Guess who’s back, back again? The Shad Poll’s back, tell a friend!
So here’s the thing. My original plan was to run out tonight, catch the first screening of Christopher Nolan’s newest work, “Interstellar,” collect my thoughts and calmly put down some words about the movie. However when I made these plans, I wasn’t expecting the film to be the full body spiritual gut punch experience that I just had (and am still kind of shaking from).
As you’re reading this, the chance of the Wisconsin Nebraska football game being played at 7:00 p.m. is about 1 percent. For argument’s sake, I’d say a 2:30 start is 50% and 11:00 is 49%.
Halloween has now come and gone and with it have gone the smattering of Halloween-related sitcom episodes that have graced both network and cable alike. Soon, Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes will usher us into the most wonderful time of the year. As such, I figured I would take this opportunity to break down the trope that is the “Holiday Episode.”
As the weather outside gets frightful, the jumpers of Dekker and Kaminsky will be oh so delightful. That’s right folks, the college basketball season is a little over a week away from starting, and Wisconsin is near the top of the preseason rankings.
I’ve recently started binge watching “The Good Wife,” one of CBS’ hour-long prime-time dramas. While I’d heard of the show before, it wasn’t until I saw Julianna Margulies’ speech after winning her second Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series that I thought I should give the show a try.
If there’s one thing television does not lack, it’s shows about criminals. If there’s one thing Netflix doesn’t lack, it’s acclaimed BBC dramas. “Peaky Blinders” fills both of these criteria. The BBC’s slow-burning drama about life for one gang in post-WWI Birmingham showcases life and criminality in what is undoubtedly one of the dirtiest cities I have ever seen (on television).
A new era of college football is finally upon us. Last night, the selection committee handed down its rankings from on high. Now, instead of complaining between who’s No. 2 and No. 3 we can complain about who’s No. 4 and No. 5. In a way, there’s a new paradigm in college football and, in another way, nothing has changed a bit.
Clive Barker once said that horror fiction shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion. It’s a curious thing to say, but it makes you wonder. Where did the need to scare come from? What caused the birth of horror literature? What would induce someone to wake up one day and concoct a milieu of elements designed to do nothing but inspire the existence of fear within the imagination of those who cross paths with it?
In the late ’90s, I wasn’t old enough to use a second hand to count my age. With that being said, you may be wondering why that era’s rock music brings me back to my tweenage years. It all starts at camp, the place where my musical horizons expanded beyond the purview of 50 Cent and everyone else that can be generously lumped into the category of party rap.
Finally, it’s the moment we have all been waiting for, the first edition of Shad’s College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings of the season.
The two newest video game consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, are somewhat lacking in games you can play with your friends. The PlayStation 4 actually has numerous great titles, but they mostly run the gamut of smaller independent titles. I recommend the excellent “Nidhogg,” “TowerFall Ascension” and “Sportsfriends.” While all three together cost less than a $60 retail game, they also don’t look like games one might expect to see on powerful new game consoles—“Towerfall” and “Nidhogg” both utilize the pixel art graphical style from the medium’s early days, and “Sportsfriends” combines pixel art with an animated cartoon aesthetic.
So I want to talk a little about definitions. Mostly, I want to talk about the fact that TV and movies are, more and more, the same thing, sort of? Because they maybe weren’t so different in the first place? But all that comes later. First, we have to talk about comic books.