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.

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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Trading Tweets for Sweet Art

Singer/songwriter/Twitterer extraordinaire John Mayer stopped tweeting back in February, leaving his 3 million-plus followers adrift and leaderless in a great digital wasteland. He never returned to the medium that helped make him one of pop culture’s most colorful, controversial stars. At the time, we thought Mayer left because the whole electronic media circus had gotten […]

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Movie Monday: The Social Network

Sony “likes” The Social Network—and a whole lot of other folks do, too. The movies most folks are calling “the Facebook film” topped the box office this week, snagging $23 million. The bevy of holdovers that followed weren’t within shouting distance of the Jesse Eisenberg-helmed vehicle. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole came […]

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Underground Entertainment

For nearly two months now, 33 Chilean miners have been living a half-mile underground, waiting for rescue. Experts say these miners will see the sun again—eventually. Until then, the miners are cobbling together a new reality down under—and that reality, I think, says something pretty interesting about entertainment: What it’s good for, and what it’s […]

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Movie Monday: Money Never Sleeps

Money really doesn’t sleep. Sometimes at 2 a.m., I think I hear the sound of laughter and music from my billfold, as my tiny collection of George Washingtons boogies down until dawn. If my money is lonely—as it often is—I’ll sometimes find it sitting on the couch watching television, working the remote with its dog-eared […]

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