Worth A Listen

I’ve been a fan of most things David Pogue has done, and his new podcast is no exception — another showcase for his storytelling skills — which is why I recommend you give it a listen.

Willy Wonka Pitch Meeting

Ryan George makes some very funny videos imagining pitch meetings for well-known movies and TV shows. One of my favorites is this one, for “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” particularly the part about the odd, scary boat ride in the middle.

Truncated Headlines

I know its staff has been drastically reduced, but how is it possible that no one at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sees this ongoing problem with its app and reports it to someone who can make sure it gets fixed?

Movie Review: “Mass”

My review of a new movie in which the parents of a school shooting victim sit down face-to-face with the parents of the boy who killed their son (and several others). Though fictional, its emotions are raw, and the performances spectacular.

Mental Misfires

Like anyone who’s had to perform under pressure, I can relate to what Matt Amodio says (in a piece for Newsweek) contributed to his losing on “Jeopardy!” after 38 consecutive victories. Here’s an excerpt, with my comments appended.

Netflix Nonsense

No, this is not about the Dave Chappelle controversy, about which I have nothing to add that hasn’t already been said elsewhere. It’s about the company’s misguided policy that kept me out of the press screening of a movie last night.

Four Random Thoughts

Quickies about a thrilling novel I just finished, another ridiculous argument against vaccines, the value of ex-refs on NFL broadcasts, and something dry about rice and iPhones.

Reel Spoilers: “No Time To Die”

The Reel Spoilers guys asked me to sit in as they reviewed the new Bond movie. As usual, there were plenty of tangents and snark involved, and — considering how it ends — I suggested that the next one in the series should be called “James Trek: The Search For Bond.” Here’s how you can listen.

Movie Review: “The Rescue”

Here’s my review of a new movie about the remarkable 2018 effort to save a soccer team trapped inside caves in Thailand when monsoons rolled in and flooded the chambers. It will be on my year-end Best Documentaries Of 2021 list.

Goodbye, Gruden

These are the thoughts that went through my head last night upon hearing ESPN’s reporting on the firing of Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden for a series of racist, homophobic, and misogynistic emails.

The Amodio Rodeo Ends

Here’s my explanation of how Matt Amodio’s “Jeopardy!” win streak came to an end after 38 games, why he has nothing to hang his head about, and how his example will hopefully inspire other players going forward.

My Triple Show Week

Since I know I’ve done what’s right to protect myself and others against COVID, I refuse to give up the ability to continue enjoying my life whenever and wherever I like. That’s why last week, I went to three different venues to take in live performances. Here’s the story.

Movie Review: “No Time To Die”

My review of the new James Bond movie — the last one starring Daniel Craig — with Rami Malek as the villain and a scene-stealing turn by Christoph Waltz. Is it worth your time and money? Read on.