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10/03/2010 - 2:12pm

How desperate would you have to be to steal something that didn’t belong to you?  I’m not talking about something physical; I mean an idea.  If you needed a terrific presentation to give at a staff meeting and overheard a discussion in your office of someone else’s plan, would you take it, change a few things and present it as your own?  Since it’s merely an idea and you bring your own spin to it, flesh it out and make it unique, how wrong can it be?  If that idea is Facebook, as it is in this week’s movie “The Social Network,” i

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09/25/2010 - 9:55pm

The old saying “You can’t go home again” is probably the most ignored bit of wisdom in Hollywood as it relates to sequels.  There have been five Superman movies, six Batman films, six episodes of Star Wars, four Resident Evil flicks, three Godfathers and the granddaddy of them all, James Bond, with 22 official films.  Not all sequels are a good idea.  For instance, “Halloween III:  Season of the Witch” couldn’t be considered a shining moment.  If “Book of Shadows:  Blair Witch II” had never been made, I think the

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09/19/2010 - 12:54am

We’ve all heard stories about people who have worked at one job, or one type of job, for decades who suddenly decide to do something else.  I don’t think I have that kind of courage to give up a steady job in an industry I know to follow a new path or passion; however, I must say I admire the nerve of those who do.  There are, of course, those who made the wrong choice of a career all those years ago and realize their error, but circumstances keep them from making a move.  In extreme cases, those circumstances are threats of death against themselves and their love

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09/12/2010 - 12:09am

It doesn’t have to be Halloween for people to wear masks. I’m not talking about the kind of mask you buy at the party store; this mask is the one we forge from our experiences and wear to hide who we really are. Some people wear a mask of promiscuity to hide how lonely and afraid they are. Some wear the mask of a joker to cover up how sad and hurt they’ve been. There are those who wear a mask that is blank in an effort to fade into the background and go unnoticed by those they encounter.

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09/03/2010 - 11:55pm

My mother wouldn’t leave the house to go to the grocery store or run other errands without having cleaned up, put on makeup and wearing what she considered to be appropriate clothing. A visit to any Walmart will quickly show not everyone shares her view that you should always go into public looking clean and properly attired. While perfection wasn’t her goal, she did take pride in her appearance. Many movie makers are much the same way.

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08/28/2010 - 9:55pm

Since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by outer space. I’d love to travel to the moon, the international space station or just to orbit the blue, white and green rock we call home. Since that’s not likely to happen, I’ll just have to make due with documentaries about and movies set in the final frontier. Imagine my excitement when I discovered an IMAX 3D documentary about the Hubble space telescope was playing at the same theatre as the re-release of James Cameron’s “Avatar: Special Edition” also in IMAX 3D.

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08/23/2010 - 2:21am

“The good die young” is an old saying that’s been used in everything from greeting cards to Billy Joel songs. Often, it seems to be painfully true as decent people with many good years ahead of them are struck down by accidents, violence and illness. In this weeks’ movie, “Piranha 3D,” what appears to be hundreds of young people are slaughtered by rampaging prehistoric fish.

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08/15/2010 - 9:32pm

Our past, or the past of those we love, can come back to haunt us. Sometimes, it’s bad choices made in the use of credit cards. I’ve had friends who married someone who failed to mention they owed thousands of dollars on a credit card and didn’t know about it until the collection calls started. There are the stories of campus radicals from the 1960’s and 1970’s who were wanted on serious charges involving bombings or other major crimes who were either captured or turned themselves in decades later after changing their names and starting families.

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08/08/2010 - 2:51pm

I wasn’t terribly popular in high school. Being overweight and in band, I accepted the fact that I’d never score the winning touchdown at the championship game, never date the prettiest cheerleader and never be the BMOC. It wasn’t until I sang in a school play when I was a junior that people began to notice me, know my name and not ridicule me for my size…as much. Taking a chance and going for some glory made my last year and a half of high school a great deal more enjoyable than I ever thought it would be, even if I still didn’t date the cheerleader.

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08/04/2010 - 3:59pm
There’s a band called Sick Puppies with a song called “Odd One.” There’s a lyric in the song that goes: Odd one, I wish I was you You’re never concerned with acceptance. We are all desperately seeking out and fitting in With anyone who will accept us. But not you, odd one. This week’s movie, “Dinner for Schmucks,” is populated with people who are desperate to fit in no matter who they must hurt or how cheaply they must sell their souls. It also has plenty of odd ones.