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Five Cool Things and Welcome to Marwen

See what cool things I discovered this week.
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This is what I like to call "recovery week." After vacation, I always come home to a large stack of papers and assorted check stubs on my desk that I have to sort through and try to make sense out of. It is always stressful and this week was no exception. This was also the first full week of which my daughter has been out of school and not with either her grandparents or on vacation. I mostly work from home and so it's always a challenge to balance spending time with her and actually getting my work accomplished. Despite

Five Cool Things and the Grand Tetons

After a week off, I'm talking about Stephen King, Doctor Who, Humphrey Bogart, and independent film.
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A big thanks to Gordon and Shawn for filling in for me last week. As noted, I spent the week in Wyoming visiting both the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. Both were extraordinarily gorgeous. For those of you playing along, the man in the photo posted last week was fly fishing. I didn’t get word on whether he caught anything or not. During that week I did not consume much pop culture as that’s just not what you do while standing in some of the most beautiful parts of the world. However, the week before (and my vacation really

Five Cool Things and Anthony Bourdain

Three different fellas have a say in what was and wasn't cool this week.
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As Mat stated last week, he's currently off in Wyoming celebrating his in-laws' 50th anniversary. But that doesn't mean people stopped enjoying cool things, so Shawn Bourdo and Gordon S. Miller are joining forces to fill in during Mat's absence, but that doesn't mean he's not going to take part this week. Snow in Wyoming From Mat's trip comes this beautiful photo of the Wyoming landscape from just a few days ago. If you look close, there's a gentleman in the water. What's he's doing there is up to you to decide. Wonder if we should make it a contest

Five Cool Things and Florence + the Machine

Come see the cool stuff I discovered this week.
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My in-laws came to town again this week. Diligent readers will remember they were here not very long ago and perhaps wonder why the return trip. As it so happens, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary by taking a long vacation through various western parts of the country. They took my wife and daughter with them to Arizona and Utah. Next week, I’l be joining them in Wyoming. I miss them terribly but it is nice to have a few days all on my own. It's too hot to do anything but sit in the air conditioning and I’ve seen

Five Cool Things and Christopher Robin

This week's five things include some classic rewatches and a few new things as well.
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I gave up Filmstruck to order Hulu so that I could watch the new season of The Handmaid’s Tale. I like Hulu. They’ve got some great TV shows. Their movie selection however is mostly crap. Netflix has been slack of late in their movie selection as well. Let’s not even talk about Amazon for the moment. They all have movies, good ones even, but you have to wade through a lot of junk to get to them, and I’ve now seen most of the ones I want to see. Or at least the ones I want to see right now.

Five Cool Things and Deadpool 2

It was a cool week that was almost ruined by obnoxious people in the theater.
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For a long time, I stopped going to the movies. It was too expensive, I didn’t live close to any sort of theatre that played something besides giant blockbusters, I had a small child, my home theatre system was good enough, and the average movie crowd is really obnoxious. Over the last couple of years, that has changed. I still don’t go to a ton of movies but I hit the theaters probably twice a month. Turns out, I like the experience. There is something really nice about the big screen, the comfy chairs, and the surround speakers. With Movie

Five Cool Things and This Is America

Come catch up with all the cool things I consumed this week.
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I keep track of all the movies I watch every month and have various mental goals to keep up with. Sometimes I get a little panicked in the middle if I haven’t watched enough. Though we aren’t even halfway through this month, at the beginning of this week that panic set in real good. So I kicked my watching habits up a few notches and watched a few movies from last year that got a lot of love and a couple of much older ones that had been on my radar. Lady Bird Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical movie stars Saoirse Ronan

Five Cool Things and U2

Here's five cool things I discovered this week.
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In order to watch the new season of The Handmaid's Tale, I once again ordered a subscription to Hulu. They are doling that series out one episode per week so I have plenty of time to find other interesting shows on the service. So sit back and enjoy the five cool things I found this week. The Wrong Mans The Wrong Mans is a British crime comedy that is being co-produced by Hulu. In its opening moments, low-level government employee Sam (Matthew Baynton) witnesses a automobile accident. After the ambulance takes the victim away, a phone lying on the ground

Five Cool Things and 2001: A Space Odyssey

I'm a little late posting it, but these things are still cool.
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Sorry I’m a little late with the Five Cool Things this week. I have plenty of stuff to talk about, so it wasn’t a lack of things that kept me from it. I started writing about them yesterday afternoon, got a few entries in, and took a little break. Various things happened and that break became a long one. The local TV station plays classic Tom Baker Doctor Who stories every Friday night and me and the family have made that a thing we do together. We fix a big bowl of popcorn and watch it upstairs in my bedroom.

