A bit of stolen wisdom: “Happiness is Looking Forward to Something.” And, from my brother: “There is truly a lot to look forward to no matter what.” As an inveterate planner and list-maker, I get a lot of enjoyment from crossing things off of lists. It’s always given me a sense of accomplishment, and […]Read more "Looking Forward Update (June 2018)"
00:45:01 – 01:00:00 We are now past the 45-minute mark of the Jedi Edition of 15-Minute Force. As we rejoin our hero, Luke Skywalker, we are still on Dagobah. Luke’s Jedi mentor Yoda is now dead, and as this chapter begins, his body fades away to nothingness. There’s nothing keeping Luke in the swamp any […]Read more "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Four: Exposition is Exciting (From a Certain Point of View)"
Here’s what it’s like to me. Were you ever forced to read James Joyce in school? I’m thinking Ulysses here. Or any of the other “difficult” reads that high school teachers liked to torture us with. For me, Moby Dick applies, as does Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel. When I had to read these books, […]Read more "Legion: Season 2 — a review"
Welcome to my rewatching of the original 79 episodes of the series that launched the franchise. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” The main piece of trivia I remember about this episode is that it was written by Robert Bloch, the author who gave us […]Read more "|||[Boldly Going]||| Star Trek: The Original Series—Season One: Ep. 1.7 “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” – (Original air date: Thursday, October 20, 1966)"
In this post, I struggle mightily to list my ten favorite series in the mystery/detective/crime genre. This is one of my favorite fiction categories (some days, my definite favorite) and I think I’m hurting someone’s feelings when I’m forced to leave them off the list. You really can’t go wrong with the following ten, […]Read more "10-List: My Favorite Mystery/Detective Series"
This is a review of the Call of Duty: WWII campaign, which I recently wrapped up. I’m not a big multiplayer guy, and I haven’t tried the zombie Nazi mode (I will, at some point). I like campaigns. None of the Call of Duty campaigns have seemed very long to me, and this one […]Read more "Call of Duty: WWII — a video game review"
I watched the premiere episode of the Paramount Network’s American Woman because my wife told me that I wouldn’t like it. Now, this particular American woman who is my wife knows me pretty well. But, no one likes to believe he is so predictable. So, I challenged her. What is there about this show, […]Read more "American Woman: Season 1 — Premiere"
I’ve seen a lot of things that compare Ozark to AMC’s Breaking Bad. I understand the comparison, because both feature a central protagonist who is ostensibly a good guy who gets caught up in dirty dealings that eventually threaten not just him but also his family and everything he loves and values. That’s a […]Read more "Ozark: Season 1 — Netflix original: a review"
Almost exactly one year ago, I began the 15-Minute Force project, in which I’m dissecting each of the Star Wars movies, in story chronological order, into fifteen-minute chapters. One chapter each week. In this way, inspired by Alex Robinson and Pete the Retailer over on the podcast Star Wars Minute (those guys are doing […]Read more "15-Minute Force Update: What’s In The Future?"
00:30:01 – 00:45:00 It’s common knowledge here in the bullpen of 15-Minute Force that this is my least favorite movie in the original “trilogy.” I have my reasons, and I intend to share them with you as we continue this project. But . . . none of these reasons have anything to do with […]Read more "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Three: The Rescue of Han Solo"