If you read the paper over the weekend, you’ll see why I only have a couple minutes to bang out this holiday edition of the Fun Guide.
But we’re getting back to a big one next Friday, a special edition for New Year’s Eve because no one really waits until NYE to finalize their plans. So if you have a New Year’s event you want to see publicized here, make sure you send it in to me or send me a Facebook invite.
Posting will be sporadic at best next week, I’m off Monday and Tuesday and working weird hours the rest of the week. But before I take off, I wanted to wish you and your family a great Christmas. I truly value each and every one of my readers, and want nothing but the best for you. I’ll be sending good wishes all of your ways.
On to this weekend, where it’s pretty much confined to something about Mayans and ugly sweaters, and some regular links down below:
I found six different bars that are doing specific “end of the world” parties tonight, which I think is hysterical. So hysterical, in fact, that I wrote about it in today’s paper and talked to some of the bars about why they’re doing it. In the interest of time, if you want the details, you’ll have to check out the story. But it’s behind the paywall, so here are the six places I found doing end of the world parties: Jock N Jills, Siamsa and Whispers in Stroudsburg, Pine Hollow in Canadensis, Burke’s Tavern in Mount Pocono and the new Panda’s Pub and Sports Bar in Matshalls Creek inside the Four Seasons. Scorecard in Wind Gap and the Cinder Inn in East Stroudsburg also are doing quasi end of the the world stuff.
On the off chance the world doesn’t end sometime today, we still have the holidays to celebrate, which means ugly sweater parties galore. Like I said last week, I don’t get the whole ugly sweater thing, I didn’t even know they exist in reality, only in movies like the sweaters of Julie Haggerty in Just Friends. Well we’re now on the third ugly sweater party (that I know of) so people must actually buy and gift these things. If I ever got one, I’d hope it came with a letter opener I could gauge my eyes out with. There’s one tonight at the Sycamore Grille in DWG and another tomorrow at Madd Anthony’s in Blakeslee.
And some other quick stuff since I won’t be blogging again until at least Wednesday, but more likely Thursday:
Loyal reader Joe Stangle had this posted on his Facebook the other day, and I’m stealing it because it’s pretty damn funny. I’m not much of a Home Alone fan, I think I was turned off by the horrible gaffe of actually showing a very, very crowded Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. As anyone who’s ever been in that airport can tell you, it ain’t ever that crowded. EVER. But I have wondered what that article says — Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci should probably be dead at the end of that movie. Or at least waaaayyyy more maimed than they were. The cartoonish-ness of it is one step removed from them being on the floor at the end of the beat-down with x-es over their eyes and birds flying around their heads. The article is hysterical though.
Got a couple days off from work, do ya? Then it’s a good time to catch up on some 2012 movies at home or at the theater. I don’t remember if I posted this yet or not, but Metacritic has added its annual handy-dandy compilation of top 10 movie lists from critics across the country. Of the top 20 movies, I count six that are out on DVD/Blu-ray right now. I’m planing on renting Magic Mike and catching The Loneliest Planet, Sleepwalk with Me and The Deep Blue Sea on Netflix before I come back to work on Wednesday.
Speaking of Netflix streaming … if you’re checking out the most popular titles being streamed in the last day, there’s an excellent chance you’re going to look at eight of the top nine titles and have no idea what they are or even what they mean. You’re not getting old, don’t worry. You just didn’t watch Arrested Development. Netflix has added eight fake movie shorts, all from Arrested Development, ahead of the service’s 2013 premiere of the fourth season of one of the 10 funniest TV shows that’s ever been aired. I was thinking about going back to steal another month of a free trial. Now I’m convinced I will. And I’m doing it this weekend.
I can’t in good conscious link to the new red band trailer for This is the End, and I certainly can’t embed it. I need my job. But you all know there is this thing called YouTube, and on this website, they play videos and have a search engine type thing. You can fill in the rest. I was pretty sure Ted would be the funniest trailer I’d seen this year, but this one blows it out of the water. It’s the funniest trailer I’ve seen in years, easy, and I’m officially saying I will be in the theater opening weekend when it opens June 14. I tend to over-hype things, but I’m pretty comfortable with this recommendation.