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Movie Review: Flightplan

Tonight, we went to catch Flightplan. It’s an okay thriller, so long as you don’t think too hard about the plot. Or the actual details. Jodi Foster plays a woman whose husband has fallen to his death in Berlin. She and her daughter are flying the body home to Long Island NY on a trans-Atlantic flight. Both mom and daughter ... Read More »

Movie Review: Corpse Bride

Last night was Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. This was a great film, particularly in light of my personal life at this time (I’m getting hitched and stuff in a few months). So the idea of a wedding going humorously awry is quite appealing to me, given all the headaches of getting this thing planned. Filmed in a fashion similar to ... Read More »

Review: Serenity

Tonight was a critic’s pass to the showing of the soon to be coming film Serenity. Written and directed by Joss Whedon of Buffy and Angel fame, this movie picks up where the now defunct TV series left off. Serenity stars the same cast as the original TV show. It is an effective ensemble, and the film has very good ... Read More »

But Really, I Don’t Want Anything…

Casper considers the ghosts of St Valentine's Day. Read More »

Richard Bona @ Jazz Standard

On Friday, I finally got to see a show I have been looking forwards to for quite some time. Ever since I saw Bona play for the first time, to be precise. Tonight was Richard Bona as a solo artist, not as a side man. I had some very high expectations for this show. In some ways, things were less ... Read More »

Elektra

I went to this movie expecting a “brain off” kind of experience. What I got instead was an openly insulting movie (and a very long 96 minutes at that). Elektra is a movie based (more or less) on a Marvel comic series of the same name. I won’t bother boring you with anything silly like plot or character. Mostly because ... Read More »

Anthony steps out

Anthony Wellington, Victor Wooten's backup bassist, will be playing a solo gig at BassQuake this year. Read More »

Gift Of The Year

The bestest gift went to my mother. My father, my brother and myself picked up a keyboard for her. See, there’s a story here. My mother got her college degree in music education quite a few years ago. She went on to teach third and fourth grade for a few decades, retiring only last year. While I was growing up, ... Read More »

How to identify BS science

Seven signs that point towards a steaming pile of crappola: The discoverer pitches directly to the media The discoverer says that a powerful establishment is trying to suppress his or her work. The scientific effect involved is always at the very limit of detection. Evidence for a discovery is anecdotal. The discoverer says a belief is credible because it has ... Read More »

A new twist to dating

You’ve heard of a wingman, right? You know, the guy who goes after the not-so-hot girl so you can make a play for the hot one? Now there’s wingwomen, ladies who’ll hang around you so you’ll seem more attractive other women. In the game of meeting women, it is understood that in most cases, it’s the man who does all ... Read More »