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Dan’s BOTTOM Everything: Mumford & Sons

Every now and then, I’m going to take a break listing my favorite things to talk about something I don’t like: Mumford & Sons are a bland, calculated, passionless, hipster-baiting, inauthentic, and — in general — very unpleasant band. It bothers me that they are championed as paragons of bringing music back to its “roots.”…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #11 A Song of Ice and Fire

I could probably write a whole series about things that I like more in theory than I do in practice in the pop culture world. A few examples: Sara Bareilles, Fountains of Wayne, Hoosiers, the Elder Scrolls series, and Pandora. But the #1 entry on that list might be fantasy books. It’s crazy for me…

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Ranking the Nine Stories in Love Actually

It’s holiday season again, which means it’s time for one of my favorite traditions: Watching the 2003 film Love Actually with my wife, pretending not to like it, but actually enjoying myself. A crucial piece of this tradition is spending some time after the viewing breaking down just how ridiculous, creepy, and strange some of the movie’s nine…

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Christmas Classics Countdown Past – #3 (2013)

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS CALENDAR 2013 – #1: “Jingle Cats” Okay…here’s the deal. I’m really not sure if anyone out there was anxiously waiting for this or not. But here it is. THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE CHRISTMAS CLASSICS COUNTDOWN! Er…make that “Calendar,” since, as faithful reader Tim Planert pointed out, I always count up. So, I…

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Stories Told

Dear Readers, In 2012 we brought your attention to a unique musical project.  Dutch instrumental indie band All Shall Be Well (And All Shall Be Well And All Manner Of Things Shall Be Well) sourced a short story from a fan of theirs and set out to write a piece of music based on the…

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Christmas Classics Countdown Past – #2 (2012)

CHRISTMAS CLASSIC COUNTDOWN #1 – “Holidays Are Coming” Yes, friends and neighbors, the BTMN Christmas Classic Countdown is back…and off to a late start from day 1. I hope you can overlook my tardiness and still enjoy the month to come, as I feature 25 songs and poems from Christmas films and television specials throughout…

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Christmas Classics Countdowns Past – #1 (2011)

Those of you who followed my “100 Film Favorites Countdown” may remember that the posts were updated versions of mini-reviews which originally appeared on my “Facebook pseudo-blog,” Brian Terrill Movie Night. That page in turn initially grew out of a Phi Mu Alpha fraternity event of the same name, which the brothers instituted just to…

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Five for Five: Kevin’s Picks

To celebrate our fifth birthday, each Earn This contributor is selecting his five favorite things from the past five years. Here are Kevin’s picks (all related to trends in animated movies). 5. Charming Comic-Relief Characters My list will be all things animated, and something that has impressed me over the past five years is all the…

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Five for Five: Brian’s Picks

To celebrate our fifth birthday, each Earn This contributor is selecting his five favorite things from the past five years. Here are Brian’s picks. 5. “Thneedville” – The Lorax soundtrack, John Powell (2012) God I love this song. I’ve mentioned previously how fiendishly difficult it is to produce a good, feature-length adaptation of a Dr. Seuss…