Plugged In Author: Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

Whippersnappers Today

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Kids. When I’m not yellin’ at ’em to get off my lawn (waving my cane in their general direction), I’m tellin’ ’em to not slouch so much, or to get those plumb earbuds out of their ears or put on a belt so their pants don’t fall to their knees. Why can’t kids be more […]

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Movie Monday: Clash of the Titans

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Forget the dragon. The monster this weekend was the Kraken and Clash of the Titans, which hacked its way to $61.4 million—much of it coming from extra-pricey 3-D tickets. The mythology-soaked CGI spectacle pocketed twice as much as its nearest competitor, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? How to Train Your Dragon, last […]

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Getting Lost

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I think most Americans think of television as intellectual comfort food. Generally, we don’t seem to gravitate toward programs because they’re wildly creative and different. We tend to like shows that are reliably the same each and every week. Which makes Lost‘s success so counterintuitive. If CSI is comfort food to much of America, Lost […]

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Button Pushers

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We humans are strange, mixed-up things. We are God’s creations, carrying God’s likeness and love—yet we are fallen creatures, torn by sin and selfishness and decay. We seem both animal and angel, and often we’re unable to truly grasp the division within ourselves. I thought of this paradox when reading a story from Time about […]

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Movie Monday: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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The box-office showdown figured to be a tag-team clash of celebrity heavyweights: In one corner sat Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, tabloid faves and stars of the adventure rom-com The Bounty Hunter. In the other crouched Jude Law and past Oscar champ Forest Whitaker, titans of Universal Studios’ Repo Men. Who wins? Some wimpy kid […]

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Movie Monday: Green Zone

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The Cheshire Cat isn’t the only one grinning in Wonderland these days. Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton’s curiously entertaining 3-D romp, was the weekend’s box-office champion again, collecting another $62 million to bring its two-week total to slightly mad $208.6 mil. Three newcomers—Green Zone, She’s Out of My League and Remember Me—made $32.4 million collectively, […]

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Attack of the Giant 3-D TVs!

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Wouldn’t you know it. Just when I break down and buy a new, HD, flat-screen, fancy-schmancy television (it even comes with a remote!), I find that it’s already behind the times. HD? That’s sooooo 2009. The Joneses are buying 3-D TVs now. Well, maybe they’re not buying them quite yet. Panasonic and Sanyo just unveiled […]

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Movie Monday: Alice in Wonderland

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In the curious country of Underland, there’s a certain cake that, if you eat it, will make you grow. I wonder if the folks at Disney have been force-feeding that magical cake to the studio’s ambitious 3-D project, Alice in Wonderland. The movie’s ticket sales ballooned to an outrageous $116.3 million take over the weekend […]

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Live Oscar Blog

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It’s time to begin Plugged In’s official live blog of the Oscars. Our red-carpet invites must have gotten lost in the mail this year, so we’ll be watching it on television, just like you are, and writing about whatever seems news- or noteworthy to us. Please feel free to add your comments as we go […]

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Movie Monday: Cop Out

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Sure, Shutter Island may have lost nearly 50% of its box-office take in a week. Sure, it might’ve made just $22.2 million—less than Avatar has probably earned through themed lunchbox sales. But it was still enough to push the Martin Scorsese thriller to the top of the movie heap again, besting newcomers Cop Out ($18.6 […]

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The Sounds of Success

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So, what’s the most enticing sound you can think of? Birds singing? The engine of a Ferrari 458 Italia? Rain spattering on your window? How about … a buzzing cell phone? According to neuromarketing research expert Martin Lindstrom, we love the soft hum of a silenced cell phone—or, at the very least, we can’t ignore […]

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The Agony of De Camera

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I like the Olympics. I like almost everything about them. I like the snowboard cross. I like bobsledding. I like it when figure skaters hit the perfect quad and when short-track speed skaters careen into walls. I even like the biathalon, for goodness’ sake. Every night for the last week, my family has postponed its […]

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‘The Wolfman’ is One Ruff Film

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Halfway through The Wolfman, I began wondering, “would the werewolf be quite so murderous if someone just gave him some Milk Bones?” I know Milk Bones always cheer my dog up. Really, you’d think someone would’ve tried to formulate a better strategy for dealing with the film’s rampaging werewolves. Perhaps if they’d brought in Cesar […]

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