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Jack Haringa
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I love the image, but the T-shirt is outrageously expensive.
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It's amazing, but for $30 Canadian? Hell no.
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Damsels in Distress is the first Whit Stillman film I'd categorize as a failure. Its tone is radically uneven, the characters are aggressively churlish without the mitigation of wit, mostly ignorant, and willfully disengaged from reality. Yet there isn't any sort of whimsy for which I can suspend my disbelief. Either Stillman made a huge misstep, or I've changed so much in my tastes he no longer works for me. 
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Another example of how the most interesting TV has migrated to cable channels, The Americans is intelligently plotted and peopled with realistic characters who defy cliche. The first season is streaming on Amazon Prime for free. I finished it last night and can't wait for the second season to become available (it's running now on F/X).
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Karen Russell and Stephen King talk about writing, end up producing a novelette of an interview.
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I want to know where +Robert N. Lee 's Marine Todd story is. Some of the samples toward the end of the article are pretty great.
It's the story of a man. A man who went to war. And then went to college. And then decked a godless shithead professor. It's a feel-good story! And it went viral among God-fearing Murkans. And then Twitter got hold of it. And then it got really good.
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There are so many variations on that story, most of them involving some imaginary hippie or atheist server or clerk or just passerby insulting or spitting on a soldier. That one seems to be a combination of thosse and the old chestnut about the professor who can't drop an  egg because he told his Christian student to pray it wouldn't break, and the student prayed he'd die when the egg broke instead. 
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"Mako Tanida" was the sloppiest, most poorly written episode of Blacklist all season. Maybe because it had four writers? Absolutely no understanding of Bushido or Japanese culture (which would be fine, if it weren't central to the premise of the episode); lazy thinking in a pivotal fight scene, and general idiot plotting throughout. Redd still got some good lines, but he also got some schmaltzy pablum to say. Get us back to some single-writer, intelligent scripts, please.
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Barbara Bach is easy on the eyes as Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me, but she's a terrible actress. And even my 9-year-old son was annoyed with Jaws' cartoonish invulnerability by the end.

We still had fun with the movie, but it's not really a high point in the franchise. The best part involved Bond and the three sub crews fighting their way out of the giant tanker. Also, the film features another villain who really isn't very smart: a nuclear holocaust on land would destroy much of his beloved ocean life, but he plans to launch the missiles anyway.
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Be warned: For Your Eyes Only is SUPER dated! They all are, really, but this one in particular screams 1980s.
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