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Why Every Gen Xer Loves "Stranger Things" on Netflix!

  It’s been about a month since I finished watching the Netflix original series Stranger Things. To be more precise, July 17 was the date I crossed the finish line with episode eight, a mere two days after Netflix released all the episodes. That’s eight nearly-hour-long, commercial-free episodes, my friends. IN. TWO. DAYS. Sure, I’ve enjoyed plenty of binge-worthy TV shows over the years, but it’s been a while since a series has pulled me in so completely, and so early in its availability. Like, before the wave of obsession hit the mainstream. I was late to the game with The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Fringe,…

"The BFG" — the funniest, fartiest, friendliest giant you'll ever meet!

  I have never been a huge Roald Dahl literary fan. I like all of his books-turned-movies; but, I never really enjoyed the book version of his stories. I know, weird. The books are always better than the movies! Always! But, I guess Roald is just not my jam. The BFG was no different. I have no less than three copies of that book tucked into various shelves and nooks and crannies in my home (I was a teacher, I have young kids, people give me free books all of the time, and I am a hoarder), and I never…

Why You Should Give Snapchat A Try

  I’m not supposed to like Snapchat. I’m absolutely the wrong demographic. Snapchat’s supposed to be something that only Millennials “get.” I’m GenX. (I remember a time when the internet wasn’t invented, for crying out loud.) And yet here I am. Obsessed. I’m all in, with three — yes, THREE — different accounts: personal, blog and one for my job. I’ve become quite addicted. And I’m here to tell you why you should finally give Snapchat a try. Stick with me… Breaking it down for the newbies Snapchat is an app you download on your smart phone. It allows you to take pictures and…

Alice Through the Looking Glass - a review!

  Tim Burton makes odd movies. Odd, interesting. Odd, artsy. Odd, weird. Whatever you think “odd” means is basically what it means when it comes to Tim and his flicks. The recently released Alice Through the Looking Glass is no exception. It is odd. And, if odd is your jam, you should totally go see it. I will admit, though not a huge fan of any origin, even I enjoyed the whimsical story and lively, colorful scenes of the latest iteration of Alice in her Underworld. SPOILER ALERT: Alice Through the Looking Glass If you didn’t catch the first Alice…

Watch "The Nice Guys" (And Not Just For Ryan Gosling)

  When Ryan Gosling makes a movie, you better know I am going to make considerable effort to see it. Drop the kids with their grandma, pay a teenager to sort of pay attention to them while they play video games and she texts her friends incessantly, or haul them to the theater with me and deposit them in whichever kid movie is playing around the same time with definitive instructions and $5 to blow in the arcade afterwards (this time it was Angry Birds and they loved it) – all of that is on the table. I made it happen…