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Open Thread

This Open Thread Spent The Holiday With Tom

I don’t know what y’all did, kittens, but I can guarantee you how to spend the best Memorial Day weekend ever.

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Movies

Movies I’m Weirdly Obsessed With: “That Thing You Do!”

I dream of the day where I can find a reason to say, “Oh, I’m not here with these fellas. I’ve got a pig in competition over at the livestock pavilion, and I am going to win that blue ribbon,” and not have to back out of a room slowly due to crushing awkwardness.

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Books

Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Hollywood recently made this book into a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks. I haven’t seen it; I generally have a thing about movies from books. First I have to read the book. If I enjoy the book, I find out if that the movie stuck to the story line and didn’t take a […]

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Pop Culture

My Higher Education Panic, or How “Larry Crowne” Induced a Minor Breakdown

A few months ago, while he was underwhelming the rest of the world, Tom Hanks’ most recent character, fiftysomething college student/Julia Roberts-seducer Larry Crowne, sent me into a downward spiral. Maybe not a full-blown nervous breakdown, but certainly an unbecoming, hyperventilating, snot-and-tears meltdown. (To quote Ethan Hawke in one of my favourite films, “Do you […]

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Movies

Dirt In the Skirt: A League of Their Own

What with all the talk this week about early feminist heroes, I thought I’d chime in with my own story. My early experience with feminism wasn’t through a person; rather, it was the movie A League of Their Own.