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Jason O'bryan

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Go frock yourself!

It was nine months before their wedding that my friends Vissy and Harry sat me down for a “We need to talk” moment. What they wanted was a favor: would I be willing to get ordained as a minister and officiate their wedding?
An Irish-Jewish atheist who disdains religion becomes an ordained minister online to officiate his friends’ wedding
By JASON O’BRYAN  |  March 26, 2010
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Drink like Don

If Mad Men has taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't go to a 1960s advertising executive for health advice.
Whiskey drinks for people who don’t like whiskey. Yet.
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  December 11, 2009
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Don't do it

So, I heard that you want to trade in your skis for a snowboard this year. Maybe it'll be fun? Well, maybe, but there are a few things I'd like you to consider before you make that leap.
Thinking about making the gnarly move from skiing to snowboarding? Think again, brah.
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  November 20, 2009
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On the 10th drink of Christmas

Seen through the right lens, Christmas looks like a season of devilish malevolence — a time of gloomy cold, bad movies, gift anxiety and consumer hoards, inane music repeated indefinitely, and family, hour after hour, day after chatty day.
Navigating the holidays with seasonal stagger
By JAYSON O’BRYAN  |  December 08, 2008
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Downhill economy

Thrills, generally speaking, aren't cheap.
How to go skiing in New England with no car and little money
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  November 18, 2008
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Secrecy

Although it can mistake emotion for poignancy, the film teaches us to ask the right questions, and it makes clear the consequences if we don’t.
A scattered yet effective documentary
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  September 16, 2008


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They do like Mondays

Monday is a hard sell.
ESPN defends its AstroTurf
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  September 03, 2008
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Death Race

Glistening torso Jensen Ames (the ubiquitous Jason Statham), is framed for the murder of his sweet wife in this loose remake of the 1975 cult favorite Death Race 2000 .
A B-movie full of crowd-pleasing bullshit
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  August 27, 2008
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui in 1965 had been adapted some eight times before this, but never quite so adorably .
Lovely, anime charm with a jarring third act
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  August 20, 2008
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Immigrant song

You, my young British friend, start a band.
How US terror policy is ruining your summer concert season
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 18, 2008
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Keys to our hearts

"I’ve never been someone that goes to the ‘it’ places and does the ‘it’ things and goes to the ‘it’ restaurant and go to the ‘it’ club. I like more off-the-beaten-path kind of things."
Interview: Alicia Keys on first love, the White Stripes, and being a Bob Dylan muse
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 05, 2008


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Chop Shop

The “Iron Triangle,” in Queens, is a 25-block junkyard of auto-body shops and corrugated aluminum, where unpaved roads flood gray with rain.
Hardship and hope
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  May 30, 2008
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Frontière(s)/Frontier(s)

There are no lunatics in the closet in Frontière(s), writer/director Xavier Gens’s NC-17 French-language gorefest.
Red gold for fans of the genre
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  May 14, 2008