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Monthly Archives: July 2013

What the Hell Happened to Kirsten Dunst?


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Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst was a child actor who successfully transitioned into adult roles.  She worked opposite Brad Pitt, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.  She was directed by the likes of Woody Allen, Sam Raimi and Neil Jordan.  She played a cheerleader, a vampire and Spider-man’s true love.  But when her web-slinging stopped, Dunst disappeared from the once-hot spotlight.

What the hell happened?

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Illuminights (and signs!!)


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Illuminights is a series of evenings during the middle of the Summer season at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on which crowds are encouraged to hang out right until closing time through the promise of fireworks set to music. The fact that the name of this summer promotion sounds a lot like that of a more famous light show (EPCOT’s “Illuminations”) should not be surprising considering the fact that our group had just managed to miss BGW’s own food and wine festival (another EPCOT tradition), and had seen a fairy tale stage show there named “Entwined” (Tangled anyone?). The strategy appears to work for them though, because of my four trips to the park since acquiring my “Fun Pass” the last weekend of March, this was by far the most crowded.

This all sounds like a lot of grousing, so let me state right out front, if my other posts haven’t communicated the fact clearly, that I love Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Its combination of strong theming, beautiful grounds, strong selection of thrill and family rides, and generally excellent shows and food make it a top notch regional park. I grew up attending Busch Gardens once every few years as a kid. In fact, on my first visit, the park’s iconic coaster The Loch Ness Monster was still under construction. I simply happen to believe that the park’s unique qualities should leave it above cheap comparisons with others.
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What the Hell Happened to Jim Carrey?


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In the 1990’s, Jim Carrey was the king of comedy.  He made headlines when he cashed a $20 million dollar paycheck for The Cable Guy after an impressive string of box office successes.  For a while, he seemed poised to make the transition from comedy to drama with movies like The Truman Show and Man on the Moon.  There was even talk that Ace Ventura could one day win an Oscar.  But eventually, Carrey’s winning streak ended.  The dramatic roles dried up and Carrey was reduced to being a supporting player or starring in bland children’s movies.

What the hell happened?

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“The Best Comedy of the Year!” 1960’s


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Based on how long it has taken me to do the necessary research for this, my final decade-based installment about how many “great” comedies can reasonably be expected in any given year, it would be easy to assume that the concept of comedy as generational is a winner. Well…maybe. But that would ignore the fact that I have identified here several truly great film comedies which to my eyes and ears hold up no matter what age you are. Some others may depend a little more on your own context and tastes. There certainly are some comedies I have subjected myself to which have aged badly. Not even Lee Marvin and Lee J Cobb could keep my attention on In Like Flint, and if The Ladies Man really is among the best Jerry Lewis has to offer, then I’m really glad I didn’t see one of his “stinkers.” Even some of the really good movies are prisoners of the age, incorporating mildly painful pop culture references and jokes which don’t always land so many years later. Still more perfectly good films like The Graduate, Alfie, and Never on Sunday mysteriously get listed in various places as comedies, when they are clearly dramas.

But these articles are supposed to be more about the movies I do like…so let’s try to focus on those.
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The Latest Racism on Big Brother 15


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Summer TV is about guilt pleasures.  For me, it means watching idiots fight over half a million dollars on Big Brother.  Please, try not to judge.  Every year, the contestants get more and more reprehensible.  But this year’s cast has hit a new low.  Racism on Big Brother is nothing new, but typically this kind of behavior never makes it past the feeds.  This year, the behavior has been so horrific that it has spilled out into mainstream news.   Two of the contestants have even been fired from their jobs outside the house due to their behavior.

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