I’m still in a minor state of disbelief as I type this. I’m listening to an old podcast interview he did where he sounds as ‘healthy’ as I think most of us imagined him to be. In Hollywood (and politics) there’s the ‘four quadrant’ model: if someone can hit multiple demographics, that’s the recipe for […]


  The official answer to it all is, ‘It is the will of Allah.’ If I go before I resurface next month, Surah 2, verse 286 should be on the front of the program: ‘Allah imposes not on any soul a duty beyond its scope.’ When my mind is quiet though, (which is often now), […]

Oscars 2018 – Best Actor

  Here are the nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role: Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour Denzel Washington – Roman J Israel Esq. Who I’m Cheering For: Multiple names I admire on this list, but looking at […]

‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’

  When you have the catalog of Denzel, they won’t all be Hall of Famers. That’s my takeaway from ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’  Denzel follows up ‘Fences’ (and the Oscar loss to Casey Affleck) with this character study about an attorney who’s out of step with his times.  Throwing out his cool trademarks (and removing […]


  Woo… The movie adaptation of August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ is fantastic.  Debatably the most well known play in the ten play cycle, Denzel directs the film version with virtually the entire cast in tact from the Broadway version that won him a Tony. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ came to mind a lot while I watched […]


  In my actor/writer/producer cycle, 2016 has been a writing year. But not all that long ago, I was asked to come in and read for a Shakespeare play.  I’ve had a monologue from Othello in my utility belt for years; this was the first time as a professional someone asked to see it. Earned […]

No, Thank You Spike!

Nope wasn’t in the room Saturday night, I was (literally) down the street. But thank you internet (and the Academy) for letting us see this.  I’m big on letting people know you appreciate them while they’re here to feel your appreciation. Your East Coast bias aside Spike, I can personally attest to two of the […]