‘Silence’s’ Priestly Pride and Scorsese’s Male Swagger


There are spoilers for Silence, including a discussion of the ending of both the novel and movie, contained within this post.

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Behold: The Worst Trailer of All Time

Welp, Tommy. Ze Germans got here.

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair:

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NFL Divisional Round Picks, with Pictures

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Over the summer I attended a concert by a mediocre 90s band and was asked by its lead singer whether I believed in science. At the time, I did.

But then I lived through the NFL’s wild card weekend and witnessed the clearest evidence to date indicating that we are living in a post-science era of world history.

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New Substandard Discusses Actors Who Direct, NFL Playoffs

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Actors who want to direct! The NFL playoffs! Drama at the Golden Globes! All this and (a very little bit!) more in this week’s Substandard! Leave a review here! Subscribe in iTunes or Google Play or other podcast thingies! Do one of those and I promise not to use any exclamation points next week!

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You People Wanted the Politicized Life? Congrats, You Got It

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People are, naturally, extremely upset because Donald Trump said people should buy L.L. Bean products because someone in the organization said something nice about him or donated to his campaign or some such. Here’s Trump:

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Gizmodo Fake News on Nukes

This one's a dud.

The ACC Is the Best Conference in College Football

The ACC takes its rightful place atop the college football heap. (AP)

I think David French summed up the national championship pretty nicely last night:

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Is Meryl Streep Overrated?

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So, obviously, the only thing anyone cares about from the Golden Globes last night—anyone except the fulminators of Film Twitter fuming about La La Land’s triumph, that is—is Meryl Streep’s speech and the reaction it prompted from President-elect Donald Trump.

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NFL Wild Card Picks, With Pictures

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At the beginning of this NFL season I announced that I was no longer going to partake in football betting as a scientific experiment.

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New Substandard Features ‘Silence,’ Me Getting Trolled


In the latest episode of The Substandard (subscribe here! Leave a review!), JVL, Vic Matus, and I discuss Silence and Martin Scorsese. I’ll be honest: I may or may not have lost my cool when JVL revealed that he thinks Martin Scorsese is overrated.

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There’s Still (Almost) Another Month of Christmas


A lot of people take me for a Scrooge, a label I am happy to embrace. I despise “the holidays” and make a point of never acknowleding Thanksgiving* or New Year’s Eve, and I refuse to say “Merry Christmas” to anyone until the evening of December 24, the earliest juncture at which I will tolerate …

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Sorry, But Not Killing Babies Is Bad for Business


What does the Democratic Party stand for in 2017? The bottom lines of insurance companies? The unfettered operation of our intelligence services? Neo-McCarthyism? Let’s ask the governor of Virginia: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is promising to veto legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying such a “socially divisive” proposal hurts the state’s image.… McAuliffe, …

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate Voters

This would be a much better 'Check Your Privilege' card btw.

Over the Christmas break*, I stumbled across the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. Via New York magazine, tremble before the power of the Check Your Privilege Card:

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NFL Week 17 Picks, with Fishing


I grew up in New York City and only went fishing once or twice as a kid, without ever catching a fish. Then I read Matthew Walther’s review of Fishing with Roland Martin and was convinced to give the show a chance. Watching the veteran angler wield his rod like a Jedi wields his lightsaber permanently changed my …

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NFL Week 16 Picks, Christmas Edition


Along with Donald Trump’s election victory in November came the end of the War on Christmas.

Christmas won.

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