Sunday Matinee- Marriage Story

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Director: Noah Baumbach

Writer: Noah Baumbach

Cast: Adam Driver (Charlie) Scarlette Johansson (Niocle) Azhy Robertson (Henry) Laura Dern (Nora) 

SPOILERS BELOW

Preface:

I woke up at 8:30 this morning determined to begin this series. I wrestled with a list of movies I needed to see, but ultimately decided on this one. The only way to get better at writing is to write, and the only way to know more about film is to watch, study, and react. I am a self proclaimed semi-cinefile, and my knowledge of film does not span beyond one semester of film study at University in London. What I took from that class was my own inspiration derived from different film studies I embarked on and they made me want to write. I am writing this preface to express that my intention here is not to come off as a pretentious or self-insistant of my knowledge on films, but to simply provide detailed opinion and hopefully noteworthy insight that provides inspiration, direction, creativity, and interest. Please feel free to join this quasi movie club by suggesting different films to me as well.

Marriage Story is a film that resonates with some, reaches others, and all together tells a real story while using fictious people. I read a joke on social media that poked fun at the critically acclaimed argument scene between Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlette Johansson) that said “if they get an oscar so should my upstairs neighbors.” Reluctantly I laughed, but as I contemplated this movie after the first watch I realized that in that joke is proof of just how impactful and on point this film was. Charlie and Nicole were that couple that wallowed in a toxic over the top form of love. The outset of the movie garnered a bit of apprehension on my part because I was afraid it would be a drawn out story of love and subsequent hate, but the beginning was actually more hopeless than the end.

We ( I ) were (was) orginally influenced to believe that Nicole Barber was a woman wading in the pain of a loveless marriage. However, The occupations the couple held added an interesting element to the storyline  that changed my opinion on that front. Charlie was a director that along with his wife started an upward trending theatre in Brooklyn, and Nicole was his fearless lead who at first was the marquee but slowly became another character connected to his genius. As a viewer I realized before it became apparent in the script that he was living his best life and in that life she was just a moving part. I found this unfair and evidently so did Nicole.

The writing displayed by Noah Baumbach in this film was comfortably conversational and at the same time genuine enough make the story real. The subtlties in the way Charlie and Nicole communicate with each other make their pain palpable. The direction coupled with the writing brought this story to life. Life is not a perfect line of call and response and you did not see that in this film. Little things like conversations carrying to other rooms, people yelling over each other, and the overall purposeful disorganized nature of their life depicted the nature of how this story would pan out.

The way the story played out compelled the viewer to sympathize with Charlie for a large part of the movie even despite learning damning news about his actions. Charlie plays a naive and clueless man who has a blind trust for Nicole through a divorce process the two have polar opposite ideas about. As he gradually learns more about what might happen the numbness and coldness seems to engulf him. The fact is his flaw is that he is selfish and oblivious at times in this movie.

The juxtaposition of the three main lawyers in this film was an added element of human nature that provided a crutch for viewers that do not know about what Charlie and Nicole went through to eventually end where they did. Nora (Laura Dern) was a chaotic good, a lawyer always looking to win and in the end always doing so. Dern’s character had many memorable moments in this film, which in turn earned her a Golden Globe, but her most revealing was her last as she tells Nicole “you won,” which is a call back to the argument scene where Adam Driver’s character tells his wife “your’e insane, and your’e winning” as the two miscommunicate the topic of conversation and what exactly it means to be winning in this situation. Bert (Alan Alda) was a chaotic neutral who, without saying, was clearly impacted by his divorce history and thus negatively impacting the mindstate of Charlie. He created a true element of time in this film as he suggested that Charlie cut his losses and wait for Henry to grow up and form a true opinion of his father. The chaotic evil of the three lawyers is Jay (Ray Liotta) who sees Charlie as a number, simply a source of commission, and in turn does the best by Charlie. I thought it was a really honest and therefore intruiging touch that the characters openly admit that evil in this process is rewarded, it took some nasty things being said for the couple to understand that.

