‘CSI: Cyber’ is a terrible waste of your viewing time

It’s really not fair for a writer, columnist or critic to form opinions about a TV show or movie before watching it. (This can obviously apply to sports, politics or any other subject covered.) Of course, we see it happen all the time. Writers have their stories planned out before they’re actually composed,  often to […]


The AP Party Staff: Bands and musicians we have outgrown

As music fans, we all have bands we love with deep devotion. Some of them have been important to us throughout our lives. Maybe it was the first band that truly got through to us. Perhaps we discovered a particular song at a meaningful time while growing up, and went on to absorb everything from […]

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40 years of ‘SNL,’ one favorite cast member: Chris Farley

Saturday Night Live is celebrating 40 years this season. When I look back and think about my favorite cast member, it’s a choice I came to in a roundabout way. I didn’t watch SNL on a regular basis until I was in high school, and mostly the last two years, so the late 90s, if you’re […]


A weekend with Frank Underwood: ‘House of Cards’ season 3 binge recap

Well, Netflix did it again. They took one of their most popular shows, House of Cards, and premiered its newest season on a Friday, giving viewers the option of watching the entire season over the weekend so they could take it to the water cooler on Monday. (GChat, water cooler, whatever.) Season 3 of the series finally […]

From the Set: Dakota Johnson and Alabama Shakes

‘SNL’ Recap: (Insert ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Joke Here)

Dakota Johnson had a pretty good February. She starred in one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Fifty Shades of Grey, she presented at the Oscars, and on Saturday night she hosted the return of Saturday Night Live after the show took almost a month off to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Johnson was at […]


‘Star Trek’ icon Leonard Nimoy passes away at 83

Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known to the world for playing Mr. Spock in the Star Trek TV series and film franchise, passed away on Friday (Feb. 27) at the age of 83. He died at his home in Los Angeles. Nimoy had been hospitalized earlier in the week after experiencing chest pains, which prompted many […]

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The Miraculous Run of ‘Parks and Recreation’

The beginnings of the Bloguin empire began back in 2006 with Awful Announcing, which is probably the site that allowed you, the reader of this blog, to realize that Bloguin did more than take aim at the stupid things media types would say. That being said, Awful Announcing does an extremely good job at taking aim […]


Why can’t Spider-Man be a person of color in the movies?

During his 50-plus years as perhaps the world’s most popular superhero character, Spider-Man has been Peter Parker. And Peter Parker has been white. But could that change with the next Spider-Man movie? When Sony and Marvel announced they were sharing the property in upcoming Marvel projects (such as May 2016’s Captain America: Civil War) and […]

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Will Oscar wins for ‘Birdman’ and Eddie Redmayne hold up years later?

Since I thought the 2015 Oscars were in danger of being predictable, it would probably be hypocritical of me to have issues with Birdman winning Best Picture and Eddie Redmayne getting Best Actor at the Academy Awards Sunday night. Don’t misunderstand me — I certainly have no problem with being wrong on those picks. I’m […]

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Will the 2015 Oscars have much suspense? Here are some predictions

Earlier this week, I wrote that I don’t feel very excited about this year’s Academy Awards. But I used to do Oscar predictions annually at my personal blog (self-indulgent link), haven’t done so in a couple of years and kind of miss it. So here are my picks for the 2015 Oscars. Unfortunately, I think […]


Why I can’t get excited about the Oscars this year

I love the Academy Awards. I always have. Well, maybe not so much when I was younger. Though I did make a point of noting who won Best Picture every year, I doubt I was following the awards closely when I was a teenager or college student, unless there was a particular film I was […]


Comparing teen sensations of today’s music to veteran bands

There are a variety of music superstars and bands that tour all over the world and entertain millions of fans wherever they go. There are male and female solo artists and male and female bands that attract large audiences in every venue they travel to across the globe. Rarely are different generations of music artists […]


‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Recap: FINALLY THE FINALE

The Celebrity Apprentice two-hour “live” season finale was about an hour and 45 minutes too long. I put “live” in quotations because, yes, the winner was revealed live and Trumpet brought back all the fired celebs in order to patronize them live and Kenya Moore went out of her way to kiss Ivanka Trump’s ass […]


Seven Movies You Shouldn’t Watch With Your Parents

When I was 14, I rented Unforgiven to watch with my grandpa while visiting his house for a weekend. Being a big fan of westerns, I figured he would enjoy one that had recently won an Oscar for Best Picture and starred Clint Eastwood. While my grandpa was a fan of westerns, he was a […]


‘Kingsman’ has fun, but is far too obvious with its intentions

What happens when you combine Men in Black with X-Men: First Class and the James Bond franchise, circa 1970? You get Kingsman: The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughn’s tribute to spy films from past generations that favored style and fun over gritty action and gravely serious plotlines. That might sound like I’m knocking Kingsman for […]