Author Archives: Stephanie

…grin and bear it

This Friday we find ourselves on the very edge of Oscar season, crusaders. Film buffs are getting their final thoughts in before the nominees are announced next Tuesday, everyone is eager to see what this year’s select few will be.

Everyone has their own opinions and their own award prediction litmus tests. There are the Golden Globes to consider, the SAGs and from our British brethren, the BAFTAs. At the end of the day, we just have to wait and see.

So, this Flick Friday, I’d like to present, for your consideration, a film with not one, not two, but three BAFTA nominations, not to mention a “Lady Bird”-dethroning 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, “Paddington 2.”

Yes, that “Paddington 2,” and you can check your cynicism at the door because you’re not going to need it.

This superb sequel jumps right into this bear  (from darkest Peru) called Paddinton’s (voiced by Ben Whishaw) life in London. And what a life it is.

With one grump of an exception, the city has embraced Paddington with open arms and Paddington wants nothing more than to share that joy with his Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton), who you’ll recall is still in Peru living in the home for retired bears.

Since she can’t come to London, Paddington sets his sights (and incredible work ethic) on sending it to her in the form of a very valuable, antique pop-up book from the shop of Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent).  Read the rest of this entry

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…echo

This What to Watch Wednesday, I’d like to take a moment for the anthology, which is having a moment of its own right now.

Now the modern anthology has taken a variety of forms. Some would, for instance, make a case for everything Ryan Murphy is working on right now, “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” and “Feud,” not to mention “Fargo” and “True Detective” too.

Each of those shows starts with a new story each season, with some crossover and connections, a repertory cast in some cases, but no story arc continuation. These shows are all great in their own way, but they’re not my favorite kind of anthology. Read the rest of this entry

…serve a purpose

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Today as the U.S. remembers one of our greatest civil rights leaders, the day is also recognized as a day of service. And with the political climate of late, it feels like we’ve never needed the reminder more.

The truly beautiful thing about service is, it can happen any day at any time. It doesn’t need to happen on a holiday or in a formal volunteer capacity. You can serve others simply by taking a moment to remember their humanity (and your own). Read the rest of this entry

…question everything

Happy weekend, crusaders!

This Saturday many out there are at the start of one of the world’s greatest wonders — a three-day weekend.

But as you embark on your prolonged weekend, I have thoughts. That may (or may not) be because it just so happens to be International Skeptics Day. So naturally…

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…chill out

Crusaders, I have a bone to pick with the weather.

After a week of frigid temperatures, a lot of the country is staring down three days of 50-degree days, and I for one do not trust it. Not just because I’ve just fully regained sensation in my face…

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