31 Pilots in 31 Days: Euphoria

When it was originally on: 2019-present Original network: HBO Where you can stream it now: HBO Max (Or maybe HBO Now or HBO Go or is it just Max? I don’t know what’s up over there, get it wherever fine HBO products are streamed.) Had I seen it before: No. What IMDb says: A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with … Continue reading 31 Pilots in 31 Days: Euphoria

More Pilots in More Days: Class of 2023

It’s a new year, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but it seems like it’s been a looooong time since I’ve reviewed some TV pilots. That’s a shame. So much has changed since my last TV pilot reviewing project, which I did from January-April 2020. (I told you a lot changed!). Even if we limit ourselves to changes in the TV landscape, … Continue reading More Pilots in More Days: Class of 2023

Lessons from ‘The Thing’ Applied to ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

I know what you’re thinking. What does John Carpenter’s 1982 cult hit “The Thing” have to do with Olivia Wilde’s 2022 project “Don’t Worry Darling”?  Well, for one thing, I happened to see both for the first time within the last week.  For another thing, both have a certain element of mystery to them, yet have very different strategies for their storytelling.  Spoiler alert: one … Continue reading Lessons from ‘The Thing’ Applied to ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

Music I Want to Talk About – April 2021

Songs I Want to Talk About “Symptom of Your Touch” by Aly & A.j. (2021) When I first started doing these monthly writeups, I told myself I would only allow artists to appear in each category (Song, Album, or Artist) once a year. As you might recall, I featured the Aly & A.j. song “Listen!!!” in my January writeup. Then I heard the first few … Continue reading Music I Want to Talk About – April 2021

Music I Want to Talk About – March 2021

Songs I Want to Talk About “Guilty Love” by Ladyhawke and Broods ft. (2021) From the first time I heard this, I couldn’t get enough of it. Ladyhawke and Broods both have made some pretty great songs separately, so it’s only natural that they’d make a great song when they join forces. “Guilty Love” leans slightly more in the Ladyhawke direction, with more of a … Continue reading Music I Want to Talk About – March 2021

Music I Want to Talk About – February 2021

Songs I Want to Talk About “My Play” by AJR (2021) I love AJR and have even seen them live twice (it would be three times but COVID canceled their 2020 tour). While the production on this song is pretty standard AJR, the lyrics are what propelled it into a monthly roundup post. “My Play” is about watching your parents’ marriage dissolve. The framing device … Continue reading Music I Want to Talk About – February 2021

Music I Want to Talk About – January 2021

Songs I Want to Talk About “Since You Been Gone” by Rainbow (1979) The first half of January had me in a pretty intense ’70s rock phase. The song I played the most in this phase (and maybe all of January) might’ve been “Since You Been Gone” by Rainbow. This was a legitimate hit in its day, but I didn’t learn of it until around … Continue reading Music I Want to Talk About – January 2021

Do You Need HBO Max?: Animated TV edition

There are a LOT of streaming platforms now. Some would even argue too many. As the industry becomes more fragmented, there’s no longer a clear winner in terms of where your streaming dollars get the best bang for your buck. Wednesday’s launch of HBO Max only makes the waters more muddy. So I’ve taken it upon myself to analyze what platforms have the best offerings … Continue reading Do You Need HBO Max?: Animated TV edition

Album Anne-alysis: Kid Krow by Conan Gray

Genre: That kind of semi-experimental synthpop that so many people are doing now that it’s arguably just regular pop.  Year: 2020 Runtime: 33:27 Total Number of Tracks: 12, including two interludes that are each under a minute long.  Songs you might know: – “Comfort Crowd” – “Wish I Was Sober” – “Maniac” – “Checkmate” – “The Story”  My prior relationship with the album and artist: … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: Kid Krow by Conan Gray

Album Anne-alysis: kelsea by Kelsea Ballerini

Genre: Pop with a country flavor. But by “country flavor” I mean in the way that La Croix is “fruit flavored.” Year: 2020 Runtime: 46:15 Total Number of Tracks: 13 Songs you might know:  – “club” – “homecoming queen?” – “the other girl” (ft. Halsey) My prior relationship with the album and artist: I liked Kelsea Ballerini’s first two albums and have reviewed them both if you’re curious. … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: kelsea by Kelsea Ballerini