Showdown: The Fault in Our Stars vs. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Two summers, two well-reviewed teen cancer dramadies for teens based off of award-winning YA books. Though they are quite different in tone and theme, the two beg to be compared and contrasted. So: Fault vs. Earl. Who ya got? Let’s take a look, category by category. Source Book: I really, really love Earl — it’s somehow both funnier and sadder than Fault,…


The Earn This Podcast, Episode 14: Reviewing Inside Out

Download link (you may have to right click and “Save As”) Kevin and I sat down to review Pixar’s latest, Inside Out, wondering where it ranks among Pixar’s filmography and in the scheme of recent animated films. We discuss some of the things that tie Pete Docter’s movies together and look forward to The Good Dinosaur.


The Earn This Podcast, Episode 13: The Legend of Korra

Download link (you may have to right click and “Save As”) Just a bit after the conclusion of the fantastic The Legend of Korra, Brian and I sat down to discuss the show, how it compares to Avatar, and how the different seasons compare to each other. Though a bit delayed, our opinions still ring…


Top Ten Animated Girlfriends: Disney’s Leading Women

I don’t wanna hear it–animated characters are hot. Let’s talk about the ones I’d like to date. Oh, here’s some clarifying rules for the list. 1. Disney does not equal Pixar 2. Only 2D-animated characters allowed 3. No animals or otherwise non-human characters allowed 4. Must be of at least teenager age 5. Must star in…


Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #51: “Pokémon”

Small-Screen 66 – #51: Pokémon (Syndication / WB / Cartoon Network, 1998-Present) In my Film Favorites countdown, I briefly considered the question of what constituted the best “video game movie” of all time. But when it comes to TV series, there is no debate. With more than 850 episodes over 18 seasons (and counting), Pokémon is…


The Fatal, Fixable Flaw of the Entourage Movie

I loved the show Entourage—partially because it was once so damn addictive (obligatory ‘primarily the early seasons’ addendum goes here), partially because my introduction to it dovetailed with my burgeoning fascination with Hollywood, and partially because I’m a sap sometimes. Now, the Entourage boys have once again taken the Sex and the City lead and made…

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Flying Off Into the Sunset: Assessing Furious 7

No matter how much danger and damage covers the screen, death is not supposed to truly consume an action movie.  Almost always, the concept of it, of genuine sadness, of legitimate worry, is a mirage.  Action flicks toy with it for the sole purpose of exhilarating us with its resounding defeat.  And that’s what makes…


Dan’s Top 10 Board Games (Second Edition)

Two years ago, I ranked my top ten favorite games, emphasizing that I expected the ranking to drastically change over time. I’ve been playing a lot of board games in 2015 (I’ve played 89 rounds of board games in 56 days; not too shabby!), so I figured this was a decent chance for me to check…


Ranking All 20 Episodes of Party Down

There are no bad episodes of Party Down. In two seasons of ten episodes each, Party Down — one of my favorite shows of all time — landed a hit with each half hour. The blend of darkness with warmth, fast-paced scripts filled with raunch, fantastic relationships between characters, and great guest stars almost every episode makes Party…


Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #52: “MythBusters”

Small-Screen 66 – #52: MythBusters (Discovery, 2003-Present) “Don’t try anything you’re about to see at home.” “We’re what you call ‘experts.’” This admonition, in addition to being whole-cloth hogwash (if no one ever “tried this at home,” how could anyone BECOME an expert in the first place?) opens each episode of today’s selection. Fortunately, the…