New Fantasyland Review: The Little Mermaid


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The Fantasyland Expansion project at Walt Disney World was completed this year.  New Fantasyland, as it is sometimes referred to, is being touted as the most significant addition to the Disney World Resort in years and the biggest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom.  These claims are true if you look at the entire project as one cohesive expansion.  But New Fantasyland was rolled out in several stages over the course of more than two years.  I covered all of New Fantasyland at a high level in my 2014 trip report.  But I also wanted to review the individual components of the project and see how they add up.  So I’ll be doing that here in the New Fantasyland Review.

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Underappreciated Masters: Pearl Jam Post 1996.


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Pearl Jam might seem an odd choice for underrappreciated. After all, at one point in the early 90s, they were the most widely admire band in America.

Well I’m here to focus on the period after they began to fall out of the mainstream, after the unsuccessful battle with Ticketmaster. I’m going to show how some of their best music came out of this era. There’s a reason why they still have fans and haven’t broken up or ended up living off past glories like many of their contemporaries.
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Underappreciated Master: Billy Bragg


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When Lebeau and I recently sat down to talk about some of the pop culture we considered to be underrated and overrated on our new podcast (see Lebeau’s Le Show above), I named Billy Bragg as the recording artist I considered most underrated. Lebeau basically said “who?” This reaction is not uncommon when I bring up Bragg in conversation. He is not well-known outside of his native England, and there he is a divisive figure. Despite this, I consider him to be one of the finest songwriters of the last 40 years.

Bragg is a proudly strident supporter of labour issues and a self-identified leftist whose musical style may be best described as British folk punk. It is impossible to listen to many of his songs without quickly realizing this is important to him. Over the years he has also spoken out against racism, sexism, and homophobia. If you are one of our readers who is strongly opposed to any type of socialism, the images and ideas you will find included in Bragg’s work and in this article may be upsetting. I would recommend that you spend your time elsewhere on our excellent site. While I am left of center politically, I am not here to glorify Bragg’s political activities. I am here to glorify him as a songwriter. His politics are an inescapable part of who he is, however, and I will include information about that as I go. Any arguments in the comments section about his politics will either be ignored or deleted. Got it?

OK. Those of you who are still with me can start enjoying great music below.
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Pop Culture Quiz: What the Hell Happened Quiz #1


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Believe it or not, the What the Hell Happened? series is now four years old!  I thought it would be fun to see who has been paying attention.  So I’m going to start posting a series of quizzes to test your knowledge of past WTHH subjects.

The quiz starts after the jump.  No cheating off your neighbor!

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New Fantasyland Review: Storybook Circus


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The Fantasyland Expansion project at Walt Disney World was completed this year.  New Fantasyland, as it is sometimes referred to, is being touted as the most significant addition to the Disney World Resort in years and the biggest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom.  These claims are true if you look at the entire project as one cohesive expansion.  But New Fantasyland was rolled out in several stages over the course of more than two years.  I covered all of New Fantasyland at a high level in my 2014 trip report.  But I also wanted to review the individual components of the project and see how they add up.  So I’ll be doing that here in the New Fantasyland Review.

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That Moment In…


I got an e-mail from a reader this morning who wanted me to check out his new website.  I have to admit, I approach these kinds of requests with some hesitation.  Most blogs and websites start out with a lot of sound and fury and then run out of steam pretty quickly.  And more often than not, these websites don’t really have much of a reason to exist.  But this one has a fresh hook that I think my readers will enjoy.  So I wanted to share it with you all.

The site is called That Moment In.  It looks back at memorable scenes from the movies.  To quote from the site’s intro:

We think most movies have something good to offer, even if it’s just one scene. So we’re going to snip and clip films, and show you what we believe are the parts of a movie that stood out to us, good or bad. Do you like movies? We do.

So far the site has covered movies like Blade Runner and the Karate Kid.  But it’s not just limited to “modern classics”.  The next entry scheduled to be posted is about the Rachel McAdams rom com, About Time.  I have spend some time reading the site and I look forward to spending some more.  Check it out.  I think you’ll like what you see.

Poll: Which Summer Movie Are You Looking Forward to the Most in 2015?


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This past weekend was another down week at the box office.  As I mentioned in last week’s poll, the summer movie box office has been down around 20% over last summer.  Hollywood is in a near state of panic.  They keep telling themselves that 2014 is an off year because the big franchises are all taking the year off.  Instead, there is a pile up of anticipated movies next summer which Hollywood hopes will reverse the trend.

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Nope, Not A 1-Hit Wonder: The Rembrandts.


It’s a song that at least a few of us have heard, a theme song to a TV show that at least a few of us have watched. It was kinda big, yet the group that recorded it had no other hits.

Well, not quite.

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First Picture of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman


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DC Comics has released the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from their upcoming super hero flick, Batman v. Superman.

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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t) Pt. 4


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John Carter – I could write an entire article on John Carter.  Where to begin?

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