The Slow Descent Podcast, Presented by Bootu Inc.

Oh, no! It’s the Monday after Christmas weekend! You’ve surely spent the past several days tamping piles of meat down your throat by the fistful, growing to hate old-timey songs, and slowly becoming sad as the wistful nature of the season takes hold of you. Even worse, now you have to go back to work. Well, thankfully I have a consolation prize to never returning to your awful job again, and that is the very first episode of The Slow Descent podcast, as presented by Bootu Inc. Continue reading “The Slow Descent Podcast, Presented by Bootu Inc.”

The Revenant Shows Survival’s Beauty and Brutality

The Revenant (2015)

Rating: 8.0/10

The stark contrast between beauty and brutality informs the entirety of Alejandro G. Innaritu’s lengthy The Revenant. This is a story of man vs. nature, but this is also a story of man vs. man, and that battle plays out in more ways than one. Innaritu chose to go in a wildly different direction than he did for Birdman, his critical darling released just a year ago. The Revenant is never funny, never enjoyable, and seldom easy to watch; this is a film you should see, but it isn’t likely to be one you want to return to unless you’re really into cinematography. Continue reading “The Revenant Shows Survival’s Beauty and Brutality”

My Favorite Music of 2015: The Notable Omissions

Any year-end “best of” list is going to contain its fair share of surprising omissions, and my coverage of 2015’s music output is no different. I wanted to take a moment (or several moments?) to discuss some notable albums that failed to make an appearance on my personal top 20 or my 10 honorable mentions list. While there is a wealth of music that I didn’t hear in 2015, there is a also a great deal that I spent plenty of time with and didn’t feel like I wanted to celebrate on high. Hell, there are a lot more of these albums than the ones that I wrote up in this very space. Continue reading “My Favorite Music of 2015: The Notable Omissions”

My Favorite Albums of 2015 (1-10)

I’m going to take a deep breath here before I reach the culmination of my efforts. Now we’re down to my 10 favorite albums of the year, the ones I played again and again and again. These things soundtracked my days at work, any time at my computer, my nights before sleep, and everything in-between. They’ve all made my life a whole lot more enjoyable, and they’ve even given me new perspective on music and artistic expression along the way. I love these albums, and I hope you’ll check them out if you already haven’t. Continue reading “My Favorite Albums of 2015 (1-10)”

My Favorite Albums of 2015 (11-20)

Now that everyone has had time to let those honorable mention albums sink in, it seems only right to pummel my tiny audience with albums number 11-20 on my list of 2015’s royalty. Here you’ll find the stuff that I revisited many a time, stuff that (in some instances) narrowly missed the vaunted top 10. A lot of these albums are virtually interchangeable for me, as they merely did things right in different ways for me. It was the little things that made the difference between, say, position 14 and position 15. Let’s get in there and get our hands dirty. Continue reading “My Favorite Albums of 2015 (11-20)”

My Favorite Albums of 2015 (Honorable Mentions)

Here we are, at the cusp of me trying to write love letters to my favorite albums of 2015. I need to do this without becoming excessively long-winded and while still describing the general aesthetic of the artists involved so that maybe you’ll want to listen to them if you haven’t. This was a difficult list to make, as utilizing Spotify Premium (as much as it aggravates me sometimes) and having a job that allows me plenty of alone time means that I listened to more music than ever before in a calendar year. Continue reading “My Favorite Albums of 2015 (Honorable Mentions)”

My Favorite Songs of 2015

As the year 2015 A.D. comes to a close, there is simply no better way to recap the passage of time than to indulge in the time-honored tradition of making trivial lists. This particular list will cover my favorite 60 songs of the year, while over the coming days I will also post my 20 favorite albums of 2015 along with 10 honorable mentions and the requisite gleeful gushing about each one I wind up including. It’s a great time to be alive! Continue reading “My Favorite Songs of 2015”

WWE TLC Offers Far More Than Expected

Following a disappointing Survivor Series and three straight weeks of retread garbage on Raw, I confess to being relatively certain that I would hate this year’s TLC pay-per-view. Perhaps my low expectations played a bit of a role in my enjoyment, but WWE’s annual December special was far more dynamic and even surprising than I believed possible. That’s saying quite a bit for a show that featured Roman Reigns taking on Sheamus as the main event of the card. Continue reading “WWE TLC Offers Far More Than Expected”

Pass It On!

It Follows (2015)

Rating: 8.0/10

The horror genre has become helplessly diluted and has all but stripped itself of its actual purpose. We all know it, and yet there are still thankfully filmmakers out there trying to work within the medium to make horror that’s actually worth watching. I’ve been a devotee to the scary stuff since childhood, so it’s always an immense pleasure when I get the fortune of stumbling across a horror film that lives up to the genre’s name and makes an effort to go beyond it. Continue reading “Pass It On!”

Grifting and Ghosts

“The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn (2014)

Rating: 7.0/10

Three times I’ve purchased a Gillian Flynn novel, and three times I’ve come away from the experience quite pleased that I did. Having a little bit of time between full-blown books, Flynn decided to pen “The Grownup” as something of an ode to the traditional ghost or haunted house story. Originally published as a short story in an anthology overseen by “A Song of Ice and Fire” mastermind George R. R. Martin, “The Grownup” now stands on its own as one of the thinner physical releases you’re bound to see on a bookshelf; you can easily read this thing in an hour. Continue reading “Grifting and Ghosts”