Spoilery Terrific TV :: 5 Favorite Watched Things This Week (#2 of 50)

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Five things, four times per week. That’s a solid 20 shares per week. And Venti=20, so after three years of doing this thang called Ventipop, at least the name finally makes some sense. Please, enjoy and share. And yes, you’re still a bastard.


The past week was all about Game of Thrones (Night King turned out to be sort of a puss) and Avengers: Endgame ( i bet it’s not). But it turns out, while I really enjoyed both of those viewing experiences, neither of them were the best most shocking or entertaining thing I watched on a screen this week. That honor belongs to the latest episode of Barry. Holy bonkers! Somebody go ahead and give actor, writer and director of the episode Bill Hader a trophy case full of Emmys now. Here are the five best things I’ve watched this week.


1. Barry :: “Ronny/Lily”

I tell you what. It’s been a long time since I watched something and I just sort of sat there in a delirious state of shock the entire time wondering what the hell was going on. I love it when shows take a chance and just sort of say, “WTF…we’re doing this.” And I have to think that’s exactly what Bill Hader and the Barry crew had to be thinking the entire time they were having a ball making this off the wall (literally) episode of instant classic tv. Sorry, it’s not tv, it’s HBO.


2. Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame broke every major box office record this past weekend. It was great. Kudos to Marvel for interweaving and building a storyline over 22 movies. At the other end of the successful movie spectrum, there’s Zyzzyx Road which is considered to be the biggest box office flop in movie history. In 2006, this $2 million dollar movie grossed $30. After watching the trailer, I’m sort of shocked it made that much:


3. Game of Thrones :: “The Long Night”

Yes it was dark. Yes none of the major characters shockingly died. Yes I was a bit tired out by all the fighting and the absurdity of characters somehow surviving against horde after horde of never tiring dead things attacking them. But damned if I wasn’t entertained by one, if not THE, most elaborate and expensive episodes of tv of all-time. Anyone bitching about this Game of Thones episode clearly doesn’t see how extremely spoiled they have become living in this era of peak tv. While I was saddened the Night King was so “easily”defeated, I was also pumping my fist and screaming, “Yes!” when the knife went in.


4. Bosch :: Season 5

So-Called prestige tv is certainly at its apex, but there’s still something to be said for straight-up, straight-forward narrative story-telling. Amazon Prime’s series Bosch is the best at it. It’s old-school, one clue at a time, character-driven police work. There aren’t any shocking twists, supernatural shockers, nor a dragon or a zombie in sight. Just a great fun show every season. Like visiting old friends once a year every year.


5. Ramy :: Season One

Hulu’s newest series Ramy is so far hit or miss with me. The episodes I’ve enjoyed, I’ve really enjoyed. The episodes I haven’t, I really haven’t. I’ll give it a chance because the high points are so high.

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Sporting Goods :: 5 Things Today (#1 of 50)

I just looked at my blog posts, and it occurred to me I’ve been neglecting my readers and followers.

Sorry I’ve been away for so long.  Life has been…hmmm…busy lately.

So rather than ramble on for countless paragraphs, I’ll keep it short and promise to keep the positive vibes bumping over the next few months. Five things, four times per week. That’s a solid 20 shares per week. And Venti=20, so after three years of doing this thang called Ventipop, at least the name finally makes some sense.

Enjoy and share you bastards.

1. Humor Me

I was in the gym earlier and decided to jump on the treadmill.
People were giving me weird looks, so I started jogging instead.


2. Lily Meets Giannis

This young fan has been drawing pics for Milwaukee Bucks’ basketball star Giannis Giannis Antetokounmpo for over a year. She finally got a chance to show Giannis in person.

My 11 year old daughter had worked on several art projects for a year and half, and kept them in a folder in the hopes to one day deliver to the Greek Freak. He accepted graciously.
— Pete Stauffer

3. Flipping Out

When Tiger Woods won The Masters in 1997, he emotionally fell into the arms of his father. In 2019, he won again and this time he embraced his son. The Flippist paid tribute by posting this:


4. Baby Boy Blue

Duke basketball player and future #1 pick in this years NBA Draft Zion Williamson got the assist when he helped a couple with their gender reveal:


5. The Pro-Bowler In His Parent’s Basement

Phillip Lindsay reflects on his path from being an undrafted rookie for the Denver Broncos to making the Pro Bowl during his first season while living in his parents' basement.

