In Defense Of… “The Godfather Part III”

“Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III isn’t just a disappointment, it’s a failure of heartbreaking proportions.” – Hal Hinson, The Washington Post If the popular narrative is to be believed, The Godfather Part III is an abhorrent film, one that has no redeeming qualities and is so awful that it brings shame upon not […]

In Appreciation of: Guru – The Overlooked Great

This month will mark the sixth anniversary of the death of Keith Elam, better known as Guru, one-half of the legendary group Gang Starr. Unfortunately, Guru, who was already one of the most underrated emcees in hip-hop history, has had his memory and legacy besmirched and exploited in recent years by his last musical associate, […]

In Appreciation of: Sam Hinkie and “The Process”

37 wins and 45 losses. That was the average record of the Philadelphia 76ers for the ten years before Sam Hinkie was hired in 2013 and implemented his so-called “Process.”

In Appreciation of: “Once Upon a Time in America” – The Best De Niro Gangster Film You’ve (Probably) Never Seen

“This was a murdered movie.“ So begins Roger Ebert’s home video review of Once Upon a Time in America, the final film from legendary director Sergio Leone.

In Appreciation of: Kool G Rap

“Hearing me is like hearing G Rap in his prime” – Jay-Z, “Encore” If there were a Mount Rushmore of pre-’90s, Golden Era hip-hop, the four heads would belong to Rakim, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, and Kool G Rap. While the first three are often referenced, it unfortunately seems like many casual fans are unaware […]

In Appreciation Of: Stephen King

“I had a period where I thought I might not be good enough to publish.” – Stephen King Stephen King’s latest collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, comes out tomorrow (November 3rd). It is his sixth collection of short stories and tenth collection in total. At 68 years old, with millions in the bank, and […]

In Appreciation of: “Young Guns II” – I’ll Make You Famous

From the ages of about twelve to seventeen, I was alone for much of my downtime. I didn’t have a girlfriend, so if I weren’t at basketball practice, I was lounging around the house, either listening to hip-hop or watching my favorite movies over and over, quoting dialogue, imagining being a different person in a […]