Henry Barber’s dynamic in this film was innocent and displayed a level of realism that was accurate for children of divorce. Henry only had a vague knowledge of the situation and yet these two were fighting for the right to uproot his life from one coast to another. Henry reinforces Bert’s claim of time by gradually growing away from his father, and warming closer to his mother. This expresses the raw attention span of children and how they adapt to change by simply doing what is in front of them. Charlie laid fetal on the kitchen floor, clenching his bloodied arm, clearly distressed and Henry seems to show very little concern. I thought this was a eerily accurate depiction of how naive kids can be, and it serves to make you think; “how many times have I done that to my parents?”

My favorite scene in this film came closer to the end. As I stated previously the beginning of this film was more hopeless than the end. The proceedings were coming to a breathless empty close and the man who finds family in anyone around him sought out his theatre troop as a source of venting. As he confides he stops himself and a piano melody begins. In an act of randomness he begins to sing almost as if this film had been a musical the entire time. “Someone to hold you too close, someone to hurt you too deep, somone to sit in your chair and ruin your sleep,” is how the song starts with an air of disapproval for this “someone but it ends with the his desire for this someone. In a caricature dialouge he has with himself Charlie urges himself; “want something… WANT SOMETHING.” He responds to this by asking this “somebody” to do all of the things he previously mentioned citing the reasoning as feeling alive. He adds that being alone is not being alive. You can watch the scene below.

I’d say this movie explains love. It does not have resonate with you, frankly it did not resonate with me in the slightest. It reached me however, and made me realize how draining love can be. Love has a tendancy to start as a want, form into a necessity, and eventually become a chore. Eventually you lose yourself in a person, and they tend to know you better than you know you. And much like you do for theirs, they become responsible for your being. It is not optional most of the time, this kind of love. This kind of love is numbing. It is a feeling where the thought of being around that person is taxing and tiring, but the thought of being away from that person is deflating and depressing. In many ways love itself is self depricating, but as Adam Driver protrays in his solo; it makes you feel alive, and as long as you feel alive you’re not alone. The question is if feeling alive is worth the toll love takes on the human heart, mind, and body.

 

Respond to me with your thoughts, and thank you for reading

credits: IMDB

Monday Night Football Ravens v. Rams

We are in the thick of the most wonderful time of year. Rivalling Christmas, the November slate of having football every day makes getting up and going from class to work back to class a little bit easier.

Tonight we get a good one. The underachieving LA Rams welcome the high flying Baltimore Ravens.

First the Ravens: There isn’t much you can say about Lamar Jackson besides that he is incredible. You can’t speak on players like that. You have to just watch. Lamar is riding the MVP wave and he brings along with him a loaded offense including, his hype man Mark Ingram, his security blanket Mark Andrews, his neophyte speedster Hollywood Brown, and sneaky good wide receiver group.

The Baltimore defense is no slouch. They are one season removed from being the top ranked group, and just when you expected a shoot out against the Texans last week we got a beat down. Earl Thomas has come right in and been the anchor and Marcus Peters has been great since his departure from LA. Peters gets his shot at revenge tonight so I expect him to be that much better.

Now onto LA: The Rams are a very solid team there is no doubting this. Something however has been a bit off with teams like LA, Philly, and Dallas to name a few. Jared Goff has 10 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, Todd Gurley hasn’t looked vintage, and for the most part the Rams have lost games this year you’d expect them to win. Aaron Donald won’t be enough, I’m afraid. The Rams may very well be running directly into a buzz saw in the Ravens.

Ravens get the W.

28-17

2020 Grammy Nominations Announced!

The much anticipated Grammy nominations were announced this morning ahead of the official award show scheduled to air January 26th, on CBS. The list of nominees is headlined by artists like Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, and Lizzo who have all garnered multiple Grammy nods.

Some personal nominations I liked include:

Dreamville nominated for best rap album with Revenge of the Dreamers III. This nomination includes several deserving artists from Smino, to J.I.D. as well as Young Nudy.

IGOR by Tyler the Creator was also nominated for the same category

Dreamville & Earthgang are nominated for best rap performance with their rendition of the energetic track Down Bad.

