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15/31: Clockers
January 15, 2015 – 5:03 PM | 3 Comments
15/31: <em>Clockers</em>

Clockers never quite got going for me.

30/31: Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974
December 30, 2011 – 11:54 AM | 10 Comments
30/31: <I>Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974</I>

I get to a point in a film-watching sprint where I begin to wonder if I can recognize a good film any longer. I'll hit a C-minus/D-plus patch, which is usually only two or three …

24/31: Win Win
December 26, 2011 – 10:42 AM | 7 Comments
24/31: <I>Win Win</I>

Suburban-Jersey lawyer Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), who seems to represent seniors exclusively, is floundering. The office needs a new boiler and a new toilet, a dead tree on his front lawn needs removing, he's got …

15/31: Rampart
December 15, 2011 – 12:21 PM | 6 Comments
15/31: <I>Rampart</I>

The title of the film refers to the LAPD Rampart scandal of the late '90s, but the story follows a single cop, Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson), who's trying to hold everything together by any means …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 2: Akron OH to Milwaukee WI (sort of)
July 27, 2011 – 10:46 AM | 39 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 2: Akron OH to Milwaukee WI (sort of)

In retrospect, I can say with confidence that most of this is my fault — starting with yesterday's playlist tweet, sent just after I'd listened to Junior Brown's "Broke Down South of Dallas." That was …

Treme: The Great Whole
June 28, 2011 – 12:40 PM | 15 Comments
<I>Treme</I>: The Great Whole

I'd ordinarily open a TV essay with a phrasing along the lines of "Has anyone else noticed that…?" or "Is it just me, or does this show…?" I can't do that on a Treme piece, …

March 7, 2011 – 12:08 PM | 58 Comments

During a quick run to the deli for coffee and kitty litter, I spotted a sign at the dollar store: "HAPPY EASTER." That means it's Peep season. Even better, that means it's "guess the brand …

TV Question Qorner: Midseason TV Report Card
October 26, 2010 – 2:23 PM | 43 Comments
TV Question Qorner: Midseason TV Report Card

What I'm watching — or no longer watching — and why.
Boardwalk Empire. I have to catch up on recent episodes, but so far, A-minus — the minus is for the pacing, which is very …

Update: 10/23, 9:40 AM
October 23, 2008 – 9:41 AM | 10 Comments

75K and change at the moment; just waiting for the match to go into the system. Great, great work; it's much easier from here, I think, which is nice with just a week left.
Today, before …

Support Local Biz: August 5, 2008
August 5, 2008 – 10:18 AM | 13 Comments

I finally finished pasting in the last of the vintage Vines last night.Only took 15 months.Yay!
For those of you who enjoyed the piece on The House Next Door analyzing the credit sequence(s) of The Wire, …