"Fargo" debuted last night. "Fargo" looks really good. You should watch "Fargo."
Liked the premiere a lot. It sticks somewhat closely to the movie with some characters, its tone, setting, and sense of humor. I hear it only gets better and becomes its own thing from then on out.
Billy Bob Thornton’s character is great: loved the phone call he made to a kid and to a hotel worker. He’s basically the Joker in the way he fucks with people and is an agent of chaos. It’s fun to see.
The sound and style of a city through the eyes of Elmore Leonard, its foremost author.
Enjoyable read. This was released yesterday when I’m midway through Elmore Leonard’s ‘LaBrava’. I heard that and ‘Swag’ are considered his 2 best novels. So I started with those two. ‘Swag’ is really good: cool, great dialogue. You can see where it inspired Quentin Tarantino in areas.
My goal is to maybe check out 1 Elmore Leonard novel a year.
Just a little over seven years after making its debut at Vertigo, Jason Aaron and R.M. Guerra’s Scalped is coming to television, according to The Hollywood Reporter. WGN America (Salem) is adapting the series under Banshee showrunner Doug Jung, the report…
Pretty awesome comic book series: Undercover FBI agent at an Indian Reservation/casino.
The clinic parking lot is jammed on a Monday morning at 10:30. Inside the bustling waiting room, patients talk to staff and wait their turn at the medicine window. A young blond woman fights off sleep, slumping against a suitcase. Everyone is here for the same reason: to get a dose of methadone. Clinics like this one on Topeka Street can be lifesavers for addicts trying to kick heroin or other opiates. Reports of drug overdoses and deaths are on the rise as cheap and potent heroin — sometimes laced with the pain medication fentanyl — floods the market. Governor Deval Patrick has declared it a public health emergency. Substance abuse counselors call it a crisis. For Bain Capital, it’s also a potential profit opportunity.
Pretty good follow-up to the recent heroine epidemic that’s been reported on and exploded on. Just when you get the feeling that politicians are warming up to being proactive, treating it as a public health issue (probably because it’s now fucking with affluent people), the worst and most cynical thing imaginable follows: Bain seeking profits in methadone clinics. They’re overtly fucking with people’s lives/health when they are known for fucking things up, gutting companies/staffing, and then selling it for profit. Not good.
I’ve been thrown back by how heroine has blown up, even hearing people I know lose their daughter to heroine or people who graduated after me in high school overdosing and dying. When I interned at a probation office with people addicted to heroine and other shit who I tried sending to methadone clinics only to find out there weren’t any beds available for months. So you just had your dick in your hand pretending to help these people on probation most the time.
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
love love love David Grann: one of best people to follow on Twitter for daily links/articles. But a hell of a writer above all. Late pass to this one which is one of the stories collected in the Devil and Sherlock and Holmes. I think most the stories are compiled from pieces he wrote for the New Yorker and other places. I’m slowly working my way through them.
"Trial by Fire" is amazing. For fiction, Don Winslow’s "California Fire and Life" is a really cool story because of Winslow’s background in being an investigator, even in Arson cases (I really want Friday Night Lights' Kyle Chandler to play the lead if that ever becomes a movie). It's told and broken down really well how arson is investigated and what people look for. Grann does that, in non-fiction form. And helps show that an innocent man was put to death.
"the Brand", on Aryan Brotherhood in the prison system, is his 2nd best piece that I’ve read after "a Murder Foretold". It’s just investigative journalism at its best pretty much.
David Michod, director of ‘Animal Kingdom’ and writer of ‘Hesher’ is attached to ‘The Operators,’ an Afghan war project starring Brad Pitt.
fuck and yes!
Awesome book and Animal Kingdom/Hesher are awesome movies. “the Operators” and Chuck Hogan’s “Devils in Exile” might be the 2 books I’ve read recently that I would love to see as movies for the last couple of years.
This is a clay model of the final design for the life-size statue of Edgar Allen Poe that will be unveiled on October 5, 2014 at 2pm, at the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South in Boston, which is also named “Edgar Allan Poe Square.” It’s got Poe with his coat flapping in the wind, a suitcase, and raven heralding his arrival.
Pretty awesome statue. And overdue.
When I played Sim City I created imaginary islands off Cape Cod called ‘Atlantis’ (why the fuck not?) and ‘Melville’ (Moby Dick). My imaginary Boston island was called ‘Poeland’ because I’m corny. But still: that would be cool.
Recent statues put up in Boston: Bill Russell (wayyyy overdue and sad that it took that long); Bobby Orr.
I tried getting a picture of me being the pitcher to Bobby Orr’s catcher. But I’m pretty sure doing that would get me tar and feathered.
I also tried making my way to get to Russell’s statue. But, um, that was impossible. The fucking President was there for that one and it was walled off. Like I knew that was going to happen.
