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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Closing Out 2014


Super New Year

That’s it.  Another year has come and gone.  2014 was a great year for Le Blog.  About this time last year, I did a little bit of projecting.  I figured based on the way site traffic had increased over past years, that the site would likely cross the “5 million hit” mark this year.  I even considered that maybe, just maybe, we could hit 6 million.  But then I put that figure out of my head.  It was too big of a goal and I didn’t want to be disappointed at year end if we fell short.  5 million was plenty ambitious.

When the site crossed the 5 million hits earlier this year, I revisited the 6 million hit goal.  Was it within reach?  It would require a bang-up final quarter.  I didn’t think we’d quite make it.  But it turns out that the site has enjoyed a very healthy holiday traffic flow (thank you all) and this morning we crossed the 6 million hit threshold!

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2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 1,000,000 people visit the Seattle Space Needle every year. This blog was viewed about 3,800,000 times in 2014. If it were the Space Needle, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Colonial Williamsburg with Daffystardust


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This holiday season the family and I decided to spend a few days in the historic district of Williamsburg, Virginia. Despite living in nearby Virginia Beach since I was seven years old, I had not visited this impressive recreation of 18th century life in thirty-four years. I guess it’s better than the people who live in New York City their entire lives without ever seeing the Statue of Liberty, but it is a shame I didn’t take better advantage of the opportunity while I was living so close to such a treasure. Our family trip this year has done a little to darken the fading traces of the picture of the place I had gathered as a ten year old.
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What the Hell Happened to Madeleine Stowe?


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Madeleine Stowe

Madeleine Stowe was a rising star in the late 80s and early 90s.  She worked with A-list directors like Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Robert Altman and Terry Gilliam.  Stowe seemed destined for a long and distinguished career as a leading lady.  And then, poof, she vanished.  In the mid-nineties, her movie career cooled off.  It warmed up briefly in the late 90s, but ended just a few short years later.

What the hell happened?

But wait a second, you say.  Stowe is on the TV show Revenge.  She looks fantastic and was nominated for a Golden Globe.  That’s what the hell happened to her.  Fair enough.  Pre-2011, Stowe was high on my WTHH list.  But since she’s been on a network TV show, I’ve had her on the WTHH back-burner.  But people still ask about her.  A lot.  So we’re going to go ahead and cover Stowe’s career even though she’s had a pretty impressive resurgence.  The question is, what the hell happened to Stowe’s movie career?

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Lebeau’s Le Show: Episode 010: Daffy and Lebeau’s Christmas Spectacular


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Today, believe it or not, is Christmas Eve.  December just flew by, didn’t it?  Doesn’t it always?  I had hoped to have this episode posted back when we were still running the Christmas Movie Bracket Game.  But you know how things get leading up to the holidays.  If you don’t, well, they get crazy.  So after several delays, it is my pleasure to present Daffy and my Christmas episode in which we discus our favorite Christmas music, movies and TV specials.

I don’t know that I can do this episode justice.  It gets weird fast.  Hope you like it.

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Review: The Babadook


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The best horror movies find a way to connect the fear to real emotion.  The Babadook is one such movie.  The low-budget Australian horror film flopped in its home country.  But since then it has earned praise from horror luminaries like Stephen King and The Exorcist director William Friedkin.  This shouldn’t be all that surprising because The Babadook takes inspiration from The Exorcist and The Shining among others.

Without getting into spoilers (yet), The Babadook takes the fears that every parent deals with every day and blows them up to monstrous proportions.  Am I failing as a parent?  Have I messed up?  How can I make it one more day when I can never seem to catch a break or even a decent night’s sleep?  Is my kid weird?  Is his behavior normal?  I love him, but sometimes I just want to wring his little neck.  Any parent who is being honest with themselves can relate to most if not all of these sentiments.

In The Babadook, Essie Davis plays a single mom who is struggling.  Her husband died delivering her to the hospital the day she gave birth to her now-six-year-old son, Sam.  Sam is a sensitive boy who doesn’t fit in.  He’s hyperactive and gets in trouble at school.  He doesn’t play well with other kids.  He’s prone to long, unstoppable panic attacks.  And he’s obsessed with monsters which keep him up at night.

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Review: The Theory of Everything


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The biographical film has a pretty checkered history. Sometimes the real facts of a person’s life need only a little dramatic polishing to produce something truly entertaining and meaningful. Other times you can feel the filmmakers stretching to really fill out what should be a fascinating story because while the events or accomplishments may be enormously important, that doesn’t mean that they are very cinematic. Unfortunately, despite some truly wonderful and engaging elements, the new Stephen Hawking biopic too often falls into the latter category.

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Terminator: Genisys Paradox Edition Trailer


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Recently, Daffy and I discussed the rampant silliness of the new trailer for Terminator: Genisys – a movie that will attempt to reboot the popular sci fi series by throwing out everything fans know and love about the previous Terminator movies except for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the theme song.  Even spelling gets tossed out like a baby with the bathwater.

Now, Auralnauts has recut the original trailer to give us this new (and pretty funny) paradox edition.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: The Winner!


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2014 has just flown by!  And December always seems to be the fastest month of the year.  It seems like only yesterday we were starting the Christmas Movie Bracket Game.  And now here we are at the end of the game and I am happy to announce the winner.  In a stunning upset, the winner of the Christmas Movie Bracket Game is…

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: Finals: A Christmas Story Vs. It’s a Wonderful Life


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Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: Muppet Christmas Carol Vs. A Christmas Story


Muppets Christmas Story

Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: Miracle on 34th Street Vs. It’s a Wonderful Life


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Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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