Amazing Race: Life Jackets are Hard


During the eighth episode, teams went to Malta where they dropped glassware, swam in the Blue Grotto and ran up slippery beams. We also got to witness the derpy scientist, Amy, not know how to put on a life jacket correctly before jumping into the water. First, it was way above her head before she gave up and took it off. Amy said, “It’s so embarrassing. She needs to change her name.” Come read what else, Amy, Steve and I said about this episode.

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Amazing Race: Inner Cheetah Power


Teams headed to Palermo, Sicily where they drove go-carts, painted frescos and stared at opera singer costumes. Brooke also made some faces about her Italian driver being too slow for her. Continue on to read what Amy, Steve and I had to say about inner cheetah power being necessary in go-cart racing in the seventh leg of the Amazing Race.

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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel


Anthony Horowitz, with the blessing of Doyle’s estate, takes on Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. An older Dr. Watson reflects back on one case that was too gruesome for him to write about in the past, so he has waited until after Holmes has passed to even mention it. It involves one man complaining of being watched and that leads to a murder and something more sinister that no one will talk about called the House of Silk.

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From the Archive:
Movies Opening April 15

I find the only interesting movies this week are a couple of foreign films that start out romantic and then lead to fighting. Fun!

Nationwide Releases

 Scream 4
 The Conspirator

: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx,, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Leslie Mann, Jermanine Clement, Rodrigo Santoro

Synopsis: An owner takes her blue macaw to Rio to find another one of the last remaining blue macaws, but the birds are kidnapped.

My Take: It doesn’t look funny. It seems more annoying than anything else.

 RT Score: 71%
RT Consensus: This straightforward movie reaches great heights thanks to its colorful visual palette, catchy music, and funny vocal performances.


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Movies Opening April 15

Amazing Race: Double Layer Bird Hat


During the sixth leg, teams stayed in Morocco where they had to deliver hay, build a camp and milk goats. Throughout the episode, this chicken hat guy kept popping up, including at the pit stop where he had gained a dove in the process. Click through to read what Amy, Steve and I thought about double layer bird hat guy and rest of the episode.

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Big Hero 6


Big Hero 6 looks like a Pixar film, even though it isn’t. It does come from Walt Disney Animation Studios and since Disney purchased Pixar a few years back, I guess it’s okay if they make a movie that has  the heart of a Pixar film, even if it doesn’t follow through with the story. This film is about a boy robotics prodigy, Hiro,  who is dealing with some major life issues when he stumbles across a robot prototype that his older brother created called Baymax. He’s a nurse robot that is programmed to heal and looks like a big marshmellow with legs. When Hiro’s city of San Fransokyo is terrorized by a big baddie, he decides he needs to turn his healing robot into a fighting machine with the help of his friends.

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Amazing Race: Derpy Beginnings


This was the leg that we noticed that one of the scientists was really derpy. When they found out they made it into the race, she injured herself while training and did something with her pelvis that caused her to run funny. She never complained about it, but she did do a lot of derpy things. Falling into a hole was just one of them. Continue on to read the comments that Amy and I made while watching teams go to Morocco to build food carts, remove hair from animal hides, pour tea and twirl tassles from their hats.

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