The Absent-Minded Professor – Family Movie Night

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The Story: Ned Brainard, a chronically absent-minded chemistry professor at cash-strapped Medfield College, stumbles across an anti-gravity substance that he believes can save his beloved institution. While his bumbling effort to monetize the discovery prove ineffective, he does manage to attract the attention of the powerful Alonzo Hawk, a corrupt businessman who vows to steal [Read More...]

The Man Behind the Booth, Part V

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Asking questions and recognizing the importance of asking questions is not, in my view, enough for people to come to epiphanies. The changes that stick, in my observation of others and myself, come about through the painful mess of doing things. Without the unexpected lessons of events, it is possible to live in the solipsism [Read More...]

The Man Behind the Booth, Part IV

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“It is hard to be human. It is hard to know what to do. It is hard to know how to take care of those we love. It is hard to give up on our fantasies of immortality, or power, or the thought that if we could shape the world to our will everything would [Read More...]

Searching for Bobby Fischer – Family Movie Night

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The Story: Chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. The Stars: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne Release Date: 1993 Rating: PG Our Take: Despite laboring in relative (and surprising) obscurity when compared to many of its “Based On a True Story” counterparts, [Read More...]

The Man Behind the Booth, Part III

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“There is a notion, popular especially in Hollywood, that people who watch things on the Internet have no attention span. This is, of course, nonsense. People are people. They’ll watch something as long as it engages them. That’s all that matters.” – From my ongoing conversation with Christopher “C.K.” Kubasik, creator and writer of The Booth at [Read More...]

The Man Behind the Booth, Part II

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“I like strange things with strong, unique voices.” — The second part of my lengthy conversation with Christopher “C.K.” Kubasik, whose The Booth at the End show is one of my favorite “accidental discoveries” in recent memory. Joseph Susanka: From Michael Eisner (who has produced both Booth seasons through his production companies, Tornante and Vuguru), to Xander Berkeley [Read More...]

Wait. Are These Weeks Coming Two at a Time Now?

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OK, so that’s a rhetorical question. But I can’t always tell… Take the last seven days in the Susanka household, for example. There was enough snow to warrant the cancellation of Son #2′s  and Son #3′s Little League practice. …and enough sun that they ended up practicing twice before they were through. I (happily, but time-consumingly) took part in [Read More...]

The Man Behind the Booth, Part I

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There are few things more enjoyable than stumbling across a great film or television show for the first time. Watching something you know you’re going to like is always a pleasure. But there’s a special brand of excitement that accompanies finding (and loving) something you didn’t even know existed. Recent instances of this phenomenon include the [Read More...]

“Howlin’ Ukuleles, Batman!”

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This VOX Ukulele commercial is a ton of fun — partially because of the music, partially because of the performer, and partially because “UKULELES!” May it brighten your Tuesday as much as it has brightened mine.The fellow doing the pickin’ is Jack Mauro – the same guy who wrote and performs the song. And he’s got [Read More...]

Bizarre Baseball Happenings, As Always

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I love collecting baseball oddities — a fact that helps to explain my extreme fondness for ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian and his fascinating Kurk-Gems segment from Baseball Tonight. And also helps explain why the past weekend was so much fun for this devoted Observer of the Wild and Wacky World of Baseball. On Thursday, Brewers’ SS Jean Segura turned [Read More...]


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