Monthly Archives: May 2012

Dead Wife Family Comedy Smackdown: The Descendants vs. We Bought a Zoo


Winter of 2011 saw the release of two comedy-dramas starring members of the cast of the Ocean’s Eleven films that dealt with a family coming to grips with the loss of a wife and mother.  Both films were written and directed by A-list talents after a relatively long sabbatical.  We Bought a Zoo and The Descendents were both released with great expectations, but at least one of them fell a little short.  With so much in common, which film comes out on top?

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Mad Men: Who’s going to fall down the elevator shaft already?

*Warning: Mild spoilers for Mad Men*

Earlier this season, an elevator opened in the lobby outside the Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce offices on the umpteenth floor of their building on AMC’s Mad Men. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) looked straight down an empty elevator shaft, seeing that there was no elevator, but that there was a potentially lethal maintenance issue on the job. Don got distracted from this problem and Mad Men fans have been waiting since then for the other shoe to >ahem< drop, as it were. Below is a discussion of some of the series regulars who may be in line for a Dr. Drake Ramore-style exit from the airwaves.

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Disney World Trip Planning –

You can go to Disney World without a lot of planning.  But I wouldn’t recommend it.  Those who do frequently find themselves waiting in longer lines, unsure of what to do next.  They are excluded from the most popular sit-down restaurants and miss out on a lot of experiences without even realizing it.  On the other end of the spectrum are the uber-planners like me.  I have been preparing for my next WDW trip for months now, and it’s still months away. 

The payoff, in theory, is a smoother vacation.  Time will tell, I guess.  But for uber-planners, planning is its own reward.  I find it to be a fun challenge like assembling a jigsaw puzzle.  When I don’t have a trip coming up, I help others plan their trips.  And when I don’t know any one who is going to Disney World, I plan for trips no one will ever take.

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Disney World Trip Planning – Dining Reservations

At any point in time, it’s a pretty safe assumption that I am in some way, shape or form planning a trip to Disney World.  I may not take that trip for several years.  But in the back of my mind, I am considering my options.  As I actually have a trip booked for the fall, my trip planning is currently in over-drive.  Since it has been more or less consuming me, I thought I’d share my progress with you guys.

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Josie’s Birthday Party at Sunrock Farm

Our busy springtime started with Kara’s birthday on Easter.  And it ends with Josie’s birthday and Mother’s Day this weekend.  Josie is an animal lover, so she wanted to have her seventh birthday party at a farm where she could care for animals.

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Slapping Joffrey

I always want to find the time to write about Game of Thrones.  It’s become one of my favorite shows.  Anyone who watches it knows that young King Joffrey is a villain you absolutely love to loathe.  He is completely vile.  The only thing better than hating him is watching him get slapped around.

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Review: Marvel’s The Avengers

The Avengers is a straight-forward action movie.  It opens with an eye-popping action sequence and rarely slows down for the duration of it’s running time.  It’s a simple, crowd-pleasing super hero movie.  The Avengers isn’t an especially ambitious film.  But it delivers everything you could reasonably expect from an Avengers film… and then some.

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Happy National Star Wars Day!

Happy National Star Wars Day!.

Juror #7: Jack Warden

That’s like bein’ hit in the head with a crowbar once a day.

Jack Warden offers the lion’s share of the comic relief to “12 Angry Men” as Yankee fan and marmalade salesman “Juror #7.” He also paints a disturbing portrait of just how contemptible a supercilious man can be. The hard-sell, good-time smart aleck is probably the life of any party, but you have to wonder how many people actually let him into their lives as a friend. He is so bemused by the delay in what he has assumed is an open-and-shut case, that the only thing he knows to do is to sit back and entertain himself the best he can. Notice how many times the words “he” and “himself” show up in that sentence. Warden’s timing is superb, and his callow take on the character is a lynchpin of the film’s story. It can be argued that nobody got nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar from “12 Angry Men” because the votes got split 11 ways, but when push comes to shove this is the guy who fills me with dread.

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