What a strange, strange year.

The last movie I watched in a proper theater was Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, originally titled Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

It was fine. Colorful, loud, properly zany. A perfectly OK movie theater experience. A decent enough excuse to keep my phone on Do Not Disturb for the better part of two hours on a random afternoon.

I bring that up to say if I’d known that was the last time I would go to a movie theater in 2020, I might’ve snuck away in late February or early March to see Emma…


Through his art, Mac Miller showed us the work that goes into staying around, and we’re all better for it.

There’s a scene The Sandlot (1993) in which the ghost of baseball legend Babe Ruth visits young Benny Rodriguez in his bedroom. It’s a little terrifying at first: Benny’s room starts shaking and the sound of a cheering crowd rises up. Benny, who seems way too calm about the situation, asks nobody in particular, “Who’s there?” When the door opens in response, there is Babe Ruth; baseball bat slung over his shoulder, cigar hanging from his lips and a gem-like, auditory aura accompanying the entrance.

A cool part of this scene is that the Great Bambino first appears in fuzzy…


Some chose puzzles. Others made bread. For me, it was movies.

Do The Right Thing (1989) dir. by Spike Lee

As the coronavirus-induced lockdown transformed the idea of a homebody from an antisocial trait to a responsible one, the guilt of weekend nights spent watching movies alone evaporated. What specifically remained for me was movies’ transportative nature. I could spend time on a New York City block, or hop in a time machine to the Old West, or try to piece together the moving parts of a grand mystery. …


Processing the death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant is to mourn the loss of a childhood hero and a stolen future

Kobe and Gianna Bryant died on Sunday, and it really feels like the world is in mourning. That’s at least how it seemed as I walked through the Detroit airport in a daze, waiting for my connection back home while refreshing Twitter and texting friends and family.

Not Kobe, not like this. And then some time later, not Gigi too. Ultimately, nine people were lost.

Kobe Bryant created a lot of emotions for me. As a kid, elation. Watching him and Shaq win their first title in 2000 is my earliest basketball memory. A few years later, I watched in…


Noah Baumbach delivers a cutting, nuanced look at a relationship that has fallen apart and how two people manage to restructure those pieces.

In a venture that is equal parts keeping track of some of the favorite things that happen in 2019 and also stretching my writing muscles to think about things other than sports (and more specifically), I’m going to post about my favorite things I come by each month. That includes anything from a movie to a tweet to a great meal. Here’s to enjoying, and remembering, the best parts of the year.

January: Maggie Rogers’ Heard It In A Past Life February: Desus & Mero Return On Showtime March: Sabrina Carpenter Concert @ House of Blues April: Game of Thrones…


I watched a lot of movies this year. Some new, some old, and some I’ll revisit over and over again.

Myriad factors contributed to my movie-watching habits in 2019.

First, I traveled a lot for work, and I often sat on flights which stretched well into double-digit hours, which allowed me the space and time to dive into the vast world that is the Plane Movie. Sure, maybe CGI-filled spectacles (namely, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu), but nonetheless, it helped knockout a few movies I didn’t have the time to catch. (Unrelated: The time in the air also allowed for a late dive into the Phoebe Waller-Bridge hype. …


Bong Joon-ho’s masterful movie bends genre without every losing its tone and message.

In a venture that is equal parts keeping track of some of the favorite things that happen in 2019 and also stretching my writing muscles to think about things other than sports (and more specifically), I’m going to post about my favorite things I come by each month. That includes anything from a movie to a tweet to a great meal. Here’s to enjoying, and remembering, the best parts of the year.

January: Maggie Rogers’ Heard It In A Past Life February: Desus & Mero Return On Showtime March: Sabrina Carpenter Concert @ House of Blues April: Game of Thrones…


After years of waiting for a Looking For Alaska adaptation, Hulu delivered on a show that kept the spirit of the story throughout the 8-episode limited series.

In a venture that is equal parts keeping track of some of the favorite things that happen in 2019 and also stretching my writing muscles to think about things other than sports (and more specifically), I’m going to post about my favorite things I come by each month. That includes anything from a movie to a tweet to a great meal. Here’s to enjoying, and remembering, the best parts of the year.

January: Maggie Rogers’ Heard It In A Past Life February: Desus & Mero Return On Showtime March: Sabrina Carpenter Concert @ House of Blues April: Game of Thrones…


Hanif Abdurraqib’s second poetry collection shows a writer having fun with the medium while still bringing nuance and care.

In a venture that is equal parts keeping track of some of the favorite things that happen in 2019 and also stretching my writing muscles to think about things other than sports (and more specifically), I’m going to post about my favorite things I come by each month. That includes anything from a movie to a tweet to a great meal. Here’s to enjoying, and remembering, the best parts of the year.

January: Maggie Rogers’ Heard It In A Past Life February: Desus & Mero Return On Showtime March: Sabrina Carpenter Concert @ House of Blues April: Game of Thrones…


Lulu Wang’s film examines where culture, tradition and family duty clash with one another, and that’s where it thrives.

In a venture that is equal parts keeping track of some of the favorite things that happen in 2019 and also stretching my writing muscles to think about things other than sports (and more specifically), I’m going to post about my favorite things I come by each month. That includes anything from a movie to a tweet to a great meal. Here’s to enjoying, and remembering, the best parts of the year.

January: Maggie Rogers’ Heard It In A Past Life February: Desus & Mero Return On Showtime March: Sabrina Carpenter Concert @ House of Blues April: Game of Thrones…

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