The Bad Review Revue

College Road Trip: "Phi beta crappa." -- David Hiltbrand, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Made of Honor: "Director Paul Weiland and the three (!) screenwriters it took to boil down thousands of bad movies into 101 minutes haven't provided this one with a single original thought; it should only entertain those still getting adjusted to the idea of talkies." -- Robert Wilonsky, VILLAGE

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Games: Fury of Dracula

After a decade of obsession with "European" boardgames, I have a rekindled interest in American-style fare, games steeped in theme, more confrontational than their cordial cousins from abroad, and requiring several hours to play. Part of it is just the swing of the pendulum, part of it is spill-over effect from my (continuing) infatuation with Twilight Struggle, but a lot

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Woodwind Hero

Harmonix should release a new video game for the Xbox called "Marching Band". The target market would be kids who played guitar in high school, went on to form actual rock bands, and are curious to know what it's like to not get laid.

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Food For Thought

As you know, the Summer Solstice is not only the day on which the sun is at its northernmost extreme, but also the date after which you can no longer dismiss those extra pounds you gained over the holidays as "Winter Weight" and instead have to face the bleak reality that they are now, officially, fat. In recognition of this

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Books: The Ruins

There are many qualities for which one might recommend a novel . Profundity. Innovation. Eloquence. Erudition. A book may skimp in one nor two elements, but make up for it by excelling in other areas. Take, for instance, The Ruins by Scott Smith. Here's a book which, on a scale of 1 to 10, scores about a 2 in every

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Recent Tweets

The older I get, the less certain I am that the events depicted in Blue Thunder actually took place. June 02, 04:07 PM Million dollar idea: contact lenses with tiny barbs on the inside to constantly scratch your eyes during allergy season. June 03, 08:12 AM 2008 Oh god, I shouldn't have eaten that Speed Stick. June 03, 03:40 PM

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Typical Reaction to the Revelation That I Do Not Own a Cell Phone, By Year

1998: Solidarity ("Yeah, me neither--I hate those things!") 1999: Envy ("Lucky you; I had to get one for work.") 2000: Indifference ("Okay, what's your home phone number then?") 2001: Encouragement ("You should get one--you can play Tetris on them now!") 2002: Confusion ("I thought you were, like, a tech guy.") 2003: Sympathy ("They're getting pretty cheap. You'll be able to

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Movies: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

No film in recent memory has received as divergent reviews from my friends as Indiana Jones and the [inhale] Kingdom of the Crystal [inhale] Skull, having been declared AWESOME or AWFUL, but rarely anything in between. And so, while I hadn't intended on seeing it, it clearly fell to me to make a Definitive Ruling on the quality of the

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