View the full list below:


Song of the Year

  • Lady Gaga, “Always Remember Us This Way”
  • Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”
  • Brandi Carlile, “Bring My Flowers Now”
  • H.E.R., “Hard Place”
  • Taylor Swift, “Lover”
  • Lana Del Rey, “Norman Fucking Rockwell”
  • Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Love”
  • Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”

Record of the Year

  • Bon Iver, “Hey Ma”
  • Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”
  • Ariana Grande, “7 Rings”
  • H.E.R., “Hard Place”
  • Khalid, “Talk”
  • Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
  • Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”
  • Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower”

Album of the Year

  • Bon Iver, i,i
  • Lana Del Rey, NORMAN FUCKING ROCKWELL!
  • Billie Eilish, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
  • Ariana Grande, thank u, next
  • H.E.R., I Used to Know Her
  • Lil Nas X, 7
  • Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  • Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride

Best New Artist

  • Black Pumas
  • Billie Eilish
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lizzo
  • Maggie Rogers
  • ROSALÍA
  • Tank and the Bangas
  • Yola

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Beyonce, “Spirit”
  • Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”
  • Ariana Grande, “7 rings”
  • Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”
  • Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Andrea Bocelli, 
  • Michael Bublé, Love
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Look Now
  • John Legend, A Legendary Christmas
  • Barbra Streisand Walls

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Beyoncé, The Lion King: The Gift
  • Billie Eilish, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
  • Ariana Grande, thank u, next
  • Ed Sheeran, No.6 Collaborations Project
  • Taylor Swift, Lover

Best Dance Recording

  • Bonobo, “Linked”
  • The Chemical Brothers, “Got to Keep On”
  • Meduza feat. Goodboys, “Piece of Your Heart”
  • RÜFÜS DU SOL, “Underwater”
  • Skrillex & Boys Noize feat. Ty Dolla $ign, “Midnight Hour”

Best Dance/Electronic Album

  • Apparat, LP5
  • The Chemical Brothers, No Geography
  • Flume, Hi This is Flume
  • RÜFÜS DU SOL, Solace
  • Tycho, Weather

Best Rap Album

  • Dreamville, Revenge of the Dreamers III
  • Meek Mill, Championships
  • 21 Savage, I AM > I WAS
  • Tyler, the Creator, IGOR
  • YBN Cordae, The Lost Boy

Best Rap Performance

  • J. Cole, “MIDDLE CHILD”
  • DaBaby, “Suge”
  • Dreamville feat. J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy, “Down Bad”
  • Nipsey Hussle feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy, “Racks in the Middle”
  • Offset feat. Cardi B, “Clout”

Best Rap/Sung Performance

  • DJ Khaled feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher”
  • Lil Baby & Gunna, “Drip Too Hard”
  • Lil Nas X, “Panini”
  • Mustard feat. Roddy Ricch, “Ballin”
  • Young Thug feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott, “The London”

Best Rap Song

  • YBN Cordae feat. Chance the Rapper, “Bad Idea” (Chancelor Bennett, Cordae Dunston, Uforo Ebong & Daniel Hackett)
  • Rick Ross feat. Drake, “Gold Roses” (Noel Cadastre, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, William Leonard Roberts II, Joshua Quinton Scruggs, Leon Thomas III & Ozan Yildirim)
  • 21 Savage feat. J. Cole, “A Lot” (Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White)
  • Nipsey Hussle feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy, “Racks in the Middle (Ermias Asghedom, Dustin James Corbett, Greg Allen Davis, Chauncey Hollis, Jr. & Rodrick Moore)
  • DaBaby, “Suge” (Jetsonmade & Pooh Beatz)

Best R&B Performance

  • Daniel Caesar, “Love Again”
  • H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller, “Could’ve Been”
  • Lizzo feat. Gucci Mane, “Exactly How I Feel”
  • Lucky Daye, “Roll Some Mo”
  • Anderson .Paak feat. André 3000, “Come Home”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • BJ The Chicago Kid, “Time Today”
  • India.Arie, “Steady Love”
  • Lizzo, “Jerome”
  • Lucky Daye, “Real Games”
  • PJ Morton feat. Jazmine Sullivan, “Built For Love”

