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2015 Best of Clearing out the Clutter

Hi everyone, The calendar says we're coming down to the final days of 2015, so BDH, Little Buddha, and I decided that this would be a good time to take a moment to take a look back at some of our best stories this year. We spent hours reviewing the archives, and while we like to say every Clutter is the best we could do on a given day, these were our most favorite (and focused) posts. We couldn't rank them by popularity, because that would be like trying to decide a favorite child, so in chronological order, here is... Read more →


Clutter Goes to the Movies: The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour is the story of Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg) interviewing author David Foster Wallace (played by Jason Segel) as Wallace wrapped up his book tour for his novel Infinite Jest in 1996. Long story short, it's basically a 106-minute long conversation, which is uncomfortable from start to finish, that you wish wouldn't end. The advance hype was right: This likely a career-changing role for Segel. I loved him in How I Met Your Mother, but his various comedic movie roles have generally ranged from "that's fine," to, "get off the screen,... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back, and a happy Wednesday to you all! Did you get the rain that we had here yesterday afternoon? That was an impressive downpour. I might not need to water the garden for the rest of the month. There were a couple of times where it sounded like the thunder was directly over the Northern Estate, and I was wondering if I should be getting my affairs in order, but it all worked out. Oh, the coffee is ready. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter! The Boston Red Sox had... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're not even going to discuss the weather today. There's just no need for that. Any big plans for the day? Dad Clutter and I are going to the movies later this afternoon. We're going to see a historical drama, I think it's called Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Seriously, after the last batch of movies we've watched (including Wild, The Imitation Game, and American Sniper), we decided the next one had to some something silly as sort of a palate cleanser, and I think this will do the trick. However, we've got... Read more →


The last three movies Dad Clutter and I have seen together are Wild, The Imitation Game, and now American Sniper. I told him after we left the theater Saturday that the next one has to be something a little lighter, like maybe a Smurf movie or something. American Sniper is the story of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, and it's based on his book of the same name. It's not a documentary, so much as we said for the review of The Imitation Game, I recognize ahead of time that details may be missing/altered for... Read more →


Note: It could be argued that there's a spoiler in the opening paragraph below. I think it's a key part of the review, so I'm going to leave it in, but if you're bothered by such things, you might want to wait to read this until after you've seen the movie. You have until the end of the next paragraph to figure out what you want to do here. No pressure. Also, before we get going, let's be clear about something. While based on real events, no one is claming this is a documentary. I'm sure that there were liberties... Read more →


First words from Dad Clutter after we saw Wild: "Were you prepared for that movie?" Of course, Pop, I knew we were about to watch the tale of a woman struggling to find catharsis as she constantly battles jagged flashbacks after the death of her beloved mom. Why do you ask? There are so few actors and actresses that I ever really want to see right away when their new movies come out. Reese Witherspoon was one of them for a long time. I loved her in Pleasantville, Cruel Intentions, Election, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama (seriously) and Walk the... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, make yourself comfortable. It's looking a little dreary out there this morning. Any big plans for today? I finally made it back to the gym yesterday. It was about 75% of a regular workout, and in hindsight, I probably over-did it a bit, but what can I tell you, I'm not bright. It was just nice to have an elevated heart rate again. Feeling a little sore everywhere right now, but I'm going to head over again after we're done here. Speaking of which, BDH and Little Buddha tell me the coffee is... Read more →


Clutter Goes to the Movies: Birdman

I kind of wish I had seen Birdman with a group, because Jesus, is my head filled with Clutter right now. If only there was somewhere I could clear it out...Hey...wait a second... The previews for Birdman certainly seemed intriguing. Michael Keaton plays an actor named "Riggan Thomson" trying to find "legitimacy" on Broadway after having left a successful comic book movie franchise over 20 years ago. It's not a stretch to picture former Batman star Keaton in this role, and there are several veiled references to his actual past career decisions. Edward Norton (wait, not Burns? No, definitely Norton)... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! The Xfinity Wifi connection still seems to be working at the Northern Estate, so I thought I'd say hi. As far as I can tell, no one has hacked into my finances yet, so here's hoping that streak continues. Before we go any further, everyone say "Happy Birthday!" to Dad Clutter, who I'm sure is reading this. Ready? Here we go..."HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!" I'm sure he appreciates that very much. Okay, the coffee is ready, so let's get to work. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter. It was great... Read more →