October: Young Frankenstein

In 1974 Mel Brooks released two great movies in the same year, Blazing Saddles and this month's movie, Young Frankenstein. It's pretty rare for a director to put out two movies in the same year and rarer still for both movies to be greats. Hitchcock did it in 1954 with Dial M for Murder and Rear Window, Spielberg in '93 with Jurassic Park and Schindler's List, and Soderbergh in 2000 with Erin Brockovich and Traffic. Young Frankenstein is a great work from Brooks and co-writer Gene Wilder but it can't be discussed without also digging into the original movie Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and the book by Mary Shelley. I remember a little area of my elementary school library, a small squa

The 2018 Season in Review is Good Enough

This year’s regular season has been one of the most wild seasons in recent memory. Nine of the fifteen teams in the NL finished with records over .500 and the Phillies finished a game shy of joining the list. The AL had three teams win at least 100 games. The Rays missed the playoffs while still winning 90 games by only using two starting pitchers in their rotation and “bullpenning” or "The Opener" for well over half their games down the stretch. The Red Sox had their best win total in their history and the Orioles had the worst season by an MLB team since the disastrous ‘03 Tigers and finished 61 games back. The season came down to two games 163 to decide both teams in the Wild Card match u

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