The first season of True Detective is the television equivalent of Guns-n-Roses first album “Appetite for Destruction“. As Guns-n-Roses knows all too well, no matter how good anything is that follows, it will never be that good. Nic Pizzolatto’s intelligent and dark detective series finally returned for a third season on HBO this past Sunday. Season three is top lined by Academy and Golden Globe … Continue reading Review: True Detective Season Three
I’m not exactly sure why, but some people still consider someone who is an introvert as having some sort of ailment. I know this because I’m an introvert and just had that conversation two weeks ago . . . for the umpteenth time. Having just met this person, who is a friend of a friend, we found ourselves sharing a cab on our way to … Continue reading Being an introvert is not an illness
In October of last year, my short play The Salt Pit was selected to be part of the Emerging Artist Theater’s New Writer Series. Once again, my good friend Elizabeth Burkhard Directed the play and Produced it with me. Elizabeth Bell was the Stage Manager, Sherry Martinez was the Costume Designer and Jake Haven Parisseas was the Violence Coordinator. We also cast an amazing group … Continue reading My Play: The Salt Pit
It would seem as though the holiday season is not only a time for Santa Claus and Krampus but also for Charlie Brooker to release a new installment of Black Mirror. This year Netflix and Charlie Brooker dropped an interactive movie titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. In a nutshell, an interactive movie (or TV show) allows you to navigate, with the aid of your remote control, … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
As we’re firmly ensconced in the Peak TV era, choosing the Top 10 television shows is almost a fool’s errand, but why not give it a go? In no particular order: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) – If you liked the first season (and you should) you’ll enjoy the second. If you’re unfamiliar with the significance of summer vacations in the Catskills (the Borscht Belt) … Continue reading Top 10 TV Shows of 2018
It’s no secret that journalism has taken it on the chin for the past 10-15 years. With media consolidation and downsizing it’s not a big secret that most journalism has become either polarizing or inane and finding anything objective can be challenging, at best (an insanely reductive sentence, I am aware). That’s not to say that objective journalism doesn’t exist, it does (Media Matters, PBS, … Continue reading Investigative Journalism . . . not dead yet.
What was Tammany Hall? Unless you’re from New York City, lived here or have an odd interest in 19th century NYC politics, I suspect you would have no idea what Tammany Hall was. In short, it was a NYC political organization (affiliated with the Democratic Party), incorporated in 1789 and dominated New York City politics from about 1854 through about 1934. At the height of … Continue reading A Modern Day Tammany Hall . . . But None of the Benefits
It’s been a shit show in Washington D.C. for many years now. Yesterday’s veiled attempt at Congressional empathy reached a new and divisive low. The Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh senate interviews. On the one hand you had a brutal, gut wrenching and credible story from a woman who clearly lives with the horrible memory of an event no woman (or man) should ever … Continue reading A Sh*t Show
So, Louie C.K. dropped by The Comedy Cellar the other night to do a few minutes. 18 months ago, that wouldn’t have been news outside of the comedy world. Today? It’s somehow as newsworthy as an American leader kissing the pinky ring of a Russian leader. And that seems disproportionate. Look, what Louie C.K. did was despicable. There is no doubt about that. I mean, … Continue reading This Business with Louis C.K.
