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Nothing unites Americans in quite the same way as standing around the water cooler, saying, “Did you see Lost last night? That was so cool.” Or debating whether Adam Sandler can actually, you know, act. (Our conclusion: not much.)

Film: Young Frankenstein

Posted by on Aug 16, 2009 in Film | Comments Off on Film: Young Frankenstein

When Mel Brooks was good (Young Frankenstein) he was very, very good. When he was bad (Spaceballs), it was uncomfortable to watch. In 1974,...

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TV Show: 60 Minutes

Posted by on Aug 15, 2009 in TV Show | Comments Off on TV Show: 60 Minutes

It’s hard to believe that 60 Minutes has been on the air for 41 years! It’s currently the longest-running prime time TV...

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Actor: Humphrey Bogart

Posted by on Aug 11, 2009 in Actor | 1 comment

Humphrey Bogart had a decade of acting in Hollywood before he got his statuette. No, I don’t mean Oscar – I’m talking...

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Film: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Posted by on Aug 7, 2009 in Film | 1 comment

You’ve got to love a film in which a character sings “Danke Schoen” in the shower. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a...

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TV Show: The Simpsons

Posted by on Aug 5, 2009 in TV Show | 1 comment

Remember the controversy when The Simpsons first appeared? Many good parents thought it crossed the line of bad taste, and didn’t let...

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Actress: Meryl Streep

Posted by on Aug 2, 2009 in Actor | 1 comment

There’s no question that Meryl Streep belongs on a short list of the greatest film actors of all time. And yet, she’s someone...

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Actor: Mel Blanc

Posted by on Jul 31, 2009 in Actor | Comments Off on Actor: Mel Blanc

Bugs Bunny. Porky Pig. Sylvester. Tweety. Daffy Duck. Elmer Fudd. Yosemite Sam. Barney Rubble. Pepe Le Pew. Foghorn Leghorn. Speedy...

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Film: Citizen Kane

Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 in Film | Comments Off on Film: Citizen Kane

It’s generally acknowledged to be the finest film ever made. And you’ll get no argument from me. If it were technically...

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TV Show: The Twilight Zone

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in TV Show | Comments Off on TV Show: The Twilight Zone

Offered for your consideration. A blog post about a classic TV show. An introduction in clipped tones you can still hear after all these...

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Posted by on Jul 22, 2009 in Director | 1 comment

As a medium, film is not much more than 100 years old. But you’ll be hard pressed to find any director who’s produced better...

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