Morning Tea: Yo quiero Moonfall

Chicken Wings!


Moonfall! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

~ Plato

Ain’t No Thing But A Chicken Wing…

As for today’s cover image: Yo quiero Taco Bell?

Taco Bell has added Chicken Wings to give you yet another reason to spend dedicated time in the bathroom (“Ma bell, I got the ill communications!”).

Least you can catch up on your reading; right?

McDonald’s couldn’t make chicken wings work; what the hubris…welcome to 2022.

NHL Lockdown Business

That’s not good business:

The NHL and its teams said they lost more than $1 billion from canceling 189 regular-season games in 2019-20 and barring fans from that season’s playoffs.”

And the ugly audacity of going back to that for the Leafs…and the Raptors. That’s horrible. (It gets worse if you factor in that it’s not “working.” How many people have gotten sick from going to NHL or NBA games? In Toronto or outside of Canada?)

NBA: All Star Returns…So Far…

Kyrie Irving has played in only 1 NBA game and still has more votes than 4 other guards including DRose.

That’s why he’s signed to Nike. Never doubt the marketing machine.

Otherwise no real surprises in the East Returns for NBA All Star.

While here are the West Returns for NBA All Star. Klay Thompson earning all these votes is a single tear sign of love. That’s nice; every so often humanity gets it right.

But like who is voting for Melo?! Are you drunk and/or high? West NBA All Star voting returns. #NBA #BallorFall

#NBA: Is Playing for Team Ruckus?

This has been an utterly enjoyable chippy NBA season.

I dunno if it’s men with cojones who refuse to back down or fraying mental health during an endless pandemic or players with a chip on their shoulders, lack of respect: the why doesn’t matter if we get more. #TeamRuckus #BallorFall

Rescuing Norman Mailer

Back on March 6, 2020 Hachette employees had a childish temper tantrum and embarrassingly refused to publish Woody Allen’s Apropos of Nothing.

(It’s his best book; highly recommended for comedy nerds!)

Skyhorse Publishing wisely published it; now they’re doing good again. Thank you for your service.

“The independent press Skyhorse acquired a new book by Norman Mailer after Mailer’s longtime publisher, Random House, declined to make an offer on the submission.”

Sweet Sci-Fi Jetpacks!

(Please Note: I’ve no way to verify this video is accurate or under what agenda it was upload to Twitter.)

If this is real this is fresh. How soon until everyone gets a jetpack?

Can we use this for action movies? Create ruckus??

#TrailerAlert: Moonfall

We got a last-ditch space mission to save Earth, a dismissed conspiracy theorist who was right! And a mysterious alien force hell bent on destroying earth.

I’m 100% In for Moonfall. #TeamRuckus reporting for duty. Mash Those Puny Humans! Mash em good!

#SetTheVCR…PSA: Indivisible – Healing Hate

Paramount+ cashes in on January 6th with Indivisible – Healing Hate.

The six-part docuseries is narrated by Mandy Patinkin and is streaming now. Yup.

It asks: “how did we become so divided, and what can be done to heal the hate?” Okay.


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: Uncharted Children of Men

Children of Men!

The Black Phone!

Uncharted! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.”

~ Washington Irving #HandleYourBusiness

The Black Phone…It’s For You?

As for today’s cover image: “New Black Phone; Who Dis?” The Black Phone will be in cinemas on June 24.

A Raptors Dynasty??

I’ve grown weary of this Masai narrative: “He is not content with just winning one title.” He says this all the time.

Raptors are great at identifying talent; yet lousy at winning. Even if they stumble into the playoffs this season then what? A first round exit?

Dynasties are inspiring. They deny others glory and firmly establish a viciously high standard of excellence. Look what Jordan did 3 times. Kobe and the Lakers. High standards by which others must rise and fall.

NBA: Boogie Is Free

Can the Nets Boogie with DeMarcus Cousins??

Here’s my honest truth: I have zero respect for the Bucks. The coach is lousy and frowzy; I wouldn’t trust him in a pie eating content.

