I know this goes without saying, but it doesn’t hurt to mention it again: James Gandolfini, you will be missed.
Here’s what’s new on HoboTrashcan.com this week:
Review – World War Z
There certainly is no shortage of zombie movies out there for consumers. So finding a zombie movie that rises above the undead horde of mediocre films is no easy task. Director Marc Forster hopes to separate himself from the pack with World War Z, a new summer blockbuster based on the novel by Max Brooks. Forster’s film abandons the bleak hopelessness that typically surrounds this genre and instead makes the film a desperate quest for a cure. Find out if Forster’s vision and Brad Pitt’s handsomeness is enough to make this one worth your hard-earned money.
Positive Cynicism – My coffee maker and societal breakdown
In a moment of epiphany, Frank Sobotka on The Wire once said: “We used to make shit in this country, build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy’s pocket.” Sobotka’s point was that the decline of America as a whole can be seen in the decline of America’s work ethic and craftsmanship. Aaron R. Davis recently came to a similar conclusion when his home coffee maker stopped working after only two years of use. This week, Davis wonders why we can’t have nice things. He calls for a return of the days when the things we bought were built to last.
The Teachers’ Lounge – Funniest Moments: Buy Chinese Stocks edition
When he’s not writing for HoboTrashcan or drinking himself into a gin-soaked stupor, Ned Bitters spends his days molding the minds of today’s impressionable youth. As a high school teacher, Bitters is there every day in the classroom with America’s teenagers and – surprise, surprise – it’s nothing like the way Michelle Pfeiffer depicted it in Dangerous Minds. With the school year now over, Bitters once again checks in this week with some of his favorite moments from inside the classroom this year.
From the Vault – Murphy’s Law – The 25 Most Memorable TV Characters of the Decade
Like all of you, we are incredibly saddened by the news of James Gandolfini’s untimely passing last night at the age of 51. So in honor of Gandolfini, we bring you this column from December 2009. As that decade was ending and we were entering into the 10s (or whatever it is we are calling this decade), Joel Murphy compiled a list of the 25 most memorable characters on television. It was a comprehensive list of the heavy hitters of the last decade and the competition was fierce. But you can probably guess who he named number one.
– Hobo Stu
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