Monthly Archives: December 2016

Unnatural Creations

Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales, translated by Sibelan Forrester – This volume collects a number of stories involving the infamous Russian witch, as well as some analysis of her character. It’s a bit … Continue reading

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Fullheal the World

I think I’ve played enough of the 3DS version of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past to get the gist of it, so here’s a preliminary review. I played the PlayStation release of this (called Dragon Warrior VII) … Continue reading

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A Show of Patrioztism

I’ve written before on the possible origins of the word “Oz.” It’s kind of a difficult name in the age of online search engines, as you’re likely to get stuff about Australia or ounces, and that’s if it’s limited to … Continue reading

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Even a Miracle Needs a Hand

I know Christmas is over, but it’s still Christmastide, so I might as well write this review now: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) – I know I saw this as a kid, and I remember some of the music … Continue reading

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Hollywood Holidays

I don’t have a lot to say about these three movies, but since they’re all Christmas-related, I figured I should get in some reviews before the big day. Krampus (2015) – I sort of had the impression that this was … Continue reading

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Flunking Out of Electoral College

Yesterday, the electoral college voted to confirm the election of Donald Trump. Could they have voted otherwise? Technically yes, but they might have been penalized by their respective states. That we still have an electoral college is pretty ridiculous, especially … Continue reading

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Putting the Crap Back in Christmas

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas – We knew this movie would be bad, and it totally lived up to our expectations. Beth, who will intentionally watch terrible things, has a weird fascination with Kirk Cameron, obnoxiously smug teen heartthrob turned obnoxiously … Continue reading

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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Salvation

The Simpsons has been renewed through the thirtieth season. And to think I remember all the rumors that it would end after the tenth. I’m sure I’ll still watch it as long as it’s on, assuming I live that long. … Continue reading

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Playing with the Queen of Hearts

Heartless, by Marissa Meyer – The author of the Lunar Chronicles turns her attention to the work of Lewis Carroll, presenting the back story of the infamous Queen of Hearts. The book explains why the Mad Hatter and March Hare … Continue reading

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The Money Cat Knows Where the Money Tree Grows

Gay Purr-ee – Apparently Chuck Jones beat Disney to an animated movie about cats in Paris by almost a decade. There was some real star power behind it, too. It was Judy Garland’s only animated role and Robert Goulet’s first … Continue reading

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