Five Cool Things and Nothing Compares 2 U

This week's cool things include a couple of Humphrey Bogart films, another Stephen King novel, Bob Dylan, and more.
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As mentioned last week, my in-laws were in town this week, also as mentioned they put a damper on my pop-culture consumption. In the early evening hours, we tend to play games or chat or do some activity other than sit in front of the TV. After I put my daughter to bed, some times we'd throw a movie on but usually there was this awkward space in which we’re all sitting around not knowing what to do. Then, of course, there is the fact that they are older and more conservative and many of the things I want to

My (Tentative) 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule

I've done this nine years and picking what to watch at the fest never gets easier.
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Although I am fortunate enough to attend both events, I am disappointed that CinemaCon and TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) are both occurring next week. I have to leave Las Vegas Thursday morning, missing out on the final day of movie studio presentations and on the pre-TCMFF activities that will take place on Wednesday. Hopefully, I'll make it in time for Meet TCM at Club TCM, so I can ask how the staffers react to the social media outage that their programming has generated over the past year. Thursday Since I am not attending the official Opening Night selection, The

Five Cool Things and Ocean's 8

This week's cool things mostly include things I reviewed for this site.
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Last week, I noted that I had started several things and not finished them. My hope was to talk about them this week. As it turns out, I still haven’t finished some of them (damn, Andrei Tarkovsky movies are long) and the ones I did finish weren’t very good (I’m looking at you Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Sacha Guitry). Next week, my in-laws will be in town which will further much with my ability to watch the things I want to watch. Unexpectedly, I still managed to watch and read some cool stuff this week. And away we

Five Cool Things and Eels' 'Bone Dry'

It was a weird week determined to distract me, but I still found some cool stuff.
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Last weekend, we went to Tennessee to visit some old friends for Easter. This week, Oklahoma teachers staged a walk-out in an attempt to get decent wages and more money for their classrooms. I don’t want to get to far into either of those things because I never want to write about religion or politics. I really don’t want to belittle the teachers and what they are doing in terms of how it has negatively affected my ability to consume pop culture. I do support the teachers and their important cause, but darn, if it hasn’t messed up my ability

Five Cool Things and The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Here's the cool things I consumed this week.
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My birthday was last Sunday. My wife made me a nice breakfast, we went to a couple of books stores, and let the daughter play at a park. We had planned to go to a movie but that fell through and instead we went home and watched some James Bond. I’ve never been the sort of person who wants to have a big party so this was pretty much perfect. Other than that, this week has been pretty standard. I watched some good movies, read some good comic books. and here we are. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Much like

Five Cool Things and Mr. Rogers

Come read about all the cool stuff I watched this week.
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It is the start of my birthday weekend (I turn 42 on Sunday). My mother just picked up my daughter for a sleepover. I should be out celebrating. Instead, I’m here writing this. Later, I’ll watch TV. Honestly, I’m pretty okay with that. We were going to go see a movie, but we’re still in the post-Christmas / pre-Spring blockbuster lull for movies at theatres. Good stuff is coming soon, but there really isn’t much I want to see and nothing the wife and I could agree on. Luckily, I have access to all sorts of cool stuff on the

Five Cool Things and Isle of Dogs

This week's cool things are strange and wonderful.
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After a long, dreary winter, spring is finally here. Our backyard tree is blooming, the temperatures are warming up, and the sun is shining. The daughter is out of school next week, which will likely curb my pop-culture consuming, but this week was full of interesting things. I can’t wait to start talking about them. Tiny Desk Concert: John Prine John Price is a national treasure. He is one of the greatest songwriters of our age. He’s an old man now, but he’s always written songs beyond his years. He just released a new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, and

