I strive towards a career that ends up leaving me somewhere between Howard Beck and Howard Beale.

The war for your attention has given us an era of unparalleled content choices

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When was the last time you heard somebody say they were bored?

The last recollection I have of someone telling me they were bored was via an MSN message. (MSN was like iMessage of the 2000s, for those born in the 2000s.) That might sound peculiar in the context of 2019, particularly because it’s difficult to imagine a time when you could have access to the internet while simultaneously being bored. Remember the days of dial-up internet? Oh, how things have changed.

Television still essentially works the same as it did 20 years ago, except there has been an explosion…


In the new dark-comedy thriller, Rosamund Pike plays a wolf that preys on seniors, and unintentionally adds to the #FreeBritney movement.

Netflix Amazon Prime Video I Care A Lot Rosamund Pike
Netflix Amazon Prime Video I Care A Lot Rosamund Pike

Ben Affleck may have been the star of David Fincher’s 2014 film Gone Girl, but it was Rosamund Pike that stole the show. Her portrayal of the missing-wife-turned-mastermind-antiheroine instantly made Amy Dunne one of the best villains in film history (notice I didn’t say “female villains”), while also earning praise as being progressively feminist. (Much of that credit also goes to Gillian Flynn, who accomplished the rare feat of not only adapting her own novel into a screenplay, but making it equally as good.)

Pike steps into similar shoes again in the sarcastically-titled new film, I Care A Lot, written…


John Lee Hancock’s new serial killer thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto sticks closely to “Se7en” with the big things, as well as the small.

HBO Max The Little Things, John Lee Hancock, Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto
HBO Max The Little Things, John Lee Hancock, Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto

“It’s the little things that are important. It’s the little things that get you caught”, Deputy Sheriff Deke (Denzel Washington) tells Detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) in The Little Things. Deke is in L.A. from Kern County running an errand and ends up consulting on a case that Baxter has been working for several months. Someone has been kidnapping women, toying with them, then stabbing them to death, and Deke immediately notices parallels to a case he never closed, back when he had Baxter’s job. …


Made shortly after 2011’s “Contagion”, the period medical series “The Knick” features a disease subplot involving the discovery of asymptomatic carriers, contract tracing, and quarantine.

Cinemax “The Knick”, “Contagion”, Steven Soderbergh, COVID-19
Cinemax “The Knick”, “Contagion”, Steven Soderbergh, COVID-19

Last April, a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven Soderbergh was named the head of a Directors Guild committee that would consult with epidemiologists and generate a “comprehensive guide” to help the filmmaking industry return to work safely. Why Steven Soderbergh? It wasn’t explicitly said, but there’s little doubt that it was because he directed Contagion, the 2011 pandemic thriller praised for its scientific-accuracy that saw people flood to it in 2020 when COVID-19 hit.

A few years after he made Contagion, however, Soderbergh helmed the 2-season, 20-episode TV series The Knick. Set in 1900 and 1901, The Knick


As the media landscape continues to evolve, sports fandom continues to be redefined. Yet, archaic TV ratings are still how we measure a league’s success.

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2020 was a hell of a rollercoaster for everyone, but perhaps those in the world of sports had the bumpiest ride. Sports — like practically every other industry in the world — was greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of that, with athletes today commendably taking a greater interest in social issues, the leagues that employ them are increasingly expected to follow suit, and, for the most part in 2020, they did, while simultaneously dealing with the pandemic. …


Barack Obama recently criticized the “Defund The Police” slogan and was, in turn, criticized himself, drawing further attention to the semantics of the phrase.

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Ever since May 25th, 2020, when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, calls to “Defund The Police” have penetrated the public consciousness. The murder of George Floyd sparked protests around the globe, many of which sought to draw attention to the unjust, brutal, and too-often fatal, treatment of black people at the hands of the police. “Black Lives Matter”, both the slogan and the organization, existed prior to the murder of Michael Brown, but reached new levels of awareness after August 9th, 2014. …


The 45th President of the United States has been a boon for journalism. If he loses the 2020 election, how will things change?

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After the host of The Apprentice formally announced his presidential candidacy in 2015, Donald J. Trump became a golden goose for the news industry. Not only was he already a public figure of significant interest, but his brand of politics was so shocking and offbeat that you either covered him because he would get you eyeballs and clicks, or you covered him because he was creating such a storm that it would be borderline journalistic negligence to not report it. Oftentimes it was both, which made Donald Trump the perfect storm for journalists big and small.

Then he got elected…


“Tenet” is not one of Christopher Nolan’s best movies, but it does overtly reference many of the ones that are, including “The Dark Knight”, “Inception”, and “Interstellar.”

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After multiple delays, Tenet, the latest film from summer blockbuster king Christopher Nolan, has finally hit (most) theatres in North America, and as was the case with several of his previous films, the Internet is investigating every frame and every (audible) word of the film, leaving absolutely no stone unturned (or inverted, in this case).

The intricacies of the plot are, as to be expected with a Nolan movie centered on Time, difficult to parse and not without holes. “Don’t try to understand it. …


As the result of its racial reckoning and coronavirus mishandling, the global standing of the United States has reached new lows.

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On Saturday, May 30th, 2020, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department tweeted “This is a pivotal moment for the world. It will go down in history. Freedom loving people around the world must stand with the rule of law and hold to account the Chinese Communist Party, which has flagrantly broken its promises to the people of Hong Kong.”

A spokeswoman for the Chinese government responded, in a Twitter clap-back of international proportions, with a screenshot of the tweet and “I can’t breathe”, the final words of both Eric Garner and George Floyd before they were killed by police.


As outrage over George Floyd’s murder spreads around the globe, a reflection on my racial awakening.

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The day was August 9th, 2014. It was a Saturday.

Like with dreams, I don’t quite remember how it all began, but I will never forget that afternoon, sitting in front of the TV, watching the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death.

I was furious. I was aware of similar instances of police officers killing black men, but this was the one that really got me thinking, particularly about whether or not what happened to Michael Brown could’ve happened to me.

Michael Brown was 18-years-old, I learned. I was 20.

He was described as being very big for his age, 6'4"…

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