Entertainment I discovered after getting a tip from someone: A top 15 list (Commentary)

Part of the purpose of this blog is to let you know about cool stuff in the entertainment world. The blog’s main purpose, of course, is it gives me something to do. But also, it’s nice to think that I might encourage someone to look into a good TV show or movie or band or book every now and then.

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The ugly truth: Hollywood’s marketing strategy lets us down (Movie commentary)

I have the day off. Here are my movie-going options. I can drive an hour to see “(500) Days of Summer,” which I really want to see. Or, at the local googolplex, I can see “A Perfect Getaway” or “Time Traveler’s Wife” or “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” or “The Ugly Truth” — none of which I want to see.

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Don’t you forget about John Hughes, whose influence is still being felt (Movie and TV commentary)

 

Here’s how influential John Hughes was: I’m writing a blog post about the late writer-director (he died on Thursday of a heart attack at age 59) and I wasn’t even a huge fan. But he played an indirect — though easily traced — role in shaping my movie and TV tastes.

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Another attempt to defend the ‘Star Wars’ prequels: Midi-chlorians as an explanation of religious faith (Movie commentary)

“Star Wars” fans didn’t like midi-chlorians — microscopic cells within one’s body that heighten Force sensitivity — when they were introduced in “The Phantom Menace.” But I’d argue that George Lucas was making a subtle commentary on religion, especially when I think about how prequel-era stories have portrayed the Jedi as a religious sect fallen on hard times.

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Do I like country music now, or does country music finally like me? (Commentary)

 

I used to think country music was something old people liked (just as rap music was something black people — and the white kids of Fargo, N.D. — liked). I feared maybe I would end up liking country music more and more as the years went by. I had seen my dad, who liked the Beatles when he was younger, listening to Dwight Yoakam. And my sister, who liked Green Day as a kid, suddenly had Deanna Carter in her CD collection.

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Spike should be on the 20 greatest vampires list (TV and movie commentary)

As a “Buffy/Angel” fan, I eagerly opened my Entertainment Weekly today to find out where Angel and Spike ranked among their 20 greatest vampires — and to see if Drusilla, Darla or the Master made the cut. And I learned I have to consume more vampire stories, because Angel was the only Buffyverse representative on the list.

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