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Monday, May 18, 2015
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Queen Fey
Ivan the Adequate

I love Tina Fey. You love Tina Fey. Everyone else also loves Tina Fey, so it makes sense that there was a round all about her this week, in celebration of her 45th birthday (in her case, 45 is the new 35).   The one thing I hold against Tina is her pioneering the latest trend of comedians writing books that serve as either personal memoirs or a thinly-strung-together series of essays and/or short stories. She didn’t exactly invent the concept, but pretty much everyone cashed in and followed her lead after
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Sunday, May 10, 2015
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Things Get Personal
Ivan the Adequate

We had a super-packed house this week, so I wasn’t able to take the opportunity to find out who the two quizzers that were playing under the team name Our First Tinder Date were. Throughout the quiz, their scores were concerning me, until suddenly…   They were gone!
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Monday, May 04, 2015
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Remember Axel F?
Ivan the Adequate

That Crazy Frog ringtone from ten years ago is my closest association with the Beverly Hills Cop theme song, as was featured in Round 7 this week. The two reasons for it:  I've never actually seen Beverly Hills Cop. I really hated that Crazy Frog 
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98103
[Monday 8:00 pm]
Monday, April 27, 2015
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Age of Exhaustion
Ivan the Adequate

Okay, so we’re pretty much all seeing Age of Ultron this weekend, right? Other than those among us who made it a point to go to the 7pm Thursday showings?Since 7pm the night before the opening day of a new movie has becoming the new “midnight showing,” folks nowadays are already getting reviews from friends and colleagues before they even have a chance to crack open the newspaper. Folks still open newspapers, right? And folks still use the word folks, right?Bottom line is that I love the fact that midnight showings are going away. In my mind, I could never relate to those who want their first experience with a long-awaited film to be in an over-hyped
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Monday, April 20, 2015
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Original programming has stopped being original
Ivan the Adequate

I’m four episodes into Daredevil and I’m not sure how quickly I’ll be finishing the season, if at all. It’s a well-made show – there’s no argument there– but the grim & grittiness of it feels really contrived in a world where every superhero now needs to be grim and gritty, and the superhero-esque nature of it doesn’t always overcome my apathy for shows about organized crime set in a version of Manhattan (and particularly Hell’s Kitchen) that is notably more dark and dangerous than its real-life counterpart. It’s only been a little over two years since the first season of House of Cards hit the scene,
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4512 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA
98103
[Monday 8:00 pm]
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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I refuse to believe that Mother Mary came and spoke to Kris Allen
Ivan the Adequate

My feelings surrounding Let It Be (the album more so than the titular song) have always been complicated. While I certainly don’t think there was ever an outright bad Beatles album, the stories about how the band didn’t even really want the album released and how the label put their own finishing touches on it and pushed it out after the band’s break-up…well, it just somehow makes the whole thing seem really greedy, artificial, and unfair. Abbey Road, their famous album which was actually the last one they recorded, serves as a much grander finale to their discography. I know I’m not exactly spouting out an unpopular opinion by talking
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4512 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA
98103
[Monday 8:00 pm]
Monday, April 06, 2015
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The Final Four (points make all the difference)
Ivan the Adequate

Last night’s NCAA championship game, which played during the first half of the evening, dwarfed in comparison to the intensity and unpredictability of the quiz. Our rare Sooner or Later round format made a sudden return, reminding all the quizzers that they know far less than they thought they did about the major characters (including Link, The Doctor, and Batman) that fall into the core nerd curriculum. The cutthroat competitive nature of it all was enough to knock some of the regular teams from the standings and allow some *gasp* newcomers to take the top spot. Congrats to Mon Stars, who I’m sure we’ll be seeing again. Homework from
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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Terrible Mothers = Awesome Characters
Ivan the Adequate

I never realized until last night’s quiz how similar of a demeanor Betty Draper and Lucille Bluth had, with the only thing really setting them apart was the difference in comedic intent on the writers’ part. They’re self-serving, critical of others, and rare capable of presenting themselves in a sympathetic manner to both the audience and the other characters in their lives. They’re both also really great characters, when all is said and done. Speaking of which, Mad Men starts its final run of episodes in mere days and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they wrap everything up. At this point, many of the character arcs are already on the brink of
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