Whether you have a hot date, reservations at a fancy sit down joint, or marathon RomComs with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, at least you have plans. Regardless of your relationship status on Facebook (or how complicated it may or may not be), at least food won’t break your heart…so to speak. Everything tastes better with a fun theme too.
As you know, we have an appreciation for both doughnuts and pizza here. You can start your day with one and end it with the other, making it great day at that. This weekend you can eat something that represents your love for food, but let’s see which one you love more.
Do-Rite Donuts in Chicago and other shops will have these available all weekend.
The Movember Matchups return this week with a trip to the race track. In case you you’ve missed it, we’ve helped in spreading awareness for Men’s health issues (including prostate and testicular cancer) by pitting famous mustaches against each other.
Today it’s “The King” vs. “The Intimidator”. Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt are tied for the all-time record in Winston Cup/NASCAR Championships with 7. Both were also inducted as part of the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame class in 2010.
As our clocks fall back an hour, we move forward to one of the best months of the year. The NFL, NHL, NBA and NCAA Football & Basketball are in full swing. Christmas displays are already up in stores. Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching…But it’s also a month that raises awareness for Men’s Health (Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Mental Health, and Physical fitness included).
How do we promote this cause? With mustaches of course!
Many of your friends will be sporting their upper lip sweaters for the next several weeks to support MOVEMBER. To learn more about it and the fundraising pages you can contribute to, click here.
In MichaelPiff.com fashion (and because I have Bare-Upper-Lip Disorder), we will be featuring a matchup every morning between famous mustaches for YOU to vote on!
If you are participating in Movember (or have a friend who is), submit a photo with the link to your fundraising page on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll have you compete in your own matchup with another mustache enthusiast!
So without further ado…
Vote NOW and share with your friends to do the same!
“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.”
Is there a better Doc Brown quote to describe the literally timeless trilogy written and directed by Robert Zemeckis? The moment Marty McFly was rocking “Power of Love” in a battle of the bands audition with Huey Lewis judging, you knew you were in for a ride.
Today marks the exact date Marty and Doc didn’t “need roads” and arrived in the future. Unfortunately I didn’t fly on a hover board to Starbucks, I can’t bake insta-Pizza Hut in my oven within seconds, and the Chicago Cubs are on the verge of being swept by the New York Mets…but it’s a day worth celebrating regardless.
The Back to the Future trilogy was consistently fun throughout. Michael J. Fox remains one of the coolest dudes on the planet at the age of 54. The hair on your arm still stands when you see a DeLorean. You’re also probably glad Jaws 19 never hit theaters…But what if it did?
While we reminisce and overanalyze all the things the second film did and didn’t predict, I wanted to know which of the 3 films was the consensus favorite. Personally, I would rank them 1, 3, 2…
Many of you probably thought about quitting on True Detective Season 2 after the first 3 episodes. There were valid reasons for you to do so, but I also told you that Episode 4 was going to make or break the season…
(This is where I warn you that there are spoilers ahead, but you already knew that.)
Thankfully, Season 2 got better.
We found parallels to Season 1, they cut some of the bullshit that muddied the story, and 3 out of the 4 major characters have developed into people worth investing in (Taylor Kitsch still sucks). There are still slow points and plot detours that will make you pull your hair out, but it’s hard to say the past 3 episodes haven’t redeemed the season at all.
Ray Velcoro and Rust Cohle Would Be Great Partners
There are common trends between Seasons 1 & 2. State government corruption is the overwhelming issue. The detectives have epic falls from from grace, or whatever resembles such a thing for them. There are also mid-season baddies who don’t go out quietly who serve as the “fall guy”, but then set our detectives on the right path.
Reggie Ledoux was the Season 1 “Yellow King”. Rust and Marty’s evidence led them to the meth cook’s compound for an insane confrontation, similar to the one we saw in episode 4 of Season 2 but with far fewer casualties.
Of course they DID do it again. The tip that Ani, Paul, and Ray got from Mayor McCheese led them to Ledo Amarilla’s version of Ledoux’s compound, and was likely meant to be a trap for the trio. In Nic Pizzolatto’s own way, he makes Amarilla into the Season 2 Yellow King. “Amarilla” is Spanish for “Yellow” and “Ledo” is 4/6 the spelling of “Ledoux”.
After Amarilla’s case is closed, there are still 4 more episodes and a bunch of orgy-loving powerful people who need to be taken down. You wonder if Rust’s interrogation skills combined with Ray’s willingness to get dirty would have wrapped this mystery up much sooner. At least Ray is cynical enough to handle Rust’s bleak philosophical soliloquies…and Rust wouldn’t judge Ray’s demons either.
The Story is Better Simplified
One of the things that dragged Season 2 down was the show’s commitment to 4 major characters and trying to unravel them layer by layer. As I mentioned reviewing the first 3 episodes, the multiple subplots associated with too many character were deterring viewers away from what was actually a good mystery. Ray is no longer beating up his kid’s bullies and their bystander dads. Ani isn’t sleeping with other officers in her department, for the time being. Frank is done harkening back to his childhood. And thankfully Paul and his drama have taken a backseat to the team’s investigation.
The simplicity was most evident in Episode 6 “Church in Ruins”. The opening scene between Ray and Frank was as good it gets for this season. They didn’t beat around the bush. Everything was laid out on the table with pistols cocked underneath. Then they walked away with their separate businesses to take care of and nothing to distract them.
The focus on Ani’s preparation to go undercover for the anticipated “party” built up solid suspense for the mess that was bound to happen.
Who else gave an involuntary fist-pump when she was actually able to apply her knife-fighting practice? That was awesome.
Paul stayed out of everybody’s way and was actually effective when it came to getting the evidence and helping Ani out of the orgy. His redeeming quality is being a good soldier and completing the mission at hand.
With two episodes left, it’s the trio of detectives (and probably Frank) against California’s so-called elite, including Governor candidate Masuka from Dexter. Some of the subplots will likely arise again, especially Paul’s sexuality vs. marrying his baby’s momma, but the focus should be on closing this case.
“We could watch Friends.”
Ray’s kid is such a Ross. A very ginger pizza-loving Ross.
Going along the lines of simplicity, Ray cutting the cord from his son and ex-wife puts an end to one of the multiple distracting subplots. What’s interesting about that is the fact he agreed to join the “off the books” squad based on an agreement he could retain custody of his son. Ray seems focused on the task at hand after doing so, but maybe he has sealed his fate as well after doing so. Regardless, the best character on the show only got better because of it.
While in a drug induced trippy state, we learned more about Ani as she recalled a man who abused her in the past. The man looked like someone from her father’s photos and you wonder if he is more connected to the corruption than we already knew. Rescuing her missing person and getting a firsthand look at the kind of evil they are dealing with will probably have Ani sharpening her blade for more in Sunday’s episode.
Then there’s Frank…
Frank’s story hasn’t felt all that necessary, outside his influence on Ray, up to this point. The more he evolves into being a gangster again, the more entertaining he is…but do you really care what happens to him?
He is, however, acting as much like a detective as Ray, Ani, and Paul while trying to find out who killed Caspere and Stan. Frank has to tie into this thing significantly at some point, and his findings may be the thing that breaks the case wide open. You also anticipate some well deserved revenge on Frank’s 2nd in command, who is obviously undermining him with the trafficking of women.
Most importantly, there’s finally MOMENTUM. The final sequence was exhilarating and gave the viewer something to look forward. You feel better about there being just 8 episodes instead of the typical HBO 10, and that there will be closure to this story sooner than later.
I’d like to hear what you think! Do you like Season 2 better now, or does it still suck?