So can Brooklyn employ DeMarcus like an assassin with a 6 Foul Gun to Hack-a-Shaq Giannis? Maybe even gather a rebound or two? #BallorFall

#NBA: Kyrie Irving Has Returned…So Now What?

Why didn’t Kyrie Irving play earlier in the season? Even part-time?

While the science is sound as a pound this whole pandemic we’ve over sold the “benefits” of militant solidarity.

This ain’t high school, yo: a trail means you’re just following in somebody else’s footsteps. Yes some people won’t follow the pandemic rules; nobody promised a fair life. #BallorFall

No Dancing At Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has gone online.

That sucks raw eggs for all the filmmakers most especially for the rookies.

Instead of a theatrical premiere you get a distracted dude at home watching from a cracked ipad and pausing anytime he wants well…when he isn’t on his phone. (That lack of transparency is what makes it difficult to trust reviews like that. Did you actually watch the movie or needlessly pause it or ignore whole chunks by texting??)

And that’s the film aspect…for rookie filmmakers there is all the networking. Film Festivals are great because they pack the room…you can meet anyone at a party or event. How are we supposed to network during a pandemic when the media continues to advocate for social distancing via stranger danger??

Sweet Sci-Fi

The only good Alfonso Cuarón movie: Children Of Men. (Gravity can suck it…twice!) So much sci-fi ruckus and I say that knowing Clive Owen never picks up a gun.

I appreciate super dark; super grim #scifi. Hopefully we gets lots in 2022.

#TrailerAlert: Uncharted

Uncharted released the Plane Fight scene that was the highlight of the trailer.

Proving yet again CGI is incredible; unlike practical effects you can use CGI to increase the danger; tighten the tension while keeping the actors relatively safe. (see the John Wick movies for more examples.)

#SetTheVCR…PSA: Pam & Tommy

Pam & Tommy contains a Mötley Crüe cast; you’ll recognize all the faces.

Though word on the street is the 8 episode limited series has a lot of “shortcomings.” #Rimshot

February 2nd: #Disney+ in Canada; Hulu for Americans. That’s nice…we’re all on the same page.


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: Archive 81 in The Umbrella Academy

John Wick 4!

The Umbrella Academy!

Bowie! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

“Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.” ~Harvey Specter

Get Savage…it’s Monday; New week: New boldness, New year.

Gird Your Loins. Get It Done.

The Umbrella Academy…Is Coming?

As for today’s cover image: On January 1st The Sparrow Academy via @thesparrowacad_ released these individual character images tweet by tweet. Here’s the whole collection of the Sparrows.

Marketing hype means we’re inching closer to a drop date: November 2020 The Umbrella Academy was renewed for a third season set for release in 2022.

To C-B-C or Not To C-B-C…That’s The Question…

Tara Henley a writer and broadcaster most notably with the CBC has penned: Why I resigned from the CBC and went to Substack. Speaking freely.”

This is a fascinating perspective; freedom is far more valuable than acceptance.

Getting upset because someone is “abusing” free speech is silly; that’s like freaking out over self-driving car accidents. That’s naturally going to happen: that’s the process.

In April 2021 Paul Pierce was fired from ESPN and being a regular on The Jump. He talked to SI about his frustrating TV experience and saying:

“There’s a lot of stuff over there that you can’t say. And you have to talk about LeBron all the time.” (Ugh I know…some of them on ESPN even refer to him as King. I understand how rating economics work especially for ESPN I just don’t agree with it.)

So I get it. I can understand the frustration with an arduous institution like the CBC which echoes Paul Pierce’s comments.

So Tara Henley like many other journalists has found an outlet that facilitates her freedom; she’s now “free” to pursue different stories; elevate unique voices and have fun. Okay then. Let’s see where all this goes. Without the backing of a large organization her work will rise and fall on timeless principles such as quality and sound journalism.

Bottom Line? That’s fantastic.

Be Free.

#ChairDancing…David Bowie

Sirius XM are Heroes because they’ve launched a David Bowie Station to Station so Ziggy can score Modern Love in his Golden Years.

We lost the Rebel Rebel in January 2016 Ashes to Ashes; more than Five Years ago.

For now Let’s Dance to his Sound and Vision. #CouchWorthy

#PantsWorthy: New Exhibition in San Fran

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is the latest recipient of Last Week Tonight’s Masterpiece Gallery. On Right Now!

This travelling showcase shares John Oliver’s “art” collection while supporting museums that have been impacted by the global pandemic. Go To Museums!!

Team Ruckus: A John Wick 4 Update

This violent franchise works because it’s stingy with details; MCU movies while loads of fun are burdened with long slow scenes of exposition. I get it.

Still it’s refreshing 3 movies in and we know so little about this dirty underworld. Yes!

Clancy Brown a new face for the franchise talks about his Wick role and…the High Table. oooo. John Wick 4 has been pushed from its May 2022 release date to March 24, 2023.

Go To The Movies!! (When They Are Not In Lockdown…Again??)

A Moment of Silence For…

All the staff.

The ecosystem of curators, critics and creators…from writers to podcasters and much more.

A Third Place…for community experience where nobody talks and we all share a common experience.

Go To The Movies!!

#TrailerAlert/#SetTheVCR: Archive 81

Oh: creepy Netflix! That’s my fav Netflix.

“When archivist Dan Turner takes a job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994 he finds himself reconstructing the Melody Pendras’ investigation into a dangerous cult.” 8 moody episodes drops on January 14.

#SetTheVCR…PSA: Through My Window

Prime Video scored a hit with The Voyeurs because…well lotta people wanted to enjoy the Sydney Sweeney peep show. She did what was expected; the corny movie was a big hit for the streamer and we all went on our way. The System Works.

Netflix’s version is a pervy Rear Window (emphasis on Rear…) called Through My Window.

Enjoy for the peep show.

Stranger Things: Season 4 | February 4 | Netflix


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: Stranger Things in Atlanta

Stranger Things!

The Shadow!

Atlanta! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of Mondays?

#Pulp that To Do List today…all week.

(Image by Francesco Francavilla dude is so good!)

Fresh Kicks

As for today’s cover image: I always check out a stand up comic’s sneakers soon as he comes out.

Especially for specials because dope kicks make a special truly special.

Here is what Roy Wood Jr wore for his latest special Imperfect Messenger: 1985 Nike Dunk High Acid Wash.

There should be a blog for comedy and kicks.

Disney+ Is Taking It To The IMAX!

Disney Plus is trying! I just wish the actual monthly offerings look as good as this…

Disney Plus is the first major streaming service to provide the Imax Enhanced features for at-home viewing (although of course without Imax’s gargantuan screens).

The 13 titles available in the Imax-enhanced format include the Disney Plus premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings on Nov. 12. The others are Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and Black Widow. Ok then…#SetTheVCR??

#SetTheVCR…PSA: A Snowpiercer Update

“I said: brr… It’s cold in here!

There must be some Snowpiercer in the at-mos-phere!”

A #SetTheVCR…PSA: Snowpiercer: Season 3 circles around on January 24, 2022.

Bring It On!

#SetTheVCR…#PSA: Atlanta: Season 3

Atlanta: Season 2 ended 2018. And it was only 11 episodes. To take this long the standards for Season 3 are ridiculous. If Hiro Murai is back then so am I! Dude directed 7 of the first season’s 10 episodes, 7 episodes of Season 2 including “Teddy Perkins.” That dude is the unsung hero of this series. He In; I’m in!

I Got Furious Over This Real Fast!

“Vin Diesel Asks Dwayne Johnson To Return For Fast And Furious Conclusion.”

Nah Man: Don’t Be Weak.

Fast and Furious movies are better without The Rock.

It’s bad enough Paul Walker won’t conclude the saga.

Don’t Hobbs-le the franchise with Dwayne Johnson.

This clown made Rampage and Skyscraper. Hit the bricks. The series is called Furious so be it.

The NBA 75th Anniversary Season: Jordan Is A Money #GOAT

You truly can’t celebrate the NBA’s 75th Anniversary without recognizing Michael Jordan’s incredible wealth.

He built this financial house of the modern NBA as much as the TV contracts did.

#TrailerAlert: The Hating Game

Lucy Hale is the hot chick; Austin Stowell is the hot dude and they hate each other. Or do they…

December 10, 2021 if you’re gonna sit through this.

#SetTheVCR…PSA: Stranger Things: Season 4

Let’s visit 1986 in the Stranger Things: Season 4 trailer: Welcome to California. (What happened to Hawkins?!)

That’s one year after The Breakfast Club came out…which is roughly how old the cast of kids is now. Are they in college yet? This season takes place during spring break so it should be wild.

The fourth season will have nine episodes and Chapter One is entitle The Hellfire Club.

I know the Hellfire Club is real but I’m assuming because it’s Stranger Things this is a fun Marvel comics reference.

If you’ve seen X-Men: First Class you know who the Hellfire Club are. Otherwise that’s a deep cut for nerds only. That’s fresh!

Stranger Things: Season 4 | April 2022 | Netflix


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: Kurt Vonnegut Remembers The 5th of November

Will Smith!

Kurt Vonnegut!

Y The Last Man! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” ~ Malcolm X

How James Bond iconic is this Iron Man cover?

5th of November

As for today’s cover image: Remember, Remember The 5th of November according to British Tyler Durden. V For Vendetta terrible comic book adaptation as like a straight up adaptation yet an utterly astonishing comic book movie…one of the best comic book movies.

Technically DC Films’ best movie aside from Superman II.

Kehinde Wiley Nice News

So dope to see Kehinde Wiley earning mainstream recognition. He’s one of my favourite modern painters…a phrase I shouldn’t say out loud too often. I’m classy but not that classy.

His paintings and even his techniques reference a lot of the Old Masters: if you know you know kinda thing.

A fantastic painter and here’s yet another example of just how good he is.

#CouchWorthy: Will Smith

So it’s not exactly Oprah but it’s still Will Smith. If you’re in Toronto this is #CouchWorthy.

#SetTheVCR…#PSA: YellowJackets

YellowJackets will premiere on Sunday, November 14 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

However the premiere episode is freely available on YouTube, Showtime on Demand etc.

They didn’t make this for me so I’m out. I figure if you liked The Wilds you’ll dig this.

Y Are You Like This!

“Y” Y: The Last Man was cancelled. Though if you’ve watched this show especially after reading the excellent comics the answer is a fairly obvious: Y Not?

Lousy sci-fi, the pandemic, costly budgets, terrible writing; bloated politics, a writing agenda and an awful cast. Crash and Burn Huh Mav? The comics are outstanding and in this case stick with those. Skip the show.

The NBA 75th Anniversary Season: Remember D?

If you’re playing basketball you’re supposed to play Defense.

To paraphrase Chris Rock from 1996’s Bring The Pain: “What do you want, a cookie?! You’re “supposed to play D,” you low-expectation-having motherfucker! Man, I am tired of this shit!”

#TrailerAlert: Kurt Vonnegut – Unstuck in Time

This intriguing Kurt Vonnegut documentary is expected to open in theaters and VOD on November 19.

This looks great; I’m in! So gonna make a seriously serious tea for this. I’m In!

#SetTheVCR…PSA: Animaniacs: Season 2

Animaniacs: Season 2 debuts tonight on Hulu.

However for Canadians Season 2 will air tomorrow (November 6!) on Teletoon at 9 a.m. Oh Yes!

The delicious return of Saturday Morning Cartoons.

Buy a good cereal for this.

Animaniacs: Season 2 | November 6 | Teletoon 9 a.m. (for Canadians)


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: John Wick Is A National Treasure?

John Wick!

Gordon Parks!

Colin Cowherd! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

“Never give in & Never give up.”

~ Tony Stark // IronMan (in one of my favorite armours.)

Collective Vison

As for today’s cover image: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” right? They’re “wise words from Founder and former Executive Director of Race Forward, Gary Delgado.”

New Day; New Last Dance

Magic Johnson is getting a Last Dance.

A four-part docuseries (double what HBO gave to Tiger Woods…jerks!) from Rick Famuyiwa. (Dope is a “dope” movie…check it out.)

I like this doc way better than Adam McKay’s fictional Lakers movie where Quincy Isaiah plays Magic.

John Wick Ruckus: Team Ruckus!

“Woah!” Trick Riding looks so fun. I’ve ridden a horse and it’s a dull slightly humiliating experience for both of us. But Trick Riding…dangling off the side like that? Now that’s horse riding…I’d City Slickers that up hard.

A Choice Of Weapons

A Choice Of Weapons is the Gordon Parks doc trailer: look how good this is! Oh so making a tea for this one.

It’s directed by John Maggio and Jamel Shabazz is in this. That alone is worth the time investment. (I still can’t believe I got to hang out with Jamel for an afternoon in his Long Island studio and just get into…all of it. So Dope.)

November 15 at 10 p.m. on HBO Max. #SetTheVCR

New Day; New National Treasure

Oh what a condescending downgrade from Nicolas Cage.

Lisette Alexis (whoever that is…) will be the star of the Disney+ National Treasure series.

That’s as wretched as Doogie Kamealoha. There’s no way this’ll be good. Impossible.

Skip the trailer: I’m 100% out.

Make another movie with Cage and I’ll happy be back.

#NBA: Kinda/Sorta

Just brilliant. “A populist snob: what you’re saying is you want to attract a lot of people but you have a standard that you won’t cross.”

That’s it…right there. That’s the money. Populist Snob. So good; soul good!

Always doubt the haters; never doubt yourself.

I hafta listen to this interview again. Some most excellent gems. Ethan Strauss hosted Colin Cowherd on a recent episode of HoS podcast.

#TrailerAlert: Christmas

Christmas Eve is 50 days away.

“Santa’s Coming!!! I Know Him!”

#SetTheVCR…PSA: Imperfect Messenger

I got incredible news for all Canadians. One of the best stand-up comedians joking right now is Roy Wood Jr.

His third one hour comedy special Imperfect Messenger airs tonight on CTV Comedy. #SetTheVCR for true. (This originally aired on Friday October 29 on Comedy Central.)

Bonus: on Crave your can streaming his previous and most excellent special: No One Loves You.

Imperfect Messenger | November 4 |CTV Comedy 11 p.m.


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: Off Beat Kenny G

Ernie Johnson!

Alvin and the Chipmunks !

Kenny G! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

“Haters don’t really hate you. They hate themselves, because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be.” (lol! That quote is utter junk but it’s funny…it sounds like a sit com’s Dad advice for dealing with bullies.)

Off Beat Cinema at 28

As for today’s cover image: Off Beat Cinema is 28 years old! They posted this:

“Bird, Zelda, and Theo thank you — one and all — for 28 yrs of #OffBeatCinema fun! We’ve been aired throughout the country longer than anyone would have imagined. Our commitment to show the movies that must be shown is made strong by all our groovy viewers. Keep watching the sky!”

Way to go on 28 years! I know I’ve benefitted from many of those 28 years lots and lots of wonderful B-movies and so much more.

Los Angeles Outlines Path To Lifting Mask Mandate

The mask needs to be evict from pop culture experiences: ASAP!

If people wanna wear it as a cheezy talisman cool story bro etc. So much for “Trust Science!!” and all that.

But otherwise for the rest of us…especially with glasses this is progress. In LA. Where the rest of y’all at?

Did You Watch The Game Last Night?

The NBC Sports Network will shut down by the end of 2021. “NBC made it official today: NBCSN is shutting down on December 31st, with much of the live sports content moving to USA Network.”

Partly Peacock…that’s where some of the NBCSN coverage will end up.

Which mirrors the NFL on Prime Video.

Live Sports is so not going away…how we watch em is though. Welcome to 2021.

“There’s value in everybody.”

It’s funny how it works huh? You adopt; knowing you can give a kid trapped in awful circumstances a better life but…then the opposite happens.

Michael made Ernie Johnson’s life better: he taught him a lot…how to be patient. Grace.

Death is never an easy time: cling to those wonderful lessons and takeaways. Then find a way to share them; give them away.

Cash for Chipmunks

Not all IP is valuable. Even if nostalgia tends to be profitable. “Chipmunks Scoop: Alvin and the Chipmunks owner seeks sale for $300 million.”

#SetTheVCR… PSA: A Kenny G Documentary

The “Sentimental” MusicBox HBO documentary on Kenny G drops on December 2nd on HBO Max.

Directed by Penny Lane Listening to Kenny G simply asks: “what makes music good or bad?”

A fun debate that’ll leave you…”Breathless.”

#TrailerAlert: Station Eleven

We give way toooo much credit to #DonaldGlover for being a successful hyphenate. It’s Hiro Murai who makes it work and makes it look so good. He killed it on Barry. (Which is highly recommended!)

Hiro’s directing Station Eleven on HBO Max so I’m 100% IN!

Station Eleven | Decenber 16 | HBO Max 9 p.m.

#SetTheVCR…PSA: Chapelwaite – Season 1

Chapelwaite debuts on Crave tonight with 2 episodes.

This gothic TV show is based on the Stephen King’s Jerusalem’s Lot.

I struggled with the first episode; I’m not sure if it’ll be high school and “it gets better.”

So I may…or may not return to “IT.”

Chapelwaite | November 3 | Crave 9 p.m.


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: The Boogeyman Opens The Doors!

Steph Curry!

The Simpsons!

Stephen King! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

“Down here, it’s just winners and losers and “Don’t get caught on the wrong side of that line”

Well, I’m tired of coming out on the losing end.” ~ Bruce Springsteen // Atlantic City

Plusaversary //Disney+ Day

As for today’s cover image: Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings drops on Disney+ on November 12 as well as Plusaversary an original short from The Simpsons. “Springfield hosts a Disney+ Day party, and guests from across the service are invited, except Homer.”

(And as a bonus Canadians on their Disney+ get Hulu’s Dopesick. So that’s dope…)

All of this is the exact same day as Netflix’s Red Notice. Huge day in the streamer wars. #SetTheVCR for all this.

Dave Chappelle’s Jay-Z Speech

Read the full text of Dave Chappelle’s speech at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to induct Jay-Z.

The 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on November 20 at 8pm. #SetTheVCR (for true! There’s an LL Cool J performance where’s joined by Eminem. mmm.)

Curry In A Hurry

The Goal Is Soul.

Just because Steph Curry pulls up from 30 feet doesn’t mean it should become fashionable. Or even acceptable.

Talent is not and has never been evenly distributed.

He’s good; that doesn’t mean you are or you can be. Know your limits and play within it.

Who You Gonna Call?

Confirmed! I am 100% Out: Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

The reason this one is called Afterlife is because the last Ghostbusters movie (Chickbusters) was so wretched it rightfully got killed.

This is not an improvement; this is like the latest Terminator movie (also inferior). So Nope. I’m ghosting Ghostbusters.

New Day; New Stephen King Adaptation

The Boogeyman from King’s 1978 collection Night Shift is gonna become a Hulu movie.

This’ll be the third adaptation for this short story…last one was in 2010.

We’re lived long enough to see an era of Stephen King movie remakes now.

#SetTheVCR: The NBA 75th Anniversary Season

The #NBA75 celebrates the Toronto Huskies (awful name!). The first game in NBA history between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knicks was played 75 years ago: November 1, 1946. Woah, yo.

Marty Glickman Marv Albert before Marv Albert was immortalized by Jack Kerouac in On the Road:

“Man, have you dug that mad Marty Glickman announcing basketball games — up-to-midcourt-bounce-fake-set-shot, swish, two points,” Kerouac wrote. “Absolutely the greatest announcer I ever heard.”

