Hookers & Cream

Hookers & Cream

Sheepless In Seattle

Sheepless In Seattle

Forgetting Sarah Palin 

Forgetting Sarah Palin 


Morrissey Gets a Job by Brian Brooks (1999)

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You Just Have To Do Something


Throughout life we are impacted with moments that are rich with meaning and significance. Regardless of the joy or sorrow that these moments create, it is our job to listen and respond. This summer I was given the gift of one of those profound moments.

On a warm August afternoon, my wife and I invited some close friends over for lunch to spend the day swimming in our pool. We were in the water playing with our kids, watching them one-up each other jumping in, and playing all the usual games.

One of the times my daughter climbed out to jump back in, she cried out in pain after stepping on a bee. As soon as I pulled out the stinger left behind in her foot, one by one more bees began to swarm. Thinking that the dead bee was attracting others, I picked it up and went inside to throw it away.

The moment I opened the trash in the kitchen I heard my wife scream outside. It wasn’t an ordinary scream. I look outside right at the moment she was diving into the water. Racing outside I was certain that she was being attacked by the aggressive bees.

I made it to the edge of the water right when she was coming up. My heart sank. In her arms was our little boy, blue and lifeless.

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Heart-rending and true. There’s a time to sit and reflect, and there’s a time to move forward; even if you have no idea where you are going. It’s called faith - and faith doesn’t always have to mean something spiritual (though it often does) it merely means putting one foot in front of the other without knowing where the path might go.

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Shawn Morrison: Also when was the last time a prequel series worked? Or any prequel at all?
Me: Has there ever even BEEN a prequel series before?
Me: I think the BSG bullshit series ideas are the only that have tried, and they failed before (Caprica).
Me: Because everything other than the actual BSG storyline is BORING.
Me: It’s the same thing I always think about star wars. The reason that series started at Episode 4 was because the boring shit that led up to it was BORING.
Shawn Morrison: Exactly. No one ever learns that lesson.
"Slapped Hard, A Lot" - a dialog with Garrett Murray and Shawn Morrison about the (other) prequel series for Battlestar Galactica. Apparently SyFy thought that Caprica failed because it lacked action. This all reminds me of Patton Oswalt’s bit about George Lucas and his rapping of the Star Wars franchise.

I don’t sing, and this is why.


I love the character of Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire played by Jack Huston. His sadness is more palpable than the injury/deformity he possesses. It’s in many ways perhaps at the same time perhaps the hardest role to play on the show but he pulls out the stops in multiple scenes.

Couldn’t agree more w/Jeremy. He steals scenes (with a fine acting/Hollywood pedigree in being a Huston). The episode “Get In Line” (where Richard retreats to a desolate forest to end his life) brought his character to life for me.

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TV Shows I Watched And Loved in 2011

I have a hard time creating lists that have any chronological order to them. Most of what I enjoy and like aren’t based on any logical method. It’s more ephemeral. So, below are the television shows I loved and enjoyed in 2011. They’re mostly typical but maybe there are a few surprises for you.

  • Parks And Recreation
    This show feels as if it can do no wrong at the moment; each character is solid and engaging. It has quickly surpassed it’s predecessor (The Office) in nearly every way - laughs, plot, character and heart.

  • Community
    During World War II American’s often used a “shibboleth” (a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people) to determine if hiding people were the enemy by saying the word “lollapalooza” (because the Japanese could not say it properly). The brilliance of Community is that the entirety of the show is a shibboleth to itself and popular culture. Sadly, this is also it’s downfall (as it’s creates a certain “barrier of entry” for a large audience of viewers). The show is brilliant, and it would be a shame to see it disappear.

  • Breaking Bad 
    I understand that television as a form of entertainment, for most people, entales a certain mindless escapism (thus the popularity of shows like Two and  Half Men, The Jersey Shore, The Housewives of Orange County, et al). I am not one of those people. Breaking Bad is a difficult watch, a plot with a long arc, dark subject matter, subtle and complicated twists and rich, deep, flawed characters. Season 5 was nothing short of brilliant.

