Second Chance: Star Trek: First Contact

“For nine years, I couldn’t bring myself to watch Star Trek: First Contact. First of all, because we only owned it on VHS…and second of all, because Jonathan Frakes’s directorial debut had scared the living daylights out of me.” Eric Wood watches it again.

Second Chance: John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness

“John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness became “The Scariest Movie I’ve Ever Seen” sometime in 1988, the night Dad brought home the VHS tape from the video store. I was 13 years old.” John King relives the horror.

Here’s The Thing About Hemingway

“Ernest Hemingway can go to hell. This was my first impression of the man.” What was Gretchen Tessmer‘s second-chance opinion? Read on.

September 10, 2012
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On High Fidelity, Commitment, And Not Being A Miserable Git

“I re-watch High Fidelity about once a year, just to see how much I’ve changed.” John King reconsiders his feelings for a great rock-and-record-shop film.

April 12, 2012
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Boy Films For Fast Women

“Hard-hitting dramas jam-packed with explosions, fights, and fast cars? The same movies I’d once mocked as shallow, jock-blockbusters? They’re the only films that make my hard-hitting little heart go pitter-patter these days.” Nicole Ross is probably a Michael Bay fan.

March 26, 2012
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On Hoosiers, Underdogs, And Dirt

“I’d bring the ball inside for the night and go to the sink to wash my hands, which were covered in the kind of dirt I didn’t want to wash off.” John King takes another look at Hoosiers.

March 13, 2012
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Second Chance: Hot Shots!

“Remember when killing Saddam Hussein was a wishful joke in two silly movies? Google sort of takes the air out of those jokes now, you know? Evil tyrant, mass murderer, horrible human being, yes — and now if you want, you can search Google Video and watch him die.”

December 1, 2011
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Ayn Rant: The Virtue Of Selfishness

“Let’s suppose, for example, you happen upon a 10-year-old boy who’s being raped in a shower by a 50-year-old man. According to Rand, you have no moral obligation to help the boy, since what’s going on won’t affect your survival.”

November 18, 2011
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Berry Buck Mills Stipe & Me.

“What I’m saying is, although R.E.M. broke up two months ago, I broke up with them almost 10 years ago. And it wasn’t me – it was them. Or so I thought.” Matt Gonzales has second thoughts.

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