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21. the unbearable lightness of seeing
silver screen shrinkage
film - general
6.3.09 : feature column!

Over the weekend, Pixar's latest flick opened to rave reviews and close to $70 million at the box office. Up's triumph is nothing new; Pixar has yet to have a flop. But it's not the only movie making money this year. Despite the recession we're mired in, overall box office is up 15% from last year. It seems that, in these tough times, everyone is getting some "cheap" entertainment by going to the movies even more often than usual. Everyone, that is, except me. I used to be the guy that saw eve...
22. misshapen identity
is your dvr your dna?
pop culture - lifestyle
5.6.09 : feature column!

They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Others say you're defined by the company you keep. Some people suggest that you are what you eat, and in today's increasingly manipulated world of online personae, you are what you say you are. But when it comes down to it, you are what you watch, and listen to, and read. As technology grows cheaper, and helps make the world flatter, the old roadblocks are being eradicated. These days, so long as you don't want to, you don't have to miss out on...
23. nothing to worry about
except everything
humor - lifestyle
4.6.09 : feature column!

I am going to be a miserable father. Relax. This is neither an announcement nor another installment of my ongoing series: "I Hate Your Baby." It's merely a prediction. Right now, it's 3:30 in the morning and I am wide awake, writing this column. Why? Because I'm waiting for my wife. She is currently in a rental car with two strangers, at the tail end of a middle-of-the-night drive up the eastern seaboard,all the way from Richmond, VA to NYC. Why? Because air travel is the devil. After a five-...
24. what i say i am
this brand is my brand
pop culture - discussion
3.6.09 : feature column!

I recently jumped into the Twitter fray and immediately began asking a friend what the hell I’m supposed to do. As far as I can tell it's mostly for bored Congressmen, foolish reporters and Rainn Wilson. I am none of those things. But my friend tells me that it is for me. Well, not me, exactly, but for "Mike Julianelle". My brand. Am I a brand? Not exactly. Like just about everyone else that hasn't starred on a reality show, I am far too complicated to be distilled into a “collection of symbols...
25. this book is a movie
strike that, reverse it
film - criticism
2.6.09 : feature column!

Whenever I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - which is more and more often these days as my household feels the economic crunch - I make sure to spread the jelly first. And thank God I do. If I dip the knife into the peanut butter BEFORE I spread the jelly on, it's a lot harder to remove the residue that remains after I put the peanut butter on the bread. I need to either get a new knife, take a minute to clean the old knife, or - and this is what typically happens when you're lazy - p...
26. pray pride parade
a faith-based initiative
humor - lifestyle
1.7.09 : feature column!

Over the holidays, and not for the first time, I broke the rules of etiquette. Thanks to both a steady flow of beer and a head full of loony ideas, I crossed the line while discussing the phenomenon of cults - admittedly a favorite subject. I got lost to my own passion for the topic and alienated a guest or two by lumping their legitimate Christian beliefs with the cockamamie dogma of Mormonism and Scientology and the like. Oops. But despite the ensuing, momentary awkwardness, I was proud of m...
27. i am the decider
unless i'm not
humor - lifestyle
12.8.08 : feature column!

I often have a difficult time pulling the trigger. Unlike Plaxico Burress! BOO YA! I'm obviously not talking about literal triggers; I've never fired off much more than a BB gun (and some sick ass one-liners). I'm not some anti-gun nut, though. Guns don't kill people, being shot kills people. So relax. The triggers I can't seem to pull are purely figurative. The whole phrase is just a metaphor for my indecisiveness! I'm not as bad as some people I know. For instance, I don't need to consult...
28. clinging bitterly
i still believe in a place called mope
humor - lifestyle
11.7.08 : feature column!

I have so much hate in my heart and nowhere to put it. Walking home through my wildly liberal neighborhood Tuesday night, the scene was positively surreal. Strangers were high-fiving each other in the street, people were banging pots and pans with cheerful abandon, drivers were leaning on their horns in glee. It was like being at the crumbling of the Berlin Wall or the assassination of the cast of "The Hills." Utter pandemonium. I’ve never seen such an outpouring of happiness for a political e...
29. taking the under
10 of the most underrated flicks since 1990
film - criticism
10.6.08 : feature column!

A recent article proclaimed Outside Providence one of the ten most underrated movies of the past 15 years. I don't think so. It's an enjoyable flick with a weak lead performance, some nice supporting turns and some funny moments. For the purposes of this column, let's define an underrated movie as "a great movie that is not recognized as being great." Outside Providence doesn't quite fit. So what does? Glad you asked! I made a list. First, some qualifications: I eliminated movies that got a ...
30. 9021-no
not bad enough to be good
television - criticism
9.5.08 : feature column!

After watching most of the two hour premiere of the new "90210" series, I thought I might write about how this sad attempt at updating the seminal 90s teen soap, by cross-breeding it with "The Hills" and "Gossip Girl," makes a mockery of the original. But halfway through forming that thought, I remembered that the original show was already a mockery. This "90210" captures a bit of the feel of the original, featuring displaced Midwestern (read: innocent and good) kids into a corrupt, debaucherou...
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re: the worry-free guide to impending fatherhood

Great column, asshole.

re: superbland?

Spot-on. And it's possible for Superman to have a sense of humor. Look at the Superfriends.

re: bleat the parents

Mike, I just have to give you a big AMEN for this!! I agree with you so much that I have made it my life's work to make a little dent in the guilt, judgment and shame game of parenting!

re: bleat the parents

Late to reading this, but enjoyed it tremendously.

re: this changes everything

Love the build up. one our your best.

re: poker face

Mike's got a crush! Mike's got a crush!

re: the parent trap

Really, really funny. This killed me. (And love your blog, too.)

re: the season of the watch

Exceptionally funny!!!

re: clear and presents danger

You poor thing, you are REALLY in trouble now!

re: dagwoodn't

At last: somebody who gets it!!!

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