  • Boardwalk Empire 
    It’s hard to look at Steve Buscemi for a prolonger period of time. It just is. He’s an ugly, ugly man. But he’s a brilliant actor. And the Atlantic City mobster series took what was an already wonderful debut season and destroyed your perceptions of where you thought they might go. Blood, sex, booze, corruption, politics and oh yeah, incest.

  • Game Of Thrones 
    Speaking of incest… I have never hated a character more in my entire life than I hate Joffrey. It’s hard not to become demystified by the world the show occupies; but in the tradition of fantasy drama’s, the show mixes a lack of pretense and raw vulgarity that fits with our modern times. Highly enjoyable.

  • The Booth At The End
    This Hulu exclusion show surprised me in it’s simplicity and concept. How could a half hour “drama” that takes place only in a booth be interesting at all? Well, it is. It really really is. Watch it.

  • Parenthood
    Parenthood is great because it’s real; which I suppose doesn’t mean much of anything because what’s “real” to me may not be “real” to you at all. But if you’re married, or have kids (and relatives) then that “real” comes through. The dialog is, though sometimes hamfisted, so rooted in what happens in relationships, that you often find yourself wondering if the writers were watching you and your wife argue. It’s not an original show, it’s not groundbreaking, it’s just good and I love it.

  • Justified
    Whenever I watch Justified I find myself walking in a strange gait, using a slow southern draw. Hell I might even wear cowboy boots and hat. Damn you Olyphant. DAMN YOU.

  • The Walking Dead
    Sure it’s violent. The acting is stilted. The story arc is slow. But it’s also fun. And creepy. And I’m invested and find myself wondering where they’ll take it beyond the graphic novel.

  • The League
    Hilarious, horrible and uncomfortable. It helps if you’ve ever been in a fantasy football league, or had friends that mercilessly tease each other (which I do).

  • It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    I never thought it possible that this show could make each character more revolting, self-centered, idiotic and overall horrible; but that seems to be the main challenge (and success) of the show.

  • Misfits
    I discovered this show because Hulu kept pestering me to watch it. So I did. If you liked the idea of Heroes but got bored with it’s ultimate dive into uuuuuuuuuu — you might enjoy this quirky, violent, hilarious, vulgar British show. There are quite a few misses, but it has yet to become a soap opera of stupidity (and it doesn’t take itself too seriously)

Shows That Are Now Dead To Me

  • Dexter
    I want to kill each character. Especially Deb…

  • 30 Rock
    I just don’t care anymore. I’m not sure why. But I’m tired.

  • Rescue Me
    Even though it was already the final season, I didn’t even care to watch the final season.

  • Chuck
    Same ol’ same ol’. The charm of it’s plot and characters is gone — which is what always happens when a show built around romantic and sexual tension and those main characters finally get “together” (see also Moonlighting, The Office)
  • Family Guy
    Ugh. I don’t care about how many weird cultural asides, long awkward moments or stupid plots this show wants to create; I’ve tolerated the stupidity, I guess, out of habit; but I’m through. 


Masturbation has been put on NOTICE.

This is a joke, right?

Stop getting the toilets pregnant.



Masturbation has been put on NOTICE.

This is a joke, right?

Stop getting the toilets pregnant.

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Louis CK’s Shameful Dirty Comedy


I’ve been thinking about Louis CK lately. I’m a fan of his show on FX, and I’m so happy his recent adventure in distributing his newest comedy special himself has been a rousing success. But my thoughts are going elsewhere to wonder why he has blown up in popularity in the past couple years, and why his comedy seems to resonate with these times. It always feels like there’s a comedian willing to address contemporary concerns with insight and honesty for each moment in time. All the greats had their focus: Richard Pryor and Chris Rock had race, George Carlin had absurdity, and I think Louis has hit on some sort of subterranean undercurrent of emotion that I didn’t realize might be swelling until I listened more closely: shame.

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Frank is spot on this his pointed analysis of the vulgar (and I mean vulgar in not only the sense of being “course and rude” but also in the sense of “current” and “unrefined”) truth of Louis. He does not filter his thoughts for the comfort of anyone. And his thoughts explore the depths of what most of us hide - that most of us are entitled, whiny, self-centered, well intentioned flawed people. Louis is at the top of his game (in the comedy sense) and is rightly being recognized for it.

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