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(Doctor) Who Ya Gonna Call?

If you’ve already watched Doctor Who and didn’t like it I’m probably not going to win you over. I get it; it’s not for everyone! But if you’ve been avoiding new Doctor Who because the words “Doctor Who” conjure up memories of some guy on PBS in a long scarf and a weird hat, read on. I was like you once. To be specific, I was like you up until October of 2015.... read more

Elf, and the case for Secular Christmas

For me, Christmas has always been entirely secular. And yes, I get that it has “Christ” right in the name. Most of the Christmas traditions I practice (tree decorating, gift giving) actually predate Christianity, but I’m not Pagan either. And although I have some pretty significant bones to pick with religion in general, I will tell you this: I love me some frickin’ Christmas. I... read more

Chrystal: Sucks to be her

Twenty years after the car accident that severely injured his wife and killed their young son, Joe (Billy Bob Thornton) returns home. He spent those twenty years in prison because he was drunk and running from the law when he wrecked the car. He was also growing some dank weed, and that’s why the cops were after him in the first place. Ray McKinnon wrote, directed, and has a supporting role in 2004’s... read more

What time is it? (Adventure Time!)

What time is it? It’s Adventure Time! Come on, grab your friends! And a handy view screen with a solid cable connection. I can’t actually recommend that you buy the DVDs currently available, because for some weird reason, they don’t sell entire seasons? Who knows why. Happily, you can see episodes on Cartoon Network. The cartoon has huge, strong colors and a fluid style. The show focuses on Finn... read more

Taxi Driver: Jodie Foster has a big hat

Taxi Driver was released in 1976. I saw it for the first time in about 1996. My second viewing was last Friday night. The film was on a cable channel, with all the swears and no commercials. I know I’m not telling anyone about a movie they’ve never heard of. Taxi Driver launched the careers of legends and is referenced in countless films and TV shows. If you haven’t seen it in a while, so long that... read more

Devour: Devil got my woman

The other day, after I’d said a few words to a friend of mine about how much I liked a movie I’d just seen, she said I see things in movies that nobody else sees, find emotional depth in them that’s imperceptible to most people. I think this was a nice way of saying, “Melodie, you are weird, intense and delusional about your gross devil movies,” but of course I can never prove... read more


Chazz (Brendan Fraser), Rex (Steve Buscemi) and Pip (Adam Sandler) make up the LA rock band The Lone Rangers. These guys are desperate to make it big, and they know their only ticket to... read more

Sweeter than a Hertz donut

And now, an imaginary conversation between me and my moms. "Dude, you totally have to see Sucker Punch." "What's that?" "You totally have to see Sucker Punch." read more
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