If you’ve been following the story of Better Call Saul’s Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman aka Gene Takavic, you now know that crime doesn’t pay. At least not forever. After a 13-year narrative arc that began with Season 2, Episode 8 of Breaking Bad and ended Monday night, the smooth-talking strip-mall lawyer who kept crystal-meth … Continue reading Better Call Saul’s Bad Confession
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A Strange Review: The Tree of Life
This was written back in 2011 when the film first came out and was intended for the First Things blog. (The reflection, not the film, which would have been weird.) Why it wasn't ultimately published there is a great mystery that has driven the greatest minds mad. So I'm publishing it 10 years later to … Continue reading A Strange Review: The Tree of Life
My Almost Jewish Me
Before Kurt Vonnegut signed my copy of Bluebeard, he asked me two questions: What’s your name? and Whadda ya do? Which is pretty unremarkable, even coming from Kurt Vonnegut. Especially coming from Kurt Vonnegut. It’s just another way of asking, Who are you? Today, however, when someone wants to know who you are, he, she, … Continue reading My Almost Jewish Me
A Strange Review: Creed
UPDATE (12/01/15): Sylvester Stallone has won Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review. This is very happy making. UPDATE 2 (12/03/15): Carl Weathers, the original Creed, talks about how insulting Stallone may have gotten him the gig in Rocky One. Early on in Creed, a young Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) … Continue reading A Strange Review: Creed
The Greatest Letter Ever Written?
Perhaps not. But it's up there: a former slave's reply to his former master's request that he come back and work his farm. The response is priceless, and demonstrates both a subtle and lacerating wit that would have made a Twain or a Wilde grin ear to ear, and an innate intelligence that finally found its expression. … Continue reading The Greatest Letter Ever Written?
That Time I Worked for Rambo
So the studio has put out a five-minute preview of Creed, something more telling than is typical in a mere trailer, perhaps in honor of Philly's having actually named a day for Creed: Director Ryan Coogler along with Stallone and his new co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson were on hand in Philly for the proclamation of Creed Day on November 25th, which … Continue reading That Time I Worked for Rambo
Jillian Melchior, Superstar
So Jillian worked with me at Commentary, as part of the online team. You can't be exposed to Jillian's whirlwind energy for long without being caught up in it. In what seems now like a really short period of time, she has gone from toiling as an online editorial assistant to smoking cigars with Christopher Hitchens … Continue reading Jillian Melchior, Superstar
I’d Avoid This Club if I Were You
https://youtu.be/QajyNRnyPMs Only thing missing is Bogie or Coop walking in, guns drawn. H/T: my wife
A Strange Review: W1A
"Hah?" is what you're saying to yourself right about now, or "Huh?" or "Heh?" or "Where's my avocado?" So I was rummaging through what's new on Netflix and came across this gem of a Britcom I had never heard of before, and if you know me, you know that's strange, because I love and adore … Continue reading A Strange Review: W1A
Idris Elba and the James Bond Kerfuffle
So Roger Moore thought the erstwhile star of The Wire and Luther couldn't play James Bond because Bond should be "English-English," which is to say white. And the author of the latest James Bond novel who is not Ian Fleming thinks Elba can't play James Bond because Elba's too "street," which I think is code … Continue reading Idris Elba and the James Bond Kerfuffle
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