What was the best (or worst) catch phrase from 2010?

Ana Holguin: In my house, this year’s Best Catch Phrase/New Word Award goes to “dubs.” Months ago my husband Matt was playing The Settlers of Cataan and our friend Adam announced that he had “dubs sheep.” I was painting in the next room as I am completely uninterested in most games of strategy or storytelling … Continue reading

What was your favorite music of 2010?

Jill Kolongowski: Along with many others, I really fell in love with Mumford & Sons. It turns out there are still bands that make real music, after all. Rosemary Van Deuren: Most definitely Gogol Bordello’s marvelous Trans Continental Hustle. It’s the 5th studio album by the New York gypsy-punk band, and their sound and manifesto … Continue reading

What was your favorite rediscovery of 2010?

Jill Kolongowski: I’ve rediscovered that you can always make time for yourself to cook. That’s a great gift. Rosemary Van Deuren: Kino’s gorgeous new Metropolis on Blu-ray. Even the hardest-to-please, film-restoration purists will fall off their couch at this one. 25 minutes of footage assumed lost for over 70 years was discovered in a film … Continue reading

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?

Jill Kolongowski: A few years ago, I went to buy RENT tickets for my sister. Too late, I realized it was only the presale, and the actual tickets wouldn’t go on sale until after Christmas, when there was a chance we wouldn’t get tickets at all. I needed a password for the presale. On a … Continue reading

What’s your favorite holiday music?

Ana Holguin: In my world, you can’t go wrong with Christmas Cocktails by Ultra Lounge. It’s filled with quirky and swingy Xmas favorites that I must admit I sometimes listen to during the non-yule parts of the year. If you’ve ever thought that “Jingle Bells” needed a “cha-cha-cha” after each verse or you like the … Continue reading

December 20-25, 2010

What album is Mike Vincent’s “#1 Christmas music”? Well, you’re going to have to read to find out.

You thought Bob Clark’s holiday classic A Christmas Story was a bit dark? You should see his other Christmas film. Kevin Mattison takes you there in “A Bob Clark Christmas”

In a new feature, “The Gamers’ Club,” Gavin Craig, Daniel J. Hogan, and Andrew Simone will be playing 1997’s Final Fantasy VII and blogging about it. They get started today sharing their past experiences with the game (or lack thereof). Read Final Fantasy VII, again for the first time” by Gavin Craig, Final Fantasy VII, revisted” by Daniel J. Hogan, and FFVII by Andrew Simone

For your holiday viewing pleasure, might Rosemary Van Deuren suggest the 1960 “Christmas Shopping” episode of The Jack Benny Program, featuring notes of Eddie Anderson and Frank Nelson, hints of retail humor, and a strong Mel Blanc finish. (Yes, that Mel Blanc.) Read “The customer is always right, and this jerk is a customer”

Angela Vasquez-Giroux revisits the 2006 World Series (and the 1984 World Series) in verse. Read “Cardinal Dreams”

Jill Kolongowski gives the slow-cooker another go, and happily fails to cut off her fingertip while doing so. Read “Sergeant pepper and my questionable knife skills”

And in an “F Word” holiday extra, Jill Kolongowski discovers that her kryptonite is Godiva milk chocolate. Read “On (not) eating chocolate”

#1 Christmas music

THE PEANUTS GANG REJOICES IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

This should come as no shock. I mean, when one thinks about classic Christmas records, classic Christmas shows, how can you NOT think of this music? From this classic TV special, now 45 years old, we have Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Everyone, everybody reading this on this site, has seen the … Continue reading

A Bob Clark Christmas

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Little Ralphie just wants a damned BB gun for Christmas and all anyone can say to him is “you’ll shoot your eye out.”  Adults are always shooting a BB into the eye of their children’s hopes and dreams. Odds are you’re at least somewhat familiar with Bob Clark’s holiday classic A Christmas Story (1983).  It … Continue reading

FFVII: Again for the first time

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I’ve long considered myself a big Final Fantasy fan, but for someone who talks about the series so much, I’ve always considered it something of a shameful secret that I’ve never played more than a couple of hours of the game that many people consider to be the greatest RPG of all time, Final Fantasy … Continue reading

FFVII: Revisted

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An RPG (or role-playing game, for you normals) is perhaps my favorite type of video game. I’ve certainly spent the most hours playing them over any other type of game. Why? The story. The characters. I get sucked in and I don’t want to leave. This is why I won’t go near World of Warcraft—it … Continue reading