Five Cool Things and Season Two of The Handmaid's Tale

This week's cool things include Tom Cruise, George Clooney directing the Coens, and more Stephen King.
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I have a tendency to be watching, reading and listening to multiple things at once. My wife laughs and scoffs at this as she doesn’t understand how I can keep things straight in my head. I’m not entirely sure that I do keep things straight, but this is the way I’ve always consumed pop culture. Right now I’m watching two movies (Salem’s Lot and Robert Altman’s Images) reading at least three books (A Christmas Carol, Freedomland, Pet Sematary) and probably have a few more laying around that I started and have forgotten about. I’m in the middle of more TV

Five Cool Things and a Yellowstone TV Series

See what's cool this week.
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In my continual playing of roulette with the many streaming services one can subscribe to, I landed on HBO this week. It is part of the Amazon system now which makes it super convenient. I can easily subscribe and unsubscribe to it via my Amazon Fire so there is no messing around with internet sites and new apps and credit cards. It's a great service, too. It has all the HBO shows plus lots of movies and they even let you watch the various HBO channels streaming live. Its a little pricier than I like (just under $15) but they

Sunday Program Highlights for Emerald City Comic Con 2018

These panels are where you might find our roving reporter.
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Held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, Emerald City Comic Con's fourth and final day of programming on Sunday day, March 4. My highlights are below. Their entire listing is available on the official website. MARK SHEPPARD SPOTLIGHTMar 04, 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PMMain Stage - WSCC 4A Crowley may have left the Supernatural realm, but their loss is Emerald City’s gain. Mark Sheppard returns to Seattle with more stories of the crossroads and so much more from his amazing career appearing in a lot of our favorite shows. EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW

Saturday Program Highlights for Emerald City Comic Con 2018

These panels are where you might find our roving reporter.
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Held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, Emerald City Comic Con's third day of programming on Saturday, March 3 is the one day that sold out in minutes this year. My highlights are below. Their entire listing is available on the official website. BACK TO THE FUTURE12:15 PM - 1:15 PMMain Stage - WSCC 4A GREAT SCOTT! Join Doc Brown and Biff Tannen for tales from the past, present, and future of one of the most beloved franchises in the world. Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson are bringing 1.21 Jigawatts of awesome to the Emerald

Friday Program Highlights for Emerald City Comic Con 2018

These panels are where you might find our roving reporter.
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Held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, Emerald City Comic Con's second day of programming on Friday, March 2 offers a large assortment of celebrity panels. Here are some that I find most interesting. Their entire listing is available on the official website. LET’S TALK FIREFLY WITH THE TAMS12:00 PM - 1:00 PMMain Stage - WSCC 4A Fifteen Years Later, Emerald City Comic Con reunites one of the best sibling teams in the known galaxies. It’s all about Simon and his Méi-mei and we can’t wait for this panel to bring us all…Serenity. PHIL LAMARR

Thursday Program Highlights for Emerald City Comic Con 2018

These panels are where you might find our roving reporter.
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Held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, Emerald City Comic Con's first day of programming on Thursday, March 1 offers a large assortment of panels. Here are some that I find most interesting. Their entire listing is available on the official website. IT’S ALIVE!! BRING YOUR SUPERHEROES TO LIFE!1:45 PM - 2:45 PMTCC L3- Room 4 Art comes to life! See how an artist turns illustration into animation. Dana Burman, Motion Graphics Artist, shares how he used Character Animator to make Safety Action Team GO!; a 15 episode educational cartoon that pays homage to 80's

Five Cool Things and Izzy Gets the F-ck Across Town

This week's cool things include a couple of comics, some old movies, and a new trailer.
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I shouldn’t write these things on Friday. It seems like every week I’m saying how long and exhausting the week has been. Maybe if I wrote them on Monday I’d be all refreshed and collected from the weekend. Nah, I’d just be frazzled to have to write something else with a case of the Mondays. It was a long week. My wife and daughter are finally getting over the sickness but then the kid had to play catch-up from missing school and there have been loads of extra activities. Luckily, work has been slow so I’m not a total zombie.

