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How I Met Your Mother, Season 8 Review

Oof. That was a slog. HIMYM Season 8 commits many cardinal sins for a sitcom, from forcing a relationship (Robin and Barney), to selling out its characters for cheap jokes (many times; but esp. Barney as a womanizing d-bag), to ridiculous, unbelievable twists (Barney pulling a several month ruse on Robin, then getting engaged to…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #12 The Office

No show will ever impact me the way that the US version of The Office did. It was the show that taught me to love television as an entertainment medium, and it remains one of my favorite shows of all time. I grew up watching cartoons and multi-camera sitcoms, so when my friend Tyler (who…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #13 John Green

If you’ve been keeping up with the Top 100, it should be little surprise that I’m a fan of young adult fiction in all media. I’m a sucker for coming of age stories — particularly thoughtful, male-oriented stories (something that is, unfortunately, pretty uncommon). I’ve decided my unending enjoyment with teen-focused stories is twofold: First, stories…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #14 Rudy

“Having dreams is what makes life tolerable.” Rudy is an excellent underdog movie, doing almost everything right and almost nothing wrong. On a technical level, as the sum of its parts, it’s very good, borderline great. It’s also one of my favorite movies in the entire world. It has X-factor magic in spades, it’s genuinely…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #15 The Shawshank Redemption

When I saw The Shawshank Redemption in high school, it was one of the movies (along with, believe it or not, The 40 Year Old Virgin) that convinced me that movies could tell stories on a more profound level than simple entertainment. Shawshank has a little bit of a strange backstory. It was a pretty…

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The Absurd Fiction and Uncomfortable Reality of Gone Girl

(Article contains spoilers.) It’s been so long since a movie in theaters has looked worthy of your afternoon and $9 that Gone Girl should be a thirst-quencher.  After a disastrous summer that left audiences covering their eyes, the mere promise of a watchable film is enough to drag you out the door to a 10:00 AM…

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How I Met Your Mother, Season 7 Review

Well that was a step down from Season 6. Not an outright disaster… just a bastion of mediocrity. Definitely a step down. First, the good: As expected, giving Neil Patrick Harris some dramatic material to work with gives the show great moments. Both his relationships — with soft-hearted Nora or, more effectively, with silver-tongued stripper…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #16 The Beatles

“You don’t discover [The Beatles], you reclaim them… You have to take [them] back from everyone who’s admired [them] before and find your own way in, even if what you’re really looking for in the music is the same thing those old admirers found there.” – Alex Pappademas What, in the name of Saving Private Ryan,…

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Creepy Classics Countdowns Past – #2 (2013)

Halloween season is almost here! The annual “Creepy Classics Countdown” (heavily influenced by James Rolfe’s Monster Madness) will be unfolding all October over at Brian Terrill Movie Night. Following up on yesterday’s “Countdown’s Past” post, here’s a compilation of the selections from my 2013 series. Kindly excuse the exorbitant length. (Heheheheheheheh.) #1: “(Hush, Hush, Hush)…