Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Hall of Fame

Right off the bat, I will be writing this entry in first-person, something that I am usually opposed to but for the purpose of this article, I think it works. Also, this entry is excessively long but it doesn’t feel that long and is totally worth it for you, the reader. Trust me. Why would I lie about that?

This time of year has historically been one of my favorite times of the year and I am not talking about the holiday season. (Working in retail for seven years has ruined the holidays for me.) No, what I’m talking about is the time when new members are elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

"The End of the World As We Know It"

Ancient Mayan culture apparently predicted that the world was going to end on Dec. 21, 2012. Or that the calendar was going to turn over or something like that. Either way, many people, rightly or wrongly, seem to have bought into that theory. Unfortunately, the Mayans didn’t have the courtesy of providing a time that the impending doom would begin. As a result, society is left to ponder whether the world will end on Dec. 21 Eastern Standard Time or Japan time or what. However, because it is already Dec. 21 in some time zones, it is safe to assume that the Mayans were likely not talking about those time zones. In fact, in all likelihood, they were talking about Central Standard Time, as that it is the time zone where they dwelled.  That leaves people living in the Eastern Standard Time zone will have until midnight on Dec. 22 to watch all the movies they can. Below are the official recommendations of the Times Herald Movie Blog for movies that everyone should see before the apocalypse.

Movies were chosen on three criteria, each weighted differently, including popularity, quality, and running time. Quality carries the most weight because nobody wants to spend their last moments watching “Batman and Robin” or “”From Justin to Kelly.” Popularity is also important because, if people plan on spending these remaining moments with family, as would be expected, the films have to be ones that everyone can enjoy, which means “The Darjeeling Limited” and “Chasing Amy” are not going to make the cut either, no matter how good they are. Finally, running time is important. There are only so many hours in a day, which means the Lord of Rings and their 10 hour combined running time will not be making an appearance on this list, nor will “Titanic” or “The Thin Red Line.” With that, the following movies are easily the best way to spend time while waiting for Ahpuch to take over, or whatever it is that is supposed to happen.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The "Drive" Effect

In 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn brought to theaters a deliberately paced, hyper-graphic drama called “Drive,” which starred Ryan Gosling as an unnamed stunt driver who becomes smitten with neighbor-girl Irene, played by Carey Mulligan whose boyfriend falls into with the wrong crowd, led by Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman. Gosling’s Driver, in an effort to protect Irene, goes after the gangsters and after a number of incredibly gruesome deaths, Gosling and Brooks square off in the film’s final scene.
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