Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Yeah Yeah, Yeah Yeah

London Town is a flick coming out soon:
The coming-of-age film tells the story of Shay (Daniel Huttlestone), a budding, Clash-obsessed punk who happens to meet Strummer on several occasions (including once in a jail cell). The new clip, however, finds Shay marveling at his hero onstage as he attends a show with his love interest/punk guru, Vivian (Nell Williams).
As you people know, I love The Clash and I love Joe Strummer. The dude playing him looks nothing like Strummer, but we'll see how he does. In the words of my longtime buddy Dish upon seeing this trailer, "please don't suck  please don't suck  please don't suck  please don't suck  please don't suck  please don't suck  please don't suck."

Fingers crossed!

Yes This Makes Me Better Than You

The other day I mentioned a book I was loving, Down and Out in Paris and London. And VOILA! just today Anthony Bourdain wrote that the book was single-handedly responsible for his own classic Kitchen Confidential:
During those times, Down and Out in Paris and London sustained me. It made me feel I was not alone, that I was part of something, a tradition, a cult, a secret… something… that stretched back to the 1920s in Paris, and beyond. It held me together, gave me the strength to show up again the next day and the next, until they did give me my name back and I went home having won, for the first time in my life, a modicum of respect from other human beings whose respect I wanted. I went home respecting myself—another first.

Monday, September 26, 2016


No idea why Hillary won't release Trump's high school yearbook photo.

KG History

I'm not a video game guy but it's apparently a big deal that Kevin Garnett retiring means there are no more active players from he 16-bit game era.

But this is really amazing:
To give you an idea of how long Garnett’s video game basketball career was, above is a shot of him going up against Kobe Bryant in NBA Live 97. Below is how Garnett appeared in NBA 2K16.
(Note: I have both below)

Thoughts. I Have Them.

Is anything ever debunked except myths? Is anything ever blithering except an idiot?

Tonight's Debate

So if Trump manages to make it through the debate without calling Hillary a c*nt, he wins. Awesome.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Friday Night Thoughts

I find it hard to believe Tim Riggins would really sign off his radio show with "cheers." #fridaynightlights

Friday Night Thoughts

Matt Saracen may be the only teen to have fewer laughs than Anne Frank. #lightenupfrancis #fridaynightlights


2017 Goals

Write a sitcom in which every episode features a variation of "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." #thegodfather

This Guy Must Really Know His Football

Thanks Obama


Obama still has to answer for his not making a Friday Night Lights sequel called "The Riggins Boys" happen.

Writers Being Writers

You're Welcome

I was gonna make a "hope he doesn't eat it!" joke here, but decided to show some empathy and take the high road instead.

I'm So Glad We Have This Time Together

Sweet, Naive Optimism.

Heads Up, DC Palisades

My new street gang. Look out, losers!

Friday Night Thoughts

Matt Saracen's Wiki resume seems rather exhaustive. #fridaynightlights

Friday Night Thoughts

I've noticed that as the school's athletic director the only sport other than football Coach Taylor ever mentions is girls volleyball. #fridaynightlights

Friday Night Thoughts

Buddy Garritty, two paraplegics in a fistfight and The Replacements' I Will Dare all in the same scene in a helluva thing to behold.

Bruce Springsteen Was the Worst Altar Boy Ever According to Bruce Springsteen

Thursday, September 22, 2016

You Down with BBC?

Twice this year, HERE and HERE, Vulture has recommended 13 BBC sitcoms. As a newfound superfan of the BBC, I will now rank each.

The IT Crowd
Fawlty Towers
Absolutely Fabulous
I'm Alan Partridge
Peep Show
The Inbetweeners
Father Ted
Fresh Meat
Vicar of Dibley

Twenty Twelve
Friday Night Dinner
The Thick of It (Peter Cipaldi is amazing, but a lot of it's hard to follow.)
The Trip
Green Wing

That Mitchell and Webb Look
Gaven & Stacey
Little Britain
Jeeves and Wooster
Monty Python's Flying Circus (I LOVE the movies, but have never sat through the shows. I know as a BBC guy, this is sacrilege.)
Mr. Bean

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Eight Days a Week

As a Beatleholic I can't say I learned anything new in Ron Howard's Hulu documentary about the band's touring days. But it's a delightful romp through the years, with great footage and new interviews with Paul and Ringo. The film serves as a reminder of how not just funny they all were, but how much the genuinely liked and cared about each other. Above all, however, I was reminded what a miracle it was that nobody died during all the mania, be it one of The Beatles, the crazed fans or the cops who surely were horrified they had to beat back crazed crowds. What a nightmare of a scene.