Best R&B Song

  • H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller, “Could’ve Been” (Dernst Emile II, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R. & Hue “Soundzfire” Strother)
  • Emily King, “Look At Me Now” (Emily King & Jeremy Most)
  • Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance” (Chris Brown, Tyler James Bryant, Nija Charles, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Michee Patrick Lebrun, Joshua Lewis, Noah Shebib & Teddy Walton)
  • Lucky Daye, “Roll Some Mo” (David Brown, Dernst Emile II & Peter Lee Johnson)
  • PJ Morton feat. JoJo, “Say So” (PJ Morton)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Steve Lacy, Apollo XXI
  • Lizzo, Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow, Overload
  • NAO, Saturn
  • Jessie Reyez, Being Human in Public

Best R&B Album

  • BJ The Chicago Kid, 1123
  • Lucky Daye, Painted
  • Ella Mai, Ella Mai
  • PJ Morton, PAUL
  • Anderson .Paak, Ventura

Best Latin Pop Album

  • Luis Fonsi, VIDA
  • Maluma, 11:11
  • Ricardo Montaner, Montaner
  • Alejandro Sanz, #ELDISCO
  • Sebastián Yatra, FANTASÍA

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

  • Bad Bunny, X 100PRE
  • J Balvin & Bad Bunny, OASIS
  • Flor De Toloache, Indestructible
  • iLe, Almadura
  • ROSALÍA, EL MAL QUERER

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

  • Joss Favela, Caminando
  • Intocable, Percepión
  • La Energia Norteña, Poco a Poco
  • Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea, 20 Aniversario
  • Mariachi Los Camperos, De Ayer para Siempre

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • Marc Anthony, OPUS
  • Luis Enrique + C4 Trio, Tiempo Al Tiempo
  • Vicente García, Candela
  • Juan Luis Guerra 4.40, Literal
  • Aymée Nuviola, A Journey Through Cuban Music

Best Rock Performance

  • BONES UK, “Pretty Waste”
  • Gary Clark Jr., “This Land”
  • Brittany Howard, “History Repeats”
  • Karen O & Danger Mouse, “Woman”
  • Rival Sons, “Too Bad”

Best Metal Performance

  • Candlemass feat. Tony Iommi, “Astorolus – The Great Octopus”
  • Death Angel, “Humanicide”
  • I Prevail, “Bow Down”
  • Killswitch Engage, “Unleashed”
  • Tool, “7empest”

Best Rock Song

  • Tool, “Fear Inoculum” (Tool)
  • The 1975, “Give Yourself a Try” (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy & Ross MacDonald)
  • Vampire Weekend, “Harmony Hall” (Ezra Koenig)
  • Brittany Howard, “History Repeats” (Brittany Howard)
  • Gary Clark Jr., “This Land” (Gary Clark Jr.)

Best Rock Album

  • Bring Me The Horizon, amo
  • Cage The Elephant, Social Cues
  • The Cranberries, In the End
  • I Prevail, TRAUMA
  • Rival Sons, Feral Roots

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Big Thief, U.F.O.F.
  • James Blake, Assume Form
  • Bon Iver, i,i
  • Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride
  • Thom Yorke, ANIMA

Best Country Solo Performance

  • Tyler Childers, “All Your’n”
  • Ashley McBryde, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
  • Willie Nelson, “Ride Me Back Home”
  • Blake Shelton, “God’s Country”
  • Tanya Tucker, “Bring My Flowers Now”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs, “Brand New Man”
  • Brothers Osborne, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
  • Dan + Shay, “Speechless”
  • Little Big Town, “The Daughters”
  • Maren Morris feat. Brandi Carlile, “Common”

Best Country Song

  • Tanya Tucker, “Bring My Flowers Now” (Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker)
  • Ashley McBryde, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” (Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde)
  • Miranda Lambert, “It All Comes Out in the Wash” (Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)
  • Eric Church, “Some of It” (Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson)
  • Dan + Shay, “Speechless” (Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters)

