Paul Bettany and Russel Crowe, besties, in ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World’
Paul Bettany and Russel Crowe, besties, in ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World’
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Peter Weir’s naval epic is about best friends on a boat

The Ahoy Boys. That’s what I call the historical action-drama Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World because I have intimacy issues and I sometimes make fun of things I love. I shouldn’t, of course. I use humor to create distance between me and the people and art and issues that emotionally move me. And I love The Ahoy Boys. It’s currently streaming on Hulu and I’ve watched it more than a couple of times the past few months.

Peter Weir’s 2003 Napoleonic-era naval epic follows the adventures of the HMS Surprise, an 18th-century Royal frigate, fighting the…

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Warner Bros. has exciting new plans for the Man of Steel. Good.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. wants to cast a Black actor to play Superman in a movie produced by JJ Abrams with a screenplay by award-winning journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates. The reaction to this news was exactly what you’d expect from 21st century America — most people liked the idea but those who hated it did it loudly, especially on social media.

After Batman, the Man of Steel is Warner’s most valuable DC Comics intellectual property, even if the character hasn’t made the kinds of money the Dark Knight, or even Wonder Woman and Aquaman have recently…


Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan in ‘Mare of Easttown’
Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan in ‘Mare of Easttown’
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My god, the star of HBO’s new murder mystery ‘Mare of Easttown’ is excellent

Kate Winslet plays a self-destructive, sandwich-loving cop in the haunting new HBO murder mystery series Mare of Easttown. The show is a hit even though it's not perfect.

Mare of Easttown isn’t the most original cop drama I’ve ever seen: a teen girl is found dead and everyone is suspect in a town full of secrets. The show is set in the heart of Pennsyltucky, the hard-drinking, working-class state that exists between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, so it’s pretty gloomy. Billy Joel’s Twin Peaks.

I’ve also lost my taste for shows that romanticize law enforcement. Is it an easy job? No…


Cast of ‘For All Mankind’ from the second season.
Cast of ‘For All Mankind’ from the second season.
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‘For All Mankind’ reinvents the history of the Space Race

The premise of AppleTV+’s For All Mankind is a simple question: “What if the first man to walk on the moon in 1969 had been a Soviet cosmonaut instead of all-American astronaut Neil Armstrong?” The answer has played out over the course of two dramatic seasons that ended with a finale full of tragedy and hope. The third season promises to be more of the same.

For All Mankind starts out slowly — and it’s worth it — before launching viewers into an entirely new timeline where America is the underdog of the so-called ‘Space Race,’ the Cold War-era struggle…


Michael B. Jordan (armed) and Jamie Bell star in ‘Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse’
Michael B. Jordan (armed) and Jamie Bell star in ‘Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse’
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Michael B. Jordan is a one-man-army in this military thriller

Tom Clancy died in 2013 but his action-packed novels, video games, and movies live on. So he gets billing over Michael B. Jordan in Amazon Prime’s new revenge thriller Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, but Jordan owns the movie — he’s a charismatic actor with muscles on muscles. It should have been called Michael B. Jordan’s Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse.

In this cookie-cutter Clancy adventure™, Jordan plays John Kelly, Navy SEAL. In the first five minutes, we’re told Kelly is a badass. Guess what? He is. The plot is simple: don’t kill John Kelly’s loved ones, Russians. The twists are predictable…


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On selling the promise of sex

Once, during an overnight elementary school trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the new kid told me a story. He was older than I was by six months, at least, and I immediately looked up to him. We were both sharing a bed in a dark hotel room where there were no adults. This was the first time either of us had been alone like that in our lives, and it was thrilling.

The trip was a sort of poorly-conceived tour of Southern Pennsylvania: we’d spend one day gawking at the Amish in their horse-drawn buggies like they were dinosaurs at Jurassic…


Joe Rogan, podcast host on Spotify
Joe Rogan, podcast host on Spotify
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Learn how to use Google, Joe Rogan

I was going to compare Joe Rogan to the Oracle of Delphi, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in Ancient Greece. That was my big idea for the day. Then I did a little research.

The 8th century BC oracle was famous for making prophecies and here’s where I was wrong: I thought she spent her days inhaling noxious fumes from a chasm in the rocky floor of the temple. She’d get high as fuck and babble nonsensically and then the priests would record the gibberish and interpret it.

This is not true. I should have…


Frank Whaley and Kevin Spacey in ‘Swimming With Sharks’
Frank Whaley and Kevin Spacey in ‘Swimming With Sharks’
Photo: Trimark Pictures

I rewatched ‘Swimming With Sharks,’ a 1994 flick inspired by abusive bosses like Scott Rudin

I always wanted to be a boss. Tough, but fair. I think when Americans fantasize about being president, what they’re really doing is pretending to be a boss. A boss has power. A boss has money. But a boss doesn’t have to deal with Congress or the press or, gag, even worse, we the people.

I wanted to be the person who chews on a cigar and says “the buck stops here.” I pictured myself on the horn, shouting orders and cracking skulls, snapping my fingers at multiple underlings, each an admiring underling, demanding important paperwork. …


The famous character Scorpion in the new ‘Mortal Kombat’ on HBO Max
The famous character Scorpion in the new ‘Mortal Kombat’ on HBO Max
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It’s everything you could want in a movie about super ninjas

The new movie Mortal Kombat is a satisfying mess, like a chili dog. I don’t eat chili dogs all the time. You know, maybe once or twice a year and when I do eat them I’m a little ashamed but, also, happy I did it.

A chili dog isn’t really food the way Mortal Kombat isn’t really a movie. They both hit the spot but only if you’re hungry for that sort of thing. …

John DeVore

Writer/editor. NYPost, CONAN, Sirius XM. 2X James Beard Award winner. I created Humungus, a blog about movies, tv & feelings.

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