The Intersection of Comedy & Drama

Christopher Nolan is now a verb.

The director of gritty, epic dramas that are grounded in realism and groundbreaking science-fiction, yet elevated with labyrinths of mind-bending plot twists, has carved out a space of his own in the cinematic world. His style is definitive. Nolan’s innovative take on movies (honoring the past while reaching for new dimensions) has resulted in a strong following (pardon the pun).

Nolan’s latest film, Interstellar, was an operatic space epic that took adventures into the stars to another level because of its gravity in scientific theory. Along with the brilliant soundtrack by composing collaborator Hans Zimmer, Interstellar will inspire future filmmakers, composers, actors and storytellers.  

And this, surprisingly, includes fans of comedy.

We’ll never look at Mel Brooks and his movie Spaceballs the same way again…

I love it.

Happy Monday!

Life can change in a matter of seconds.

The same goes for sports, which includes the beautiful game. And the Columbus Crew proved this sentiment with authority last night in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Red Bulls at Mapfre Stadium.

Blink and you might have missed it.

Justin Meram scored the fastest goal in MLS Playoff history. He blazed the back of the net just 9 seconds after kickoff. Plus, he’s #9 on the Crew. It was meant to be.

Have a Record-Breaking Week!

P.S. When it comes to the MLS Cup, the Red Bulls will not deny the Columbus Crew (Remember the 2008 Final)  

That Other Team Up North

However strange the following term is for college football, it’s appropriate in the competitive sense.

It’s money time.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State will kickoff tomorrow in Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. Buckeye Nation will paint the Horseshoe in scarlet and gray. Traveling fans from East Lansing may provide a sprinkle or two of green in the crowd.

Just think of the red and green as Ohioans getting excited for Christmas.

This is the toughest game so far for both of these teams and the past three meetings have proven a Goliath vs. Goliath match-up. A trip to the Rose Bowl and a pathway towards the National Championship have essentially been all that’s separated these two programs the past 3 seasons when they’ve competed.

With several recruits planning to be in attendance, this is one of those games.

And everyone’s waiting to see the marching magic from The Best Damn Band in the Land for senior day, the final home game of the season.

Go Buckeyes!

The Speech Of, By and For the People

November 19, 1863: One of the most important days in American history.

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in the namesake city in Pennsylvania. Despite its admittedly brief nature (~2 1/2 minutes), his profound words defined a presidency and a nation.

The Gettysburg Address changed the trajectory of a country and its purpose from that moment forward.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Director of the 2012 film Lincoln, Steven Spielberg immersed himself into the turbulent life of the 16th president. Spielberg stuck tight to facts in his sincere effort to accurately illuminate an ordinary man’s passion and conviction for shining a light across a nation during some of its darkest, most uncertain days.

As a student of history (perhaps a teacher, as well), Mr. Spielberg gave his own speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while promoting his film on the anniversary when Mr. Lincoln gave his most consequential two cents.

We should all be Lincoln obsessives.


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