Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wide awake from the American Dream

I worry about a lot of things. My paycheck just cleared and yet more than two-thirds of it is already spoken for. We found a cockroach in the garage. My son was born earlier this year after both of his grandfathers had passed. Who will teach him how to fish and spit? My mother texted me with the news...

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show may have something …and no, it’s not a STD

Bad reviews, her executive producer's dismissal and documenting the first time Tony Hale and Bill Hader have ever not been funny on camera notwithstanding… Handler is learning episode by episode how to bring the talk show into this century. By Andrew J. Pridgen Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show comes off not as important as it is self-important. Though her directives are...

The real Hall of Famer is Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for Nintendo 64

Junior may have been a close-to-unanimous selection to Cooperstown this week, but his namesake video game was even more prolific. By Andrew J. Pridgen Like Andy Dufresne, Ken Griffey Jr. crawled through a river of shit of the PED era and came out clean on the other side. He was duly rewarded Wednesday with a close to unanimous election to...

Gene Wilder wasn’t funny which is what made him hilarious

Gene Wilder died on Sunday night at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. By Andrew J. Pridgen Funny never dies. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I heard of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday. Some things are eternal and as long as there’s memes and late-night cable, there will always be room in this world for...

The Cal Neva is set to reopen on Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. As new ownership claims they'll bring back the Sinatra "glory days,” starting on the night of the crooners...

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...

The day I fell for Alan Rickman

-OR- Why I always wish it was John McClain instead of Hans Gruber who gets pushed off Nakatomi Plaza. By Andrew J. Pridgen It's no secret my love for Die Hard. I love the fact that I always ask myself new questions every time I watch it: Why didn’t one of the German terrorists drown in the giant fountain of the lobby...

We got a lot: 25 incredible things about Point Break on the day of its 25th Anniversary

Special thanks to Pt. Break scholar emeritus David W. Briggs for calling this one out this a.m. By Andrew J. Pridgen If you’re expecting a link-bait piece about the amazingness of Keanu and Swayze and that unclaimed piece of meat in Baja that turned out to be Rosie, well, fine — you got me. But there’s a lot more to Point...

5 adult truths most graduates do not want to hear

I live in a college town and part of the beauty of living in a college town is this time of year. Graduation. T-minus 11 days 23 hours 47 minutes and 38 seconds…till the town is leased back to its rightful (rather, full-time) owners. The countdown is on for the tank tops and flip flops and ironic mustaches and halter...

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part 2: The 21st Century

Part 2 of 2: Every four years, some city with a bankruptcy wish hosts a Summer Olympics, usually successfully! Every four years, somebody says it’ll fail or won’t be ready in time and should be boycotted, postponed, cancelled or moved. Click here to read Part 1. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system...