TUFF GNARL CASTING CALL: Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”
Many years ago, the now-defunct comic book periodical Wizard Magazine ran an ongoing segment entitled “Casting Call” in which they would envision a film based on another medium – comics, animation, literature, etc. – and offer up their suggestions for what actors would best portray the major characters in the story. Sometimes they hit the nail on the head, like when they chose Patrick Stewart to…
RIP James Foley - An American Journalist
From the Free James Foley Facebook page.
I’ve had plenty of time to churn over the death of James Foleysince the militant organization the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released the video of his beheading. I am half Arab and I hate the demonizing that groups of that nature bring to my people but I also understand to a certain degree the circumstances surrounding the creation of such…
Warby Parker Presents Song Reader: 20 Songs by Beck
It has been a very trying week. ISIS barbarians took from us a man whom the Boston Globe called “an exemplar of bravery” in James Foley; Ferguson, Missouri is calling a night in which no citizens or police officers were injured a “good” night; entire African villages are being quarantined by armed soldiers due to the Ebola virus; and, oh, we may being going to war for the third time in the last…
Wynwood Brewing 1st Anniversary Party Review
This past weekend Wynwood Brewing held its one year anniversary and also its first special bottle release during a block party. Located in the heart of Wynwood, nestled on 24th street between I-95 and NW 5th avenue, the brewery celebrated its first birthday the best way possible, by pouring and serving plenty of delicious brews. There was great beer, yummy food and good people.
There were several…
SummerSlam 2014 Review: The Pay-Per-View We Deserved (*spoilers*)
Since Wrestlemania in April, there haven’t been any storylines that have culminated the way neither fans nor I thought they should. WWE consistently seemed to believe that fans had Alzheimer’s with the pumping out of watered down plots that held no real substance.
Every year, SummerSlam is usually the turning point to set up for Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania. It’s what tells you the value of the…
UFC Double-Header Saturday: Five Fights to Focus on (and How They’ll End)
(L-R) Michael “The Count” Bisping, Cung Le, Benson “Smooth” Henderson, Rafael dos Anjos.
Unless they really have absolutely nothing else going on in their lives, UFC fans have something of a love/hate relationship with the increasing number of double-headers that are occurring as part of the company’s mission towards “World Fucking Domination.” Dana White and company have now put on several…
Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-One
It’s funny how last week’s post, post number 40 didn’t bring on any thoughts on that age that I will be crashing into very soon. I’m thinking about it now at 41 because it feels more real. I hope that makes sense to you. As much sense as the gliding beauty and firmness of a Parker Pen because not only are Parker Pens the pens of confidence, they are also the pens of distinction. Parker Pens, pens…
Tuff Gnarl Recommends: Nine Great Documentaries now on Netflix
For the past few years, my wife and I lived withouth (gasp) DSL internet. While my writing productivity went through the roof, I missed the release of lots of great documentaries on Netflix. Let’s be honest with one another, we all have Netflix streaming for one of three reasons: 1) Orange is the New Black/House of Cards 2) Documentaries 3) The Killing season 4.
It may seem as if I watch a lot of…
Why You Should Follow The Premier League
Have you found yourself watching soccer but you don’t know who’s playing or who to cheer for? Or have you wanted to get into soccer but you never knew how? Yeah? Great! Well I can give you some help to get you on the way.
First off, I would recommend watching the Premier League. Officially it’s known as The Barclay’s Premier League, because of its sponsor. But it also goes by British Premier…
Return to Parts Unknown: A Farewell to the Ultimate Warrior
Warrior and his signature rope shaking | Photo: WWE.com
Rambunctious. Loose Cannon. Iconic. Whatever words you use to describe him, James Hellwig -better known as the Ultimate Warrior – was a larger than life personality both on and off camera.
After 2 and a half years in smaller promotions and WCCW, Hellwig made it to WWF (now WWE). He debuted as Dingo Warrior in June of 1987, wrestling in…
UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. St. Preux - Preview/Predictions for the Main Card
#8-ranked Ryan Bader and #10-ranked Ovince Saint Preux will square off in the main event of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. St. Preux. (Photos: UFC.com)
UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. Saint Preux
Fox Sports 1 Main Card: 10PM/7PM ET|PT
Fox Sports 2 Prelims: 8PM/5PM ET|PT
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will crash Stephen Edwin King’s stomping grounds this Saturday, August 16th,…
Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty
I’m really enjoying my Sunday mornings. As in, I slept in and according to a forensic analysis of my wallet, I apparently consumed 13 dollars’ worth of Burger King between 12:08 and 12:20 a.m. It’s beginning to look like the consumption of a St. Pauli Girl two-four throughout the day was potentially a bad idea. However, I’ve learned to look for positives and I weighed in a whole three pounds less…
Uprising: Michele Battiste takes TG to School
When I first picked up Michele Battiste’s Ink for an Odd Cartography a few years ago, I was drawn in by how this book of “modern poetry” actually felt modern. I’d felt those things, thought those things, and there it was in beautiful poetic form. With Ink as my rubric for her work, I was almost hesitant when I read what her newest volume, Uprising, was to be: a narrative of post-WWII Hungary…
6 Pumpkin Beers You Need To Drink This Fall
It’s getting to that time of year, one of my favorite times as a craft beer drinker, Pumpkin Season! Now to those unbaptized in the craft beer customs please don’t make that face and think to yourselves, “A pumpkin beer!?!”
Yes, pumpkin beers are coming and they are delicious! With known brands like Samuel Adams, Southern Tier and Dogfish Head there are many, many more breweries producing these…