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June 15, 2010

Review: The Karate Kid

Karate-kid-2010 Movie remakes are a tricky thing. Good intentions may be behind all of them, to recreate something classic as an homage to the original, but often egos and misguided artistic visions pervert things along the way.

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"Full Measure": Season Finale of Breaking Bad [Recraps]

Breaking-Bad-Finale-Episode-13-Walt-Mike-Small  We're back, Palinode and I, to recap the season finale of Breaking Bad, only this time we're joined by the esteemed gentleman who actually needs no introduction.  At the table with us exchanging enthusiastic comments about AMC's popular series Breaking Bad starring Emmy-award winning actor Bryan Cranston is DJ Charlie Ann, famed deejay and master mixer of the underground children's house/trance scene and pornographic astrologist to the stars.  We're so not worthy!

Join us, as we breathlessly dissect the entire episode down to every single one of its cells.  That is to say, get comfy.  

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June 14, 2010

Top Five 80s TV Dads

Cosby-sweater  Fathers Day is coming up this weekend, a time of year I find myself thinking a lot about those Coogi-sweatered, sensitive dads from prime time. Thus, consider this a special, Monday edition of Flashback Friday. Here are my top five dads of 80s TV:

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June 11, 2010

Revisiting June 1991

Sonic1-eu-front Ah, June - the month when the schools close forcing me to take care of my own children ALL. DAY. LONG.

*hyperventilates*

June is also the month where I go to buy my husband a father's day card only to be inundated with graduation cards reminding me that I graduated from high school almost 20 years ago. True story. I graduated from high school 19 years ago in good old 1991. Remember 1991?

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June 10, 2010

"Top Chef DC" Preview: Chef Fun Facts!

Top Chef DC  I hope nobody was disappointed that I haven't been recapping "Top Chef Masters" but I have trouble tearing people apart who are already successful and doing all of these challenges for charity. That being said, next week "Top Chef DC" begins and I have zero issues making fun of folks who are on reality tv for profit, and I cannot wait.

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The Friends Movie: The One Where Monica's Rent Finally Goes Up

Friends For now, we are safe from the scourge of a Friends movie. But Courteney Cox has tentatively expressed to the Los Angeles Times her desire to see it happen. Now that the idea is out there, floating in the universe, there's really no reason to think that it's impossible.

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June 08, 2010

Are TV Moms Crazier than Their Real-Life Counterparts?

Donna-reed Like it or not, TV has become ingrained in our culture and both reflects and propels how we view ourselves and our lives. Since parenting and family is such a huge part of life, TV will undoubtedly have something to say about how those aspects of life change over time.

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June 07, 2010

$#*! My Dad Says Trailer May Ease Some Fears

Shit-my-dad-says$#*! My Dad Says, which is apparently pronounced "Bleep My Dad Says," the sitcom based on the wildly popular and hilarious Twitter account (typing that sentence still makes my brain hurt) is slated to premier this fall. Fans of the Twitter account are still uneasy about the network TV adaptation, but perhaps the recently released trailer will put their minds at ease a little.

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What Would Michael Bay Do?

Baysplosion  With Michael Bay intent on rebooting any 80s series, imaginable, I recently began to speculate what certain franchises would look like if given Bay's signature touch:

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June 04, 2010

Flashback Friday - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles  Today's flashback is brought to you by pizza-loving anthropomorphic turtles and Saturday morning cartoons.

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June 03, 2010

Oh! The Places You'll Go (Star Wars on YouTube)

Iphone_youtube_logo-icon YouTube is a wonderful and frightening place.

Sometimes it is a great parenting tool.

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June 02, 2010

Nerds, Let's Get Butt Naked and Spell

Strip-spelling-beesAmong Canadian hipsters, there's a new craze burgeoning fast on the heels of burlesque: STRIP SPELLING BEES. Crazy Canucks.

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June 01, 2010

Lee DeWyze Loves Him Some Marilyn Manson

Lee-dewyze-american-idol-marilyn-manson-bj-nowak Is Lee DeWyze, latest American Idol winner, going to the dark side?

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Celebrity Kids Gone Bad: Natasha Lyonne

Natasha-Lyonne-Mugshot-thumbWho among us didn't enjoy the movie American Pie? At the time, I thought it was the funniest movie I had ever seen. Natasha Lyonne played the role of Jessica, the brash, sarcastic gal who seemed to accept that she'd always be the sidekick.

So what happened?  Where did she go?

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May 31, 2010

Remembering Arnold Jackson

Gary-coleman Gary Coleman is dead and I'm left wondering about the relative substance of fictitious characters that people our pop culture memory.


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