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  • MLB 2022

    St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols is currently having a 3 hit night with a HR and 2 RBIs. It’s not 2002. It’s 2022.

    I hope he finds a way to slap 20 more this season before he calls it a day.
  • What are you binging right now?

    Finished the first season of Our Flag Means Death. Talk about a show that grew on me as the season wore on. I was enjoying it well enough, but those final two episodes brought the heartbreak and feels. I'll definitely be checking out the second season if it gets renewed.

    And perhaps because I hate myself, I started I May Destroy You. Those episodes are mercilessly short, because it is a tough watch so far. And yet, they find ways to mine some dark humor out of it somehow.
  • New Hardcore History

    Man, Carlin's been busy, hasn't he? Two Addendums in the last month and a half, a Common Sense a week and a half ago, AND a Blitz!

    Not to mention, recent events have made me think back on Destroyer of Worlds and his Addendum "Strangelove Whisperings" he did with Fred Kaplan. 
  • What are you binging right now?

    Four episodes into The Book of Boba Fett and I don't hate it as much as its weak reviews made me think I would. I think The Mandalorian and the MCU shows helped temper my expectations. And I don't think I could ever tire of watching MIng-Na Wen as Fennec. I could watch her smirk and glare forever.

    Edit: And after episode 5, well, that's a step up. Shame it took an episode of The Mandalorian to give TBoBF its best episodes.
    Teresa from Concord
  • Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

    Hard Boiled - My journey through a handful of Tony Leung's greatest hits has come to an end (for now) with this John Woo classic. And quite the action classic it is! Right around the big warehouse set piece, I was reminded of that famous "Dead dove, don not eat" scene from Arrested Development. Of course this is the guy who would go on to direct Broken Arrow and Face/Off later in the decade. This movie is insane and ridiculous and wonderful and spectacular and hilarious and, at times, kind of awful. For a movie that debuted in 1992, the 80s DNA is very much alive, a reminder that distinction between decades can be arbitrary and usually takes several years for them to differentiate themselves.

    But, man, this movie's action. Whatever you may think of prime John Woo, the man did not do half measures. It's nice to see some of the elements I'd already seen later movies adopt. The sideways jump with guns akimbo that Woo would have Nicholas Cage do a few years later in Face/Off and to which Hot Fuzz would later pay homage. The somersault (that this movie does at least twice!) Samuel L. Jackson's character would reference in the otherwise forgettable S.W.A.T. remake. The oner that probably influenced sequences like True Detective's famous long take scene among others. I'd imagine there are academic papers written on the subject. At the end of the day, quite a ride.