Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Vietnam War Isn’t Your Dad’s Ken Burns Film

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War is intense and inclusive. We got an early look at the forthcoming film Tuesday at San Diego’s GI Film Festival. Written By Kyle Magin A series of slow bass concussion accompanies scenes from ‘Nam in the introduction to Ken Burns and filmmaking partner Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War, a documentary set to...

Tom Hanks just destroyed the NFL, the Raiders, Las Vegas …and the DH in under :30

I guess we can close up shop here. Our work is done. By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s easy to hate on Tom Hanks sometimes. He made me think it was OK hold forth with strangers on a bench while holding a really melty box of confections in my lap every time I’m held over south of the The Mason–Dixon line. He...

Aaron Hernandez’s story is portrayed by NFL-friendly media as the demise and death of a bad seed …the rest of us ought to know better

Hernandez, 27, hung himself in prison this week. The narrative quickly spun to a young man predisposed to hanging with the wrong crowd who paid the ultimate price for his actions. The reality is his brain will be researched — and that will tell a different story. By Andrew J. Pridgen Shock would hardly be the word to use to describe...

A Guy on Girls

HBO’s Girls wraps for good on Sunday. Through six seasons, show creator, producer and star Lena Dunham never learned to write male characters ...or did she? By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember the post-9/11 season of Sex and the City hyped by HBO as what would be a more somber romp through rarefied social circles and improbable sexual trysts by...

A thank you to Trump voters as we arrive on the precipice of oblivion

No, really. THANK YOU. By Andrew J. Pridgen Dear Trump Voter, Thank you all you racists, misogynists, robber barons, opioid addicts, quasi-literates, out-of-the-closet white supremacists, feckless corporate shills, unsympathetic wretches who hide behind the veneer of Christianity, back-burner Boomers, Caucasian males who pretend to work and golf instead, college-educated mavens who try to model their lives after McMansion plantation owner Sandra...

St. Patrick’s Day in America: A spectacle of white entitlement and assholery

Seriously, you’re doing this again? By Andrew J. Pridgen I wonder about people who still celebrate St. Patrick’s day in America. Like who the fuck are you and why do you give a shit? More importantly, why do you think everyone else needs to give a shit about you and your hammered ars? ...Also, you realize it’s a day of religious contemplation,...

Things are getting so bad I’ve started listening to R.E.M. again

...And I’m not sure how I feel about it. By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s not that I ever stopped liking R.E.M. it’s just that I grew up and away from them. There was more out there to discover. R.E.M. was a gateway drug like shake weed, Natural Ice or glossy print porn before the world was full of disgusting Eastern...

A Christmas Prayer from the Evangelical Trump Voter

Please bow your heads... By Andrew J. Pridgen Dear Lord, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, At this time of uncertainty, please keep us on this Christmas Day from being preoccupied by the distractions that face a nation and a world. And please punish mightily with sores on the crooks of their elbows the almost three million extra Americans, mostly from...

God help us…if we still deserve it

Today is the day a chosen few will voluntarily move to appoint a despot the leader of the free world. How we got here and what to do now. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find this past month that I vacillate between "Well, who knows what will happen, just have to keep moving." And "Oh shit, time to move into...

America the Miserable

Believe it or not, you make the choice to be unhappy, every day. By Andrew J. Pridgen Are you an unhappy person? Are you? That’s not an accusation, that’s a question. Think about it for a minute. Think about your day yesterday. Did you wake up feeling OK about stuff? Did you clear the sleep out of your eyes, heave a big...

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