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Five Cool Things and Aretha Franklin

It was a week of binge-watching TV shows I'll write about later and catching up with a few cool things I'm writing about now.
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I’ve been binge-watching both Masters of Sex and The Terror all week, which I thought would mean I’d have nothing to cool to talk about now. However, I still managed to squeeze in a couple of movies, a classic Doctor Who, and some other cool stuff. So let’s get to it. The Bourne Identity I started reading The Bourne Identity on a plane to Strasbourg, France. It was my first trip overseas and I wanted something exciting and easy to read on the long journey. I finished it in the little flat we lived in over there. At first, we

Five Cool Things and Kidding

Here's five cool things I discovered this week.
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I have really lousy allergies. I’ve never gotten any specific testing done on my body but whenever I’m around freshly cut grass or dust or any fine particles of any sort, my throat swells, my head gets full, I cough without ceasing, and I generally feel miserable for a day or two. I happen to work in construction, which means I’m regularly around great piles of sawdust and freshly mowed grass. These things combined do not make the best life choices. I’ve worked it out so that I’m not the one doing most of the wood cutting and I can

Five Cool Things and Making It

Here's all the cool stuff I consumed this week.
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My wife made an observation last night that I tend to have more energy on Thursdays than any other day of the work week. I hadn't thought of it before but it is true. Wednesdays and Fridays are my busiest days at work. Mondays are spent catching up on all the stuff I didn't get done on Friday, and Tuesdays play catch up on the things I missed on Monday. I have to complete everything on my desk on Wednesdays on that day, which makes for some late nights and early bedtimes. Thursdays wind up being relatively light days and

Five Cool Things and 16 Years

It's more like five kind of okay, not really great things this week, but there's plenty to talk about.
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As a reviewer, I find that it's much easier to talk about things that I either love or really dislike. When I love something, I can go on and on about all the things I found interesting about it, and when I hate something, it's fun to diss all the terrible things it has going on. What’s difficult to do is review something that was just kind of meh. When something isn’t audaciously terrible or really fantastic, when I just kind of enjoyed a film, show, or what have you, it is really difficult to find something to say about

Five Cool Things and Glass

Not even a bad case of poison ivy can stop me from finding cool things for you.
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For the first time in several years, I've managed to get poison ivy. I’m really quite allergic to it and I remember getting it numerous times as a kid. When I was maybe 10 or 11, I can remember waking up one morning barely able to open my eyes because they had become so swollen, my face covered in the stuff. Luckily as an adult, I generally stay indoors and away from wooded areas in which the stuff grows. Not so lucky this week. We built a house out in a very rural, wooded area. I’ve been watering the new

Five Cool Things and Ant-Man and the Wasp

Kick back and enjoy the thins I enjoyed this week.
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It has been another crazy hot week here in Oklahoma. This week I’ve not been able to just stay inside and watch movie; I’ve had to be out in it. My family has a couple of houses that we just built and are trying to sell. They are right next to each other and sit on about 2.5 acres each. Their lawns just got seeded, which in Oklahoma in July means they have to be watered every day. We have these cool little watering devices that look like mini tractors and spray water a great distance. They also propel themselves

Saturday Program Highlights for San Diego Comic Con 2018

Three Sentries will be having three different Saturdays.
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Here are a few highlights where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Shawn Bourdo: Happy Birthday, Frankenstein (10:00am) (Room7AB) There's a heavy reliance on panels to do with movies and television shows. There's still even a fair amount of panels celebrating actual printed comic books. I love to go to the ones that acknowledge the influence of other media. This panel talks about the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein. An intelligent talk on the novel is exactly the type of thing that excites me at this convention. This Is Your Life, Jonny Quest (11:30am) (Room5AB) In the history

Friday Program Highlights for San Diego Comic Con 2018

See you in San Diego at the following panels.
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Here are a few panels where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Todd Karella: As I’ve learned over the years you need to have a plan and figure out what panels you want to see ahead of time. And once you have a plan carefully thought out you need to have backup plans because chances are with all the crowds and waiting in lines you are only going to be able to attend a fraction of the panels that you wanted to. I am more of a Television and movie fan and usually shoot for those panels

Thursday Program Highlights for San Diego Comic Con 2018

These are the panels we are most interested in attending.
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The modern-day equivalent of getting the new Sears catalog before Christmas is the debut of the Comic-Con programs. On paper, there are no lines in the heat and plenty of open seats. Here are a few highlights where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Shawn Bourdo: When Earthlings Become Martians: National Geographic's Mars, Season 2 (11:00am) (Room7AB) I was a fan of the presentation of this show a couple years ago. It's a hybrid fictional series that breaks for "fact checks" as to the science behind the story. I'm mostly attending this sequel because I love Andy

Five Cool Things and Paul McCartney's Carpool Karaoke

Here's five cool things to take you into the weekend.
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Another week, another five cool things. Conversations with Scorsese Film critic and historian Richard Schickel sat down with Martin Scorsese over the course of several weeks and spoke with him at length. Those conversations were turned into this book and what a treasure it is. They discuss the director’s films from his first one, Who’s That Knocking At My Door up until Shutter Island (which was the last film he had made when the book was written). If you’ve ever seen an interview with Scorsese, you know he has an encyclopedic knowledge of film, and Schickel is able to keep

Our Favorite Movies of 2018 So Far

Did yours get mentioned?
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While there's still half of the summer roster to go and a slew of films that are going to be competing for awards once Fall begins, a few Sentries have gathered to reveal what their favorites are at the year's halfway point. How many choices will remain the same when we regroup next January? Shawn Bourdo - A Quiet Place In an era of sequels and big-budget tent poles, why was this my favorite movie of the year so far? I think I just answered it based on how I phrased that question. Although a sequel in the works for

Five Cool Things and Juliet, Naked

It's too hot in Oklahoma to do anything but sit inside and watch movies.
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It is officially summer here in Oklahoma, which means it is hot. Damn hot. Too hot to do anything but sit inside and watch movies. Too bad it is so hot that my little ai- conditioning unit can’t keep up. Our little house has two stories, but they added rooms to the second story some time after the original build. I don’t think they upgraded the HVAC system and anytime the temperatures move towards the extreme ends of the thermometer (which in Oklahoma is pretty much the months between June and August, and December through February), it becomes either uncomfortably

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

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