Concerted Efforts Part 4: Courting Crimson Kings and Taco Bells

Since the stifling summer is winding down into the cooler bliss of autumn here in charming Wisconsin, I have decided to go back to the cool well of concerts from my never-ending immaturity and my ever-fading youth.  After all, given the COVID circumstances out in the world, even the city of Milwaukee decided to conduct their …

Thrills, Spills, and Holy Hills: A Catholic Adventure!

Since my effervescent spouse mentioned returning to Holy Hill recently, I thought the time was right to drag out this old saw of a fable of a story of a legend!  So here it is, the raw and unvarnished truth!  As opposed to the truth that is cooked and layered with several coats of varnish, …

What is Flugënball?

The sport that has taken Iceland, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, and Ecuador by storm is now reaching the shores of the United States despite the justifiably stringent embargo laws.  This complicated game is called flugënball and it is rapidly becoming the nation’s pastime.  (And when I said the nation’s pastime, of course I meant selected parts of Idaho.) …

Over Supplied, Over Schooled

During this frabjous time of year, school supplies are incessantly beckoning to be picked up for the children’s usage.  Armed with a list so long not even Santa would bother reading it, I strode into the store with supreme confidence that I would find wonderful schoolish things for my children.  I also felt assured that this jaunt …

Annihilation: The Smartest Science Fiction Movie That Was Ever Released on February 23, 2018

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Since nothing new of any real note has come out into theaters, I thought I would dive back into the well once more to drag out some thoughts on a movie that I was dragged to by my wife over 3 years ago.  This movie was so incredibly successful that to date, they …

Concerted Efforts Part 3: Van Halen III, Potheads 0

I cannot let the summer go by without relaying yet another concert experience from my ever-fading youth.  It feels like I just got done taking the snow shovel out my car and suddenly, we’re almost done with July?!  Whew!  Of course, I had better get that shovel back in the car because here in Wisconsin: never, ever rule …

21 Years of Dealing with Death, The Quiet Man, and Camp Crystal Lake

Tomorrow on July 17, 2021, it will be exactly 21 years exactly since my mother, Anita Wink, passed away after an over two-year ordeal with cancer.  Wow.  Just to write that.  21 years ago.  Just over two decades ago.  If I wanted to be highfalutin and such, I would call it one score and one year ago, but I …

A Halloween 2018 Talk On Halloween (2018)

With the recent trailer release for the forthcoming Halloween Kills, I thought I would bring back my review on Halloween (2018).  This is not only because I am eager to cash in by hanging onto the coattails of this franchise but also more importantly, I am lazy.  But this article is a true slice in …

Almost Equal Sequels Part IX: Friday the 13th Part 2

(This wondrous sequel entry was inspired due to my being a guest on Yuri Wainwright’s podcast: The Decline and Fall of the Dead Teenager Movie. Yuri is also the author of The Decline and Fall of the Dead Teenager Movie, which is available over at Amazon.  Also, please be sure to check out his site …

Lincoln & Spielberg: Close Encounters on a House Divided

My father was a huge Civil War history enthusiast.  And by using the term “Civil War”, of course I mean the American Civil War.  I mean, like who cares about the inner conflicts that like occurred in other nations anyway, right?  Okay fine, when Ken Burns gets around to making documentaries on all those other conflicts, maybe I’ll check them …