Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Parallel Horror

Parallel Horror

Hey, remember a few weeks ago when I said I was kicking off a series of pieces focusing on time-travel related movies? Yep, me too; like, last night. Since today is the designated “Future Day” that takes place in “Back to the Future, Part II” and Halloween also just happens to be about a week […]

The Cubs Are to This Season What the Braves Were in ‘91

The Cubs Are to This Season What the Braves Were in ‘91

It’s no secret that I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to any sport that doesn’t involve two people trying to beat, squeeze or crank one another into submission; my latent obsession with fight sports accounts for roughly 65 percent of my internet activity — the other 35 percent being a combination of Wikipedia […]

Oh, the Horror!

Oh, the Horror!

As we draw nearer and nearer to Halloween, it occurs to me — only now, for the first time in 31 years — that I’m not exactly sure what it is that draws me to horror. And I don’t mean Halloween; I mean horror. I know what draws me to Halloween; I can categorize it […]

Tarantino Throwaways

Tarantino Throwaways

You guys, I’ve been watching the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” at least once a day since it premiered last month. Initially, it was born out of morbid curiosity, as the BS — mostly involving Tarantino’s predilection for acting like a junior high Mountain Dew addict rage-quitting “World of Warcraft” — surrounding this […]

Walker Out

Walker Out

Today, Scott Walker nearly gave me whiplash. Granted, I haven’t been following the GOP presidential hopeful crazy train as closely as the lizard part of my brain keeps telling me to, but even if I had been, I don’t think I would have seen this coming. Walker entered the race earlier this year riding a […]

Justification

Justification

In one of his funnier bits, comedian Patton Oswalt said, “I don’t care where the things I love come from; I just love the things I love.” Granted, this was all in reference to the multi-billion dollar disappointment of an origin story that was the Star Wars prequels, but — if you have enough spare […]

Time Loop

Time Loop

Though it’s still about a month away, we’re fast approaching October 21, 2015, the date that all the future-shenanigans occur in “Back to the Future, Part II.” And if I’m going to do a lead-in to that date featuring several articles about movies, time travel and time travel movies, I’d better go ahead and get […]

Trump on His Own Terms

Trump on His Own Terms

Around middle school, I was way, way into Choose Your Own Adventure Books. At that point in my life, it was just beginning to occur to me that, despite every grown-up I knew telling me that I could “be anything I wanted to be,” the amount of control I exerted over my own future was, […]

Lawler is a fighter who deserves recognition

Lawler is a fighter who deserves recognition

I’ve been putting off writing about Robbie Lawler for a few weeks now, even in the immediate aftermath of his welterweight title-defending win over Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 in July. The fight-think piece aspect of this column has been making something of a comeback in recent months, and I’m doing my best to space […]

A Surprisingly Peaceful Weekend at the Movies

A Surprisingly Peaceful Weekend at the Movies

This past weekend, the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” hit theaters, raking in nearly $60 million in its opening weekend, a record for an R-rated film in the month of August. All this, despite Paul Giamatti wearing a hairpiece that makes him look like the father of both Ted Danson and Conan O’Brien. But you […]