Jason Keil

Journalist. Writer. Blogger.

Jason Keil is a freelance journalist whose work has been published in the Phoenix New Times, Denver Westword, Riverfront Times (Saint Louis), Shepherd Express, and OnMilwaukee.com. He is also a blogger, photographer, and copywriter. He currently resides in Phoenix, AZ.

"A Film Buff Approaches 40: Extra Butter On That Popcorn" or "Watching These Movies Will Come In Handy...Someday."

A fellow writer listed their favorite film from each year they were born.

My main criteria for my selection was the movie had to influence or affect me in some way. 

I made some tough calls. How did Out Of Sight, Back To The Future, or High Fidelity not make this list? Why did Trainspotting have to come out the same year as Jerry Maguire? How did my favorite Quentin Tarantino film (Jackie Brown) not make this list when Pulp Fiction did?

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Top 5 Pieces Of Pop Culture Awesomeness-February 2017

For some time, I've wanted to compile a list of pop culture I've consumed that is significant. 
Monthly, I'm going to list the media that has moved me the most. Some might be past their cultural relevance, but they still have affected me or showed me a different point of view.

In no particular order:

John Wick 2
The first John Wick should not have worked, but the film's simple revenge plot created a universe that references European action films sprinkled with innovative action sequences. This sequel manages to double-down on the violence this fanboy craves while enhancing the world that Keanu Reeves' titular assassin inhabits. 

Adam Ant-Kings Of The Wild Frontier Tour-Tuscon, AZ
Adam Ant guitarist Tom Edwards died of suspected heart failure at the age of 41, two weeks before the 80's rocker was scheduled to play in Tucson. With a loss that unexpected and devastating, you would expect any artist to cancel the show or make excuses for a mediocre performance. This was not the case when I walked into the Rialto. Ant performed his breakthrough album Kings Of The Wild Frontier in its entirety with all the strut and bravado I assume he did over 30 years ago.

Bob's Burgers-"Bob Actually"
I don't know how the writers of this animated FOX television show managed to make a diarrhea joke heartwarming, but who can't relate to Tina's adolescent need to make her relationship with her boyfriend Jimmy Pesto, Jr. television perfect. It was doomed to fail from the start of the episode, but as the eldest Belcher says, "Love cannot be stopped."

History Of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
This debut novel is a thriller on the outside. Dig deeper and you will find a meditation on how faith can be used to prey on others. This haunting novel kept me up a few nights. To tell you more would be a disservice.

Hell Or High Water
I just knew in the opening scenes of this film I was going to love it. Snappy dialogue, great acting, and a taut relevant plotline prove that this movie's Best Picture nomination was no fluke. I watched both Hell Or High Water and Manchester By The Sea on the same day in an attempt to take in as many Oscar-nominated films as I could, and was stunned that Kenneth Lonergan's melodrama managed to steal the Best Original Screenplay win away from Taylor Sheridan. The truths that are spoken in Hell Or High Water's last ten minutes should have been enough to secure a win.

Fatherhood: Week 24-Halloween

I do not want to be presumptuous, but if my son's daycare held a costume contest last week, his homemade BB-8 costume would have won. Teachers and parents admired Beckett's outfit for his Halloween parade. 

All praise goes to my lovely wife. She spent a week planning the design, making the paper mache body and cutting orange felt in funky shapes. JJ Abrams would be impressed.

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