Category: 2016

2016, Movies

Cameraperson (2016, Kirsten Johnson)

When we’re watching movies, I think most of us never really think about the shots and scenes that got left “on the cutting room floor.” Unless we’re absolutely obsessed with a particular movie or filmmaker, most people don’t buy or watch the outtakes of most movies. Most of us accept the finished film as is, …

2016, Basketball, Books, Non-Fiction, Sports

Boys Among Men (2016) by Jonathan Abrams

This is a pretty excellent narrative history of the one and only generation of NBA stars to come directly from high school. Though I have one minor quibble, I got over it and, for the most part, it’s probably the definitive book about this topic.

2016, Music

Undestroyed (2016) by Free Salamander Exhibit

Even before listening to this record, the evocation of the former band is perhaps a little too overt. Not only does the artwork of the album recall Sleepytime Gorilla Museum but look at these band names: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Free Salamander Exhibit People as creative as these guys are need to change up the format …

2016, Movies

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016, John Scheinfeld)

This is a prestige documentary about John Coltrane featuring Denzel Washington of all people reading Coltrane’s own words, as well as a collection of interviews with Coltrane’s children (and step-daughter), critics, historians, biographers, fellow and later musicians and Bill Clinton. But if you are at all a fan of the man’s work, and you have …

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, Music

The Bob’s Burgers Music Album (2017)

Much like The Simpsons (at least back when I watched it) music plays a very significant role in Bob’s Burgers. In fact, it plays an even more significant role, given the singing propensities of multiple characters in the Belcher family. This album collects the featured songs from the show, as well as a few covers …

2016, Books, Non-Fiction

A Natural History of Human Morality (2016) by Michael Tomasello

For the vast majority of recorded human history, we humans have believed that morality comes from somewhere outside of us; from “above,” from the ether, from some kind of benevolent creator, etc. Even as we have learned more and more about how humans evolved from apes who evolved from “lower” animals who evolved from “lower” …

2016, Movies

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016, Edward Zwick)

After watching this sequel, I feel like I should go back and up my rating on the original because, for all its flaws (some seemingly inherent in the source material), the original movie was entertaining as these things go. This one is not. SPOILERS (for this film and the original)

2016, Movies

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016, Bryan Singer)

The stakes got upped a bit in the previous entry and so I must say I was worried about the endless stake-upping occurring in this series, like it does with the Avengers movies. And, to an extent, it does. The bad guy is a different kind of world-threatening baddie this time, but at least he’s …

2016, Movies

Passengers (2016, Morten Tyldum)

I feel like every single time I watch one of these legendary blockbuster bombs I find myself asking the same question: did I watch the same movie as everyone else? Make no mistake: this is not a good film. But once you’ve been told something is The Worst over and over again, your expectations get …

2016, Movies

Jason Bourne (2016, Paul Greengrass)

Why there’s another Bourne movie I don’t know. This one hits all the marks you’d expect: Bourne is mad at the CIA and is taking some kind of action, there’s someone on inside helping him out (actually 2 people, but whatever). The cast is too good for the material, as is usual with these films, …

2016, 2017, Basketball, Sports

Your 2016-2017 Toronto Raptors

At this time of year I usually write a summary of everyone on the Toronto Raptors, their contributions and their shot-comings, and what the team should do going forward. Today, on the occasion of The Raptors getting swept by The Cleveland Cavaliers, I think it’s probably time to blow it all up:

2016, Music

Hotel California (1976) by Eagles

Who is this record for? Clearly, it’s for a lot of people, as it sound somewhere between 20 and 30 million copies. But listening to it, I don’t know who it’s for. The rock tracks feel like they appeal to one group of people, and the sappy, over-produced soft rock ballads to another group. It’s …

2016, Non-Fiction, Podcasts

Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes (2016)

This podcast covers the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Andes, at a university in Ohio in the 70s. It’s a new take on the rash of podcasts that are out there as, in this case, the crime is unsolved. (However, when In the Dark started recording, that crime was also unsolved.)

