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The Joys of Driving in a New City

The Joys of Driving in a New City

I’ve been in L.A. for two weeks to the day and so far, so good. I’m still alive so that’s always good. There are a couple of things that I still have to get used to. For one, I didn’t drive a lot while I was living in San Francisco,...
Something Special Happened to Me While Watching @midnight

Something Special Happened to Me While Watching @midnight

The other night, during a routine participation in @midnight‘s Hashtag War, I was flooding my Twitter timeline with tweets that went hand in hand with #MakeHistoryCute. Then, I was giddy when I saw the official @midnight account had favorited retweeted one of my tweets which eventually snowballed into more favorites...
‘Interviewed’ Podcast – Episode 5: David Oyelowo (ca. 2014)

‘Interviewed’ Podcast – Episode 5: David Oyelowo (ca. 2014)

Actor David Oyelowo talks about Selma, portraying the iconic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the timely, hot-button topic of diversity in Hollywood.
The Dino-Ray Cinematic Universe Phase III: New Year, New City

The Dino-Ray Cinematic Universe Phase III: New Year, New City

Some of you may notice that for the last couple of weeks, my blogging has been very minimal — practically non-existent. There is a reason for that. In fact, there are many reasons. The main one being is that during the entire month of December, I was in talks of...
My Top 50 Movies of 2014: Part 2

My Top 50 Movies of 2014: Part 2

25. Into the Woods: The Sondheim-iest musical gets an enjoyable Rob Marshall cinematic treatment and works better than Les Miserables as a movie musical for the holiday season. 24. Chef: The perfect movie about food, ambition, and coming back from the bottom in a generation where everyone in the world...
My Top 50 Movies of 2014: Part 1

My Top 50 Movies of 2014: Part 1

50. The Interview: The movie was everything you would expect from a Rogen/Franco vehicle: lewd, enjoyably tasteless, funny at times, not-so funny at others, and straddling on the line of bro humor and clever cultural commentary. But the movie is only on my list because it was the catalyst of...
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‘Interviewed’ Podcast – Episode 4: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling (ca. 2011)

‘Interviewed’ Podcast – Episode 4: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling (ca. 2011)

Episode 4 brings us back to the recent past with an interview I did with director/writer Mike Cahill and actor/writer Brit Marling for Another Earth, an indie sci-fi film that made my brain bleed with delight. Enjoy this episode as we talk about conceptual sci-fi films, reality television and Harry Potter, of course.
'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies': Let's Just Be Glad That They Didn't Stretch it Out Into Six Movies

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’: Let’s Just Be Glad That They Didn’t Stretch it Out Into Six Movies

There is one thing that the films from the three-pronged Hobbit series have in common: they were like homework. It wasn’t a feeling of, “Oh! I get to see The Hobbit!” It was more of, “Oh. I get to see The Hobbit” — with an emphasis on the periods. My first exposure to The Hobbit...
Song of the Week: 'Devil's Pie' by D'Angelo

Song of the Week: ‘Devil’s Pie’ by D’Angelo

It’s been a while since we heard from the Duke of Neo-soul D’Angelo…14 years to be exact. Now the shirtless, cornrowed wonder who brought us the groovin’ game-changing sounds of “Voodoo” dropped his new album “Black Messiah” at midnight on Monday and the damn Internet was injected with his signature sound of Marvin Gaye-meets-Prince jams...
'Top Five' is a Crackling Chris Rock Comedy Full of Laughs, Fun, and Booty

‘Top Five’ is a Crackling Chris Rock Comedy Full of Laughs, Fun, and Booty

“What is your top five?” is the question that plagued me after I walked out of Top Five, the movie written/directed/starring Chris Rock that was causing a bidding war at the Toronto International Film Festival. The aforementioned is an ongoing question that pops up in the movie by the stand-up comedian/recovering addict-turned-serious actor/engaged to a...
You Will Watch the New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer and You Will Like It

You Will Watch the New ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer and You Will Like It

TOM! CHARLIZE! NICHOLAS! DIRT! EXPLOSIONS! DYSTOPIAN INDUSTRIAL METAL MODES OF TRANSPORT! MORE DIRT! There’s a lot of gnarly, demented shit going down in the new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. All of this WTF-ery is bonkers. And I am bathing in it. It’s like Burning Man but way cooler.
'Interviewed' Podcast - Episode 3: Keira Knightley (ca. 2012), Graham Moore and Allen Leech (ca. 2014)

‘Interviewed’ Podcast – Episode 3: Keira Knightley (ca. 2012), Graham Moore and Allen Leech (ca. 2014)

The Imitation Game opens in theaters this Friday so I thought it appropriate to post my recent roundtable chat with the film’s screenwriter Graham Moore and star Allen Leech. In addition to that, I tacked on another roundtable interview with Keira Knightley, another star of the film. The interview took place in 2012 during the...
This Ferguson Sketch Would Have Made the Last Episode of 'Saturday Night Live' a Whole Lot Better

This Ferguson Sketch Would Have Made the Last Episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ a Whole Lot Better

On Sunday, I read a headline in my Facebook feed that said, “James Franco Hosts Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Episode of the Season.” I would like to humbly disagree on that point. This entire season of SNL has been consistently average. There’s nothing really great or spectacular about it, BUT if you pick and choose...
Podcast of the Week: The Champs with Neal Brennan + Moshe Kasher - Baratunde Thurston

Podcast of the Week: The Champs with Neal Brennan + Moshe Kasher – Baratunde Thurston

The social climate is musty with race and there are lots of conversations about it. Some are smart. Some are dumb. Some are angry. Some are fun. This particular episode of The Champs with Neal Brennan + Moshe Kasher gives us a fun and smart take as they discuss all of the past week’s events...
The New Whitney Houston Biopic Doesn't Make Lifetime Look Like Insensitive Jerks

The New Whitney Houston Biopic Doesn’t Make Lifetime Look Like Insensitive Jerks

The Lifetime channel doesn’t have a good record when it comes to making biopics of pop culture figures. The Brittany Murphy movie didn’t get rave reviews and the Aaliyah film received a catastrophic backlash from fans and everyone involved with her life. I was just waiting for the forthcoming Whitney Houston biopic to be the...
The Best Instagram Photo About the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

The Best Instagram Photo About the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer

When the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released last week, people immediately spazzed. I, for one, enjoyed the cocktease of a trailer. It gave us glimpses of little things with no context whatsoever — the true definition of a teaser trailer. However, it did give us enough to chew on. More...
'Interviewed' Podcast - Episodes 1 & 2: John Cho, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Justin Simien and Friends

‘Interviewed’ Podcast – Episodes 1 & 2: John Cho, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Justin Simien and Friends

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new podcast, “Interviewed”. Please be excited with me. Each week, I will post an interview (or interviews) with actors, directors, screenwriters, and other artists from my vast collection of archived interviews that I have collected over the years. Some of them are fun. Some are awkward. Some...
TV Theme Song of the Week: 'Mr. Belvedere'

TV Theme Song of the Week: ‘Mr. Belvedere’

I remember I used to watch Mr. Belvedere regularly, but I don’t remember anything that happened on that show. Not a single thing. It feels like a chunk of my TV-watching childhood is missing but I’m not stressing over it. I find it very bizarre that I don’t remember one single plot line from the...