A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmas was the ultimate childhood experience. You spent weekends perusing Sears catalogs as thick as phone books. There were nighttime gingerbread making sessions. The very calendar days were made of chocolate. And in the 1970s, the Monday before any holiday at 8pm on CBS was reserved for Charlie Brown. It was a threshold. When you … Continue reading A Charlie Brown Christmas


Movie Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

The holidays are the perfect time of year to join friends and family in enjoying holiday themed music, books, and, of course, film. It explains why TBS can get away with a twenty-four hour marathon of A Christmas Story or Home Alone. Christmas puts people in a good mood, and they want that reflected in … Continue reading Movie Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Movie Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Boys and girls of every age, would you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see--this, our town of Halloween... There’s something deliciously exotic about Halloween, given that it’s not really celebrated in Australia. I think my cul-de-sac is one of the few exceptions where parents actually bother taking their children … Continue reading Movie Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Movie Review: When Harry Met Sally (or, “Yes, Baby Fish Mouth, This Is a Holiday Film”)

Surprised to find this 1989 Rob Reiner/Nora Ephron classic on the holiday movie lists? Well, why not? When Harry Met Sally is snappily written, gracefully directed, and lusciously filmed, with a rich dollop of holiday atmosphere--on the side, to quote Sally Albright. Two Christmas and New Year’s seasons, a year apart, bookend the last hour … Continue reading Movie Review: When Harry Met Sally (or, “Yes, Baby Fish Mouth, This Is a Holiday Film”)

Two Weeks

This Monday will kick off Holiday Film Week here at the Nose. We have several fun posts planned, the first of which will be an article on the classic Miracle on 34th Street, written by our Assistant Editor, Kathleen. The week following will be a second theme week (two in a row!), this one with … Continue reading Two Weeks

Movie Review: Casablanca

The 1942 film Casablanca is beloved by millions. With its achingly romantic setting in 1940s Morocco, the nostalgic, smoke-filled den of Rick’s Cafè Amèricain, and the tragic love story between Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), the film’s lasting legacy gives weight to the idea that "yes, they really don’t make them … Continue reading Movie Review: Casablanca

The Road Winds Ever Onwards

The first time I had a terrible failure at work was a few months into my first job. I hadn’t checked the information I was given, we imported some code into the development environment on a faulty assumption, and it caused an error that couldn’t be fixed without rebuilding the whole environment from a back-up. … Continue reading The Road Winds Ever Onwards

Geek Creation Show: Event Report

This weekend, an event known as The Geek Creation Show was held in Piscataway, NJ. As a lead up to the event, Magnificent Nose interviewed its organizer Jeff Mach a few weeks ago. He was somewhat coy in answering questions, believing the even was best left to the attendee to experience. If this was your … Continue reading Geek Creation Show: Event Report

The Paper Mirror

The reader with a favorite book, read until the pages are falling apart, is a cliche of used bookstores and coffeeshops everywhere. Despite Kindles and free wifi at Starbucks, this archetype still exists in those of us who love even one book. Why do people re-read books? In particular, why do any of us re-read … Continue reading The Paper Mirror

Movie Review: Graceland

Violence against children is a taboo rarely violated by mainstream cinema. Kids are often perceived as innocents in conflicts often waged by adults, but most movies avoid placing children in any active danger. Besides, is there ever a good reason for actors to simulate child abuse? But films aren’t only meant to provide entertainment; they … Continue reading Movie Review: Graceland