By Andrew Harwood “War is hell.”  This Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman quote is a cliché, overused and bitter phrase, but it also perfectly sums up our theme this week. At its simplest, war is an armed conflict between states. But, at its most complex, war has ferocious, extensive bloodshed.  War has been around […]

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By Andrew Harwood Originality is one of the key elements of creating a story. Careful not to rip off or steal someone else’s idea, you sit at your desk — in quarantine — rewriting a script for the fifth time because someone you sampled it to said it reminds them too much of “that film […]

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By Andrew Harwood Who doesn’t love a good mystery? From detective novels like “Sherlock Holmes,” animated shows for kids like “Scooby-Doo,” to the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, mystery is one of the most beloved genres in the world.  In cinema, mystery films revolve around a protagonist and their journey to the solution. Suspense […]

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  Galentine’s Day, what’s that?   “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” — Leslie Knope, “Parks […]

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“Nobody belongs anywhere, nobody exists on purpose, everybody’s going to die.” “When you look at someone through rose-colored glasses all the red flags just look like flags.” “Oh my God, they killed Kenny! You b******s!” My 10-year-old self would have never imagined that characters who look like they belong on Nickelodeon could say dialogue like […]

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Last weekend I went to the movies to see “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” But when I left the theater, the banter between Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds wasn’t what was on my mind. I was more interested in the trailer I’d seen before the movie had started. The trailer was for a movie called “Marshall.” […]

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Okay, I have to admit something at the start of this piece, at the risk of being shamed by friends and family alike, excommunicated from polite society and left to wander the savage wild (otherwise known as Chestnut Hill). But I have to be honest with my readers, so here goes nothing: I think “La […]

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Amid all the post-election drama, #Calexit is a movement gaining steady recognition. The name comes from Brexit, which is United Kingdom’s secession from the European Union. Put simply, a lot of anti-Donald Trump supporters in California are proposing the formation of a republic that is completely separate from the United States. This idea is not […]

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