Best Country Album

  • Eric Church, Desperate Man
  • Reba McEntire, Stronger Than the Truth
  • Pistol Annies, Interstate Gospel
  • Thomas Rhett, Center Point Road
  • Tanya Tucker, While I’m Livin’

Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • Kirk Franklin, “Love Theory” (Kirk Franklin)
  • Gloria Gaynor feat. Yolanda Adams, “Talkin’ Bout Jesus” (Bryan Fowler, Gloria Gaynor & Chris Stevens)
  • Travis Greene feat. Jekalyn Carr, “See the Light”
  • Koryn Hawthorne feat. Natalie Grant, “Speak the Name”
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard, “This Is A Move (Live)” (Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Nate Moore)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • Casting Crowns, “Only Jesus” (Mark Hall, Bernie Herms & Matthew West)
  • for KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton, “God Only Knows” (Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom)
  • Danny Gokey, Haven’t Seen It Yet (Ethan Hulse & Colby Wedgeworth)
  • Tauren Wells, “God’s Not Done With You (Single Version)”
  • Zach Williams, “Rescue Story” (Ethan Hulse, Andrew Ripp, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams)

Best Gospel Album

  • Kirk Franklin, Long Live Love
  • Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri -City Singers, Goshen
  • Gene Moore, Tunnel Vision
  • William Murphy, Settle Here
  • CeCe Winans, Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • Crowder, I Know A Ghost
  • for KING & COUNTRY, Burn The Ships
  • Danny Gokey, Haven’t Seen It Yet
  • TobyMac, The Elements
  • Chris Tomlin, Holy Roar

Best Roots Gospel Album

  • Steven Curtis Chapman, Deeper Roots: Where The Bluegrass Grows
  • Gloria Gaynor, Testimony
  • Joseph Habedank, Deeper Oceans
  • Tim Menzies, His Name Is Jesus
  • Various Artists, Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout(Jerry Salley, Producer)

Best American Roots Performance

  • Sara Bareilles, “Saint Honesty”
  • Calexico and Iron & Wine, “Father Mountain”
  • Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, “I’m On My Way”
  • I’m With Her, “Call My Name”
  • Yola, “Faraway Look”

Best American Roots Song

  • Our Native Daughters, “Black Myself” (Amythyst Kiah)
  • I’m With Her, “Call My Name” (Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins)
  • Rosanne Cash, “Crossing To Jerusalem” (Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal)
  • Yola, “Faraway Look” (Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin)
  • Vince Gill, “I Don’t Wanna Ride The Rails No More” (Vince Gill)

Best Americana Album

  • Calexico and Iron & Wine, Years To Burn
  • Madison Cunningham, Who Are You Now
  • Keb’ Mo’, Oklahoma
  • J.S. Ondara, Tales Of America
  • Yola, Walk Through Fire

Best Folk Album

  • Andrew Bird, My Finest Work Yet
  • Che Apalache, Rearrange My Heart
  • Patty Griffin, Patty Griffin
  • Gregory Alan Isakov, Evening Machines
  • Joy Williams, Front Porch

Best Regional Roots Music Album

  • Amy Hānaiali’i, Kalawai’anui
  • Northern Cree, When It’s Cold – Cree Round Dance Songs
  • Ranky Tanky, Good Time
  • Rebirth Brass Band, Recorded Live At The 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • Various Artists, Hawaiian Lullaby (Imua Garza & Kimié Miner, producers)

Best Reggae Album

  • Koffee, Rapture
  • Julian Marley, As I Am
  • Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics, The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics
  • Steel Pulse, Mass Manipulation
  • Third World, More Work To Be Done

Best World Music Album

  • Altin Gün, Gece
  • Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley, What Heat
  • Burna Boy, African Giant
  • Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet, Fanm D’ayiti
  • Angelique Kidjo, Celia

Best Comedy Album

  • Jim Gaffigan, Quality Time
  • Ellen DeGeneres, Relatable
  • Aziz Ansari, Right Now
  • Trevor Noah, Son Of Patricia
  • Dave Chappelle, Sticks & Stones

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • Various Artists, The Lion King: The Songs
  • Various Artists, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • Taron Egerton, Rocketman
  • Various Artists, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Best Song Written For Visual Media

  • Chris Stapleton, “The Ballad Of The Lonesome Cowboy” (Randy Newman)
  • Dolly Parton, “Girl In The Movies” (Dolly Parton & Linda Perry)
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)” (Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere)
  • Beyoncé, “Spirit” (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie & Ilya Salmanzadeh)
  • Thom Yorke, “Suspirium” (Thom Yorke)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

  • Jack Antonoff
  • Dan Auerbach
  • John Hill
  • FINNEAS
  • Ricky Reed

Best Music Video

  • The Chemical Brothers, “We’ve Got To Try” (Ellie Fry, video director; Ninian Doff, video producer)
  • Gary Clark Jr., “This Land” (Savanah Leaf, video director; Jason Cole, Danielle Hinde & Alicia Martinez, video producers)
  • FKA twigs, “Cellophane” (Andrew Thomas Huang, video director; Alex Chamberlain, video producer)
  • Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road (Official Movie)” (Calmatic, video director; Candice Dragonas, Melissa Larsen & Saul Levitz, video producers)
  • Tove Lo, “Glad He’s Gone” (Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia, video directors; Nathan Schottenfels, video producer)

Best Music Film

  • Beyoncé, Homecoming (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Ed Burke, video directors; Dora Melissa Vargas, video producer)
  • David Crosby, Remember My Name (A.J. Eaton, video director; Cameron Crowe, Michele Farinola & Greg Mariotti, video producers)
  • Miles Davis, Birth Of The Cool (Stanley Nelson, video director; Nicole London, video producer)
  • Various Artists, Shangri-La (Morgan Neville, video director; Emma Baiada, video producer)
  • Thom Yorke, ANIMA (Paul Thomas Anderson, video director; Paul Thomas Anderson, Erica Frauman & Sara Murphy, video producers)

A Look Back at Kaep’s day/workout

By Trevon Lloyd James

We found out this week that Saturday (today) the NFL was holding a workout for the polarizing quarterback turned activist, Colin Kaepernick. Since the moment the story broke speculation riddled the twitter-sphere. Some of the more common takes on this situation were inklings of a publicity stunt, others thought the NFL was trying to save its own tail, and some genuinely believed Kaep was finally being afforded a fair shot to play in the league again. My opinion on this topic is fairly irrelevant, because no matter the reasoning behind the work out; he would at the very least get to show everyone what he is capable of doing (as if we forgot). His most recent stint in the NFL was mediocre at best, but people need not forget that at a time, this guy was regarded as a top tier quarterback.

It showed during the workouts. As I watched I noticed that there wasn’t a throw he couldn’t make that the average back up quarterback could. There wasn’t really anything that blatantly showed why he shouldn’t have a roster spot. Kaep threw a 60 yard bomb, and it looked about as natural, about as smooth, and about as NFL ready as some NFL starters. There is no telling if he will return to Super Bowl form, in all likelihood he won’t, but in the same breath Kaep does not necessarily need to be at that level to secure a job in this league.

As for the legal and business side of this situation you can see Colin Kaepernick’s full statement, which he preaches transparency and among other things a fair shot. Kaep has been “ready for three years” now and perhaps we may have taken a step closer to seeing him back on an NFL field.

View this thread below for a timeline of events.

The Browns won, but lost at the same time

By Trevon Lloyd James

In what was for the most part a snooze fest of a game the Cleveland Browns came out on top. The final score was 21-7. Mason Rudolph threw 4 interceptions, and looked pretty terrible while doing it. There’s a guy working out Saturday afternoon that probably saw that and was a tad bit excited.

