hot air and keep the temperature inside your closed up vehicle at something more reasonable.  When you got in your car at the end of a long, hot summer day, it wouldn’t be as unbearable.  When it arrived, I was very excited to finally solve this problem quickly assembled the magical devic

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11/14/2010 - 7:48pm

Anyone who has known me for a while or has read my reviews knows I’m a science-fiction fan.  While my tastes are somewhat narrow you can pique my interest in a movie or TV show if you tell me it has some sci-fi elements.  I’m more than willing to give anything with spaceships, aliens, ray guns, quantum singularities, supernovas and anything else otherworldly and fantastical more than a fair chance to impress me.  At the same time, you can’t slap funny nose or extended forehead on an actor, say he’s from another planet, and just expect me to roll over a