Category: TV

Babylon Berlin

I had lost track of Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior) after the early 00s, but it turns out he’s one of the folks behind Netflix’s Babylon Berlin. If you like noir mixed with historical fiction, set in a post-WWI, pre-WWII Germany, check it out. (If you’re already watching, Emily VanDerWerff […]

Vulture: “The Paul Hollywood Handshake Is the Absolute Worst”

Brian Moylan, writing for Vulture, capturing the unctuous bundle of self-satisfaction that is Paul Hollywood:

Admittedly, part of what fuels my hatred is that the commendation is coming from Paul, the beautiful, blue-eyed physical embodiment of manspreading. It’s almost like his arm-pumping is mansplaining baking to us. As Anoosh Chakelian writes in the New Statesman, “you can just see the blokey pleasure twinkling in Hollywood’s eyes when he swings his right arm out. The smug smirk. The eyebrows raised in can you believe I’m praising you? mock-benevolence.”

I don’t even remember noticing “the handshake” while watching earlier seasons, but while watching one of the recent episodes on Netflix I turned to Jordan and said, “It looks like they’re trying to make this A THING.”

Ode to Kuro

The Verge with an ode to the former Kuro TV line for Pioneer: Unfortunately for Pioneer, it was a boutique audiophile-style plasma TV manufacturer in a mass-produced LCD world. Not only were LCDs rapidly dropping in price and rapidly gaining in functionality, but modern plasmas had to battle against a bad reputation for burn-in, ghosting, […]

Selling Pucks

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images. Yes, I believe that is a built-in beer holder on that Hulk hand. Slate recently ran an article on the difficulty of selling hockey through star power. It’s a good read, touching on a few common hurdles to watching hockey: stars only playing part of the game (what are these […]

Catching Up

Lots of stuff on the burner. Finishing a big project at work, so I’ve been quiet on this space for a bit longer than I anticipated. Evan brought me along to see the Kings/Rangers game last week, which proves what a great guy he is – burning one of his season-ticket shares on a last-place west-coast […]

Like a Phoenix

It’s been quite for far too long in this space. Figured it was time to resurrect the blog for my three readers out there. My absence is mostly due to a very busy month at work, as well as long-ish trip out west. Jordan and I spent a week out in Napa Valley, leading up […]