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    Review – The Boy Named If by Elvis Costello & The Imposters

    The Boy Named If Elvis Costello and The Imposters Released 14 January 2022  (EMI Records and Capitol Records) I’m a little late to the game, but I wanted (very, very briefly) to review what I think is a fantastic album–and, as an Elvis Costello fanatic and aficionado, I had to give my two cents on this 2022 rock masterpiece. The highlights for me: The Voice. It is no secret that Elvis has one of the most distinct voices in all of rock. Of course, some vehemently dislike this brand of distinctiveness. Yet, those in the know rightly rate it as a highly expressive tool. On this album, Elvis uses his…

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    Review – Ted Lasso

    Ted Lasso is joyous. It’s a show that makes you happy—but not in a saccharine, overly sentimental way. It shows us a character who knows himself. It shows us what believing in ourselves and others can do. I’m a somewhat pessimistic person in general, and this show got me right where it counts. And it’s funny as hell, too! All of the above is in no small part due to Jason Sudeikis’s prowess as a comedic performer and personality. If Ted were in someone else’s hands, things could go off the rails quite easily. Sudeikis has confidence that shines through his performance; it’s not cocky, but it is assured—just like…

  • Rewind & Rewatch

    Rewind & Rewatch: The Prisoner – The Schizoid Man

    I will start the fifth episode rewatch with my prologue from the first episode–as a caveat and introduction. Again, I’ll put this intro into an indented section to make it easier for people who’ve read it to skip it and get to the current episode. I am starting a Rewind & Rewatch series on The Prisoner (the 1967 British series, created by Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein and starring McGoohan). I’ll be following the DVD episode order throughout this rewatch. In this series, I am merely looking for things of interest to me, ideas I find striking. This series is decidedly not a comprehensive review of The Prisoner, and these are certainly not my final thoughts on the…