…off the top of my head, people that might get statues…
Statues due to happen. Probably: David Ortiz; Ted Kennedy; Tom Brady; Bill Belichick
I hope they move the next football stadium closer to Boston because Foxboro is bullshit to get to. I doubtt it though. They’ve built up around that place pretty well.
Will never happen but should: Larry Bird
I wish Stephen King was from MA because that would mean having a library after him. That should happen, for sure. Would be great if we stole Maine’s thunder on that shit.
reads first line of book that basically sold them on it: “Three men at McAlester State Penitentiary had larger penises than Lamar Pye, but all were black and therefore, by Lamar’s own figuring, hardly human at all.”
…and I bought it instantly with 1 click. Looks over at that opening line again…and…shit. Do I really love penises that much that I’m sold that easily?
Back when Stephen Colbert was on The Daily Show, he also used to do radio-ad voiceover work for extra money. I was a junior copywriter working on a shit-ass cell-phone account when our agency hired Colbert (who worked for scale at the time) to enter a recording studio and do a series of 60-second retail spots. They weren’t even guaranteed to air, and in fact, they never did—these were just advance demos to convince the client to sign off on the campaign.
Drew Magary: not hating on something for a change.
RIP soon to one of the greatest comedic characters ever. I remain stunned that he’s been able to keep up the act without it getting even remotely stale even a decade later. It’s underrated how great/tough that is to do.
I typically only watch the late night clips if something interesting breaks out the next day or so. The half-hour is manageable: an hour? Eh. I do wish Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn was around: that needs to come back.
Attendees at the 2014 Social Media Marketing World convention—that’s a real thing!—were treated to a rousing song called “Let’s Get Social,” about getting social. Tickets to the event cost $1,300, and literally everyone who sat through this is now dead.
When you pay $1300 to go to, um, whatever it is people do at a social media marketing convention, then you deserve to have to sit through something this awful.
'Silicon Valley,' which debuts Sunday night, is the rare sort of sitcom in which the situation is nearly as compelling as the comedy. Set in California's start-up-engorged South Bay, the series cas…
Game of Thrones/Veep/Silicon Valley: I’m basically setting up my Sunday nights around that and canceling fuck all else. ‘Silicon Valley’ was the new show I’m looking forward to the most this year after ‘True Detective’.
The show is getting universally great reviews from people I trust. And they’ve all been saying that the best part of the show is the Bill Gates-y Christopher Evan Welch who died of lung cancer in real life while the show was filming at 48. He’s a ‘THAT’ guy actor so I’m really looking forward to what he does when I really love the whole cast as guys who have been due to break out for a long fucking time.
Stephen King’s first book, CARRIE, was released 40 years ago today in 1974 when he was 26. Read that last year and it’s so damn good and structured well. Definitely raw, but damn good in ways the movie didn’t do justice.
What I’ve read: Carrie; Doctor Sleep (Shining sequel); On Writing; the Shining; the Long Walk
There’s rumors of Ben Affleck directing “the Stand”. The director of TRUE DETECTIVE is going to direct “It”. Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul may be starring in a possible TV series adaptation of “the Dark Tower”.
I don’t know how long King is going to be around. I remember he got hit by a car over a decade ago but he’s kept on going strong and had a bit of a comeback, particularly with “11/22/63”. He’s pumping out 2 more books this year (released 2 last year). I got a lot of catching up to do and I’m looking forward to reading him for the rest of my life no matter what.
Twenty years later, we talk Tupac, Kyle Watson, rap soundtracks, and Nutso.
Such a great/dumb read capturing a ridiculous movie. I haven’t seen this since middle school. I probably watched JUICE over 10 times every time it came on BET because 2Pac is the shit in that movie.
Nutso’s death in the opening scene when he goes through the rim and falls 5 stories is so goddamn funny and something that someone actually wrote without trying to be funny. But I apparently missed out on a bunch of other shit that wouldn’t have been on my radar exactly.
Before Steve McQueen, Hollywood didn’t produce action movies in the modern sense. You never saw John Wayne trapped on a luxury yacht with scheming terrorists, or Paul Newman tearing through Paris t…
Fun, stupid read especially since I enjoy a lot of these dumb ass movies.
Cliffhanger was my first rated-R movie I saw when in kindergarten: my dad took me aside to watch that movie with him. It was…weird for him to do that. Looking back on it, the scene where the lady falls is funny because the guy in the helicopter is smiling the whole time/can’t believe he is in a movie with Sly Stallone.
"Washington, D.C.," is another sort of place entirely. It’s less a city and more a fevered colosseum of appetite and ambition where scheming, besuited gladiators wind stems and stab backs. Despite …
'Veep' »»»»»>'House of Cards'
I kind of just want to slap everybody in the face who likes ‘House of Cards’. It sucks. Bland show, shitty plots, one-note characters. ‘Veep’ is where it’s at. Quietly one of the funny and best shows on TV. Totally nails how incompetent/mundane/bullshit things are to a heightened degree. I interned at the State House for 9 months and that was far more true since nothing was ever like the way they depict things.