Category Archives: movies & tv

Wildlife of the real Gilligan’s Island(s)


Please don’t ask how I come up with these things because I can’t explain it, but I found myself wondering if anyone had ever eBirded Gilligan’s Island? Rabbit hole: entered. Quick history: Gilligan’s Island was a goofy comedy brainchild of … Continue reading

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Movie reviews: 10,000 BC, Hoot, Iron Man


We spent some movie-watching time over the long holiday weekend.  Here are my thoughts on three movies. 1) 10,000 BC.  I reviewed a trailer for this movie back in July ’07, and I complained that they made their otherwise awesome … Continue reading

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HSM3 – was it awesome?


Went to see “Threesical” last night.  Here’s a re-cap: Troy struggled with charting a course for his life that was of his own choosing. Gabriella got into Stanford, and faced another tearful goodbye with her friends and her beloved Troy. … Continue reading

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Indiana Jones and the Aluminum Foil Skull


Once school finished a few weeks ago, we set the kids up to watch the first three Indiana Jones movies. Our kids love adventure movies and Han Solo, so we figured they’d get into them. They did, especially Temple of … Continue reading

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Catholic Church recognizes possibility of aliens


Sometimes I’m downright proud of my church. In a recent story, a Vatican astronomer indicated that extraterrestrial life is in no way contradictory to Catholic doctrine. You’ve come a long way, baby. That’s right, nothing in the Catechism precludes the … Continue reading

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Expelled Exposed: Creationism goes Hollywood


“Bueller?” “Bueller?” Ben Stein’s iconic portrayal of a disaffected egghead economics teacher in 1986’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” established his career as the quintessential brainy character on screen, and his real-world persona as a general know-it-all. Even more than 20 … Continue reading

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weekly haiku – bigfoot on Mars


This explains a lot. We can’t seem to find one here.  Bigfoot is Martian!  

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Enchanted by Enchanted


What better reward for a couple of kids who got their flu shots without incident than to take them to the movies? A great way to gauge a movie is to determine if the commercials and previews show the best … Continue reading

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All right – a new one!


With so much Britney- and Lindsay-bashing in the media of late, I really haven’t been interested. But here’s a surprise: that nice Shia Labeouf kid is also, apparently, a flaming idiot. Update 7/27/08. CNN reported today that Mr. LaBeouf was … Continue reading

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High School Musical – guilty pleasures 1 and 2


“When I hear my favorite song, I know that we belong. You are the music in me. It’s livin inside of us, kind of like a virus. You are the music in me. . . ” Infectious. It was a … Continue reading

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Apocalypto – a birder’s review


Because this 2006 movie did not feature Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, or Ewan MacGregor, my wife had no desire to accompany me to the movies to see it on the big screen. I finally rented it yesterday and watched the … Continue reading

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10,000 BC


While I’m on the subject of movies, we got to see the exciting trailer for “10,000 BC” last night. Now this movie, due out next March, should be right up my alley – warring tribes, CGI prehistoric creatures, hot babes … Continue reading

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What’s so great about Harry Potter?


Pottermania has gripped the nation! People are lining up to gush over the final book and the latest movie. Elsewhere, people are lambasting the Potter fans for latching on to “children’s books” while ignoring real literature. Well I’m a fan, … Continue reading

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weekly haiku – Lindsay Lohan downward spiral


Lindsay D.U.I. Lindsay passed out in friend’s car. Hollywood train wreck.

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Dame Julie Andrews


So I was just walking into the kitchen and got distracted by Julie Andrews delivering her acceptance speech for the Life Achievment Award she just received from the Screen Actors Guild. Good for her! It’s always nice to see someone … Continue reading

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The insane ubiquity of Rachael Ray


If you’ve spent any time flipping through cable TV channels over the past year, you’ve probably stumbled across Rachael Ray. She’s the 30-ish, irrepressibly perky brunette who’s enjoyed a meteoric rise to celebrity in 2006 thanks to two different programs … Continue reading

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I see drunk people . . .


. . . all the time. I hardly thought when we started this blog that the young actor Hailey Joel Osmet would play such a pivotal role, but here he is again. It seems Mr. Osmet’s car crash a few … Continue reading

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Miss Universe


Japan was robbed. So was the delegate from Naboo . . . (tjo)

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pay it forward?


So we were up early this morning and got caught up watching the movie “Pay it Forward.” Neither of us had ever seen it. If you haven’t, don’t! They kill the kid in the end!! (Spoiler alert!) What’s up with … Continue reading

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