I don’t like social media. While I have a presence on all of them, I am only moderately active on LinkedIn … and like almost anyone, I only use Instagram to waste time. Facebook? I don’t engage. Google+? Is that still a thing? Tumblr? I’m not a transsexual adult performer so I don’t really use it. Twitter? Ah yes. Twitter. Of the (current) social media big … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Twitter
The Radiotopia Showcase series presents The Great God of Depression, a five episode podcast. In his 2017 Netflix special 3 Mics, comedian Neal Brennan details his lifelong struggle with depression. I recently outed myself as having battled clinical depression for decades. Last week, in The Hollywood Reporter, media executive Paul Greenberg shared his success story with ECT in treating his depression. It’s fair to say that opening up about clinical … Continue reading Podcast Review: The Great God of Depression
Of all the people who have been accused of sexual improprieties, CBS head honcho Les Moonves comes as kind of a shock. At least outside looking in. He always seemed the perfect example of media mogul. Unless you’ve been in a cave, Moonves was, allegedly, far from perfect. Even if a fraction of what is alleged is true (as of this writing the count is up … Continue reading This Business with Les Moonves
This past Sunday, the new Sacha Baron Cohen show, Who Is America?, debuted on Showtime. If you don’t like satire, you won’t like this show (just wait, they’ll re-boot Two and a Half Men). If you like satire, you’ll love it. This show won’t bridge any cultural or political divide that currently exists. But, is that the job of a comedian? No. Is Who Is America? brutal? Yes. Is it unfair? Perhaps. Is it … Continue reading Review: Who Is America? on Showtime
The past 1 year, 168 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes and 38 seconds (as of this writing) has seen a cavalcade morons march (or goose step, take your pick) into Washington. You might even say Washington is home to a League of Morons. It’s also no secret that the current administration, regardless of educational pedigree or class status, has the intellectual wisdom of an article … Continue reading Net Neutrality … Again
Journalism is a tough racket. It always has been and it’s been made even more so with the explosion of the digital world, the never-ending media conglomeration and the polarization of political ideology. Today’s news appears to exist only in two worlds, one serves as propaganda and the other as a weak platform for resistance. Neither is ideal. Neither is representative. Because traditional news media … Continue reading Podcast Review: In the Dark
Last weekend I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch and I stopped on Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special Nanette. I read the little intro and determined I just wasn’t in the mood to pay the attention needed to watch and listen to an Australian stand-up comedian. So I settled on Portlandia. A few days later, blogger Bob Lefsetz wrote a missive about Nanette … Continue reading Review: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette on Netflix
I’m glad psychedelics are becoming more of a topic of discussion. They’ve been unjustly vilified for too long. Vilified by the very people who could most benefit from ingesting them. Many were actually created and used medically until made illegal and there is solid medical history of their benefit and, as it turns out, there are ongoing studies that prove their worth. Personally, I’m a … Continue reading Shaking the Sno Globe
The first season of Amazon’s Goliath was good. It was like a typical David E. Kelley show … but with swear words. In the second season, Kelley passes the showrunning duties to Clyde Phillips (Dexter) and Phillips raises the bar considerably. Not so much with the swear words but with the story and the performances (although there are still plenty of swear words). The 2017 … Continue reading Review: Season Two of Goliath on Amazon Prime Video
Are we really surprised? Seriously, are we so surprised that Roseanne Barr said something idiotic and despicable? She’s been this way her entire career. Her comedy was mildly amusing, at best, but there seemed to be something cooking under the surface (turns out it was hatred). Barr’s comedy comes from and is delivered with vitriol. We’ve had “angry” comedians in the past, like Richard Pryor … Continue reading This Business With Roseanne Barr
Dear neighbors who walk their dog unleashed, Hi! I’m the guy with the tan pit bull mix named Rufus. I want to take a moment and ask you to walk your dog with a leash. No, I get it. Your dog is amazing and well-trained. You’ve been through extensive training and your dog knows a slew of verbal commands. Your dog is a service animal … Continue reading An Open Letter to People Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash
“Anger is an energy.” Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why returned on Friday and while it’s hard not to mention the unfortunate timing of the release, this isn’t an opinion piece about gun control (although it very easily could be). While we grieve the latest school massacre and wait for the next one (because until things change, there will always be a next one) here are 13 … Continue reading Review: Season Two of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix
Every once in a while, something comes along that you just really want to hip everyone to ASAP because it’s so great. The last time I recall being this excited about something was when I discovered Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag on Amazon Prime. This time it’s the podcast This Sounds Serious (click here or go wherever you get podcasts). Podcasts are a relatively new medium, so sifting through … Continue reading Podcast Review: This Sounds Serious
In December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Net Neutrality on June 11 of this year. It’s important to note that the FCC Commissioners are politically appointed. Also important to note, is that the current FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is a former lawyer for Verizon Communications. More importantly, this issue is a completely bipartisan issue; it’s neither an Obama nor Trump … Continue reading Net neutrality. Yes, it’s still a thing.
