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.

Giving Thanks and Finding Deals

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays—a time filled with family, food and (of course) football. It’s a time of reflection and, well, thanksgiving, as we think of all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. But as we all gobble up our mashed potatoes and fall asleep from all that tryptophan, I’d encourage […]

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Murder, We Like

We Americans love our hot dogs. We love our apple pie. We love our baseball. And we especially love our murder mysteries. I was thinking a bit about this cultural trait while reviewing CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Without much critical love, CSI has become perhaps the most popular show of the decade and helped turn […]

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Movie Monday: Unstoppable Megamind

You can’t keep a good supervillain down. DreamWorks’ animated Megamind stopped a runaway train in its tracks to claim the box office crown for the second week in a row, sequestering more than $30 million en route, according to boxofficemojo.com. Unstoppable, Denzel Washington’s newest cinematic vehicle, still cleared the weekend with a good head of […]

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Movies Through a Child’s Eye

Every Monday, we typically talk on the blog about the biggest movies of the weekend: What everyone saw, what everyone didn’t see and what, if anything, it might mean. The posts themselves are not too provocative, typically … but the last couple instigated some pretty interesting, intelligent conversation—conversation so compelling that I wanted to weigh […]

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Movie Monday: Megamind

In a triumph for bald, blue, misunderstood villains everywhere, DreamWorks’ Megamind grabbed megamillions—an estimated $47.7 million—to steal the box office crown, according to boxofficemojo.com. Another newcomer, the R-rated Due Date, popped into second place with $33.5 million, and Tyler Perry’s brutal, lyrical For Colored Girls waltzed into third with $20.1 million—a bit on the low […]

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Taylor Swiftly Breaking Records

Sometimes, nice girls do finish first. Country charmer Taylor Swift’s new album, Speak Now, sold more than 1 million albums in its first week, making it the year’s biggest debut by far (second goes to Eminem’s Recovery, which sold 741,000) and nearly became the best-selling opening week for any female artist ever. Speak Now fell […]

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Movie Monday: Saw 3D

Since its inception way back in 2004, the Saw franchise has sliced and diced its way to nearly $400 million in domestic box office receipts. But lately, the films’ performances have been, how shall we say, dull? Granted, Saw 3D’s opening take this weekend wasn’t exactly toothless, collecting $22.5 million to win the weekend tally. […]

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Keeping Fame at Eight Arms’ Length

I’ve been in mourning the last couple of days. I’ve hung my 3-D glasses at half staff and considered wrapping my cubicle in black creché. Paul the Octopus is dead. Paul, as you may recall, earned a measure of fame by becoming the world’s most prominent eight-tentacled sports prognosticator. Though born without a spine, he […]

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Beauty in the iPhone of the Beholder

I don’t like to brag, but there’s a chance I might be a “10.” On the iPhone’s new “Ugly Meter” app, that is. The app—already downloaded 20,000 times—encourages users to take photos of themselves with their handy iPhone cameras, have the app check out the pic and evaluate how attractive, or ugly, it considers you. […]

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Movie Monday: Jacka– 3D

Score one for the icky. Jacka– 3D, a cinematic collection of bizarre, dangerous and often really, really disgusting stunts, catapulted to the top of the box office like a Porta Potty slingshot this weekend, cresting at an estimated $50 million and becoming the highest-grossing October film in history. And we don’t use the word “gross,” […]

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A Crying Shame

Toy Story 3 is coming out on DVD next month, and I, for one, am not looking forward to it. Oh, I’ve heard it’s a fantastic film. Some folks are saying it might not just get nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, but perhaps win the thing. I’m sure that, once I sit down […]

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Shore-ing Up Reality TV

With the success of MTV’s Jersey Shore, it was only a matter of time before reality show makers scoped out the other 49 states to determine what sort of regionally stereotypic, debauched twentysomethings might be exploited for a reality show. Alas, it seems they’ve had to cross Alabama off the list—at least temporarily. Jodi Redmond […]

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