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Star Trek Insurrection

Palmer’s Trek: Star Trek: Insurrection

Star Trek: Insurrection is, at this moment, the pinnacle of Star Trek for me. It is perhaps best described as a brilliant two-part episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation that’s authentically more like Star Trek: The Original Series than almost anything since the 1960s.

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Born Standing Up celebrates the struggle of Steve Martin finding his genius

Magician, comedian, actor, writer, producer, musician, and author. Steve Martin is many things more than just a “wild and crazy guy,” and how that all came to be is found in his autobiography Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life.

This may be one of the more realistic show business books I have read in recent memory. This isn’t a book about name-dropping or what happens after success. This is a book about how Steve Martin reached the top. While you can take some of the lessons to heart on your own, this is not a how-to; this is just a how it happened.

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Movies I Love Just Because – The Humanity of 1996’s Twister

Occasionally on my podcast – yes, the reference to my show is a bit self-promotional, but nonetheless – I talk about movies that I love so much that it’s hard for me to write about them, even though I really want to.

Twister is one of those movies, and it’s been on my blog schedule for years, gathering digital dust alongside Real Genius, The Fifth Element, and a few others. They get pushed when the deadline comes and I publish something else on the blog. So to kickstart this post, I watched some of Twister’s extra features and read up about the production and pre-production online.

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Listen to Tim Minchin’s serious album debut Apart or Together

Tim Minchin Apart Together

Tim Minchin is many things. In 2013, the University of Western Australia gave Minchin an honorary Doctor of Letters degree for his contribution to the arts recognizing his achievements as a “composer, lyricist, actor, writer, and comedian.”

That’s a lot of things, but all of that is important, so you understand that Minchin’s first serious musical album, 2020’s Apart Together, is brilliant. It’s critical to first understand that it’s not only a long time in coming: it’s unique, bibliographic, and poetic.

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