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Cram It! Game of Thrones

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"CRAM IT: GAME OF THRONES" ON YOUTUBE

Cram It provides humorous, fast-paced summaries of lengthy film and TV franchises, so you can dive right into the latest edition without going all the way back to the beginning or forgetting anything crucial. One of the newest videos is a catch-up on all seven seasons of Game of Thrones in advance of Sunday’s Season 8 premiere on HBO. If you’ve never watched or have short-term memory loss like me, you can jam through all seven action-packed seasons of the show in around 52 minutes. Or you could just go into it Sunday night like Jon Snow and know nothing:

3 Recent Netflix Movies :: Viewing Verdicts

The Highwaymen

Verdict: A Road Trip Worth Taking

The Highwaymen starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as the real life men tasked with ending Bonnie & Clyde’s reign of terror in the 1930’s is as fine a Netflix original movie as any they’ve released so far or as fine a movie I’ve seen in a while period. It’s not a superhero movie. Not a sequel, a reboot or a remake. It’s finely acted and the movie moves at a slower pace most jump cut editors and movie studios don’t allow these days for fear they’ll lose the audience’s two-second attention spans. I really enjoyed the hell out of this movie.

Triple Frontier

Verdict: In The Jungle (with half a good) Book

Who doesn’t love a good heist movie? Triple Frontier sees an all-star cast of Special Forces operatives (Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal) reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. Loved the set up, the fast pace, the planning, and the heist. Oh man, the heist. In a secluded estate deep in the jungle, on a time-clock, in the rain…get the money, kill the kingpin and get out before the family gets home from church. The tension and build up to all of this was simply terrific…and then it seemed the writers decided to consult the screenplay and movie plot handbook 101 as the predictable blueprint for the rest of the movie. I even found myself bumping the 10-second fast forward button repeatedly just to get to the end. Not since Dead Poets Society have I been so entertained by the first half of a movie and so utterly bored by the second. I know that’s blasphemy, but to this day Dead Poet’s is the only movie I’ve ever left early. Luckily for me this time, I had a remote control.

The Dirt

Verdict: Painful Theatre

I had low expectations when I hit play on this Mötley Crüe biopic and it didn’t even live up to those. Bad acting and making bad behavior worse by somehow making it boring dooms this heavy metal head scratcher to a horribly predictable VH1 Behind The Music episode. The Dirt even breaks the fourth wall just so it can tell viewers some of the things you are about to see didn’t actually happen. Do yourself a favor and don’t hit the play button.

Muckefuck & Apfelschorle

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I’m always fascinated by things other cultures just assume are normal and take for granted as being universally normal. Americans tend to think anything existing outside of U.S. culture as weird but never stop to think, maybe other cultures think exactly the same way and we’re the weird ones. But after reading this list of 10 UNUSUAL DRINKS GERMANS THINK ARE ABSOLUTELY NORMAL…I’m pretty sure the Germans really are the strange ones. Sauerkraut juice? C’mon.

Bored? Take The Proust Questionnaire

Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire.

1.__What is your idea of perfect happiness?

2.__What is your greatest fear?

3.__What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

4.__What is the trait you most deplore in others?

5.__Which living person do you most admire?

6.__What is your greatest extravagance?

7.__What is your current state of mind?

8.__What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

9.__On what occasion do you lie?

10.__What do you most dislike about your appearance?

11.__Which living person do you most despise?

12.__What is the quality you most like in a man?

13.__What is the quality you most like in a woman?

14.__Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

15.__What or who is the greatest love of your life?

16.__When and where were you happiest?

17.__Which talent would you most like to have?

18.__If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

19.__What do you consider your greatest achievement?

20.__If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

21.__Where would you most like to live?

22.__What is your most treasured possession?

23.__What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

24.__What is your favorite occupation?

25.__What is your most marked characteristic?

26.__What do you most value in your friends?

27.__Who are your favorite writers?

28.__Who is your hero of fiction?

29.__Which historical figure do you most identify with?

30.__Who are your heroes in real life?

31.__What are your favorite names?

32.__What is it that you most dislike?

33.__What is your greatest regret?

34.__How would you like to die?

35.__What is your motto?

On Generosity :: Three Wishes

“A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you.” The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?” The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.” — Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

We don’t focus on generosity in our culture these days. Kids are exposed to sarcasm, cynicism and snark to a much larger degree. Snark sells. But generosity, giving of yourself more than is necessary or expected, will be remembered. A sarcastic comment or cynical act will be forgotten tomorrow. An act of generosity will be a significant marker and memory in someone’s life forever. I wish for my kids to be funny and weird and at times, sarcastic. But above all, I want to instill in them an altruistic spirit of generosity. Like Ruby:

Like that’s all they wanted. And I really decided that I needed to do something.
— Ruby