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The Earn This Podcast, Episode 20: Reviewing The Martian

Download link (you may have to right click and “Save As”) Shortly after The Martian debuted, I sat down with my buddy Matt to talk about the film: what works and what is underwhelming. Given its recent Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture (!) — here’s our discussion. Notes/corrections: “In space, no one can hear you scream”…

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5 Thoughts Tangentially Related to Alan Rickman

Die Hard is a legitimately fantastic film. I don’t mean that in the ironic, macho way that Joey does in Friends. It’s one of my favorite movies, brilliantly crafted and thrilling. The script tells a story of Bruce Willis saving a building from terrorists. But Die Hard goes one step deeper in the way that…

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The Earn This Podcast, Episode 19: Terrapin Beers

Download link (you may have to right click and “Save As”) For our winter outing of the Earn This Beercast, Mike took the reins as emcee and beer selector. He brought a whopping eight beers from his favorite brewery, Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, GA. Listen as Mike tests Dan and Colton’s palate. In turn,…

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15 Thoughts on The Force Awakens

SPOILERS AHOY! If you haven’t seen Star Wars: Episode VII, I recommend that you do so before reading this. I do not shy away from spoilers in the following comments. 1. This is a good movie, and a great movie-going experience Breathe a sigh of relief, o fellow nerds! The franchise is redeemed! Our worries were…

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Ranking Ariana Grande’s Songs from My Everything

Katy Perry said it best in an interview: Ariana Grande has the best female vocal in pop music today. It’s difficult to fight such a statement, as bold as it stands. Despite being mocked for her height and youthful appearance, in addition to amassing a reputation as a diva and Mariah Carey copy cat, it’s…

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Merry Christmas! Don’t Spend it With The Hateful Eight

In the last year or so, a few prominent filmmakers have released movies that have unfortunately highlighted their creators’ weaknesses.  This fall’s Steve Jobs was less a movie than An Aaron Sorkin Movie, more interested in spitting out rapid-fire dialogue than in creating three-dimensional characters or resonant situations.  Last year’s Interstellar exacerbated Christopher Nolan’s problems with shoddy…

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5 Things New to Me in 2015

As the year draws to a close, I find it natural to reflect on all of the things I’ve done. For me, this year in particular, that means consuming various types of media. Movies, TV Shows, Graphic Novels, and Books in particular. One thing that I did this year that I found particularly fun was…

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My Ten Favorite Songs of the Decade So Far

10. Jessi J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang” I would call this my “guilty pleasure” selection, but, as Colton and I have repeatedly noted, there should be no guilt in the pleasure of a finely-crafted pop number. The Max Martin-produced “Bang Bang” is probably my favorite pop radio staple this decade, with a sizzling beat,…

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Brian’s Top 5 Fruit Candies

The following is part of a (still ongoing) series of Halloween-themed lists which I’m transferring over from my Brian Terrill Movie Night page. Any chronological inconsistencies are the result of this fact. It wouldn’t be Halloween without a nuanced discussion of the comparative merits of various confections. I’m now officially tossing in my two cents.…

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The Top 25 Quotes from The Shawshank Redemption

  (Note: Shortly after I finished high school, I created a blog to publish and share lists. I called it Listosaurus Rex and updated it for about a year. When my web server caught a virus back in 2012, the site went down. I was recently going through my old files and found a backup…