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Month: June 2018

Movie Bars: Au Revoir, Shosanna

Movie Bars: Au Revoir, Shosanna

Quentin Tarantino is known for placing pivotal scenes in his movies that create a great deal of tension both on the screen and in the audience, before they ultimately escalate to the point of shocking violence. In his 2009 film, Inglourious Basterds, there are several scenes that fall into this category. The movie opens with Mélanie Laurent’s character, Shosanna, narrowly escaping a French farmhouse after her whole family has been slaughtered right in front of her eyes, and it ends with a spectacularly

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Friday Musings: Dioramas

Friday Musings: Dioramas

I have a very vivid memory of spending a day with my mom at the Museum of Natural History in Philadelphia when I was somewhere around ten years old. It was summer and very warm, and we had taken the PATCO train into the city. I’m sure it was my first time ever riding it, and it may very well have been hers too. I remember the feel of the museum so well. It was cool and dark, and it had a particular smell that was a combination of pine, lemon, wood, and old things. The dioramas fascinated me. I

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Wednesday Music and Cocktails: Born Before the Wind

Wednesday Music and Cocktails: Born Before the Wind

There is not a mixed playlist that I make on Spotify that does not contain at least two or three Van Morrison songs. He is, after all, my favorite singer and songwriter of all time. My kids would tell you that his voice is part of the soundtrack of their childhood, and they would be right. I’ve loved his music for as far back as I can remember. There were many songs I could have chosen to do for today’s post: “Queen of the Slipstream” tops the list and “Tupelo Honey” is not far behind. “Crazy Love” has recently

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Monday Movie Bars: We Don’t Serve Water Here

Monday Movie Bars: We Don’t Serve Water Here

Have you already guessed today’s movie?? If you’re going with Coyote Ugly, then you are exactly right! If you haven’t seen it, the first thing we need to discuss is how that’s even possible. Released in theaters back in August of 2000 with Maria Bello, Piper Perabo, and John Goodman in the lead roles, Coyote Ugly went on to gross over 100 million dollars worldwide. It’s a wild and fun romp that tells the story of Violet Stanford (Piper Perabo), a singer from New Jersey who wants to make it big in New York

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Friday Musings: A Perfect Fit

Friday Musings: A Perfect Fit

Back on March 20th we had a winter storm here on the East Coast that left us with a decent amount of heavy, slushy snow. As I was walking carefully to my car that afternoon, I was rendered speechless by two sets of identical tire tracks that were shaped like interlocking hearts. I took a picture of them, and since I do admit to enjoying social media just a little bit, I quickly posted it on Instagram where it received lots of love and a number of comments. In the days that followed, I thought a lot about those

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