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If all things were equal, I'd be posting a review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this morning.

But I haven't seen it. Not yet. And while it opened last night - and Variety says it already has sold more tickets than any other movie in history - I didn't see it because I promised to see it first with Mrs. Content Guy and two of my kids, and they can't find a time when they're available and all in the same place until early next week.

And I thought it was important to do what I said I'd do.

I must admit to having a mixed history with Star Wars openings. Back in 1977, when I was the film critic for the campus newspaper at Loyola Marymount university in Los Angeles, I used to get invited to previews and screenings all the time; it was one of the coolest things about the job.

I vividly remember getting a press kit and invitation for a movie that just looked cheesy and awful, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the hell Alec Guinness was doing making a sci-fi movie. So I didn't go to the advance screening ... and weeks later found myself waiting on line with everyone else to see the original Star Wars.

No accounting for taste.

At any rate, this isn't the first time that I've missed an early Star Wars screening. Probably won't be the last.



I did, however, enjoy the musical pastiche put together by Jimmy Fallon and the "Tonight Show," which you can see above. I've been humming the music for days, and now, so will you.




The most entertaining thing about the Republican debates the other night, in my not-so-humble opinion, was a commercial that was an utter surprise - a faux campaign ad for President Frank Underwood ... which ended with the announcement that Kevin Spacey will be back in the role as "House of Cards" comes back to Netflix for a new season of episodes on March 4, 2016.

As in the past, the entire season will be available for binge watching on that day ... so I have a feeling I know what I'll be doing that weekend.




My wine of the week ... the 2011 Pomum Cellars Red Cellars that is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot, malbec and cabernet franc ... and is very smooth and tasty. I wish I could tell you that I had it with some sort of exotic meal, but in fact I had it with a pepper and egg sub sandwich ... and it was delicious and seemed to work just great.




That's it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

Slàinte!

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