(Review) XTC: This Is Pop

By John Ruberry Synesthesia: "A sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color," so says Dictionary.com. If there is a void in your musical life and you are a fan of the Kinks and the … Continue reading (Review) XTC: This Is Pop

The Devil and Larry Norman

Sipping whisky from a paper cup You drown your sorrows ‘til you can’t stand up Take a look at what you’ve done to yourself Why don’t you put the bottle back on the shelf Shooting junk ‘til you’re half insane A broken needle in a purple vein Why don’t you look into Jesus He’s got … Continue reading The Devil and Larry Norman

A Liberation Front That Has Nothing To Do With Politics

In the early to mid 1970s, commercials for Mennen Skin Bracer aftershave were a staple of network television, especially sports programming. The tag line was simple: after the announcer deeply intoned how Skin Bracer’s skin tightner and chin chillers wake you up like a cold slap in the face, a man would slap some on … Continue reading A Liberation Front That Has Nothing To Do With Politics

Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

By John Ruberry Season four of the post First World War-set British gangster drama Peaky Blinders returned to Netflix ten days ago. It aired last month on the BBC. Read my review of the first three seasons here. For the uninitiated, the show is about, yes, the Peaky Blinders; who are named for the razor … Continue reading Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

Review: Kathryrn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

By John Ruberry I was out of town in July when Detroit, the movie about the destructive 1967 riot and a police attack on a small group of guests at the Algiers Motel, hit the theaters. Directed by Kathryrn Bigelow, who is best known for Zero Dark Thirty and the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, … Continue reading Review: Kathryrn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

Review: Karl Marx City

By John Ruberry If you know a millennial who craves communism, then I suggest that you sit that person down to watch the documentary Karl Marx City by Petra Epperlein and her husband, Michael Tucker, which was released last year. Epperlein was born in 1966 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany, which is now, as it was … Continue reading Review: Karl Marx City

Television review: The final season of Longmire

By John Ruberry The Netflix neo-western Longmire has ridden into the sunset after six years. The final season started streaming on the network nine days ago and the results should please its fans. I enjoyed it. My Da Tech Guy review of the first five seasons of is here. Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), a widower, is … Continue reading Television review: The final season of Longmire

Manhunt: Unabomber, a review

By John Ruberry Manhunt: Unabomber, is an engrossing eight-episode Discovery Channel mini-series, which is also available on Netflix, that dramatizes the search for the man dubbed the Unabomber by the FBI, Ted Kaczynski. Sam Worthington, best known for his starring role in Avatar, stars as James "Fitz" Fitzgerald, the FBI profiler and linguist who connects … Continue reading Manhunt: Unabomber, a review

Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

By John Ruberry Much well-deserved criticism has been leveled at the BBC for compelling Doctor Who to go transgender by having, after 41 years, a woman take the lead role. Not because, as DaTechGuy himself noted two months ago, the best performer was hired, but because the Doctor Who franchise apparently needs more diversity. Keep … Continue reading Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

We Already Know What Happened

by baldilocks It’s another one of those times when I just start typing and see where it leads. Rest assured that you will not get the first draft. At any given waking moment, there are dozens of things I’m pondering simultaneously. Here’s one of the contemporaneous things: Hillary Clinton’s new book, entitled What Happened, which … Continue reading We Already Know What Happened

Series review: Broadchurch

By John Ruberry A few days ago I finished watching season three of Broadchurch, a British mystery series which is broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV--and here on BBC America--starring David Tennant as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman as Detective Inspector Ellie Miller. Tennant of course is best known as the Tenth Doctor--and … Continue reading Series review: Broadchurch

Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home

By John Ruberry Deep in southwestern Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate state lies the small village of Kallstadt, which has about 1,200 residents. It is well-known for two reasons. It's a stop on the German Wine Route and it's the ancestral home of Henry J. Heinz, the founder of the H.J. Heinz Company, and President Donald … Continue reading Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home

Review: Season Two of The Last Kingdom

By John Ruberry Last fall in my review of the first season of The Last Kingdom I wrote: I’ll be back for season two, hoping for more. (More meaning better shows, not bare buttocks.) After all, the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood didn’t hit its stride until season two and it didn’t achieve consistent greatness until The … Continue reading Review: Season Two of The Last Kingdom

Shetland: The series so far

By John Ruberry Netflix binge watching just brought me to Scotland's remote Shetland Islands for the BBC crime drama Shetland, a series that is based upon books by Ann Cleeves. Stoic Director Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall), a Shetland native who moved back to the islands from Glasgow after the death of his wife, calmly investigates the archipelago's murders--and … Continue reading Shetland: The series so far

Review: Peaky Blinders so far

By John Ruberry Most of the main characters in Hell on Wheels, my last Netflix binge-watching adventure, were shaped, and scarred, by the American Civil War. In this BBC 2 television show, Peaky Blinders, set in Birmingham, England beginning in 1919, World War I casts its shadow over the lead characters. Three seasons have been … Continue reading Review: Peaky Blinders so far