Today’s Drive-By Movie Review is on the 2008 movie Defiance, starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber…
Plot Summary: Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belorussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and over a thousand Jewish non-combatants.
Me: Well, Honeybee, this is the fifth installment of the Drive-By Movie feature here at Len Penzo dot Com. What do
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This is a review of the 2009 movie Killshot, starring Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, and Rosario Dawson.
Plot Synopsys: Carmen Colson (played by Diane Lane) and her semi-estranged husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an “incident.” After relocating and changing their identities, the couple is rediscovered and targeted by an experienced hit man (Mickey Rourke) and his psychopathic young upstart killer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The ensuing
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This is a review of the 2009 movie Knowing, starring Nicholas Cage.
Plot Synopsis: Astrophysicist and grieving widower, Professor John Koestler, studies a sheet of paper from a time capsule that has been dug up at his son’s elementary school; on it are dozens of chilling predictions — most that have already occurred, along with three others that are about to — that lead him to believe his family plays a
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Our homes today are loaded with more electronic media and electric appliances than ever before. According to data published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. household electricity consumption increased at an average rate of 1.4 percent per year from 1970 through 2007. But while the added electrical loads result in easier and more pleasant lives for us, it also brings higher and higher electricity bills.
The Anatomy of an Electricity
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Earlier this month one of my favorite personal finance bloggers, Bret Frohlich, wrote a terrific piece where he declared war on frugality and explained why frugality doesn’t always pay.
In fact, Bret’s post got me thinking about those who choose to take on a life of extreme frugality. Keep in mind that I’m not referring to people who dutifully cut coupons and grow their own vegetables.
Instead, I am talking about people
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This is a review of the 2008 movie The Women, starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, and Eva Mendes.
Plot Synopsis: A group of close-knit women try to figure out how to help their friend when she finds out that her husband of 13 years is having an affair.
Me: Well, there are chick flicks and then there are CHICK FLICKS. But, Honeybee, I just saw the Mother of All Chick
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There is nothing more irritating for me than eagerly settling down with the Honeybee to watch a movie we’ve rented that, ten minutes after the opening credits, makes me realize I should have chosen to do something a lot more entertaining with my evening – like bone up on the fundamental theorems of calculus.
I’m sure you’re no different.
That’s why I’m starting a new weekly feature here at Len Penzo dot
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I’ve written in this space before about just how difficult it is to teach kids financial literacy. For every kid, that seems to have a natural ability to grasp the value of a dollar and a real determination to save as much as they can, there is another who has their money spent almost as soon as it touches their little hands.
In my family, my 9-year-old daughter, Lenina,
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Igor: Dr. Frankenstein…
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It’s “Fronkensteen.”
Igor: You’re putting me on.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No, it’s pronounced “Fronkensteen.”
Igor: Do you also say “Froaderick”?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No… ”Frederick.”
Igor: Well, why isn’t it “Froaderick Fronkensteen”?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It isn’t; it’s “Frederick Fronkensteen.”
Igor: I see.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You must be Igor.
Igor: No, it’s pronounced “eye-gor.”
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: But they told me it was “ee-gor.”
Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren’t they?
- From the movie
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My 9-year-old daughter, Lenina, lost another tooth today!
Of course, most everyone knows custom dictates that when a child loses a tooth they dutifully place it under their pillow knowing that the Tooth Fairy will come and take it in exchange for some money. It’s a tradition that’s dutifully been passed from parents to their children for generations.
And so it was that when my now 12-year-old
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