So, about three years ago I fired off a rather lengthy missive bloviating about how I am somewhat of an Anglophile (with television anyway). Specifically, I blathered on about Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. It seems people have caught on to the show. I thought I would re-post that entry. Not to highlight how ahead of the curve I am (although that is a bonus) but … Continue reading New Episodes of Black Mirror Today (29.12) on Netflix
The Question is Not Where, but When Imagine if the Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things), David Lynch (Twin Peaks)and Alfred Hitchcock (seriously?) got together to create a show…it’d be something like Dark, now streaming on Netflix. Now I am only three episodes into this series so this may be a little premature…but I doubt it. Let’s get this over with, here are the things that will … Continue reading Dark, a Netflix Series
Well, the Senate passed the tax overhaul bill. So what, right? This is good for ‘merica, right? No. It’s absolutely not. In short, we’ve been flimflammed. Now if we define Class Conflict as “the tension or antagonism which exists in society due to competing socioeconomic interests and desires between people of different classes” and define Genocide as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, … Continue reading It’s Not Class Warfare, It’s Class Genocide
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Welp, the Internet is officially over. As you have probably heard by now, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to repeal net neutrality with what is being called “The Restoring Internet Freedom Order”. HA! I understand that the concept of net neutrality is a little arcane, but here’s what you need to know; it really is the last bastion of democracy in this … Continue reading The Repeal of Net Neutrality
Last night I watched the Hulu documentary Too Funny To Fail, a documentary about The Dana Carvey Show that aired on ABC in 1996. It’s hard to believe that the show was on 21 years ago. Even harder to believe is the caliber of writers and performers that were on the show. Dana Carvey (SNL) and Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) were the … Continue reading The Dana Carvey Show
Well, here we are again. In the past 45 days we’ve had the Las Vegas Massacre, the worst American terrorist attack since 9/11 and the recent horrific mass shooting in Texas. That’s an awful lot of sadness. And yet…and yet, the only thing President Trump (said together, these are two words that still make me puke a little in my mouth) has done is order Homeland … Continue reading Shoot Shoot Bang Bang!
So last Tuesday night (technically Wednesday morning) I woke up with a song firmly lodged in my head. Now this is not terribly unusual because I usually wake up with a song in my head (today it was The Sweet, “Fox on the Run”- not terribly pleased about that one, but I have had worse); what made this unusual was that I rolled over in … Continue reading Long Time Running
What’s the difference between white nationalism and white supremacy? Aside from wardrobe. Granted white nationalism is a much more marketable and relatable term because hell, by the words alone, I am a white nationalist. Now, I may not believe the United States is the best country on the planet but it is the place I am proud to call home; and I’m an active participant … Continue reading White Nationalism and White Supremacy
That is what we have boiled our society down to. One person wins and another one must lose. While not fundamentally incorrect, it isn’t exactly right either. While we are tossing kids trophies just for showing up we are purporting a culture where you are either winning or losing. I’m not saying everyone deserves a trophy but life isn’t so simple. Last week we had … Continue reading Winners and Losers
First of all, it should be noted that the recent revelations about Donald Trump are reprehensible…and I’m still not convinced that is a strong enough word. He behavior is, and has been throughout this 200 month election cycle, indefensible. His various tirades during the course of his candidacy are a stain on the little that remains of our democracy (which is probably better defined as … Continue reading Is Donald Trump Our Most Honest Candidate Ever?
Once in a while a show comes along that is poised to change television for the better. Fleabag is that type of show. And I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to throw this out into the ether so people can get hip to it. All six episodes of the first series are currently streaming on Amazon Prime. This is without question one … Continue reading Fleabag