This Week in the Box: The Maltese Falcon

Note: This Week in the Box is a year-long series where Sam works through the entire Warner Brothers 50 Film Collection box set. To find reviews of the other films in the series and see the complete list, click here.

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Things I knew about The Maltese Falcon before watching it:

  • It is a classic example of the MacGuffin
  • It is film noir, whatever that means

What that apparently means is that Humphrey Bogart is smarmy and annoying, there’s a woman in a lot of trouble, and several people get killed. Also, it’s in black and white. But plenty of other movies I’ve seen from this time period have also been in black and white, so that isn’t as notable.

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This Week in the Box: Gone with the Wind

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Note: This Week in the Box is a year-long series where Sam works through the entire Warner Brothers 50 Film Collection box set. To find reviews of the other films in the series and see the complete list, click here.

Scarlett O’Hara is the worst, most despicable, most obnoxious, terrible, unpleasant, manipulative, horrible character ever in the history of fictional characters.

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To Binge Watch or Not to Binge Watch?

houseofcardsThis Friday, Netflix will be dumping all 13 episodes of House of Cards season 2. Last year, I watched all of season 1 over two or three days. I can remember the basic arc of the season but I’d be hard pressed to come up with details without some prompting. In the age of streaming availability where binge watching is easily possible it’s also just as easy to spread a season of TV out over several days or weeks.

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Graphic Novel Novice: The Walking Dead Issue 6

walkingdead6Through no actual planning, issue 6 is the last issue of The Walking Dead volume 1. This will be the last issue I read for awhile because the TV series comes back tonight and I don’t feel like keeping track of the two storylines at the same time. The Graphic Novel Novice series will still be around, though. I won’t cover another comic issue-by-issue again but I will try out some other series.

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Veronica Mars Watch-A-Long Week 4: Episodes S02E01 through S02E07

vm2Second season! We start off with an “I’m going to be totally normal this year” version of Veronica that fortunately doesn’t last too long and makes sense after the events of last season. She desperately wants to create an atmosphere of safety around herself for her own sake and for her father’s piece of mind. What pulls her back in are loyalty to her friends and father and a tragedy that rocks the town.

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Super Bowl Prop Bets (and, okay, pick)

superbowlSo there’s this football game on Sunday, you may have heard of it.

Picking the game is the boring part- there are only two options. At least when you’re picking games throughout the year you can have up to 16 to pick in a give week. So to make things more fun– and to celebrate the best reason to watch the Super Bowl anyway– we’ll be taking a look at some of the best ridiculous prop bets.

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