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Bradley Geiser

NOTE FROM BRADLEY (THE EDITOR). Stream of conscious writing, be it from myself or from others, can be the most insufferable genre of writing imaginable. However, for me to come clean with who I am, I tried to have some fun with it and kick things off with a bang. A lot of you have been there for me and some of you might barely know me. However, I have been doing a lot of soul-searching recently and thought it was important to open things up. I did not edit this. I wrote it as it came to me… but…


You have an idea.

It hits you in the movie theater. A high concept idea, perhaps a variation on a previous idea or one spawned by a single line of dialogue.

If you’re like me, your creative sixth sense can mean that anything you see, feel, hear, or taste is less real than when you’re in your mental flow state. You name the characters, build the world, and maybe even outline the story in your head.

You cannot wait to get home and finally write that elusive masterpiece. …


“Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, ‘Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.’ Man bursts into tears. Says, ‘But doctor…I am Pagliacci.’ Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.”

I don’t know if Alan Moore made this up or wrote it for Watchmen, but it’s always stuck with me. Yes, it’s become a meme at this point…


SOME SPOILERS (AND EXTREMELY LOOSE VAGUE PLOT DETAILS OF TENET) AHEAD

It’s here. We’re finally gone from the idealized safety of Wanda’s physical and mental bubble and piecing it all together. Not just the real-life viewers, but the characters within WandaVision who are watching those same three episodes that we have already seen for the first time as they unfold in semi-real time. Confused? That’s the idea. It is, perhaps, the first-ever episode of television explicitly about how confusing previous episodes were.

Right away, “Episode 4” reintroduces a few familiar names and faces that remind us there are still consequences from the MCU at large. Right away, the audience receives confirmation…


The “time to talk” was 18 years ago. Let’s start doing it now.

TW: Seeing as I am talking about Kobe’s legacy… I want to stress that while I do not go into graphic detail, I speak about his past allegations. If this is, at all, uneasy for you to read about… you might want to skip this one.

A year ago today, I was sitting at a diner with my parents and grandmothers talking about only-God-knows-what when I checked my phone and saw the Kobe news. I was stunned. I froze. I couldn’t speak. Anyone who has known me for any time likely knows my views on Kobe, his legacy, and the place he holds in history when it comes with how to grapple with somebody’s ugly past. …


So last week I swooned about pretty much every part of WANDAVISION. The fifties sitcom feel of both those episodes made me happy and afraid that I won’t love it as much when the novelty wears off. Then this week’s episode came and do you know what? It knocked my gosh dang sucks off!

This week, we went to the land of Sherwood Schwartz. …


Reckoning with how close I became to being the people I’ve grown to hate.

I’m not going to lie. I’ve been on this planet for over 32 years and have made a meaningful impact of any kind for, if I’m being generous, four or five of them. It doesn’t mean I was walking around in a state of constant sorrow letting life go by without any purpose of meaning. It’s more that my purpose and meaning was just not there. From 2007, the year I graduated from high school, to 2013, the year I went to culinary school, my daily…


The stage-to-screen adaptation is having its moment. As a fan of the theater who doesn’t have the wallet or the locale to appreciate it in person, recordings and adaptations like Regina King’s One Night in Miami tend to be the best chance I get to see these works in any way past reading the script or hoping that a local theater puts on a community production. I spoke yesterday about the importance of productions like this for several different reasons.

Coming off of last night’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a film that bears more than a few similarities to this…


I didn’t know much about this one going in beside the talent and who Ma Rainey is. I don’t know her music well past hearing her any time I’m listening to the blues. Still, coming off of a Fences rewatch, I couldn’t help but get excited to see Viola Davis bring it again in what I ignorantly didn’t realize was an August Wilson classic. This detail should have been obvious from the dialogue alone. It also explains why it resonated so deeply as it did.

My August Wilson literacy is obviously not top-notch. I know Fences and a few excerpts…


Some Spoilers Ahead

For some reason this was my most heavily-anticipated Marvel series. I can’t really explain why, either.

The fact that I love both the leads doesn’t hurt… especially letting both of them act more to their strengths. Paul Bettany is truly a hilarious ball charisma in ways he never truly got to be in the standard MCU. Elizabeth Olsen is also fantastic when she’s able to sink her teeth into the role. Furthermore, Kathryn Hahn is never not hilarious when she’s Kathryn Hahning it up, and let me tell you… she Kathryn Hahn’s it up in this role…

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