May 2, 2013 |
I can't sleep and you can't either. It's the nightmare I keep having. The curse of the Presidents' Trophy. It's awarded to the best regular-season NHL team. And it means … nothing. It rarely happens that the team that wins it wins the whole thing. In fact, I remember when the Blackhawks won the trophy last. Oh, it was 1991. I panic because that year we lost to some first-round Cinderella from … Minnesota. They were the North Stars then. Memories are memories and I'm scared.
October 28, 2012 |
Correct me if I'm wrong, but has this not been the most weirdly misogynistic election season since - I want to say - women got the vote? Here's my theory: Men are beginning to figure out that it's all over for us, and we're having a society-wide freakout about it. It's not just Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock proclaiming that God wants women to have their rape babies or Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin with his scintillating insights...
April 22, 2013 |
The Stanley Cup playoffs won't start until next week, but since the Blackhawks are locked in as the No. 1 seed in the West - and almost certainly No. 1 overall - it's only natural to start looking ahead to the postseason. Especially with this year's team, which is on pace to finish with the best points percentage of any NHL team since 1930. Heck, you may already be staking out a solid parade-watching spot. But like a bizarro farmer, the Stanley Cup playoffs enjoy stomping on your silly little seeds.
February 21, 2012 |
Check out the travels of Leslie Hope of ABC's paranormal hit, “The River,” and you get the impression that very little scares the Canadian actress. Long before “The River” came along, when she was playing Teri Bauer on “24,” Hope trekked deep into the Amazon River basin to live for a week with the Huaorani Indians. She's traveled to Iceland, Peru, the Faroe Islands, Turkey, China and Laos. A 2003 trip took her to Cambodia, which inspired her to make the award-winning documentary short about street kids called “What I See When I...
July 30, 2012 |
It's climate week on Off the Markley (read yesterday's post on the disastrous summer of 2012 ), and we're going to use today's post to talk about why delaying action on our climatological experiment is not really an option. In all my writing on the state of our climate emergency, I keep running into two dangerous myths that perpetuate themselves even among smart, relatively informed people (well, three if you count people who still think that “climategate” was a thing that meant everything is just fine)
September 19, 2013 |
*** (out of four) When John (Sam Rockwell) accidentally shoots and kills a woman in the woods and finds a box of money nearby, there's no moral choice to be made, only a practical one. He can't afford not to take it - and obviously hasn't seen “No Country for Old Men” for a look at the likely consequences. John's out of work and thinks maybe the cash influx will help him reunite with his estranged wife (Kelly Reilly of “Flight”) and young son. At one point in “A Single Shot” the boy is babysat by a naked woman and her creepy hookup who declares,...