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Who was your childhood hero?

What did you read as a kid? What TV show would you never miss? Who was your childhood hero?

This is a big day for me. May 2nd marks the U.S. premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Before I got out of bed this morning I was already reading the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, hoping that the positive reviews would bring comfort, despite the consensus thus far being the film is only 57% “fresh” over “rotten”.  But to be frank, I want this movie to win critic approval not because it affects how much I believe will love it, but because I want the critics to be equally thrilled and excited about this revamped (and vastly improved) version of my favorite comic book hero. More...

Screen Scenes: What’s in Your Background?

What do you have as your desktop wallpaper?

I devote entirely too much time searching for and agonizing over electronic wallpaper. Be it my desktop wallpaper at work or home, or the home/lock screen images on my phone. I recognize that this may be an idiosyncrasy of mine that few of you will relate to, but I must believe that out there in the ether of the internet there must be some others of you who invest time and energy into choosing the image worthy of being looked at for hours a day, if only peripherally.More...

The Pains and Prize of Assigned Readings

If you were tasked with creating an assigned reading list for a classroom, what would you submit? Were there any particular stories or novels that you read in school that you hated or felt forced to drudge through? Were there any that you loved enough to want to read again?

My wife and I took a road trip down to Tennessee this past weekend (from Ohio). During our drive we listened to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World; a book that often appears on lists such as “Best Novels” and high school English class assigned readings. And not without reason; it is the epitome of dystopian literature. More...

Can We Discuss This Weather?

It is currently 18°F here in Columbus. Two days ago it was 70° and I was running outside in shorts and a tee shirt. And I know that there is nothing more cliché and “small talkish” than discussing the weather, but I can’t help myself. This has been an insane winter in Columbus and I cannot wait for the steady warmth of spring to finally set in. My introverted-ness has reached its max capacity and I am ready to be out and doing things with other people instead of being held captive indoors lest I risk the loss of all feeling in my limbs. More...

Best Questions on Best Pictures

Without looking it up, name for me three Oscar winners from last year. If you were able to do so, you win. If not, welcome to the club. Despite having a minor degree in film studies, I couldn’t, without turning to Google, remember any Oscar winners from last year aside from Daniel Day Lewis’s win for Lincoln.

Generally I would blame this on what is admittedly my own terrible memory. But, my co-worker and fellow avid film fan, Isaiah, had the same blank expression when I asked him about last year’s Oscars. More...