Jan 14, 2019

Channel Surfing: True Detective - "The Great War and Modern Memory"

Mahershala Ali in True Detective
Welcome to a new column called Channel Surfing, in which I sporadically look at current TV shows and talk about them. These are not ones that I care to write weekly recaps for and are instead reflections either on the episode, the series, or particular moments. This will hopefully help to share personal opinions as well as discover entertainment on the outer pantheon that I feel is well worth checking out, or in some cases, shows that are weird enough to talk about, but should never be seen.

Jan 10, 2019

Channel Surfing: Schooled - "Be Like Mike"

Schooled
Welcome to a new column called Channel Surfing, in which I sporadically look at current TV shows and talk about them. These are not ones that I care to write weekly recaps for and are instead reflections either on the episode, the series, or particular moments. This will hopefully help to share personal opinions as well as discover entertainment on the outer pantheon that I feel is well worth checking out, or in some cases, shows that are weird enough to talk about, but should never be seen.

Jan 9, 2019

The Tom Waits Project: #1. "Closing Time" (1973)

There are few artists who have had as enjoyably weird of a career as that of Tom Waits. With a career spanning over 45 years, he has reinvented himself countless times while providing some of rock's strangest, most eclectic tunes imaginable. Over the course of 2019, my goal with The Tom Waits Project is to explore every single one of his studio albums as well as live albums and soundtracks (no compilations) and chart the shifts in his career as well as hopefully understand what makes him so ubiquitous in pop culture. He's an artist who has always been there, making things weird, but there's a good chance you haven't truly noticed him. Here's your chance to join me every other Wednesday on a quest to find out what makes him so special.

Jan 7, 2019

Here's the Dates for Listmania Decades!

Scene from The Great Gatsby (2013)
The year is officially upon us, and there's a lot to look forward to. There's plenty of new entertainment that's days or months away from shaping the 2019 landscape. However, it's also a time to look back on the decade that was the 2010's. It was one of great change, leading to a rise in new trends or a shift in conversation. To pay tribute to the decade that was 2010 to 2019, I have decided to celebrate in the only way that I know how. Ladies and gentlemen, let's get ready for the special Listmania Decades, which will seek to look at the best of movies on a monthly basis. So, what will be covered over the next year? When will it happen? Read on to find out.

Jan 3, 2019

Theater Review: "Dear Evan Hansen" at the Segerstrom Theater

Ben Levi Ross
In a little over two years, the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen has had an amazing legacy. Besides catapulting its cast to stardom with an impeccable songbook, its story exploring human connection has connected with audiences, leading to endless fan art and becoming the latest musical with talks of a big screen adaptation. With the show currently in the middle of its First National Tour, it's a good chance for audiences outside of Broadway to understand the joy that has come from a story of one socially awkward teenager changing the lives of millions. It's a message that in our fraught times needs to be heard, and thankfully the cast delivering it have the power to bring it in the most charismatic, emotional, entertaining ways possible.