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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #25 Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation had all sorts of warning signs around it when it debuted in 2009. It was pitched as a spinoff of The Office, which was currently at the end of its peak in Season 5. This was an idea that seemed like a really bad one at the time (and seemed even worse…

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Dan’s BOTTOM Everything: Dragon Age II

When it came time to come up with a third and final thing to suffer the wrath of my quarterly “BOTTOM Everything” post, I tried to single out the thing that most DISAPPOINTED me. And the one that hurt me the most, I think, was Dragon Age II. It’s not that DA2 is strictly a BAD game.…

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My 10 Favorite Summertime Albums

I can’t lie—I’ve been accused of wallowing in depressing music more than is probably healthy for a (moderately) well-adjusted person.  I consider myself both happy and positive (when I’m not reviewing a terrible movie), but my thirst for drama in music is often sated by tortured romanticism, sepulchral synths, self-paralyzing lyrics, the works. But it’s…

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Exclusive Interview with Author Christie Cote

This past April, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, an online writing challenge to set and meet a monthly writing word count goal with the support and encouragement of some fellow “campers.” My group — or “cabin” — of writers included several fascinating people and talented writers I’m now happy to call my friends. One of my…

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Thistory

Since 2009, Earn This has written in-depth retrospectives of some of our favorite musical artists, TV shows, and movie series. We’ve collected them on this page under the banner of “Thistory” (Earn This + History? Get it?). These critical narratives explore the history and development of distinct creative voices. We love learning all about our favorite…

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The Time Dave Elkins Played in My Living Room

Prelude to a Dream This is the story of my best birthday present ever.  One of the hallmarks of adulthood is realizing that paychecks allow you to buy yourself gifts; and who knows you better than you?  Armed with a modest but steady income, on the eve of my quarter-century day, I made an investment…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #26 A Goofy Movie

I could have included this in my Disney Renaissance post, but I chose to give A Goofy Movie it’s own post — ranked directly ahead of the other Disney Renaissance movies. It’s not because A Goofy Movie is BETTER than the other Disney movies. I can objectively accept that Beauty and the Beast has more…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #27 Disney Renaissance

Ah, “Disney Movies” — a staple of the childhood of pretty much any American child from the 1990s. These animated films — mostly Broadway-inspired musicals — produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios (née Walt Disney Feature Animation) became one of the most trusted brands in all of cinema thanks to a fantastic run of films…

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Pokemon Movies Retrospective: Arceus – To a Conquering Space-Time (2009)

  This is an entry in the Pokemon Movies Retrospective Movie #12: Arceus and the Jewel of Life “The time has come! The humans…must accept my judgment!” – Arceus (Japanese dub) The twelfth film of the Diamond and Pearl subseries, Arceus and the Jewel of Life, known in Japan as  「アルセウス 超克の時空へ」(lit. “Arceus: To a Conquering Space-Time”),…