The Most Rewatchable Action Movies on Cable Tournament Bracket – PART TWO FINAL

Where we left off…  ROUND TWO 1 Bourne vs. 9 James Bond This seems like a fight between two doppelgangers.  Both are globe-trotting superheroes masquerading as ground-bound master spies. The Bourne franchise always fancied itself as the more serious IP, with its focus on privacy, leaked data, and international jurisdiction. Just remember Bourne’s scowling face … More The Most Rewatchable Action Movies on Cable Tournament Bracket – PART TWO FINAL

I Imagined I was a Hero in a YA Dystopian Franchise and I was Pretty

I read the Shannara series a million years ago when I was in middle school. It was the height of geekery, unabashed Tolkien-knockoffs that hit the bestseller lists but never quite managed to enter the mainstream pop culture consciousness the way Harry Potter and Game of Thrones did. (Hint: Game of Thrones the TV show … More I Imagined I was a Hero in a YA Dystopian Franchise and I was Pretty

The Most Rewatchable Action Movies on Cable Tournament Bracket

PART ONE  John Wick: Chapter Two made me giddy. Is there anyone it didn’t make giddy? I walked away wanting to either fight club everyone or discuss John Wick with them. Was it the best of all time? Of course, we had to hold an Enter the Dragon–Mortal Kombat style tournament of death to find … More The Most Rewatchable Action Movies on Cable Tournament Bracket

‘Arrival’ Does Nothing that SciFi Movies Do

Arrival is a small movie, a quiet movie. Except it’s raked in $115 million and counting on a $47 million budget. It has blown away expectations even though it looks nothing like the sci-fi movies that we’ve seen, and its success is really exciting. Peace over Violence The movie stresses peace and clear communication over … More ‘Arrival’ Does Nothing that SciFi Movies Do

A Guide for Non-Nerds: How the World Chess Championship Was Less Boring than It Should Have Been

Trump over Clinton. The Broncos stampeding over the Panthers. The Cavs down 1-3 to the 73-win Warriors. It’s been a year of upsets. Similar to the karmic rebound of the Cubs clawing their way back from a 1-3 deficit against the Indians, Magnus Carlsen has defeated Sergey Karjakin in tiebreaks after an ugly, sometimes boring, … More A Guide for Non-Nerds: How the World Chess Championship Was Less Boring than It Should Have Been

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is Almost a No-Maj: Movie Review

I was worried about the script to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the moment I heard a muggle was now a “No-Maj.” Muggle has put down its roots deep into the pop cultural lexicon and it said a great deal about Rowling that she didn’t fully understand parts of why her story succeeded so … More ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is Almost a No-Maj: Movie Review

The Normalcy of Doctor Strange and Changing Marvel’s Formula

After thirteen movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has polished its formula to a high sheen. Which is strange since the fourteenth appears to be cobbled together from the leftover IKEA parts of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, Inception, and your local community college’s screenwriting class. To be sure, I loved both of those preceding films, and … More The Normalcy of Doctor Strange and Changing Marvel’s Formula

Veep Helped Me Cope with the Election and then It Didn’t

Veep is the show that won all the awards but no one watched. I finally gave in and binge-watched its five seasons after Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ bookcase collapsed under the weight of five consecutive Best Actress Emmys. Even more significantly, it helped me pay attention to politics again in a way I had avoided for over … More Veep Helped Me Cope with the Election and then It Didn’t