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Ranking the 2015 Grammy Nominees

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards come to you Sunday, February 8th.  Rather than complain about the rigged system or make fun of the losers, this year I thought I’d consider the nominees in the “big four” categories on their own merits and decide how I’d order them and dish out the awards. Record, Album, and…

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The Year of Free Movies

In 2014, the University Mall Theatres, a second-run cinema in my town, created a Kickstarter campaign to fund the purchase of new theater seating. Donors who gave $250 would get their names engraved on a seat, as lasting testament to their generosity. What’s more, they would also receive a pass which guaranteed them free movie…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #57: “Lost in Space”

Small-Screen 66 – #57: Lost in Space (CBS, 1965-68) You should probably just get used to these delays in between posts. But don’t think I’m slacking off! I’ve simply been devoting my time to thorough research…which, in this case, entails watching a lot of TV (both the show du jour and those further down the…

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The Top 30 Taylor Swift Songs

Since she released her first album in 2006, Taylor Swift has steadily become the most popular musician on the planet. Her most recent album, 1989, was the bestselling (non-Frozen) album of the year, and she continues to roll out #1 singles. And there’s a reason she’s beloved: None of her five albums have been bad, and…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #58: “It’s Academic”

Small-Screen 66: #58 – It’s Academic (WRC-TV [NBC 4], 1961-Present) Don’t quote me on this, but today’s selection just might be the only local TV series on this list, as opposed to a nationwide network or cable program. It’s also the closest I’ve come to being on “real TV”…yet. For the full story, we’re going to need…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #59: “Arthur”

Small-Screen 66: #59: Arthur (PBS, 1996-Present) “Listen to your heart, listen to the beat, listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street.” I promise this will be the last PBS series for a good 15 posts or so. I’ve previously written about Arthur several times on this page, and each time I’m astounded anew by…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #60: “Trailer Park Boys”

Small-Screen 66 – #60: Trailer Park Boys (Showcase, 2001-08, Netflix, 2014) So apparently there are trailer parks in Canada. Trailer Park Boys is a mockumentary-style comedy which grew out of a pair of independent films directed by Mike Clattenburg in the late 90s. Like the films, the series chronicles the exploits of Ricky and Julian, two…