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10 Things Brian Likes – #10: Moving Muppet Moments

Whoo! After more than six months, we’ve finally made it to the tenth and final entry in the “10 Things Brian Likes” series. On that sentimental note, I thought I’d end with a tearjerker. Provided I ever actually finish my “Small-Screen 66 Countdown” over at Brian Terrill Movie Night, The Muppet Show is set to rank…

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Conor Oberst’s Return to Glory

Conor Oberst is 34?! No part of that makes sense, and I’m not even sure why.  Given that his first major album (as Bright Eyes) came out the same year as Michael Jordan’s last championship, you’d certainly be forgiven for assuming he’s eligible to run for president.  On the other hand, 34—with all the marriages…

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How I Met Your Mother, Season 6 Review

In my Top 100 Everything entry about How I Met Your Mother, I admitted that I gave up on the show during its sixth season. The show just became too miserable, too disappointing, too unsatisfying for me to tune in every week. Well, my wife and I have slowly been working through the series, and…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #18 Wayside School Trilogy

The Wayside School trilogy of books is, as far as I’m concerned, a seminal masterpiece of comedy and kidlit. They operate on a surreal, childlike level of logic that still speaks to my brain today. More than that, the Wayside School books are honest portrayals of the confusion and paradoxes involved with being a child.…

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Animation Evaluation: DreamWorks 1998-2006

Antz (1998) Kevin: Is it even possible to talk about DreamWorks’ first animated film without also talking about A Bug’s Life which was released that same year? Some part of me wants to say Antz is overrated, considering it got a fresh 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience reviews were not nearly as favorable, though,…

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U2, Songs of Innocence, and the Loss of Mine

From ages 16 to, oh, 22, I was known among my friends as The U2 Guy.  I had other passions and obsessions and loves, but nothing really compared to them; I went to 10 of their concerts in 8 different states, ranked too many of their songs, and connected everything to ever happen vis-à-vis a female…