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Waynedale Opinion Articles

Our local writers give you insight of their original opinions on the latest Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana news and entertainment topics. Movie, restaurant, show and event reviews are in this section.

AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "THE WATCH"

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I'm a big fan of stupid comedies or of having a laugh at the expense of a major flop, but every now and then I see a movie so bad and so lazily made that I can't even laugh despite my better judgment. This summer, that movie is The Watch. The Watch opens with the murder of a security guard at a Costco managed by fastidious Evan (Ben Stiller), who is also president of numerous clubs and committees around his suburb. Devastated over the guard's murder, Evan forms a neighborhood watch to find the...

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BEHIND EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING

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More than 120 years ago this week, Vincent Van Gogh died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. In his short life, Van Gogh produced hundreds of watercolor paintings, sketches, and prints – some of which are the most valued in the world – now fetching tens of millions of dollars at auctions or private sales.

Van Gogh's posthumous success is a tremendous surprise, for his life was considered all but a mournful disaster. He was an insufferable friend; his struggles with mental illness...

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AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES"

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When I mentioned last time that I was tired of superhero movies, I hadn't account for what has been touted as the summer's biggest movie, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of his Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises opens eight years after the last film closed on the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent. Organized crime has been eradicated from Gotham City and Batman has been branded public enemy number one. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has gone into...

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SCHINDLER SEZ: SORRY, THE KETCHUP & I KNOW JACK

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The deal's not done until the
check clears the bank.

Sorry
If you drink regular or diet pop, I can promise two things that won't happen to you. First, you won't get any healthier and second, you won't get any sweeter. Sorry about that.

The Ketchup Bottle
Shake shake the ketchup bottle, first none will come and then a lot'll.
(It is commonly thought Ogden Nash was the author of the above ditty, but actually it was Richard Armour).

I Know Jack
This morning as I was walking in Foster Park, I met an...

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AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN"

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I didn't have any intention of seeing The Amazing Spider-Man. To be perfectly honest, I was tired of superheroes and wanted to see the family drama People Like Us starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, but the theater in Florida where I was vacationing with my family had broken projectors affecting only that screen two days in a row. So Spider-Man it was. Turns out, it was not a terrible trade-off.

The Amazing Spider-Man tells the origin story of Spider-Man, beginning with Peter Parker's...

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AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "BRAVE"

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For the last year, journalists, academics, and mothers have been speculating about Pixar's Brave, the first film from the studio to feature a female lead. When images of this heroine emerged showing cascades of wild red curls and a bow and arrow, there were ripples of hope. Perhaps this film would depict adventure, strength, and courage fitting a young heroine, even if she is, in a sense, just the newest Disney Princess. I was cautiously optimistic before, but having seen Brave, I don't think...

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