"Birdman" takes lead in Best Picture Battle


This weekend produced two guild stunners that shook up the Oscar race in a big way. We all thought after Best Picture wins from many critics groups and the Golden Globes, “Boyhood” would easily stroll its way to victory. Or so we thought. The Producers and Actors guilds had different plans, Read more

The Bachelor 2015: Episode 3 (Costco is for Lovers)


Alternate Titles: Chris kissed me and all I got was this lousy t-shirt; or, Jillian's little black box; or, Big time players make big time plays, and in this case the big time player is Jade. Dear Friends Who Watched Farmer Chris Kiss Everyone on Television Last Night, I must confess Read more

Fatherhood, Faith, and Film


My son, John (Jack) Joseph Williams III, was born on October 10, 2014. If you visit my social media page or run into me, it's clear how much I love Jack. And most times, you'll find me quickly veering away from my usual favorite topics of discussion (politics, film, Read more

My Problem with Maroon 5’s New Video for “Sugar”


Earlier this week, Maroon 5 released their video for Sugar, a catchy, hook-filled, bubble-gum pop of a song. Just to clarify, no shame here, I think it’s pretty good. Whatever. The video shows Adam Levine and the boys crashing weddings and playing the song at the receptions. They have their Read more

A Lego Movie-less Reaction to the 2015 Oscar Nominations


For a full list of nominees, go here. Alex: No "Lego Movie"? I mean, seriously Academy. No "Lego Movie"? It was the snub of the morning we certainly didn’t see coming. Sure, things like “Nightcrawler’s” Jake Gyllenhaal getting the boot in favor of “American Sniper’s” Bradley Cooper were a surprise. We’re used Read more

The Bachelor 2015: Episode 2 (War on Drugs)


Alternate titles: $500 to the first person who figures out Chris’ taste in women; or, “Chris, this is your life, there are no rules.” –Chris Harrison; or, Chris Soules will kiss you whether you like it or not. Bachelor watchers and watchettes, Before we get started today, let’s have a brief moment Read more

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What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired

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To me, other than the loss of a loved one, I cannot think of an event more disheartening, more unnerving, more earth-shattering than being laid off or fired from what provides you and your family with basic necessities–food, clothing, and shelter. It seems to me, as of late, that everyone I know is being laid off. I’ve had four friends get laid off in just in as many months. As my friends struggle to find new employment, it really had me thinking (and to be honest, worrying a little about my future). Therefore, I took some time to research “What to do when you’re laid off,” and “What not to do when you’re fired.” I figured that I’d look into the information now, as it would be better processed when I’m not in desperate need of employment. The following are some helpful tidbits of advice that can help you or your friends in their time of need. Read more

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.

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When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbustersto kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I’ve always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn’t seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I’d seen clips here and there on late night showings on cable TV, but I did not fully appreciate it as one of the all-time best comedies, a masterpiece which launched a new genre, cemented and catapulted numerous careers, and remains an inspiration for the comic films in the three decades since its release in summer 1984.

Whether you’ve seen Ghostbusters once, can quote the entire film, or have never seen it all, I highly recommend you take the time to read the two oral histories published this year even though there is a decent amount of overlap.

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A (Video) Wake-Up Call

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We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, are burdened with the task of either choosing to condemn this celebrity with the media bandwagon or defend them. Read more

Joan Rivers: An American Institution

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“Think positive. Make a list. “One, I don’t live in Bosnia. Two, I never dated O. J.”

I started to write a memorial for Joan Rivers and found the task more difficult than I expected it to be. Why? Celebrity deaths hurt, especially when we feel like we’ve known the personality for years. That concept is nothing new. Read more

Preserving the Phantom Set & Silent Film History

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For those of us who grew up loving film, there are certain moments that are engrained in our minds from movies seen on the big and small screens during our youth. Remember ducking your head below the old theater seats when the raptors chased down children in a massive kitchen in “Jurassic Park”? Or how about shedding that first cinematic tear when Simba lost his dad in “The Lion King”?

For cinephiles of my generation, these images remain just as fresh in our minds as the days we first viewed them. And while the scenery above no doubt sounds common in mainstream reflection of mid-90s filmgoers, one memory I often reflect on surprises others. Read more

Evolution of Card Gaming

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The history of card gaming goes back thousands of years to earlier civilizations in India, Egypt, and China, the last of which is said to have actually created the playing cards we all know so well. Those are the facts according to HOPC, which also notes that there are similarities between the Chinese cards from 800 years ago and those we all use today. Of course, over the years, the look of the 52-card deck has changed considerably, but so has the way we look at using those very same cards. In the case of this post, we’re interested in seeing how card gaming has evolved over the years and moved into new territories.

Typically, when you think of a card game, the following image immediately come to mind: A group of players sitting around a felt card table, enjoying a few liquor drinks, and perhaps even indulging in cigars. This table can be everywhere from someone’s basement to a modern casino, the latter of which has changed considerably in the past decade alone. To that end, let’s take a closer look at how poker has progressed in the country of Germany, where it remains a hot-button issue. Read more