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This looks like it could be genuinely terrifying. The 90’s miniseries was utter shite; from this trailer it looks like what they may have done is split the book in two, dealing with the main characters only as kids, instead of the then/now structure of the book. I’m hooked.

Date posted: March 29, 2017 | Filed under entertainment | Leave a Comment »

I just so happened to be watching cable the other night and Children of Men was on–one of my favorite movies. The next day I stumbled across this article, which asks if it’s 2016’s most relevant film.

Date posted: December 29, 2016 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I’ve been slacking, I know. I’ve gone back and forth between having a lot to write about and then feeling like it wasn’t worth mentioning, but fuck it.

Jen and I are in the middle of the last season of Penny Dreadful, a series that aired on Showtime up until this summer. It’s a wild, beautiful, gory horror story set in London of the 1890s and it’s absolutely stunning in its production design, writing, and subject matter. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a series this much since Deadwood. I’ve also been trying to sort out my thoughts on Stranger Things for about two weeks now, but I’m struggling to say what I’m thinking. More on that later.


I ran into a friend on the train by chance who shared employment with me in a previous organization, and we caught up on life since we both moved on. He’s doing very well, is much happier, and we filled in some of the blanks for each other–things I was unaware of, but found hilarious and annoying. I’ll just say it was great to have some unexpected validation on a Thursday evening.


Jen and I spent some quiet time on Saturday morning looking through a bathroom remodeling book for ideas. It’s getting closer to reality, which is kind of shocking. Further research on a home equity line of credit took me down a different path to where we’re looking at refinancing the house. I spent about two hours on the phone on Saturday with banks going through the information and getting quotes, and along the way I wound up with a Navy Federal Credit Union account for a $5 minimum deposit and no monthly fee. If the math is correct, and the quote doesn’t change drastically, we could wind up dropping more than a full point, pulling a chunk of cash out to use on finishing the bathroom, and saving a bunch of money each month. I’m supposed to get the final quote by Wednesday (fingers crossed) and if everything looks good, get it on the fast track to close as soon as possible.


School starts up this coming week, and I spent Sunday finishing my syllabus, posting everything online, working on my first lecture, and sorting through admin stuff. I’m starting from scratch again this semester, so I had to work through the schedule and the workload repeatedly to make sure everything balanced correctly. This class is once a week for four hours, so the schedule is compressed, and I hope it works out well.

 

Date posted: August 29, 2016 | Filed under entertainment, friends, house, teaching | Leave a Comment »

You know you are dealing with a dark film when its only true beating heart belongs to a crippled biker, weed dealer and fugitive murderer who is in love with a blow-up doll, having blown the head off his previous paramour.

I’m rewatching River’s Edge on the train ride home and I’ve forgotten just how of its time the movie really is. It’s fun to watch a young Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover sleepwalk and freak out through crisis together.

Date posted: May 19, 2016 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I spent the first two days of this week working from home, but had to come in to the office Wednesday to film participants at a seminar. Washington is strangely quiet due to the snow, but life moves on. Meanwhile, Finn has been off all week because Baltimore County couldn’t be bothered to plow the sidewalks in front of her school.

Our first week of teaching at UMBC got cancelled as well; the move-in/first day stuff got plowed under and pushed back everything. I don’t know if they’re going to extend the semester another week to make up for time lost, but we’re ready to roll when the doors open back up. I’ve got 13 students in total, two of whom I had last semester. This class is going to be heavy in Illustrator and information design, which is an exciting new avenue to explore.


After the game on Sunday, I found myself in front of the TV when the new X-Files came on, reconfiguring my syllabus for the third time. Much like the old X-Files, the new version is a retread of the same dumb plot point bullshit I remember:

Character introduction
“It’s a conspiracy”
Weird shit depicted in lousy CGI
“This conspiracy goes deeper than we thought”
All evidence gets blown up by guys in black suits
Roll credits.

Fuck the X-files.

Date posted: January 28, 2016 | Filed under entertainment, life | Leave a Comment »

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo confirmed to TVLine that he personally gave series creator David Milch the green light to resurrect the acclaimed yet painfully short-lived Western.

About cocksucking time.

Date posted: January 9, 2016 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

So what are these “40 Unforgivable Plot Holes” and why is the Huffington Post ass-backward in their review? I blame it partly on the click-bait era. I also think that being a contrarian dick makes people feel intelligent. But those aren’t the reasons the review is horseshit. It’s horseshit because it really seems like the reviewer didn’t watch the movie at all.

This is an excellent takedown of both the criticism leveled at The Force Awakens and the click-baity way it was presented. I had my gripes with the film, but I think the author is spot-on in his rebuttal. (I didn’t link the original article because the important stuff is included).

Date posted: January 7, 2016 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The Japanese Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Has Lots of New Footage. I’m getting excited about this.

Date posted: November 6, 2015 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Filed under “this sucks”: Grantland, ESPN’s sports/writing/pop culture site, is being shut down, effective immediately. I was always entertained and returned not only for the pop culture writing, but also for the football coverage (and I don’t “follow” football coverage the way most Americans do). Dumb move by ESPN.

Date posted: October 30, 2015 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Pizzolatto tried to shove a David Lynch movie into a crime novel and adapt it into an eight-episode prestige cable show that was often paced like a 22-episode network television show and performed like a screwed and chopped soap opera.

This. How unsatisfying the conclusion to this show was. Decisions made at the end made no sense, and characters who should have been smarter acted against their own self-interests. I hung in until the end, and it was a letdown.

Date posted: August 10, 2015 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »