‘Endgame’ director Joe Russo thinks ‘Heat’ is greatness. He’s not wrong

25 years ago, Michael Mann’s “Heat” changed the way people envisioned action films. The effect hasn’t lessened a single bit in the time since its release. By using an action-packed aesthetic, one with the visceral power of that bank heist sequence, Mann was able to produce a deeply poignant character-driven drama with one of the … More ‘Endgame’ director Joe Russo thinks ‘Heat’ is greatness. He’s not wrong

From Parent to Teacher: Why homeschooling can be a huge challenge

My son thinks of me as a father. Daddy basically. I am his life teacher and coach. A general safe place to escape into after a tough day at school.┬áSometime last month, daddy became teacher. It happened in an instant or what the kids like to call it these days, an email. Suddenly, I wasn’t … More From Parent to Teacher: Why homeschooling can be a huge challenge

‘Extraction’ proves that Chris Hemsworth is the real deal

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is the kind of tough guy who wakes up from an afternoon snooze, takes a pull from his beer, and proceeds to jump hundreds of feet off a cliff down to the bottom for a little wake-up meditation. The truth is something is eating away at Tyler, serving as a catalyst … More ‘Extraction’ proves that Chris Hemsworth is the real deal

The Frank O. Pinion Entertainment Segment, Episode #58: Who is the best James Bond?

Last week on The Large Morning Show in the Afternoon, the gang discussed a variety of topics, ranging from homeschooling my eight-year-old son to finding the best way to revisit the classic FX series, “Justified.” In another hour dominated by the listeners calling in to offer their two cents on what to watch, the conversation … More The Frank O. Pinion Entertainment Segment, Episode #58: Who is the best James Bond?

If COVID teaches us anything, it’s that health care workers are the real heroes.

It was true before even a single person became infected with COVID_19, otherwise known as the coronavirus: Health care workers are the true heroes. They work tirelessly, day in and day out, saving lives. They are known to preserve life or at the very least, what’s left of it. They are the people you don’t … More If COVID teaches us anything, it’s that health care workers are the real heroes.

Edibles and Essentials is going old school in their South City return

The global pandemic has taken away a lot of things, but the one thing that is winning rounds and sticking around is good, homegrown food in the St. Louis area. You can knock family businesses down but it’s hard to keep them down. Edibles and Essentials, a South City treasure located off Hampton Avenue near … More Edibles and Essentials is going old school in their South City return

The Frank O. Pinion Entertainment Segment: Episode #57: ‘Sons of Anarchy’, ‘Brews Brothers’ reviews

Every week on The Large Morning Show in the Afternoon, there’s a fine assortment of entertainment recommendations. Right off the bat, Frank O. Pinion hits me with his opinions on recent movies and television shows, and then we exchange our takes there.┬áBefore we can get the next thing going, a caller dials in and provides … More The Frank O. Pinion Entertainment Segment: Episode #57: ‘Sons of Anarchy’, ‘Brews Brothers’ reviews

Porn site offered Joe Buck lots of money to narrate videos, but his response was priceless

I’ve gone on record here and nearly everywhere on the internet in defense of Joe Buck. The well-known and sometimes polarizing St. Louis born play-by-play sports broadcaster has enjoyed a steady rise not only in his industry, but also among the ranks of “celebrities who poke the best fun at themselves.” Self-deprecation is Buck’s weapon … More Porn site offered Joe Buck lots of money to narrate videos, but his response was priceless

The Frank O. Pinion Radio Movie Dose: Revisiting old classics like ‘The Wire’ and ‘Deadwood’

It was another potpourri session on the entertainment block of The Large Morning Show in The Afternoon last week. Before the segment was five minutes old, classic shows like “The Wire” and newer miniseries like “How to Fix a Drug Scandal” were both getting broken down. You see, Frank hasn’t finished the third season of … More The Frank O. Pinion Radio Movie Dose: Revisiting old classics like ‘The Wire’ and ‘Deadwood’

20 things that run through your head while waiting in a Starbucks drive-through

I needed my fix. I needed a cup of Starbucks like a cleaning freak needs a roll of Clorox wipes. It’s part of my positive makeup. The little thing that matters most. Look, the better parts of the human mind have no quarrel with this coronavirus; it simply wants what was coming for the last … More 20 things that run through your head while waiting in a Starbucks drive-through