The Sky Is Falling! Again!

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Disaster. No, I’m not talking about my hair. I’m talking about movies, people. The film industry has been on a disaster kick lately, and in the last couple of years we’ve seen the world destroyed (or, at the very least, seriously threatened) by monsters, men, machines, men and machines, robots masquerading as men, robots masquerading […]

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‘A Good Story Well Told’

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It’s November now, and here at Plugged In that means we’re on the cusp of Oscar season. Films with Academy Awards aspirations are starting to trickle into the the theaters, and those sorts of films present all manner of opportunities and challenges for us. I mean, what do we do with beautifully made films that […]

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Gossip Girl and the New Normal?

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How do we know what normal is? For example, is it normal for three college students—two girls, one guy—to have a simultaneous sexual encounter? That’s exactly what happened on this week’s episode of CW’s boundary-pushing series Gossip Girl. And some, including the Parents Television Council, believe that depictions of once aberrant behaviors such as these […]

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Bah Humbugging Good

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Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most delightful grumpy old men there’s ever been. Seriously. Can you think of any better? Why even the old codgers from The Muppets or Fred Sanford from Sanford and Son couldn’t hold a candle to the gloriously irascible old coot from A Christmas Carol. Part of it, of course, […]

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Owl Who?

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Earlier this year, the Black Eyed Peas held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for a remarkable 26-week stretch—an impressive feat of musical domination, to be sure. Then again, we’re talking about one of the world’s most successful bands, an act with an established fan base and a knack for self-promotion and […]

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Disney’s Crash Course in Celebrity

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Perhaps inspired by the exploits of Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron and others over the past year, Disney now requires all its up-and-coming young stars to attend Talent 101, which is designed to prepare them for the pressures (and temptations?) of celebrity life. The faculty includes security experts, psychologists and media consultants who’ll help young performers […]

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Rocking the Boat

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So, I just finished writing my review of Pirate Radio (don’t look for it right away, though — the movie doesn’t come out until Nov. 13), and from the Plugged In perspective, it had all sorts of problems: Sex, drugs, anarchistic … you know, all the paraphernalia that comes along with stories about rock ‘n’ […]

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Storytime

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If you look at Plugged In‘s home page “rotator” today, you’ll notice a big picture of a candle grasped between two fingers. It’s a pretty cool picture for what, I hope, you’ll think is a pretty decent story—the first of an 8-part series (titled “Not Just a Movie”) I’ve written that explains why we at […]

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Miley Worse Than Britney?

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What would Hannah Montana say? Reigning teen queen Miley Cyrus has been named as the “worst celebrity of the year” by the readers of AOL’s teen-centric pop culture website, jsyk.com, beating out such celebrities as Kanye West and Britney Spears. The results, at first glance, feel pretty bizarre. I mean, it’s hard to imagine Miley […]

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Reason in a Godless Subway

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We all know that today’s media, in its many forms, can impact society. That’s what the whole premise of advertising is based on, after all. Well, now a coalition of atheist groups is hoping that advertising will help them in their own cause. They’ll soon be posting a month-long run of ads in New York […]

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Snowstorm Snickering

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A couple of days ago, Adam Holz wrote a post called “When Weather Attacks.” So I’m blaming him for the winter storm that dumped a few inches of snow on my house last night. It wasn’t too bad, as October storms go. And it’s really not fall in Colorado Springs until we get a couple […]

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Law, Order & Abortion

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Here’s a pop quiz on the subject of abortion: Where do you think the following quotes come from? “I grew up thinking Roe v. Wade was gospel and that a woman’s right to privacy was inviolate. But after hearing that woman on the stand talk about her baby dying in her arms, I don’t know. […]

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When Weather Attacks

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Once upon a time, if you were a cable or satellite subscriber, you could rely on staid, utilitarian information outlets such as The Weather Channel to give you the raw data you needed right at that moment. You know, information to help you answer basic questions like, Is it going to snow today? Or, what’s […]

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A Dulling Saw?

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The weekly box office wrap-up is one of the most-discussed but, really, most-misleading pulse points for our culture. Every week, media outlets across the land report how much money the weekend’s biggest films took in and try to figure out where we are, culturally speaking. We at Plugged In do it, too. I danced a […]

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