Tarantino's latest a stylish, violent Western

Considering his seeming ubiquity in the pop culture landscape since bursting onto the scene with the one-two punch of 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction' in the early 1990s, it's a little surprising that Quentin Tarantino has only directed eight films.
(Well by his count, anyway. Depending on how you choose to categorize the two-volume 'Kill Bill' or the 'Death Proof' half of 'Grindhouse,' you could argue that this latest is actually his ninth.)

'The Hateful Eight' is Tarantino's newest work; once again, he's paying homage to a beloved genre in this case, the Western. The director (who also wrote the screenplay) provides himself an abundance of opportunities for sweeping shots and extreme violence just the sort of combination that allows Tarantino's vision to shine brightest.

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 19:35

Age before beauty Navel Gazing'

Book offers humorous, genuine take on growing older

Getting older is one of those realities that we're all forced to face eventually. No matter how mightily we might struggle against it, the passage of time is an unavoidable inevitability. Plenty of people have put pen to paper in an effort to voice the complexity of their feelings regarding their mortality. Many of these meditations are built on strength and sadness and seriousness. Others strive to see the humor in it all.

You can probably guess on which side Michael Ian Black's latest book falls.

Published in Buzz
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 18:19

The kids are (not) all right

The Children's Home' offers unconventional horror
The best horror fiction is that which embraces and exploits the unknown. Too often, writers take the easy path, filling their pages with moments that, while scary enough, aren't particularly surprising. Many times, the frights tend to be familiar ones.

Published in Buzz
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 17:38

Patriots Progress Report 2015 Fourth Quarter

Once again, we reach the end of the NFL's regular season. After a brilliant first half, the New England Patriots struggled over the final eight. They finished at 12-4 their 2-2 record for the month included losses in their last two games against the Jets and the Dolphins.
It's safe to say that the Patriots as they stand currently are a different team than the one that was inspiring talk of another perfect regular season. On offense in particular, the team has struggled. Despite their losing streak, New England still landed a first-round bye, though they did cede the overall top seed to Denver.
It's playoff time, so the counter is reset to zero. However, if they keep playing the way they have over the past month, New England's time might be short.

Published in Report Card
Saturday, 02 January 2016 03:09

Kibbles and Picks 2015 Week 17

Kibbles and Picks 2015 Week 17

Wellhere we are. It's the final week of the season; despite my best efforts last week a decent 9-7 I made up no ground on Stella, who matched that 9-7 record. She is sitting pretty with an eight-game lead going into this last week of games.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:41

Weird National Briefs - (12/30/15)

Wallet weed

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - A northern New Jersey man faces drug charges after handing police officers who asked for his identification a wallet containing marijuana.

Santos Vasques-Hernandez, of Hackettstown, faces drug possession and disorderly conduct charges after the Christmas Day incident.

Hackettstown police say it happened about 8 p.m. on Main Street when officers were called to the scene for a report of an unresponsive, unconscious man.

Authorities say police determined Vasques-Hernandez was breathing and seemed to be intoxicated.

Police say he then became 'combative' and began swinging his fists at officers who asked for identification.

Vasques-Hernandez handed his wallet to officers who smelled marijuana, then found a baggy of the drug in the wallet.

It's unclear whether Vasques Hernandez has an attorney. He was released pending a court appearance.

TME That ID is finest kind, brah.

Barenaked burglar

AUBURN, Calif. - Police in California are trying to determine why a man was naked in frigid temperatures when he entered a home and stole a purse.

Auburn police say the homeowner's boyfriend then chased 28-year-old Adam Pettibone on Friday night before Pettibone got into an SUV and drove off. Sgt. Tucker Huey says Pettibone struck the boyfriend with the SUV. The boyfriend declined medical treatment.

Auburn is about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento. The temperature dipped into the 30s Friday.

Police say they found the SUV a short distance away in front of a home where Pettibone was. They booked him at Placer County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. He was being held on $250,000 bail.