#TrailerAlert: The Doors – Live At The Bowl ’68

I honestly truly believe with the firm robust certainty of the Pope’s faith that Jim Morrison successfully faked his own death. Many will enter and few will succeed.

Also? The Doors Live At The Bowl has been fully restored. And “The Doors” opens in Toronto this week!

#SetTheVCR…PSA: One of Us Is Lying

For Canadians another Peacock Original: One of Us Is Lying airs tomorrow night on the W Network (about a month after it debuted in the US on October 7, 2021). Which is taking a break from their usual Hunk Month programming?

Based on a popular YA novel this show is a murderous Breakfast Club: 5 high school students enter detention; only 4 of em walk out.

One of Us Is Lying | November 3 |W Network 9 p.m.


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: Bing Bong…It’s Boba Fett!

Boba Fett’s Book!

Derrick Henry!

Bing Bong! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

All the monsters have been slayed. It’s Monday and it’s a Halloween hangover.

Go forth and score that discount candy. Best way to make a Monday taste sweet.

Derrick Henry Injury

As for today’s cover image: I’m not an NFL guy though I’ve been paying more attention the last few seasons.

Derrick Henry is a bulldozer and fantastic to watch. Does adding more games to the NFL season impact injury reports?

A team’s record still matters (because winning will always matter) but is it possible for some players to return in time now that the season is longer?

When The Garden Is Eden Part 2: This Time It’s Personal

It’s not just the return of the Knicks: the NYC story is truly the return of the glorious Garden.

I’ve been to NBA games in Toronto, Cleveland, Memphis, LA etc. and Madison Square Garden is one of the most sacred locations with one of the brightest fanbases.

It’s a joy to go to an MSG game. So yeah: Bing Bong!

Hello My Name Is Morbius

My So-Called Life according to Jared Leto in this Morbius featurette.

You can drop as many trailers as you want I’m 100% Out. There’s just no way this’ll be good. I mean vampires are known to suck…

Mi Batcave es Su Batcave

Long live the giant penny and the T-Rex in the Batcave.

Write On!

Literati tweeted: “Happy National Author’s Day to the wordsmiths, the alchemists, the magicians with a pen. You’ve transported us to our wildest dreams and written us whole again in our weakest moments. Thank you.”

Especially since it’s November 1st and NaNoWriMo has sorta kinda just started.

A blank page is so inspiring it can instantly be transformed into anything…a poem, a screenplay…a novel and so much more.

That’s fresh.

#SetTheVCR: The NBA 75th Anniversary Season

Today the #NBA75 celebrates the Toronto Huskies (awful name!). The first game in NBA history between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knicks was played 75 years ago: November 1, 1946. Woah, yo.

But don’t forget about this Toronto-ish NBA moment: In the early 80s the Cavs owner was that era’s James Dolan.

He was so hated in Cleveland he almost…so close almost moved the Cavs to Toronto. Crazy. All those Jordan battles. History is wild.

#TrailerAlert: Black Friday

God Bless America. Black Friday the Movie.

This trailer made me laugh…this is exactly how the rest of the world sees America.

I’ll see this.

#SetTheVCR: The Book of Boba Fett

Boba Fett didn’t have his helmet on for half that trailer. Yo, man. I ain’t paying for Telly Savalas when it’s called Boba Fett.

Nobody goes to Spider-Man movies excited to see Peter Parker. Like W-T-Fett is going on…

The Book of Boba Fett | December 29 |Disney+


Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Morning Tea: Captain Kirk Takes Up Social Media Space…

Mission Captain Kirk In Space!

Dave Chappelle!

The Black Phone! Brew a strong tea: yo!

The First Yo of The Day.

“We’re leaving together

But still it’s farewell

And maybe we’ll come back

To earth, who can tell?

I guess there is no one to blame

We’re leaving ground

Will things ever be the same again?

It’s The Final Countdown!”

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Library People

The city is is opening so slooowly.

