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Broadway Rabbit Hole

I made a sad discovery this morning. Turns out I missed my high school musical theatre alumni night. I thought they had those things in the fall–though I admit I hadn’t paid much attention to the details while living far away.

Even though I obviously could have been more on top of this, I’m disappointed. I was looking forward getting the ol’ pipes in shape and having the chance to perform a number as one of the few upsides to being back where I grew up. Read more…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

What’s there to like?

I was a little worried going into this one. A big part of what made the first Guardians movie so fun was that it came out of nowhere. I had no idea what to expect, but it still exceeded my expectations. This new one didn’t have that surprise factor going for it that helped the original so much. Read more…

This Is Us Season 1

I finally got around to finishing the first season of This Is Us on NBC. It’s one of the few new network series this year that actually earned a following, and I can see why.

The obvious first thing to note is that This Is Us has certainly taken up the baton from Parenthood of Most Overtly Sentimental TV Show. In fact, the show ramps up the tear jerking significantly. Watching Parenthood I could set my watch by the big misunderstanding/argument/blowup at the start of the second half, and the emotional resolution with five minutes left. You could always see it coming, but you never cared because they usually pulled it off just fine. This Is Us doesn’t follow quite the same formula week to week, but if anything it packs even more emotional punches into each episode. Read more…