Crop by the Heartfelt Codger

Somber yet tense, Stowaway delivers

Director: Joe Penna

Writers: Joe Penna & Ryan Morrison

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Toni Colette, Daniel Day Kim, and Shamier Anderson

Genre: Sci-Fi Survival Drama

The entire movie industry ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year, leaving the masses starved for content. Stowaway is more than welcome as a slew of recent cinematic entries that are breathing life back into an industry that was shoved into intensive care like so many of us were stuffed into our domiciles during quarantine.

Slight spoilers ahead although I don’t reveal much of this great story.

Stowaway follows the story of…


“Did anyone actually eat breakfast in this club?” Photo from the Interweb

And the Sci-Fi fantasy of John Hughes

Movies have been a part of my life since as long as I can remember. Star Wars was the very first science fiction epic that I ever watched. It was amazing. It looked so real, and the characters were bold and imitable. As I grew older, I became infatuated with Amy Heckerling and John Hughes films. They were charming of course, but they were a stitch in time so unique that I don’t think its authenticity can ever be emulated. Though, try as I might, I couldn’t relate to them. The 1970’s or 1980’s were hard for me to understand…


Developer: New World Interactive

Insurgency: Sandstorm for PC on Steam (the sequel to Insurgency, released in 2014) fills the gaps that are left by games like Call of Duty and Battlefield. Don’t get me wrong, those two titles have dominated the playing field for nearly 20 years and for good reason. Personally, I feel both juggernauts are well worth their weight in gold, but they offer a very limited experience when it comes to actual teamwork between random players.

The best part about COD and BAF is that you can be casual; naturally, you will get your ass handed to you, but you can…


“It might not be in the proper glass, but it’ll still make you feel groovy.” Photo by Chuck Nicklaus

Hop-Heavy — Entry 002, Issue 1

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing

Artist: Jimi Hendrix

Beer: Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA, 7.5% ABV

Song: Voodoo Child

If the wah-wah pedal were to be represented in an alcoholic beverage — if the flowery bouquet of late 60’s counterculture were to be captured in a beer — it would be New Belgium Brewing’s Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA. The name alone conjures something like a smoke-filled speakeasy steeped in mysticism, where the house band is led by a shaman who rips through guitar chords after he lights his axe on fire.

*Tap tap tap


Screenshot by Chuck Nicklaus

Before the Ballad of Buster Scruggs and long after William Munny turned a saloon of tin horns into a fine red paste, there was Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

With nearly 12K reviews of an “overwhelmingly positive” rating on Steam, fans of the Wild West would be doing themselves a disservice to not include this in their gaming library, and here’s why.

Charlie Prince…yes, the character played by Ben Foster in 2008’s “310 to Yuma” is…not in this game. Oh me, but this is the only Western FPS I have ever played where I can shoot like him and feel stellar doing it. There are not enough Western FPS games out there, and I am not sure why. …


5 Family Friendly PC Games

A highly stylized keyboard.
A highly stylized keyboard.
Photo: Chuck Nicklaus

Sometimes, as a parent, our children frustrate us to no end. Taking out sweet revenge against a misbehaving child through a video game is not only enjoyable, it’s therapeutic. For instance, the other day I told my girls not to irritate the badger that has taken up residence in our pantry. We haven’t used it for months, but this is California and common law does apply. According to a stack of mail on top of some weathered newspapers, he’s been paying the gas bill since quarantine. …


Photo: Imgur

In an effort to avoid conflict, the lyrics of the song will be thrown out of order. Anyone can find just about anything wrong with a band or song. Their sound might be “off”, or maybe the lead singer is too much of a silk-blouse wearing dandy. It is even possible that somewhere, in some far reach of Hell itself, there resides a creature so foul as to regard Queen as simply generators of a flawed noise. Lyrics are just as important as the melody itself. …


Homer and Al Showed Me the Way

Photo sourced from InterWebs

No other generation has earned the ire of subsequent ones quite like Millennials. Until the death of my father and up until I had my own children, I never understood why, but an experience with my first born when she was but 4 years old would spark a series of thoughts that led to an explanation.

Had you been a fly on the wall of our kitchen that Saturday morning, you would have witnessed a tense stand-off between the two of us. Her knuckles were white with ferocious intent. Her position would not wane. Nay, her resolve was steely. …


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Brewery: STONE Brewery

Artist: Pantera

Beer: Delicious IPA, 7.7% alc/vol — 1pt, 6fl oz.

Song: “13 Steps to Nowhere”

Welcome, my dear Mediums, to our first installment of Hop-Heavy. Every month we will be exploring a brewery and its beers, and pairing them with heavy metal and hip-hop tracks. STONE Brewer’s “Delicious IPA” will be set against one of metal’s hardest hitters, Pantera.

Formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers, Darrel and Vinnie Paul, the group was briefly a glam rock band. Darrel had grown into a local legend with his guitar work and Vinnie Paul’s drumming was no exception…

Chuck Nicklaus

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