Monthly Archives: July 2011

Kim Kardashian Lawsuit

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I am concerned about the precedent set by the historic Female Employees vs. Walmart lawsuit, which was recently thrown out of court for being too big to move forward. You see, that lawsuit was but a fraction of the size of the countersuit that I am currently assembling: Pretty Much All of Us vs. Kim Kardashian.

AKIE BERMISS: I agree with Molly whole-heartedly. I’ve signed on as a plantiff: Kim Kardashian makes my blood boil. But not in the sex-crazed dude way that everyone is still convinced she must. Rather, I find her a trying on-television celebrity. Too right, Molly, she has no discernible talent. And, honestly, no discernible skill. As long as what is discernible is the reality at hand, I think we have a water-tight case.

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Review: Harry Potter, Book Seven, Movie Two

HOWARD MEGDAL: I feel like a hypocrite here. My major complaint about Book Seven, Part One is the utter lack of plot or movement. So who am I to complain that in the final installment, we had too much plot and not nearly enough to go with it?

AKIE BERMISS: I disagree with Howard intensely! I hear where he’s coming from, but I think 18 hours into this series — I just don’t think any criticism works if the movie works even on a basic level. After all, this is not just some stand-alone film nor is it a simple sequel or even the end of a trilogy. It is the last of eight feature-length movies. And it has a lot of weight to throw around. After all, what fan among us did not wait with bated breath these last few months for the release of the final installment of the Harry Potter movie series? I know I did. And, as a fan, my road has been somewhat longer and yet shorter than most. As a person who for many years rejected the very concept of the Harry Potter books while being totally vulnerable to the movie magic of the first couple films, I spent the first eight years of Potter’s existence mostly in the dark. It wasn’t until a fateful week in January of 2005 that I finally caved in and read the first five books (up to Order Of The Phoenix). It was a fortuitous leap for it was that very summer that the penultimate book (Half-Blood Prince) came out. And since then we’ve been careening forward to this moment, when the final book’s final movie installment would be released to the public.

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State of Soccer in USA

AIDAN KELLY: While the Women’s World Cup alone is not going to revolutionize the game, it is a cog in the forward moving wheel of the American soccer evolution.

MIKE SILVA: Every four years after the Olympics we hear stories about how soccer can grow in the United States. The discussion lasts a few days, and then our sports culture returns to normal with the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL (in that order) taking up the free time we have to dedicate to sports.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It was impossible to come away from Wednesday night’s MLS All Star Game at Red Bull Arena with the impression that soccer hasn’t put down real roots in the United States. Continue reading

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Hunter Pence, Hold or Fold?

CHRIS PUMMER: The Astros need to decide if a reasonable extension is a likelihood, and if not, need to find Pence a new team if the package of players is right. Continue reading

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The Week in 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: The action this week is Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann going after each other, which seems to do little other than prove that Pawlenty will do nearly anything to position himself as Mitt Romney’s VP. But the real takeaway from this week, when the dust clears, will be how these candidates spoke about the debt ceiling crisis.

CHRIS PUMMER: Pawlenty’s candidacy already looks like a stiff, but a number of hopefuls could benefit if he could share the embrace of electoral death with Bachmann. While Romney surely has a grin, probably nobody would be happier than Rick Perry, who I think has dawdled too long in making his presidential decision. Continue reading

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Amy Winehouse Perspectives

DAVE TOMAR: Kurt Cobain once wrote a song called “I Hate Myself and Want To Die.” I won’t bother telling you how the rest of that story goes. Suffice it to say though that in the annals of popular music history, those who succumb to the withering pressures of fame, addiction and depression rarely do so without first telegraphing us their intentions. Continue reading

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Curb Your Enthusiasm, Week 3 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER Larry David: Social Assassin. A title given with pride, by Jeff, and received with pride, by Larry who has earned this distinction for his weekly schtick associated with being unapologetically audacious and disturbingly direct. I love it. I love him. “Curb Your Enthusiasm”‘s Episode 3 of Season 8 made use of what Larry is infamous for, and got to the core of what he tries to accomplish with every new episode of “Curb.” He is asked by multiple people to be a social hit man, and to kill the personal quirks of his friends with little mercy, and little tact. In an episode called “Palestinian Chicken,” the filters drop and the gloves come off as Larry tackles his identity, his loyalties, and a ravenous anti-Semite bombshell.

HOWARD MEGDAL: This episode will stay in the pantheon, among the first that people will recall when they talk of what they loved most about Curb Your Enthusiasm. Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance: Week in Review

ZOË RICE: So while i was away in Florida toasting my grandfather’s 90th birthday, Ryan got sent home. Hip hip hooray! I feel a tinge of guilt in my celebration. She didn’t seem like a bad lot, not malicious at…

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The Week in 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: Latest sign that Mitt Romney is a paper tiger- his donor base. As Benjy Sarlin elaborates on here, the number of his small donors is dwarfed by those who have already maxed out. And maxed out means no more money coming this cycle. Continue reading

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Netflix’s Price Increase

DAVE TOMAR: What’s this? I can’t watch Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol through streaming media? Oh my god. I can’t watch Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow through streaming media either. Holy crap, I can’t watch any of the Police Academy movies through streaming media. Goddammit. Now I have to download all 7 of them for free. Breaking the law to watch Police Academy. How ironic…or possibly just stupid.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Hey Netflix, don’t stream on my shoes and tell me it’s raining. Your new, higher, “a la carte” pricing for previously combined, low-cost services is just bad business. Continue reading

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