Huey said he did not know whether Pettibone had a lawyer.

TME Maybe he needed money to buy pants?

Longest-distance call

LONDON - Anyone can dial a wrong number, but it's not often done from outer space.

British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted an apology on Christmas Day from the International Space Station after calling a wrong number.

He wrote 'I'd like to apologize to the lady I just called by mistake saying `Hello, is this planet Earth?' - not a prank call - just a wrong number!'

The 43-year-old former army helicopter pilot did not say who he was calling. Since he's Britain's first publicly funded astronaut and the first Briton to visit the space station, millions of Britons have been following his mission closely.

Peake has also used Twitter to send Christmas greetings.

TME The roaming charges must be just ridiculous.

Crying fowl

EUGENE, Ore. - Police say an Oregon man angry with his tax situation left a flock of seven chickens inside the state revenue office.

Police in Eugene said in a news release they responded to a report Wednesday afternoon of chickens left in the lobby of the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Police and an animal welfare officer rounded up the fowl, and they were taken to an animal shelter.

Officers gave 66-year-old Louis Adler, of Creswell, a trespass notice requiring him to stay away from the office or risk a citation.

The Register-Guard reports no people or animals were injured.

Adler couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

State agency spokesman Derrick Gasperini told the Guard the staff had prior dealings with Adler and he was 'frustrated by the outcome.'

TME Paying taxes is for the birds.

It's a date

LAFAYETTE, La. - Police in Louisiana say officers used a dating app to arrest a man accused of stealing a phone at gunpoint.

The Lafayette Police Department announced in a news release that 27-year-old Leroy Hebert was arrested Tuesday. The Advocate reports officers posed as a woman on a dating app and arranged a meeting with Hebert at a Lafayette hotel.

Police say the owner of the stolen phone told authorities he was robbed at gunpoint by two men Monday night. Authorities say the victim was able to access his phone activity online and found a selfie Hebert took on the phone.

Hebert was booked on a count of armed robbery. It isn't clear if he has an attorney.

Authorities haven't identified the second suspect.

TME This gives a whole new meaning to swiping right.

Spoiler alert!

HELENA, Mont. - An 18-year-old Helena man is charged with threatening to shoot a boy for sharing information about a subplot of the new 'Star Wars' movie during an online conversation.

Arthur Charles Roy was charged with felony assault with a weapon Monday during an appearance in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court. He remains jailed with his bail set at $10,000.

Prosecutors allege Roy became angry Thursday when he learned details about the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' from a Facebook friend.

Court records said he sent the friend a picture of himself with a gun and threatened to come to the victim's school to shoot him.

Helena's alternative high school was locked down Friday morning. Police arrested Roy on Friday afternoon.

Roy's public defender in an earlier rape case wasn't immediately available to comment Tuesday.

TME Apparently, it's not just Han who shoots first.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:27

Looking back at past picks

Revisiting 2015's sporting predictions

As we reach the end of 2015, the time has come once again to revive the tradition of looking back on all of my sporting predictions for the year to gauge their ultimate accuracy. As per usual, we are definitely looking at a mixed bag at best.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:20

Celebrity Slam - (12/30/15)


While we have no problems taking shot after shot at the foibles and failings of famous folks, there are certain things that we try to stay away from. In particular, we generally steer clear of stuff that involves the children of celebrities (you know, beyond the ridiculous names with which they're often saddled).

Published in Celebrity Slam
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:18

Film failures: 2015's movie misfires

One of my favorite parts of the 'year in review' issue is looking back at all of the movies I've seen over the past year. And while it's nice to remember the good movies, it's arguably more fun to think back on the terrible ones.

And 2015 saw plenty of terrible movies.

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:01

Concussion' hits hard

Based-on-true-story film part sports movie, part procedural

The NFL is the most popular sports league in America and it isn't close. However, there's a dark dichotomy to the game. It's a blend of grace and violence; the participants receive lavish compensation, but also undertake tremendous physical risks.

Published in Buzz
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