October 2018 was a surprisingly respectable month for film, which hasn’t necessarily been the case for some time now. Gravity broke the October box office opening weekend record in 2013, which had only just been previously broken in 2011, by Paranormal Activity 3 of all movies. Audiences were willing to spend money this year, as Venom smashed Gravity‘s […]Read more "The Corporate Mandate"
Context is everything, so when this record was released as a contractual obligation just 14 weeks after Come, we should have foreseen the dark days ahead. Peaking at #47 on the Top 200, it was Prince’s lowest-selling album since Dirty Mind stalled out at #43 on the same list 14 years prior. Where that album […]Read more "Retroactive Review: The Black Album (1994)"
The spirituality of Lovesexy was hinted at in tracks on Graffiti Bridge, which to most fans would suggest since that drone at the end of “Positivity” was also at the end of “The New Power Generation (Pt. II),” and the two albums that featured the band named after that song sold just as well as the last […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Come (1994)"
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics The opening game of the 2018-19 NBA season began with the two most storied franchises in the Eastern Conference facing off after the Celtics proved that the 76ers they were not ready to really compete for a title in last season’s playoffs. Both teams are young and looking to make […]Read more "2018-19 NBA Opening Night"
Game over man, game over. Warriors three-peat, the NBA is rigged, and parity is dead. Why watch when one team is certain to dominate the entire association? The other storylines mostly, and the possibility of an insane upset perhaps? After LeBron’s big move to Los Angeles, the Warriors upstaged everyone by signing arguably the most […]Read more "Ground Floor Zero: 2018-19 NBA Season Preview"
We’ll have to return to numerology to explain the rather creative approach to Prince’s platinum-selling fourteenth studio album. I’m aware I run the risk of making myself sound like a crackpot, but if you’ve been following along since For You, then you’re probably a little loony as well. Regardless, 33 is considered a master number; […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Love Symbol Album (1992)"
No one I’m aware of is really excited for this movie, least of all me. That’s what I find truly disturbing about this; I find myself trying to promote this movie to casual moviegoers more than the trailers and other casual moviegoers. ’90s nostalgia is in full force currently, and 20th Century Fox is banking […]Read more "The Predator Review"
Mike Malone has been the head coach of the Denver Nuggets as long as Nikola Jokic has been on the franchise. Malone’s tenure with the Sacramento Kings was cut short after an 11-13 start to the 2014-15 season; 39-67 overall after a little over a season with the team. Malone was the only coach in […]Read more "Denver’s Specious Goldmine?"
Until the Blazers went on a month-long 13-game winning streak from Valentine’s Day 2018 until March 18th, they were sitting on the sixth seed at 31-26. Great teams don’t usually string together four losing streaks of at least three games, mostly coming against playoff teams; they did. One of those losing streaks was a five-game […]Read more "Derailed Blazers"
It’s easy to say, and is often repeated verbatim, that this Finals was the “passing of the torch” between the ’80s and the ’90s. It’s hard to disagree, even when this sentiment is used mostly to prop up the beginning of Michael Jordan’s current demigod status. Before this, the Bulls franchise had never even been […]Read more "Game Film: 1991 NBA Finals"