Why “Seinfeld” Was the Peak of Television

On television, you can do anything; except nothing. Despite there being entirely too much of it, I like television today more than I liked it when I was a kid.  It is fashionable to label the modern era “the golden age of television.”  In reality, that “golden age” ended with a pathetic whimper following the […]

The Twenty-Two Best Films of the 21st Century

The “Movies of the Century – Year by Year” can be found here. And now the second list to end the year 2022; Merry Christmas to all! This is the list of the century’s best and most significant films, separate from my own list of subjective preferences, but perhaps not entirely so.  This list will […]

V’s Movies of the Century: Year by Year

The Best of the Century List can be found here. So begins a new tradition on V for Verbatim. Lists are fun. They’re what movie writing is all about; they’re instant conversation starters, useful catalogues that remind people “hey, this movie exists too.” But cinema has had something of a problem lately that goes beyond […]

“Avatar: The Way of Water” (2022): A Wet Blanket (Review)

★★ It won’t be as easy to dismiss Avatar: The Way of Water as it was the first. The closest I can get is to call it “Whale Wars: The Avatar Movie.”  But that’s less instinctively intuitive than what everyone called the first: “Dances with Wolves and/or Pocahontas in space with blue cat people.” I’m […]

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (2022): The Less Than Great Reset (Review)

★½ Ryan Coogler should never have agreed to return for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  It is beneath his great talents, a waste of time, and a dishonor to Chadwick Boseman. In the years since Avengers: Endgame played with the space-time continuum to undo the erasure of half the universe by taking away anything and everything […]

How to Predict the House Red Wave

A quick guide to determining your predictions for the upcoming House midterms. In nearly every midterm election, the party in power loses seats.  Over the last four consecutive midterm elections (2006 – 2018), the president and his party have either lost the House or further lost the House.  Before that, strange events disrupted the usual […]

BOOK REVIEW: “Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms” (1996) – Ed Rollins

Over 21 years into the 21st century, Ed Rollins is a name only remembered by political historians, beltway swamprats, and whatever I am.  Actually, that’s a lie.  Before I picked up this book, I had never heard of Rollins.  Thanks to Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms, I will spend the rest of my politically aware […]

Ukraine: A War Like Many Others

The Russo-Ukrainian War of 2022 is now nearly 200 days old.  Happy anniversary. Well into the fighting, this war is now almost twice the length of the next closest war that mirrors it – the Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland, where the newly-purged Red Army invaded Finland with over twice the strength, […]

What “Top Gun: Maverick” Gave Back to “Star Wars”

Top Gun‘s legacy sequel of 36 years owes its story and existence to a great many things; not just the original.  It’s “Mission: Impossible” and Heartbreak Ridge (1986) with fighter jets and erotica – your easy tagline for Maverick.  See it in IMAX, then see it again.  It deserves it, and so do your local […]