Nov 28

Many people like the character of Richard Harrow played by Jack Huston on HBO’s hit show Boardwalk Empire. While we may admire Richard Harrow as a professional and a marksman, the true reason behind his likability seems to be somewhat of a mystery to folks that fell in love with him. What he had that many of the characters in Boardwalk Empire, and in many shows like it, is humanity. In this one man we get a complex mix of loyalty, respect, good and evil. Richard, to me, was similar to a warrior’s sword back in the feudal times. When warriors acquired their family sword, it was a treasured heirloom that was a representation of their ancestors along with being a deadly weapon that could protect them in times of danger. When you received it, it was in good shape because the warrior sword was… [Read more]

Sep 13

“There will be days when you’ll be forced to make decisions that affect the lives of everyone you love, choices that will change you forever. You reach an age when you realize that being a man isn’t about respect or strength; it’s about being aware of all the things you touch. Children face inward, wallow in their own selfish needs. Men face outward, take action on the needs of others. I’m at that place, boys. I’m staring one of those decisions in the face and it looks back at me with historical eyes and it calls me a coward, a killer, a fraud. It wants me to crack, and run from the service of my fate like a broken boy. Today I will not do that. Today, I will be the man my father tried to be. I will make you proud.” Words spoken from… [Read more]

Aug 29

Although it is hard to understand why Lafayette is such a big deal for men watching True Blood, I will say that you will be hard-pressed to find many men of his quality in the show. What’s so great about Lafayette Let’s start by addressing the giant purple elephant in the room, the character of Lafayette is that of a gay chef/hustler who is played by a straight man Nelsan Ellis. Nelsan is arguably one of the best actors on True Blood and possesses a charisma that bypasses any gay/straight paradigms that would probably have doomed his character otherwise. When you first meet Lafayette he will throw you off – I know he threw me off – because his character is nothing like you would expect from glancing at a photo or seeing a clip. Lafayette is one part gangster, and another part ride-or-die best… [Read more]

Jan 04

When I think of the tale of Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo, it’s funny that I only think of the original First Blood and the last movie that was simply called Rambo. As a fan of the movies, I never took the time to read the book but from what I hear his tale was meant to end after First Blood. Just a tragic tale about a war hero come home, harassed by some redneck cops and forced into a situation where he had to use his tools of war on people that he had fought and almost died for. This was the movie however, in the book the dynamic of Rambo was much different as he was suffering from PTSD and was arrested for vagrancy which landed him in jail and made him have flashbacks that led to many policemen dying by his hands. We are… [Read more]

Nov 16

“I didn’t play a villain; I played a man doing his job” – Stephen Lang That is how badass actor Stephen Lang describes his role as Avatar’s antagonist Col. Miles Quaritch. It was a brilliant portrayal, lost to many moviegoers due to being blindly distracted by the blue giants dominating the scenes and the protagonist Jake Sully’s quest to score some blue booty (he got it too #beastmode). All it takes is one look at Colonel Miles to know that he isn’t the type of man that you go to begging for a day off. The man looked every bit the committed military type that has been in the dance for so long that he is harder than penitentiary steel. Quaritch lived in a time when the technology allowed for a man’s scars to be removed yet he kept a visible scratch across his puss to… [Read more]

Aug 17

Alpha nerds exist, they are either awesome or irritating depending on which table you’re eating at. To fellow nerds, the alpha is the one who “gets all the girls”, the brave one, the leader… you know that guy. To other people on the outside he’s the dorkiest, loudest, most annoying sonuvabitch in the place and you really wish you could punch him or lock him away. In Revenge of The Nerds (1984), Robert Carradine plays one of the greatest Alpha nerds in Lewis Skolnick. Lewis was a social reject but he was not shy, quiet or reserved, quite the opposite. Lewis was outgoing, engaging and had an annoyingly loud but memorable laugh and he dressed in his own style which he believed was cool. This is what put Lewis over and made him great, his ego and self-image went beyond all of the name-calling, jeers… [Read more]

Aug 03

One of my favorite cable series as a “History Homer” is Spartacus on Starz, the show is not for the prudish as there are hardcore sexual and homosexual scenes, violence, rape, limitless drama, and full frontal nudity of men and women equally. Homophobes stay far away from it as it will scar you beyond measure, but you regular folks out there ought to check it out if you get a chance. Spartacus: Blood and Sands introduced us to many powerful characters, some honorable, some ruthless and some who were just plain evil. Of all the men and women that we got to know personally, none was more honorable than one Oenomaus the Doctore for the Ludus of Batiatus. Oenomaus The Gladiator Legend Oenomaus was a legendary gladiator whose skills were beyond match, so much so that he was destined to win the coveted Rudis (a… [Read more]

Jul 07

Rarely does a character in such a foreign time period as early America come alive as much as Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting from Gangs of New York. Bill was a brilliantly written and perfectly acted character played by Daniel Day Lewis. He was a flawed patriot, a warrior, a butcher (that was his actual day job) and a man of honor. Imagine all of these things mixed into a tall, lanky, one-eyed panther of a man and you have one dangerously complex sunovabitch. You can’t help but love the butcher; he was the living embodiment of flawed American patriotism that wants all outsiders to stay outside and everything coming to come in faster. Bill was the best part of Gangs of New York… no disrespect to Leo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Liam Neeson. To understand Bill the Butcher you have to understand the time period… [Read more]