Sucker Punch a KO? Not So Much.

Sucker Punch stars Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Abbie Cornish, among other busty babes, and Jon “Can Do No Wrong Until Now” Hamm. Image courtesy of IMDB.

Warning: Some spoilers lay ahead.

As I’m finishing a novel to avoid applying for jobs, my dad randomly yells to me across the hall, “Sucker Punch is such a bad movie that it raises the bar for what counts as terrible.”


“A review for Sucker Punch. I just e-mailed it to you.”

“Who wrote it?”

“Uh… Annalee Newlitz.”

“What does Roger Ebert say?”

“I don’t know, I’m reading, hush!”

This was the brief conversation that occurred between my dad and I earlier this afternoon. He graciously took off from work to accompany me and my sisters to see Sucker Punch this afternoon, after days of telling him much I wanted to see the film. And now he sits at his computer reading a glaring critique from io9, the first of many from not-so-impressed reviewers ranging from Entertainment Weekly to the Orlando Sentinel, calling the movie “numbingly dull” and “an unerotic unthrilling erotic thriller,” respectively. It has even been compared to the atrocity that was M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Ouch.

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Snake on a Plain

An aerial view of Serpent Mound, image courtesy of Britannica Online. Of course I would forget my camera when I visited the site.

Over the past few months I’ve visited some amazing places and have met some incredible people for my Odd Ohio blog, but one thing kept popping up on my travels: Indian burial and ceremonial mounds. Each time I researched “interesting places in southeast Ohio” (or some variation of that), burial mounds always came up in my search. There was that pesky mound that was rooted right in the middle of the Civil War battle site in Meigs, and I even made an entire trip out of one burial mound located in Marietta. Well, I thought it was right time to do the natural thing, which was to visit the Indian mound of Ohio: Serpent Mound. Serpent Mound is like the Michael Jordan of mounds – the Big Kahuna, the Head Honcho, one of Ohio’s greatest cultural treasures.

I once traveled to Serpent Mound during my elementary school years, since the site is only an hour away from my home in Cincinnati. I’m sure I was happier playing “Miss Mary Mack” with my friends on the bus ride to the mound instead of actually visiting the mound, so I decided it was time for a big-girl trip to Peebles.

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