Guilty pleasures. We all have them. Maybe it’s Dove chocolates that you hide in the cabinet with the aluminum foil and trash bags, so the kids can’t get into them. Maybe it’s the songs from ABBA and Air Supply on your playlist. Or, it’s the fact that you’re addicted to playing Bubble Witch on your […]Read more "10-List: Guilty Pleasures: Movies I’m Not Supposed to Like (But Still Do)"
For the true collector, the announcement of a television or streaming series’s final season presents the opportunity to complete the collection, to have watched every episode of the series. While there will always be at least a tinge of sadness for anything coming to its end, there is also a certain measure of satisfaction to […]Read more "10-List: Final Seasons (that I am or will be watching)"
On January 29, I published 10-List: First Seasons (Started Since October 2020), listing ten first seasons I began watching after the October “Looking Forward” update. Since then, I finished all of those first seasons. This list is a little different. Six of the ten are series first seasons that I’ve already started watching. The final […]Read more "10-List: More First Seasons (April 2021)"
“Quotidian” is a fancy word that means “commonplace” or “everyday,” which is a little ironic. “Redux” is another fancy word that means “brought back” or “revived.” This 10-List is another collection of everyday wisdom (and a few wisecracks) from your ol’ pal Firewater, the wisest man in my home office. For a person who has […]Read more "10-List: Quotidian Quotes Redux"
I write a quadmonthly (that’s once every four months) update that I call “Looking Forward.” It’s a status report of sorts, based upon the conceit that happiness can be achieved by looking forward to something. In my world, that something, largely, are entertainment choices. “Read. Play. Watch.” is our corporate mission statement (with “Listen” as […]Read more "10-List: First Seasons (Started Since October 2020)"
This list of Quentin Tarantino movies does not include his segment from Four Rooms, “The Man from Hollywood,” although it’s worth watching. Nor does it include whatever part of Sin City he directed. QT also directed an amateur short film that I’ve never seen (and has, reportedly, been partially lost) titled My Best Friend’s Birthday. […]Read more "10-List: Tarantino Films (Ranked)"
I try to spend as much time being smug, arrogant and self-congratulatory as I do being self-loathing, self-deprecating and self-effacing. Balance is key: the most important lesson learned from Mr. Miyagi. This post was inspired by that of another blogger, whose stuff I read here all the time. This person picked their ten favorite posts […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s Favorite Posts 2020"
I recently finished watching every episode of the CW series Supernatural. I’ve gone on record as saying I’m not a fan of binge-watching television shows. Even when I’m watching a long-running television series such as The West Wing or Shameless, I prefer to watch no more than two episodes per week. Circumstances sometimes change those […]Read more "10-List: Essential Supernatural Episodes"
I know, some of this isn’t necessarily “wisdom” in the classic sense of the word. Some are just observations or wisecracks. Personally, wisdom is as scarce around my house these days as paper products during a pandemic. It’s estimated that 40,000 people a year die in US traffic fatalities. Here’s a stray thought you probably […]Read more "10-List: Another Serving of Quotidian Quotes (Firewater’s Everyday Wisdom)"
What follows is my list of favorite comic book superheroes. In no particular order: Batman (DC) — The Batman that I love isn’t necessarily the original Bob Kane (with Bill Finger) Batman or the 1966 Batman with his campiness and go-go vibe. Nor is it the Frank Miller “old man Batman.” It’s definitely something in-between. […]Read more "10-List: Favorite Superhero Comic Book Characters"