Five Cool Things and The Girl Without Hands

This weeks cool things include some (not so) Classic Doctor Who, a Stephen King sequel, a Neil Gaiman book, and more.
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Sickness has come to house Brewster again. My wife caught a nasty cold late last week and it's stayed with her even unto today. My daughter caught something nastier but shorter a couple of nights ago, which left her dazed and confused (and puking her poor little guts out) for about 24 hours. I've managed to mostly stay healthy (although my back is about to give out due to sleeping on the couch trying to avoid my wife's bug). As such, there has been a lot of stayng in and watching TV. Here's five things we enjoyed. The Trial of

Five Cool Things and Venom

This week's cool things are trailers, trailers, and more trailers.
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The Super Bowl aired this last Sunday. I didn’t watch a single second of it. Not even for the commercials or Justin Timberlake’s halftime show (though I did watch some of both a few days later on YouTube). The only exciting part for me was that Super Bowl Sunday is now apparently the official start of Hollywood trying to get us pumped for their summer roll out. There were several cool trailers that dropped during the game (and several more have come out in the week since). Call this week’s post "Five Cool Trailers." Solo: A Star Wars Story This

Five Cool Things and Duncan Jones' Mute

This week's cool things include lots of award winners and some that should have been.
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I’m always late to the party when it comes to awards season. I simply don’t make it to the theaters enough to see all the big movies let alone the small ones. I eventually catch most of the buzzy, acclaimed films but not usually until long after all the golden statues have been handed out. This time I’ve managed to see 28 films released in 2017 many of which have been nominated for big awards. That’s still a long ways from all of them (and miles away from the 12,000 films released last year (according to Letterboxd anyways) but for

Five Cool Things and Landscape with Snow

Step right up and come see the cool things I discovered this week.
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It's always a challenge for me to balance between the movies I want to see and the television shows I want to make it through. This year I seem to be hitting the sweet spot finding ways to watch plenty of both. That’s a very satisfying feeling. The Greatest Showman I initially had no interest in seeing The Greatest Showman. I’m not an enormous musical fan, don’t really like biopics, am not particularly interested in P.T. Barnum and the trailer didn’t do it for me. But then it started getting a lot of buzz on my social-media feeds. At first,

Five Cool Things and a New Heathers

Cool things this week include a Hitchock from the Criterion Collection, a French animated film, a Rogue Cut, and lots of gods.
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I try to write little pieces of this article as I watch, read, and listen to cool things throughout the week. If I do it right, then on Friday morning all I have to do is assemble the pieces and write an intro. Sometimes that actually works, other times no so much. Last week was one of those times that I was scrambling to put all my thoughts together about all the five things before my deadline. In that rush I forgot to write an intro. Then I got sick. It was a weird sickness. One moment I felt fine

Five Cool Things and Fahrenheit 451

This week's cool things include a classic Doctor Who, two new adaptations of old books and lots of violence.
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Mat was felled by a stomach bug before he could finish writing his article, which is not a cool thing, so dive in without his traditional introduction. Make sure to wash your hands when you are done reading. - The Management Brawl in Cell Block 99 I’d been hearing really good things about Brawl in Cell Block 99 for a few weeks. So much so that I made it my Pick of the Week awhile back. It is streaming on Amazon so I gave it a shot. It is a really interesting mix of the art house with the grindhouse.

Five Cool Things and The Grateful Dead

This week found me reading some cool comics, watching some non Doctor Who-related Peter Capaldi TV, and more.
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As noted in last week’s entry, I spent the week between Christmas and New Year's at my in-laws spending time with my wife’s family. They are lovely people but not very pop-cultural savvy. We tend to spend our time playing board games and chatting with each other rather than watching movies and television. Luckily, I always get a few comic books for Christmas and as you’ll see I’ve already read a few of them. The Avengers: Age of Ultron(comic book) In the comics, Ultron has existed since the late '60s and appeared as one of the great Avengers' villains periodically

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