We need to pick this up. Let’s Go!

It doesn’t matter what people’s comfort levels are: let em stay home and grumble on Twitter.

Keep opening up especially for dynamic services such as the Toronto Public Library.

Let’s get this back on track. Starting this coming Sunday, October 17, many library branches will be open on Sundays from 1:30-5:00 pm.

Don’t Deny Others Pop Culture…Life?

Netflix trans employees plan to stage a walkout next week as per the Verge and Bloomberg (the company will also host activist Alok Vaid-Menon next week. I dunno what that is but I am not gonna Google it.) Why? Of course Dave Chappelle’s comedy (I’ll say it for those in the back: COMEDY) special The Closer.

(What happened to the 80s stance of shut up and change the channel?! Change the channel was a simple recognition that this TV show…comedy special was not made for me. Move along…nothing to see here.)

We did all this before: on March 6, 2020 Hachette workers walked out in protest of Woody Allen’s excellent memoir. (It still got published. Highly Recommended Reading.) That was wrong; this is no different.

Always stand by The Creators.

They’re the ones who endlessly bless us with pop culture and with life and happiness!

Captain Kirk Went To Space

William Shatner attempting to explain seeing Earth from space is called The Overview Effect.

“The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space.”

The more we all go to space the more we shift; the more we shift the more than that benefits environmental causes and dilutes the poison of Twitter. So grateful for the billionaire space race: fresh hope for humanity.

Shout out and much thanks to everyone who purchased something from Amazon to fund Jeff Bezos’ wealth and give us this freshtastic moment. Well Done; Well Won. Hope, yo! #SpaceIsThePlace

And yes I know it’s only 9 minutes but dude’s 90! We still don’t know the impact of seniors in space. Even if Space Cowboys came out 21 years ago. This is a good test; build on this data.

Plus you wanna hear a senior complain for hours: “I’m cold!”

“Are we there yet?”

“Where? I can’t see it where is the Earth?!”

That’s gotta be fun to go to space. Even briefly. William Shatner has led an incredible life. Even if you acknowledge T.J. Hooker.

Canada VS UBI

Canada needs to catch up on a lot of things.

UBI is just a good logical start.

What a waste of a recent election.

Is Clickbait All We’re Gonna Net from Kyrie Irving?!

We went through all of this with Kaepernick.

Many elaborate bloggers posing as journalists cranked out shallow referendums, lukewarm POVs, clickbait and utterly inferior writing. Kaepernick generated a pop culture hot mess that was loud on personality; short on facts an overwhelming obnoxious experience.

Now in 2021 Look how much utter junk Kyrie Irving has created: junk hashtags, junk posts, junk lies etc.

“Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Kyrie Irving’s decision have told The Athletic that Irving is not anti-vaccine and that his stance is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates.”

So here we are. Kyrie Irving’s only responsibility is to his team: End of Story. Case Closed.

#SetTheVCR: The NHL??

The burgeoning Americana of the NHL makes it oddly compelling.

Why would anyone sit through a Calgary Flames game after this?!

Sports fans don’t pay for an #NHL game or an NBA game.

#TrailerAlert: The Black Phone

Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill who gave us Sinister (and Doctor Strange!) have returned with The Black Phone.

This trailer looks good like food. It’s Joe Hill story adaptation…he’s a hack writer so hopefully Cargill improved the writing.

February 4, 2022 and I’m 100% IN.

(Ethan Hawke has had a strange career. A great one for sure but man the movies that dude decides to make are always worth a look. Brad Pitt has cranked out some strange movies (12 Monkeys etc.) but for the most part nobody is this good, this weird and this consistent as Ethan Hawke.) #FearPee

#SetTheVCR Meets New Book Alert: Welcome Netflix Book Club

I dunno who Uzo Aduba is so it’s hard to have any hope she’ll do a good job with Netflix Book Club.

Oprah’s totally obnoxious but at least she spoon feeds books to people. “Open Wide!”

If this gets more people reading and benefits good writers then this marketing propaganda is worth it.


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