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Dan Levy Explains Why Homophobia Will Never Infiltrate Schitt’s Creek

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One of the most delightful relationships in recent television history has been the courtship of David (Dan Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reed) in Schitt’s Creek, thanks in part to their random acts of serenades and shenanigans at Rose Apothecary. Given that David is a pansexual character in a rural, and ... More »
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The Number Ones: Tommy James & The Shondells’ “Crimson And Clover”

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Tommy-James-And-The-Shondells-Crimson-And-CloverIn The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
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serpentwithfeet Shares Acoustic Versions Of soil Tracks “bless ur heart” & “messy”

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serpentwithfeetEarlier this year, Josiah Wise released his first full-length album as serpentwithfeet, soil. It's a magnificent album that gets just as much power from its intricate, theatrical arrangements as it does from Wise's massive voice. But these songs work on a lot of different levels, and Wise has chosen to redo a couple … More »
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Nihilist Dad Jokes

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Why did the scarecrow win a prize? Because he stood alone in his field! He stood there for years, rotting, until he was forgotten.

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I tell my kids, you’re allowed to watch the TV all you want… Just don’t turn it on! This way they will begin to understand the futility of all things.

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How does a penguin build a house? Igloos it together. Like all animals, it is an automaton, driven by blind genetic imperative, marching slowly to oblivion.

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Why don’t skeletons go trick or treating? They have no body to go with them! The skeletons are like us: alone, empty, dead already.

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I don’t really like playing soccer. I just do it for kicks! Like all of humanity, I pretend to enjoy things, and others pretend to care about my charade.

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You hear about the moon restaurant? Good food, no atmosphere! If you eat there, you forfeit your life, which would make no difference to the universe as a whole.

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Why did the blonde focus on an orange juice container? It said concentrate! She realized that society’s depictions of her were like the juice: formulaic, insipid, fake.

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My wife told me to put the cat out. I didn’t know it was on fire! By the time I could act, it was incinerated, a harbinger of the path we all must take.

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How come the invisible man wasn’t offered a job? They just couldn’t see him doing it! This man stands for all of us: unseen, misunderstood, irrelevant.

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Today I gave away my old batteries… Free of charge! No one wanted them, so I became angry and threw them in the yard. The battery acid now leaks into the soil, killing a colony of ants. A sparrow eats their bodies and is poisoned. Somewhere in the Serengeti, a lion devours his rival’s cubs. Then the lion is shot by a poacher and sold to an unloved rich man whose father was an unloved rich man. In five billion years, the Sun will become a bloated giant, boiling the oceans and consuming our pointless cruelties with flames. I wake sweat-drenched and screaming, staring at the visage of a faceless god. “WHAT HAVE I DONE?! HOW COULD I BRING A CHILD INTO THIS WORLD!?” But this god, like all gods, is nothing—just my son’s Wilson baseball mitt, sitting on my dresser, mocking me.

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Will February March? No, but April May! Soon we become ash, and time forgets us.

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Steve McQueen’s Heist Thriller Widows Is a Full Meal of a Movie

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Widows is an overflowing plateful of entertainment. by Ned Lannamann

Arriving a week before Thanksgiving, Widows is an overflowing plateful of entertainment, piled high with juicy plot, buttery performances, and plenty of sweet genre pie. It’s a mash-up of pulp and prestige that shouldn’t work well on paper, but plays out tremendously well on-screen.

Director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame) cowrote the twisty script with novelist Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects), and while the interconnected webs of Chicago’s crime underworld and its racially charged local politics contain more than enough intrigue, the performances are what’ll grab you.

I mean, just look at this cast: Harry (Liam Neeson) leads a crew of career criminals (including Jon Bernthal and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) in a heist that goes disastrously wrong, leaving their widows Veronica (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), and Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) with a serious problem when crime boss Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry) and his enforcer brother Jatemme (Daniel Kaluuya) demand they return the stolen money.

Meanwhile, Jamal is running for alderman against slimy carpetbagger Jack Mulligan (Colin Farrell), whose father (Robert Duvall) is even slimier. And I haven’t even mentioned that Carrie Coon and Cynthia Erivo are also in this thing.

Davis, leading the crew of widows, is expectedly great, but the real standouts are Erivo and Debicki, playing women who discover their own agency as they go deeper into the world of crime. Henry is, no surprise, as good as he is on Atlanta, but Kaluuya is fearsomely magnetic here, tearing into his role with brutality and delight.

Based on a 1980s UK TV series, Widows translates and updates the story by taking on issues of race and class, generally with success. But it slightly oversteps its bounds by trying on one too many hats late in the movie—a dramatic element unfolds that’s supposed to pull at your heartstrings but ends up feeling false, as well as being a distraction from all the toothsome crime stuff.

The real fun is watching McQueen, Flynn, and this ridiculously large talent pool of actors lay the groundwork for a slick, rich, tantalizing thriller, and then connecting all the dots. recommended

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Barbara Lee for Speaker

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Nancy Pelosi’s leadership over the House Democrats is in trouble. As of right now, however, the alternative is worse. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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