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Movie Review: Les Miserables

By admin - 7th January 2013

I finally was able to see Les Miserables last week.  It seems like everyone I talked to either loved or hated this movie, and I fall somewhere in the middle.  I’ve always liked this musical, although I saw the play about 18 years ago so my memory was a bit fuzzy going in.  The problem I have is that it feels like one long, ongoing song, which gets old for me.  I’d like a break with some normal dialogue here...

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Movie Review: Jack Reacher

By admin - 4th January 2013

Jack Reacher is a movie that starts out as an interesting mystery and by the end dissolves into a decent action movie.  Tom Cruise stars in the title role and does a decent job, as he always does.  He’s believable and likable as a journeyman ex-military cop who decides to lend his hand at catching a sniper and proving an old friend’s innocence in the process.  For me, the movie became less and less interesting as it went along.  The fight...

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Movie Review: The Hobbit

By admin - 4th January 2013

I’m a big fan of The Hobbit.  Having talked to a lot of people who say that it’s too long and boring, that it’s slow, I say how is that any different from the other Lord of the Rings movies?  I like all the films in the series, but they are all long and can be slow at times, so I’m not sure what people were expecting.  Yes, the idea of stretching out The Hobbit into three movies seems a...

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Insurance Journal: What we know about superstorm Sandy a month later

By admin - 12th December 2012

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Movie Review: Skyfall

By admin - 12th December 2012

Everyone’s saying that Skyfall is one of the best Bond movies, if not the best, and I’m not sure I agree.  I really liked it, but it was a bit slow and the plot could have been a lot better.  Daniel Craig, in his third Bond film, shows that he makes a great James Bond.  He has the screen presence, humor, and acting chops, and he’s the most believable since Sean Connery (still my favorite).  There’s a great supporting cast...

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Top ten best Christmas movies ever

By admin - 11th December 2012

I’m a movie fan, and Christmas is the perfect time to sit down with your family and watch some old favorites.  Here are a few of mine (in no particular order): 10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – This is a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember.  The story is timless, great animation. 9.  Christmas Vacation – One of the last funny things Chevy Chase did.  Includes many classic moments. 8. Scrooged – A very underrated...

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How hurricane Sandy will test federal flood insurance program

By admin - 7th November 2012

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/11/02/269253.htm  

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How George Lucas ruined Star Wars, and what Disney needs to do to save it

By admin - 7th November 2012

Lucas should not be allowed anywhere near the Star Wars movies, and if they ever make another Indiana Jones, he shouldn’t be involved in that either.  If Disney is smart, they will have security guards escort Lucas off the premises if he tries to visit the set.  All three of the most recent Star Wars movies, and Indiana Jones 4, has Lucas fingerprints all over, and as it turns out, that is aparently not a good thing.  Starting with Phantom...

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More Star Wars movies on the way!

By admin - 5th November 2012

Last week, George Lucas sold LucasFilm, along with all rights to any upcoming Star Wars movies, to Disney.  Right away, Disney announced the release of a new Star Wars movie in 2015, and their plans to continue producing new Star Wars movies every couple years.  This is good news for Star Wars fans, for many reasons.  Lucas has proven that he makes much better movies as a consultant on the back-end, leaving tasks such as writing and directing to more...

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It’s Bubbly Time, Jerry – Michael Richards – Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

By admin - 4th October 2012

It’s Bubbly Time, Jerry – Michael Richards – Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.

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Insurance Journal: Top Car Safety Picks

By admin - 4th October 2012

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/10/04/265474.htm  

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Album Review: DMB – Away From the World

By admin - 4th October 2012

If, like me, you used to be a huge Dave Matthews Band fan, and now you can take or leave them, I think you’ll like some of this new album, and the rest isn’t anything to write home about.  Specifically, “Sweet” is one of the best DMB songs I’ve heard in years, if not ever.  It’s a simple ballad about enduring trying times, and it’s something that Dave doesn’t do enough of.  So much of Dave’s music is huge, over-the-top...

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Fall TV Worth Watching

By admin - 4th October 2012

The Mindy Project: Two episodes of this new Fox sitcom have aired and they’ve both been hilarious, especially the second episode.  I really hope this show finds a following and sticks around, because it has the potential to be really good.  Mindy Kaling, formerly Kelly on The Office, plays a self-obsessed doctor who is looking for love.  So far they’ve had guest appearances by Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Ed Helms, all of which have been great.  But the real strength...

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Strange Pet Insurance Claims…

By admin - 8th September 2012

Check out this post from the Insurance Journal: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/09/06/262034.htm

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Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

By admin - 8th September 2012

The Bourne franchise returns with a new cast, characters, and science-fiction plotlines. In fact, this movie really has nothing to do with Bourne at all, excecpt that they keep mentioning Matt Damon’s character throughout the movie, as if to say “see, this IS another Bourne movie and just as cool as the other ones.” Except that it’s not as cool as the other ones. The fact that the movie is peppered throughout with lines like “you thought Jason Bourne was...

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games

By admin - 8th September 2012

I finally got around to seeing Hunger Games, and it was worth the wait! And by that I mean I’m glad I waited to see it on video. A remake of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger/Richard Dawson classic “The Running Man”, Hunger Games is lacking the pizzaz of the Schwarzenegger version. Richard Dawson famously played Damon Killian, the game show’s host, to perfection, creepily kissing all the contestants before sending them on their way to a brutal death. Jennifer Lawrence, as...

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Movie Review: ParaNorman

By admin - 8th September 2012

ParaNorman is an animated kid’s movie, except that it’s not really appropriate for kids. Peppered through the movie are jokes that are not only beyond most kid’s comprehension, but are probably a bit too adult and may prompt some questions that you really don’t want to answer. Besides that, though, there are some really funny parts and kids would probably really like it. The animation is really cool, the characters are likeable and the plot is engaging. I just don’t...

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Breaking Bad: Best show on TV?

By admin - 1st August 2012

If you haven’t seen AMC’s Breaking Bad, you should check it out. Now in its fifth and final season, I have never seen a show that knows exactly what its audience wants and delivers so consistently. It’s violent, scary, funny, and definitely not for everyone. Bryan Cranston, best known from Malcolm in the Middle and a reoccurring role on Seinfeld, plays a Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Once a brilliant chemist, he...

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Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

By admin - 1st August 2012

The final installment of the Batman series has finally been released. It was the most anticipated movie of the year, after the huge success of The Dark Knight a few years back. Personally, I’ve been excited about the release of this movie for a long time, and couldn’t wait to see it. When I finally did, I was slightly disappointed in the result, but I’ll get back to that in a minute. The movie takes place years after the events...

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Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

By admin - 10th July 2012

If you liked 2002’s Spider-Man, you’ll probably like the recently released The Amazing Spider-Man, mostly because it’s pretty much the same movie. Sony decided to reboot a franchise that arguably didn’t really need rebooting (they could have just replaced the cast and kept going), and it especially didn’t need rebooting because they didn’t veer much from the original movie. They changed a few things, such as replacing Mary Jane with Gwen Stacey (but they are pretty much the same character...

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