That’s the boring part. With about 8 seconds left in the game things got weird. In garbage time of any game, especially a rivalry things tend to get chippy. This was far across the line. Myles Garrett the consensus best player on the Browns rusher the passer like any other play, but when Rudolph let go of the ball, Garrett decided to finish his QB hit. As he wrestled Rudolph to the ground, the young QB was clearly displeased. He grabbed Garrett by the helmet and attempted to rip it off… Much like his night in the pocket, this too was a poor decision. Garrett promptly said “two can play at that game,” and pulled the QB up BY HIS HELMET, and subsequently ripped the helmet off with on feral swoop.

The situation should have been over, except only… It was not. Myles Garrett swung the helmet with a ferocity at Mason Rudolph’s had and made direct contact.

Reckless, careless, stupid, and anything else that you can think of to absolutely condemn that act.

It is obviously fair to say Rudolph started it, and leave it to the pretty boy QB to start a fight he can’t finish, get in way to deep, and then look toward the refs while his linemen, namely Maurkice Pouncey, gives Myles Garrett a two piece combo followed by a sweet chin music while he was on the ground.

But Myles Garrett, come on… I mean seriously! This guy was unconscious on the field not even a month ago and you think this is a solid idea? You’re one of the corner stone pieces of a team trying claw its way back into the playoff pictures and you pull that? Overall, it was all very boneheaded. The NFL is going to reign down upon Myles Garrett with the wrath of Rodger GODdell and this is going to be a story that will headline the NFL media circuit for the next few weeks.

Bernardo Silva out against Chelsea

By Trevon Lloyd James

WARNING: SENSITIVE CONTENT

I get it. I truly do. For a moment in time Bernardo Silva probably just thought, this is hilarious and my friend, Benjamin Mendy, is going to feel the same way. For a brief lapse in time Bernardo thought everyone would see what he sees, a hilarious joke to a friend.

Way off.

Seeing both sides of the shrubbery in this instance is difficult, but not impossible. To the people that are angry, know that not everyone makes comments, claims, and remarks with malcontent. Some people don’t see the negative, because they have never been exposed to the negative. To the people that are angry in the other direction (in defense of the Man City star), I beg you not to play naive in this situation. In a season riddled with fan misconduct on the council of race relations as well as political unrest in the department of race you would surely think that something like this simply can not fly. Players need to be held accountable for things of this nature because it enforces a zero tolerance policy to any sort of racist or ill conceived “jokes.”

My last remarks lean toward one notion; there are many kids, both now grown up, and still young, that look like Ben Mendy, and those kids are subject to the same treatment as Bernardo Silva’s jokes, only the intent is not light hearted, the reason is not one made out of love and humor, and those kids are not subject to that treatment in a positive humorous light.

Much like any racey, political, or controversial topic, I like to remain ambiguous about my position. I do write this article however, urging everyone that is angry on both sides to consider for a moment every detail of this situation.

Trevon James, signing off.

SeatlleSeahawks San Fransico 49ers Prediction

By Trevon Lloyd James

There is a lot of good things about the San Fransico 49ers. To start, their defense might actually be the best in the NFL. That defense is more likley to score on any given play than some offenses. To counteract that defense is a good offense. This offense has progressed beautifully as the season has waged on. The addition of Emmanuel Sanders has proven to be much needed, and for a team that is already 8-0 watching everything start to gel on the otherside of the ball is a bit of a scary sight.

Jimmy G was in a groove against the Cardinals, but this week he is with out his saftey blanket, George Kittle. Kittle is sidelined tonight with a knee and an ankle ailment. Fortunately enough for the 9ers and their fans, this can either serve as a point of bragging, “we beat you and we did not have Kittle.” Or it can double as a viable excuse, “well we were missing our best target.”

I watched every analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown choose the 49ers. While there is obviously a reason for such a phenomenon I am also not new to the pickem’ game. I know what that means.

What it means:

The Seahawks have an MVP canidate on their side. 22 (TWENTY TWO) touchdowns to 1 (ONE) interception will serve as the first true moment of clarity for this 9ers defense. Couple that with the addition of Josh Gordon, I am inclined to not bet against Russell Wilson.

Seahawks 24 9ers 20