2016, Non-Fiction, Podcasts

In the Dark (2016)

I forgot to review this when I finished listening to it (and I presume I have forgotten to review a bunch of other podcasts I finished). This is a frustrating, devastating and infuriating portrait of a child kidnapping in the 80s, the near-absolute power of country Sheriffs in the US (and their general incompetence) and …

2016, Movies

Captain America: Civil War (2016, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo)

What is this? Is it a 2 and a half hour prelude to another movie? Because it sure feels like that to me. It’s the nadir of this recent trend in blockbusters to split a movie into two halves. Because, though this is ostensibly a Captain America film, what it really feels like is just …

2016, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Saturday January 14, 2016

What I Ate Brunch: 2 pieces of rapini “strata” (basically savoury bread pudding); glass of tea, few glasses of OJ, I think Dinner: more rapini strata, guava turnover; OJ What I Did for Exercise Completed a YouTube video on the Exercise Bike Walked a teeny tiny bit What I Did with My Life Nothing!

2016, Movies

Marauders (2016, Steven C. Miller)

Why can’t bank heist movies just be about bank heists and stealing money any more? This film feels like so many other bank heist films I’ve seen recently – there has to be another angle aside from making money. And that’s just so tired. Despite committed performances from Meloni and some other people (and a …

2016, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for December 31, 2016

What I Ate Breakfast: cereal with yogurt and half a banana; glass of tea Lunch: dregs of Thursday’s chicken curry and rice, dregs of a bag of chips with hummus; bottle of homebrew Afternoon: 3 different kinds of cheese, a bunch of different crackers, pate; 2 or 3 small glasses of wine Dinner: 2 pieces …

2016, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Thursday December 29, 2016

What I Ate Breakfast: egg bun with peanut butter and jam, smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; 3 pieces of beef jerkey Lunch: chicken curry roti Dinner: chicken curry, mixed vegetables and rice, samosa, naan; half a sour fruit ale After dinner: half of two DIPAs, half an RIS, half a barley …

2016, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Wednesday December 28, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: 3 pancakes with yogurt and blueberries; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; 2 bananas Lunch: turkey, stuffing and cheddar sandwich Dinner: half a bottle of Riesling Singapore slaw, 16 course tasting menu, inexplicably weird but amazing dessert at Bent After Dinner: mint tea What I Did for Exercise About 20 …

2016, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Tuesday December 27, 2016

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 2 pieces of toast, half a bowl of yogurt with blueberries and guava paste; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: bowl of chips; wheat dopplebock Dinner: 1/3 of a pork tenderloin, rice with mojo; bottle of winter ale After dinner: cookies What I Did for Exercise 20 minutes on …

2016, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Monday December 26, 2016

What I Ate Brunch: 3 pancakes, orange; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: samples of 5 different beers; a few chips Dinner: 4 pieces of pork tenderloin, mojo, rice, 2 helpings of salad; half a bottle of double IPA What I Did for Exercise 20 minutes on the exercise bike at full resistance Walked to Danforth …

2016, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Sunday December 25, 2016

What I Ate Brunch: smoothie, peanut butter and jam sandwich, 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: chai latte; carrots and dip Evening: crackers and dip; cranberry and orange juice mocktail Dinner: bowl of roast vegetable soup, 2 helpings of turkey, 2 helpings of stuffing, 3 small potatoes; cranberry and orange mocktail After dinner: 4 cookies What …

2016, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Saturday December 24, 2016

What I Ate Brunch: 2 slices of French Toast with rum-flambeed bananas; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: way too much charcuterie, two flavoured ginger ales Dinner: two helpings of lobster linguine, two helpings of roasted ham hocks, 2 helpings of roast vegetables, 1 piece of bread, piece of really rich cake (I think that’s it); …