Jim

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Name: Jim MacQuarrie
Date registered: August 29, 2012

Latest posts

  1. King Lear at A Noise Within — February 21, 2017
  2. Doctor Strange is Mind-Blowing and Beautiful — November 4, 2016
  3. Dinner and a DVD: ‘Bridge of Spies’ — February 1, 2016
  4. The Laptop Project — December 28, 2015
  5. Dinner and a DVD: Ant-Man — December 26, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Take Glinda Home! — 11 comments
  2. Holiday Gift Guide – part 1 — 4 comments
  3. Half & Half Ice Cream — 4 comments
  4. A Halloween Giveaway! — 4 comments
  5. DIY Monday: Steampunk Goggles — 3 comments

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King Lear at A Noise Within

Pasadena’s A Noise Within celebrates its 25th year (and its fifth in Pasadena, after 20 years in Glendale) with a particularly effective and timely rendition of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, King Lear. Their choice to dress the players in 1940s era costume makes the action more immediate, contemporary, and unflinchingly political, bringing to mind the Netflix …

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Doctor Strange is Mind-Blowing and Beautiful

Walking in to Doctor Strange, I didn’t know what to expect. All I really knew about him was from that one animated movie from 2007 and that he and Tony Stark are “awesome facial hair bros.” That being said, Doctor Strange is a movie that, while falling short plot-wise, was incredible to watch. With astounding special effects and sheer, breathtaking color, I found that I could not look away.

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Dinner and a DVD: ‘Bridge of Spies’

Bridge of Spies is a look back at a time of political fear and paranoia, and documents the impact it had on ordinary people in America, from children preparing for global nuclear war to acts of terror perpetrated against those seen as “helping the commies.” We’ve created a typical Mid-Century suburban dinner to accompany the film.

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The Laptop Project

Got a dead laptop? We know what to do with it! My online buddy and fellow GeekDad, Mordechai Luchins, has a little charity endeavor called The Laptop Project that I want to tell you about.

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Dinner and a DVD: Ant-Man

Ant-Man was a hugely popular entry in Marvel’s “Phase 2” series, adding more comedy to the mix, primarily in the brilliant casting of Paul Rudd as the hero and the hilarious Michael Pena as his buddy Luis. There’s a scene fairly early on where Luis shows his concern for his little band of criminal friends by preparing a meal for them.

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Star Wars Press Event and a Giveaway!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Loren Roberts, winner of the Kylo Ren figure!   Recently, I attended a press day for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; in addition to the press panel at which 100+ bloggers and reporters asked questions of the cast, there were a lot of product demos, photo ops and swag to take home. …

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Everything You Ever Wondered About LA

If you’ve been in Los Angeles for more than a week or three, you start to notice things, and you may begin to wonder about them. Like why is there a Hollywood sign, and why did it used to say Hollywoodland, as seen in The Rocketeer? Why are LA’s so-called rivers just ugly concrete trenches? What’s with all the palm trees? And why is this place so spread out?

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The Comprehensive Disney Timeline

While discussing the Frozen-Tarzan connection theory with the other contributors at GeekDad, I came up with the notion of pinning down when each Disney movie may have taken place. The result is the Ultimate Disney Timeline.

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Original New York Seltzer

I’m not nostalgic for much about the ’80s; the graphic design and fashion trends were hideous, the music was largely disposable, the movies often forgettable, but there were some great things about the ’80s. One of those was Original New York Seltzer, a delicious and refreshing beverage that seemed to suddenly vanish from the market sometime in the early ’90s.

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The Best Movies You Never Heard Of – Part 2

Last week we took a look at eight forgotten movies that we like and wanted to share with you. This week we have eight more.

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