Category Archives: Randomness

…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

…Know Nothing

Happy National Nothing Day! That’s National Nothing Day as in the celebration of “nothing,” or the absence of something, not as in there’s nothing that happens today.

I realize that might have just added to any confusion. We live in a world where “nothing” seems to have disappeared. Thanks to smart phones and the onslaught of instant entertainment everywhere, the peace and quiet of doing nothing is a forgotten luxury. Read the rest of this entry

…Thaw

Happy Sunday, fellow crusaders! It’s been a weird weather week for some of us. From spring temps to an abrupt return to reality, it’s been a rollercoaster.

If you’re familiar with the crazy ride, you may be considering staying inside until spring…or at least until the end of the MLK holiday weekend. While I can’t say I blame you, all that indoor time can make you a little stir crazy. 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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