Ranking Major Characters [Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire]

Let’s get the Game of Thrones conversation out of the toxic sludge of the last season and onto a healthier bedrock with a simple ranking of the top ten major and minor characters (show and books). Deciding whether it is a Major or Minor character… If they had more than five chapters in the booksContinue reading “Ranking Major Characters [Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire]”

Two Bobs- The Perfect True Crime [The Jinx]

As Bob Durst sits down for his interview at the end of the first episode of The Jinx, which detailed all of his misdeeds- being accused of killing his wife, running from the law in an investigation into a different murder, stealing a sandwich when he had thirty thousand dollars in cash, ya’ know, the usual-Continue reading “Two Bobs- The Perfect True Crime [The Jinx]”

On Trial [Parasite] vs [1917] (Best Picture)

One of the best conversations in film is debating ‘who should have won.’ We are going to revisit the great award debates, and decide, in hindsight, who should’ve won. Maybe enough time has not passed to adequately judge Parasite and 1917. But then again it is amazing how quickly we gain perspective on films after leaving the grandiosityContinue reading “On Trial [Parasite] vs [1917] (Best Picture)”

Quaid Reads [The Right Stuff]

A while back I read an excerpt from Stephen King’s On Writing (I didn’t read the whole thing until much later) that said he reads around 60-80 books a year. The stat staggered me. I considered myself an avid reader but was getting nowhere near that number. I reinvested myself in reading and took one piece ofContinue reading “Quaid Reads [The Right Stuff]”

Tobey Maguire is Player X? [Molly’s Game]

According to Screen Rant, the mysterious Player X played by Michael Cera in Molly’s Game, is actually, probably, most likely, none other than…Tobey Maguire? I don’t phrase that as a question because I don’t think it’s true. Their argument is convincing, and you should read the article if you remain skeptical. But the implications of Tobey MaguireContinue reading “Tobey Maguire is Player X? [Molly’s Game]”

The Many Kendalls [Succession]

Secure on the back of Jeremy Strong, Kendall, as a Succession character, goes through many transformations- becoming many separate and unique ‘Kendalls,’ if you will- in only these first two seasons. These evolutions are a mighty feat of acting, and the bedrock upon which the storyline of Succession, not only stands, but evolves and thrives. EveryContinue reading “The Many Kendalls [Succession]”

The Dance Scene [Pulp Fiction]

Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega are so stinkin’ cool. I mean, completely bombed out on cocaine, and sometimes barely above perceptible levels of functionality.  But the dialogue… the swagger.  And there is no point in Pulp Fiction where this is more evident than at Jackrabbit Slim’s. And inside of Jackrabbit Slim’s, there is no betterContinue reading “The Dance Scene [Pulp Fiction]”

Workout Montages [Rocky, Creed]

Judging the Rocky workout montages based on what type of wall I would run through after viewing. Rocky There is a freshness and unexpectedness to this first Rocky workout montage that still remains even when watching it now. Why is Rocky running in a gray sweat suit? Where is this going? What is about toContinue reading “Workout Montages [Rocky, Creed]”

Dictionary of Malapropisms [Sopranos]

Nobody in The Sopranos seems to know any correct idioms, colloquialisms, adages, or allusions. They are a font of malapropisms. This inclusion in the writing is a nice ode to the street smarts versus book smarts element of the show. What follows is a dictionary of some of the best (not all) of The Sopranos malapropisms, misnomers,Continue reading “Dictionary of Malapropisms [Sopranos]”

A Race of Peeping Toms [Rear Window]

“We’ve become a race of peeping toms. What people outta do is get out of their house and look in for a change”- Stella (Rear Window) Nothing should resonate with us more than the thrill and horror of living our lives in the confines of one room. And amidst the current pandemic, nothing should ringContinue reading “A Race of Peeping Toms [Rear Window]”