There’s an air of familiarity about the 2014 Boston Red Sox, a sad nostalgia that evokes memories of years past when the team just wasn’t all that great. It’s not the same, obviously – that World Series championship from last year is still fresh enough to dull the majority of the pain.
Dull – that’s an interesting word, isn’t it? And an apt one for this Red Sox team. It isn’t that the roster is filled with bad players – or even bad guys – so much as they are playing a particularly uninspired brand of baseball. This Boston team doesn’t inspire much of a rooting interest; basically, it feels like the team we were expecting to get last year before they caught lightning in a bottle.
Six legends join the Cooperstown ranks
This past weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed its biggest incoming class in decades.
Jack Bauer’s a jerk?
The world of entertainment is rife with oversized egos – inflated senses of self-worth come with the territory. It’s a rare thing for an actor or actress to become a megastar without being possessed of confidence that crosses the line into arrogance.
‘Joss Whedon: A Biography’
Few people have had the sort of impact on the pop culture landscape that Joss Whedon has brought to bear over the past two decades. From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “The Avengers,” Whedon is one of the most formidable – and most beloved - figures in entertainment.
Novel looks at little-known period in New Hampshire history
When it comes to historical fiction, a delicate balance needs to be struck. Using history solely as a skeleton with which to prop up a narrative can often result in a disconnect between the story and the setting. However, relying too heavily on the historical aspect can result in a dry work that lacks dramatic punch.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall.
A Biggs Mistake
Finding humor in pain is one of the hallmarks of a truly great comedian. Mining tragedy for laughs is a delicate balance to strike – when it’s done well, brilliant comedy occurs. But there are a million mitigating factors that come into play; if any one of them is out of place, well…then there’s very little to laugh about.
Sequel offers grislier, more ambitious tale
Last year’s “The Purge” was one of those films that – while not a spectacular effort – stuck with me. The basic concept – an alternate future America in which the government has initiated a nationwide annual purge which meant that all crime (including murder) was legal for 12 hours – was an intriguing one. Granted, the film never explored that notion as much as I might have liked – it was essentially a pumped-up home invasion thriller – but there seemed to be a good deal of potential there.
Inexplicable comedy neither sexy nor funny
Why is it so difficult to make a successful summer comedy these days?
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