What do we do about negative reviews?

By now you’ve probably read a summary of actor Seth Rogen’s much-discussed thoughts on negative film reviews, or at least heard about the heated debate those comments have sparked.  Rogen’s comments were shared with entrepreneur Steven Bartlett on the “Diary of a CEO” podcast, and I’ve been thinking over them

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Timestamp #273: The Pilot

Doctor Who: The Pilot (1 episode, s10e01, 2017) A new companion gets an education. An empty university office soon welcomes Nardole and a woman we will come to know as Bill. The TARDIS stands darkly in the corner of the office, apparently out of order, and photos of River Song

Movie review:  Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

Picture this:  You’re sitting at home at 8 o’clock on a Friday night. You’re too tired from the week to leave the house but you’re not ready to go to bed. Turning on the TV, you begin to scroll through Netflix, and a movie you’ve never seen before pops up.

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Timestamp #272: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio (1 episode, Christmas Special, 2016) With great fandom comes great tributes to nostalgia. It’s Christmas Eve in 1990. In New York City, a boy named Grant meets the Doctor in the middle of the night as the Time Lord dangles by his ankles

Pensacon and Three Days on the Beach? I’m There.

Pensacon is a medium-sized con with big dreams, that delivers. While it may be experiencing growing pains with its increased popularity and lack of large venue space, it does an admirable job of working with what it has, especially in terms of bringing in celebrity fandom favorites. They featured 14

How I learned to love going to the movies by myself

The first time I ever went to see a movie all by myself was, I’m pretty sure, the film adaptation of the fantasy novel Eragon back in 2006 during my first year of college. I don’t really remember what I thought of the film (though its current Rotten Tomatoes score

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Timestamp: Class Summary

Class Summary Class was far from the strongest entry in the Doctor Who universe. The concept was a great idea, effectively introducing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style ensemble into the mix with a group of classmates fighting evil to defend their school. What we got was a dysfunctional troupe that made

I’m finally catching up on Stranger Things: Season 4

This is definitely a case of “better late than never,” but nine months after it dropped on Netflix, I’m finally getting around to watching the fourth season of Stranger Things. Miraculously, I’ve managed to avoid most spoilers, although I know everyone was obsessed with Kate Bush’s “Running Up that Hill”

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Timestamp #CLS7: The Lost

Class: The Lost (1 episode, s01e08, 2016) From the shadows rises a cliffhanger. Six days after the detention events, bad omens rise as April debuts her song The Lost on a café stage. The Lost is obviously about the Coal Hill Defenders and their families. Of that group, Ram suffers immediate

It’s still worth our time to watch older movies

When I was growing up, I had a number of opportunities to watch older movies. And I have to confess (with no small amount of embarrassment) that at the time I really didn’t enjoy many of these films. I lumped together “all movies made before the 1970s” as if they

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Timestamp #CLS6: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

Class: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did (1 episode, s01e07, 2016) Meanwhile, not in detention… Miss Quill locks the students in detention and then goes to see Ms. Ames in the school hall. The goal is to remove the arn, but Dorothea Ames warns Quill that the process may

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