Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last they’ve found the 100 missing brains!

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  The 100 brains that were missing from the campus have been found, sort of. Blah blah blah something something turns out there isn't much of a story here after all. Who cares? This is a clear mandate from the universe to rush right out and watch Young Frankenstein, one of the most perfect movies ever constructed. You'll laugh, you'll weep, you'll make yummy sounds.     Quotes from this movie make up fully 60% of the conversation in my family. The other 30%* is all from Blazing Saddles, which CA … [Read more...]

Love, Blame and Hope in the Movie MUD

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This movie wasn't about what is wrong with women, or what is wrong with men. It was more about how difficult love is, and how little it helps when we lie to ourselves. It was a sorrowful movie, but not a depressing one; and it left lots of room for at least some of the characters to learn from their suffering and to forgive the people who failed them. Yes, the snakes that have been waiting will get you in the end. No, you will not die. But don't let yourself get bitten again -- unless it's for … [Read more...]

Hooray for the African Queen!

african queen

Along with Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which I only put into our Netflix queue to see if my husband really loved me, The African Queen has been languishing in the “saved” category for over a year, waiting until the movie should be released on DVD.We finally got to see it last week, and it was such a treat – all the more so now that I have 12 years of marriage under my belt, and can see that this is a movie about more than leeches after all (but still:  brrrrrrr).I am  a litt … [Read more...]

Stupid movie game for punsters!

fozzy bear

Today, I'm letting Fozzy Bear be my spirit guide.  Here's the game:  take one letter out of the name of famous movies, and describe the new plot. Got the idea here. Here are my contributions. Warning: all are stupid. **** Ear Window A Being John Malkovich-esque metathriller in which Alfred Hitchcock witnesses a murder after crawling inside Grace Kelly's head through her earPats of Glory To you, they may just be pieces of ordinary butter, but to me, they're . . . pats of gloryThe Liv … [Read more...]

Help me load my iPad with freebies!

At first I was going to give it to someone, and then I thought I would raffle it for a good cause, then I thought it would make a great prize, and then I realized I WANT THIS.

The other day, I was amazed and delighted to hear that I had won second prize in Catholic Vote's contest. First prize was a trip for two two Rome for the upcoming beatifications, which would have been niiiice, but I am beyond thrilled at what I did win, as top referrer: a spiffy new iPad Mini!I understand its microwhatever is roughly as powerful as the International Space Station and that the touchscreen can, by analyzing the electrolyte content in my fingertips, predict the very moment … [Read more...]

Purity of Essence

Happy 50th anniversary to Doctor Strangelove!  I came pretty durn close to naming my book How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love NFP, with a special bonus chapter on p.o.e.Yeah.  Imagine that cover. … [Read more...]

At the Register: Ten Splendid Sequels You Can Expect to See

This is relevant for a Catholic publication because I fleetingly mock Life Teen. … [Read more...]


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