AEW’s Top 20 Wrestlers Through Year 1

All Elite Wrestling has helped reinvigorate my fandom in the past year. As an extension of the column I wrote on WrestlingHeadlines.com, here is the other half of the Top 20. #20 Sammy Guevara – Since Dynamite on TNT started, the self-proclaimed Spanish God has been one of the anchors of the AEW product asContinue reading “AEW’s Top 20 Wrestlers Through Year 1”

The Top 10 NBA Teams of My Basketball Fandom: A Fantasy Tournament

As a kid, I played an extraordinary amount of basketball in my driveway. I had a good imagination, so games involving me pretending to be various heroes of the hardwood from Pettit to Chamberlain to Oscar to Cousy to Bird to Magic to Jordan to Hakeem at an earlier age became a full blown leagueContinue reading “The Top 10 NBA Teams of My Basketball Fandom: A Fantasy Tournament”

The 5 Roles That Define My Favorite Actor

When I met my wife in 2008, she told me after a few months that “Tom Cruise is your man crush” because so many movies I enjoyed rewatching (as evidenced by my DVD collection at the time) featured Cruise as the lead. Undoubtedly, through the first half of my life, replays of Top Gun (myContinue reading “The 5 Roles That Define My Favorite Actor”

In Gladiator and Beyond, the Heel Makes the Movie

A point I’ve often made in movie conversations over the years, particularly about superhero films, is that they are usually only as good as their villains. Extending that point across other genres, I think it holds water. What’s the difference between a highly rewatchable movie and a solid film that’s worth the original watch orContinue reading “In Gladiator and Beyond, the Heel Makes the Movie”

Unwelcomed Sanity: A Short Story Inspired by COVID-19

A foreign and awful noise jolted Dr. Hirochika Takada from sleep. Characteristically groggy after a long day of working in his personally owned health clinic on the outskirts of Osaka, he found himself instinctively reaching for the source of the noise. His right hand clasped a small and rectangular electronic device. A cell phone? TakadaContinue reading “Unwelcomed Sanity: A Short Story Inspired by COVID-19”

Cast Away, and What Makes a Movie Rewatchable

Cast Away, up until recently, was not a movie that struck me as particularly rewatchable. Some films seem better suited to the original viewing only, and the 2000 Tom Hanks performance on a deserted island had previously fit that bill for me. However, a recent listen to one of my favorite podcasts, The Rewatchables (onContinue reading “Cast Away, and What Makes a Movie Rewatchable”

An Existential Look at WrestleMania 36

My relationship with WrestleMania certainly is not what it once was. Whereas it used to be the event that gave my pro wrestling fandom its yearly shot of adrenaline, helping me get through the doldrum periods of a never-ending calendar of events, in recent years my philosophical disagreement primarily with the usage of modern starsContinue reading “An Existential Look at WrestleMania 36”

Zen in the Art of Writing, Part 1

Years ago, one of the friends I made through our mutual love of sports and entertainment suggested we together embark on a journey through Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing, but while I bought the book, the project with my buddy, Shane, never came to fruition. Sports being my primary escape from theContinue reading “Zen in the Art of Writing, Part 1”

WWE’s Greatest Matches of the 2010s

Last night, a friend of mine texted me, “What are your Top 10 WWE main roster matches of last decade?” After we chatted back and forth about it for a while, I thought “it sure would be a nice escape to lose myself in a pro wrestling podcast for an hour.” And it was indeed.Continue reading “WWE’s Greatest Matches of the 2010s”

Joker is Haunting Social Commentary on the Various Causes of Mass Violence

Great familiarity with The Joker character of DC Comics and particularly Batman canon in my generation means knowing that the actors who played him on the big screen were changed by it. Jack Nicholson’s portrayal in 1990’s Batman led him to speak to Heath Ledger about the psychological toll that it took; Ledger’s turn, ofContinue reading “Joker is Haunting Social Commentary on the Various Causes of Mass Violence”