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8 of America's Grittiest Dive Bars

Liquor.com | Posted 12.13.2014 | Taste
Liquor.com

These bars may not have phones, websites or even taps, and their floors may not have seen the business end of a mop in decades. That's what makes them memorable. The cheap drinks, crotchety bartenders and crusty regulars found in dives like these are the reason they stubbornly linger as legends.

What's Wrong With Grit?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Are students who demonstrate high levels of grit --particularly when pressured by parents and teachers -- dealing with their emotions in a positive or negative way?

6 Ways for Parents to Teach Kids About Grit

Jessica Smock | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jessica Smock

Can "grit" be taught? Can tenacity and self-discipline be part of the curriculum? How can parents instill these "character"-based qualities in their children?

The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

True Grit: What It Is And How To Get It (You'll Want To Know Both)

Polly Campbell | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

It isn't some magical quality. We can all get grit. So, if the only grit you have in your life is in the grout between the tub tiles, then it's time to take on some grit-building behaviors.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Mike Wallis and Inge Rademeyer on Good for Nothing

Dan Persons | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

With Mike Wallis directing, writing, and producing and Inge Rademeyer as star and fellow producer, Good for Nothing takes advantage of its much-vaunted New Zealand locales for some Sergio Leone/John Ford impact, and throws in some impertinent, Kiwi attitude for kicks.

Shadowplay in Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

Jade Doskow | Posted 02.20.2012 | New York
Jade Doskow

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Mighty Movie Podcast: Tom Six & Laurence R. Harvey on The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

Dan Persons | Posted 12.07.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The tag line for Tom Six's new The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is "100% Medically Inaccurate," tipping those who witnessed The Human Centipede (First Sequence) that the follow-up is going to be a further affront to everything pure, good, and sanitary.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Nicolas Winding Refn on Drive

Dan Persons | Posted 11.18.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It's Refn, so moral ambiguities will abound, not to mention some exquisitely-mounted chase sequences, plus unrestrained violence. Sum total: Action goodness with both brains and balls.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Evan Glodell on Bellflower

Dan Persons | Posted 10.08.2011 | Home
Dan Persons

Evan Glodell's Bellflower is the tale of two Southern Californians who fill their free time with speculations of the post-apocalyptic future and preparations for same that include the construction of Matilda, a bad-ass, black automobile.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Djo Tunda Wa Munga on Viva Riva!

Dan Persons | Posted 08.10.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Viva Riva! is the first film out of the Congo to get U.S. distribution, and director Djo Tunda Wa Munga has made it a hell of an introduction.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Mali Elfman on Do Not Disturb

Dan Persons | Posted 08.03.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Shot on the proverbial shoestring over seven quick production days, Do Not Disturb is a curious little anthology film with some interesting names attached.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Iciar Bollain and Paul Laverty on Even the Rain

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Columbus did not land in Bolivia. But a Spanish film crew has chosen that country to shoot their historic recreation of that event because, well, it's cheaper.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Brad Anderson on Vanishing on 7th Street

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Brad Anderson knows his way around old school horror. "Watch this with the lights on," is an old cliché, but in this case, it's all too applicable.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Lawrence Michael Levine and Sophia Takal on Gabi on the Roof in July

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Hopefully someone will recognize that this film's energy and naturalistic performances deserve to be seen by a wider audience.

Mighty Movie Podcast Interviews: The Time that Remains and If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

How about a little international perspective? We've got interviews with two directors whose latest films deliver gripping, cinematically daring glimpses into worlds rarely examined from our side.

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: The Chronic Rift, Kuroneko, and Le Bad Film

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Having taken the world's most depressing world tour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, the Cinefantastique Podcast crew set their sights on other subjects.

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Remembering Dino DeLaurentiis

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In this week's Cinefantastique Post-Mortem Podcast, Steve Biodrowski and I bid farewell to producer Dino DeLaurentiis, who died on November 10 at the age of 91. DeLaurentiis was a frequent contributor to the cinefantastique genres.

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Snubbing George Takei & Monsters Mini-Review

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

After debating whether three animated films in one year is more than enough from DreamWorks Animation, the Cinefantastique podcast crew of Dan Persons...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Patrick Hughes on Red Hill

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It's not really necessary that you be fully schooled in the great Australian action films of seventies and eighties -- or even in American westerns --...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: I Spit on Your Grave vs. The Last House on the Left

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Lawrence French, Steve Biodrowsk, and I turn our attention to the world-shattering debate over whether the original version of I Spit on Your Graveis more technically competent than Wes Craven's original version of The Last House on the Left.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Paranormal Activity 2

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Paranormal Activity 2 is a huge hit, avoiding the sequel curse that struck down Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows. But is PA2 really a worth follow-up, o...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: I Spit on Your Grave & Loving a Film, but Not Enough

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In this ruminative episode of the Cinefantastique Post-Mortem, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons are taken to task by a listener for ...

CFQ Post-Mortem: Machete is a Genre Film? & Paul W.S. Anderson: Auteur

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Summer's gone and so is the Cinefantastique Podcast's Summer Wrap-up Episode. In its wake, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski debate t...

Cinefantastique Podcast: 2010 Summer Wrap-Up of Sci-Fi, Horror, & Fantasy Film

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It's a special Labor Day edition of the Cinefantastique Podcast. Eschewing the usual round-up of news and reviews, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and S...