Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ is more haunting than scary, and that’s a good thing

Nia DaCosta has made her mark with “Candyman,” the latest horror film to use social injustice as a theatrical platform. But her take on the notorious stranger with a hook packs a punch in its quick running time. While some would argue the story could have used less espresso and more water, the tempo and … More Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ is more haunting than scary, and that’s a good thing

Waino, Yadi, and The Machine: Stop worrying about a disappointing season, and just witness good baseball

Do me a favor and stop worrying about the St. Louis Cardinals’ current state of affairs for one evening. Inconsistent, expensive, and sitting comfortably third in the National League Central. Sounds like a cold plate of classic breakfast food. Embarrassing isn’t the right word but overall, this team just isn’t worth your tears. Forget about … More Waino, Yadi, and The Machine: Stop worrying about a disappointing season, and just witness good baseball

Buff Off The Cuff: ‘Dune’ hype, Miles Teller drama, and my plan for world domination

Good evening, Miles Teller reportedly won’t get the vaccine, so the entirety of Twitter will now prepare to stomp him out for the evening. While that’s happening, let’s talk about a few things that are important to me yet may just bounce off your head. Look, I wish the “Whiplash” actor would get the shot, … More Buff Off The Cuff: ‘Dune’ hype, Miles Teller drama, and my plan for world domination

Buff Off the Cuff: Remembering Charlie Watts and reminding you about ‘Road to Perdition’

Let’s try this again. Live from Longboat Key, Florida: Here are a few things on my mind as vacation hits the halfway point. Pfizer is now fully FDA approved. For all the people who think a vaccine that saves hundreds of lives every day is somehow a crazy witch, just remember this is the difference between … More Buff Off the Cuff: Remembering Charlie Watts and reminding you about ‘Road to Perdition’

Extra Thoughts, Volume 1: Tarasenko, Pujols, Baldwin, Dairy Queen, and one wicked truth

Let’s call this… everything else. While there’s a buffet every week over at Jewish Light, there are things that get left out, or happen an hour after the article posts. So these could be called extra thoughts, ideas, bullet points, potential story threads. We shall see. If there’s any difference, let’s just say these are … More Extra Thoughts, Volume 1: Tarasenko, Pujols, Baldwin, Dairy Queen, and one wicked truth

South City Confessions: Advice for kids as school returns

Dear kids of varying ages,  School is back. Like the grass that grows underneath your feet in the backyard, every summer ensures the eventual return of school. It’s a part of life and growth… or so I was told decades ago. But with every school yard, there lies another battle. If only the books were … More South City Confessions: Advice for kids as school returns

A freak of nature in the octagon, Matt Hughes’ life after retirement is even more remarkable

A lot of fighters tried to take Matt Hughes out in the ring. A few succeeded, while many failed and failed again. But zero battles inside the Octagon could measure up to the fight he’d face after retirement. A few years ago, a train tried to take Hughes out near his hometown of Hillsboro, Illinois. … More A freak of nature in the octagon, Matt Hughes’ life after retirement is even more remarkable

Honoring Khaled: The most powerful scene in ‘The Last Men in Aleppo’

A dead man is carried into a kitchen, and laid on the table. Before he can properly depart, his body must be cleaned thoroughly. Family and friends join in this ritual, a cleansing of the dirt of life from under the fingernails of finality. An exhausting yet surreal process, the truth is in the details … More Honoring Khaled: The most powerful scene in ‘The Last Men in Aleppo’