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Monday Notebook

By admin Published: May 3, 2010

As you most likely know, tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State. As part of the Beacon Journal's coverage, I wrote about the shootings' place in pop culture. You can find the piece here.

My latest DVD column is here.

How's this for a warning sign about a movie: "Macgruber" opens wide on May 21. The local preview screening is on the night of May 20.

The Cleveland International Film Festival has set the dates for 2011: March 24 to April 3.

After the jump, a few words about "The Amazing Race," "Date Night" and some other TV topics.

I can't say I am surprised that Louie and Michael were knocked off the race. They just didn't play the game very well. But I am still hoping that the cowboys win. They seem like good guys, they play well, and they don't whine. Dan and Jordan, shut up! Brent and Caite, double shut up! I acknowledge that B&C won the most recent leg, but I still think she's a dunderhead -- even more so because she keeps feeling the need to tell us that she isn't one. Great, she can read a map. Not exactly a vindication.

The bride and I spent a fair portion of the weekend on fun: Mountaineer on Saturday, and a date night on Friday which included, well, "Date Night."
We were reminded once again of the sticker shock of going to the movies. Two tickets, one medium popcorn, one medium drink: $31.50.
But once we paid the bill and my heart restarted, the movie itself proved pretty enjoyable. Tina Fey and Steve Carell are a likable pair. Not a great film, but a good getaway, with some very funny sections and good points about making a marriage work.

Speaking of Fey, I keep hanging in with "30 Rock" but am not sure why. It's sporadically amusing at best, and sometimes not even that. But I may be off my feed regarding the veteran NBC comedies. I've kind of lost interest in "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation," too. I only look forward to "Community." Of course, it may also be that I am getting enough comedy other places -- "Modern Family," "HIMYM," "Big Bang Theory" -- that I just don't need a big Thursday dose.

In addition, when it comes time to sort out my Thursday viewing, I start with "CSI" and "Bones" before the comedies. Part of that's because the bride and I watch those shows together, but it's also that they're relatively light but satisfying fare for late in the week (or, DVR backlog depending, the weekend). "CSI" has gotten through its post-Grissom transition and is at once intriguing and funny. The episode a couple of weeks ago with the teen CSIs was very nicely done, a good companion to the "Star Trek" parody. ("30 Rock" should be so amusing.) And I ride along with "Bones" even when the mysteries are so-so because I like to see what the characters are up to.

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