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WandaVision

Created by Jac Schaeffer. With Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris. Blends the style of classic sitcoms with the MCU, in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision – two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. I’ve been split on the decision to make this a weekly release instead of a Netflix style one-season-at-once release. I think I’m happier that they did it this way so that I could spent a full 6 days talking about the previous episode and coming up with possibly cool ideas, but then...

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Cain and Mabel

Directed by Lloyd Bacon. With Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Allen Jenkins, Roscoe Karns. A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids. Watched it because I found a DVD for just $2 and I read an interesting story about the movie, in how Marion Davies (the female lead) wanted to do some expensive scenes that required a stage building that just didn’t exist yet. Seeing those scenes, I agree that they would have been less impactful, but honestly they were somewhat out of place...

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Just One of the Guys

Directed by Lisa Gottlieb. With Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Billy Jayne, Toni Hudson. Terry feels discriminated against when the summer jobs at Sun Tribune go to 2 guys. She decides to do something about it. She dresses like a guy and gets a haircut. Will students at the other high school notice? Girls notice “him”. A beautiful looking film with some rather modern issues, though at one point they mention several other films that have dealt with people dressing up as the opposite gender. This is a great Blu-ray transfer, so watch it like that if you can. Buy On...

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Breaking News in Yuba County

Directed by Tate Taylor. With Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina. A woman takes advantage of her growing celebrity status when the police and the public think her dead husband is just missing. Hilarious hijinx and murder! The cast is fluffed full of stars giving their quirky best performances, you’ll recognized nearly everyone here, and will likely enjoy this story of how they caught the bad guy. Or did they? Buy On Amazon!

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Queen & Slim

Directed by Melina Matsoukas. With Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny. A couple’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over. Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith are absolutely explosive in their chemistry and act the fuck out of this entire film, which goes from a modern cautionary tale to just batshit bonkers gonzo road trip from hell, which then detours right back to modern reality. Well shot, well acted, with a script that had me scratching my head at times (yeah, let’s stop for drinks and dancing when we’re on the run, that...

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Bliss

Directed by Mike Cahill. With Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.. A mind-bending love story following Greg who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel, a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is a computer simulation. What does a post-need society with Matrix level technology do with itself? Turns out that even when we have absolutely everything we need, there’s still stuff to complain about, so dipping into the Matrix from time to time will, in theory, remind us to enjoy the world we live...

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Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

Directed by Hélène Giraud, Thomas Szabo. Somewhere in the forest, a stranded ladybug joins forces with a squad of black ants to retrieve a tin box of delicious sugar cubes to the hive. A battalion of fierce red ants has already set their sights on the loot. Who shall prevail? Starts off strong, then quickly turns into a CGI battle with mindless explosions. Kids enjoy it though, it has bugs and fireworks! Buy On Amazon!

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Sphere

From the author of Jurassic Park,Timeline, andCongocomes a psychological thriller about a group of scientists who investigate a spaceship discovered on the ocean floor.In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface, a huge vessel is unearthed. Rushed to the scene is a team of American scientists who descend together into the depths to investigate the astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship, but apparently it is undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three...

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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round. Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten’s First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a don’t-miss classic, especially for back to school. Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect-until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again? This popular picture book has sold more than a million copies and was named...

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February 28, 2021 Blog

My 9 year old media center is nine years old.  I remember when I bought it, it wasn’t exactly top of the line, but it was a damn good computer, but it’s starting to be a little twitchy, so I might think about upgrading it to a laptop that’s only 5 years old. (ha!) There’s a new cat in our house, temporarily, she’s fluffy and very very pregnant, originally one of our stray cats that we were feeding (why?) that will now be a guest of our kitchen until she has her kittens and we can get everyone fixed and...

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