Oh John Carroll

Month: September 2013

Film Crit Hulk at Badass Digest explains why.

New Beck song! ‘Nuff said, right?

My pal D-Mac tracks Rocky’s run in Rocky II for The Philly Post:

What’s always amused me about this scene is how absolutely little sense Rocky’s route makes: South Philly becomes North Philly becomes the Italian Market becomes North Philly again, and so on. Obviously, the montage isn’t meant to be taken seriously as an actual workout; it’s just a few scenes strung together so “Gonna Fly Now” can play and Rocky can finish at the top of the Art Museum steps.

But, I wondered, what if this roadwork were treated as one actual run? How far would Rocky go? Well, I decided to find out. I pieced together the routes Rocky could have traveled from scene to scene in this training montage and calculated distance. All distances were mapped out by using the USA Track and Field distance-measuring tool recommended to me by my friend and Philadelphia magazine managing editor Annie Monjar. She’s a better runner than I am, so I trust her. However, I’m not sure she could take Rocky in a footrace, at least Rocky II-era Rocky. Let’s see how far he went.

If you’ve read Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, you’ll want to read this follow-up piece about the death of Chris McCandless.

The Gameological Society has a good write-up about the history of the now-defunct Rock Band video game. I was a total nerd for these.

Genevieve Koski and Nathan Rabin talk about the conclusion of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy at The Dissolve. It’s a great discussion about a great series of films.

Lesli-Ann Lewis wrote a great piece for Ebony about Dave Chappelle’s alleged “meltdown” in Hartford, Connecticut a few days ago:

While the racial makeup of the crowd was incidental, the way they treated Chappelle is not. It speaks to a long complicated history: the relationship between the White audience and the Black entertainer. This is a relationship you can easily trace to early minstrel shows, to archetypes of Blacks that still define the roles we’re offered today. We have seen more Black comedians bow to racist tropes, demean themselves—albeit unintentionally—for White audiences.

Jordan Lints has a funny piece up at Splitsider’s The Humor Section.

Previously: a piece I co-wrote with Nick Klinger, published in that same section.

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