Ian Casselberry is a freelance writer, currently based in Asheville, NC. He is an editor at The Comeback and Awful Announcing

Previously, he has been a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew, and SB Nation. In addition, he was a lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report. 

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook, where he craves your attention.

He still plans to write that novel someday. 

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Did I already have James Gandolfini on my mind? 

After looking over James Gandolfini's filmography, I clicked over to my Netflix queue. Apparently, I already had him on my mind, with two of his most recent films among the top three on my list. 

I wonder if those movies will be in more demand now? I would bet yes. 


Reading stack: Tuesday's links

"Do you have any problems with fans who refuse to differentiate between you as an actor and your role? Elina Shatkin asks Nick Offerman, who plays — do I even need to say it — Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Yeah, I'm sure I'm guilty of that. As well as deep mustache envy.

Offerman also compares Swanson to Superman in this interview, which is stunningly appropriate. Now that I think about it, Offerman should be playing Superman instead of Henry Cavill. [LA Weekly]

Remember when Kurt Loder was the face of MTV News? (Remember when you watched MTV? They brought back Beavis and Butthead, and I barely click over.) I forgot that Loder also wrote for Rolling Stone, but he now has a book of film reviews out. In an interview with his old employer, Loder talks about some geek favorites that he either didn't like or has changed his opinion on over time. []

I think I speak for a majority of Michigan football fans who are happy to see former coach Rich Rodriguez get hired by Arizona as its next head coach. The fanbase seemed pretty split among those who wanted Rich Rod fired and those who thought he deserved one more year. (The "must go" crowd may have been bigger after Michigan's 52-14 loss in the Gator Bowl.)

I can't deny that I'd had enough of Rodriguez after two years (I could hear my father saying, "A coach should get five years," though I seriously doubt he'd have liked Rich Rod either) and was happy to see him go. But my sympathy for him increased after reading John Bacon's book "Three and Out." I'm sure he'll have a much easier time in Tucson. []


You've probably seen lists like this before, but I bet the particulars have changed over time. Here are Netflix's top 10 most rented movies. I wonder what that list would've eventually looked like if Netflix had followed through on plans to go all streaming content and kick DVDs over to Qwikster. Anyway, the top three movies are abysmal choices. Well, less than good, at least. [Hollywood Reporter]

Would you see a third installment of the Before Sunrise-Before Sunset movies with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy? I enjoyed both, though probably liked "Sunset" more because it was a look at how the two characters had changed over a decade, and it wasn't as romantic as many may have imagined.

I also liked how "talky" a movie it was, how Richard Linklater treated it like we were just following these two through Paris. (When I saw it in Kansas City, I distinctly remember at least a half dozen people walking out around 30 minutes into the movie.) And I loved the ending. 

So it looks like Linklater, Hawke and Delpy are up for making a third one. What are they going to title this one? [Slashfilm]

• I'm not usually interested in album reissues with previously unreleased tracks. Most of the time, as with deleted scenes from movies, those songs make it clear why they were left off the original album. Plus, isn't the whole venture just a money grab? Of course, if you're a diehard fan of a musician or band, you're probably buying in. 

When it comes to The Rolling Stones, I might qualify. I enjoyed the reissued "Exile on Main Street" (thanks for the gift, A) quite a bit. So I'll probably pick up the "deluxe edition" of "Some Girls." If the other unreleased songs are anything like "No Spare Parts," which was just released, I'll be thrilled. [The Amplifier


Reading stack: Tuesday's links

Should ordering a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks put your Man Card in jeopardy? That is the question many male coffee lovers will surely face this fall, as the drink returns. (I can still hear the shriek of joy from a female customer two years ago at a Barnes & Noble when she was told the Pumpkin Spice Lattes were returning the next week. The entire store seemed to stop and turn. Way too excited, lady.)

I think we've progressed as a culture enough to give guys a break on this one, however. After all, pumpkin is delicious. (Unfortunately, it's in just about everything this season, ruining the novelty.) But just in case, maybe you should order it as a "Pumpkin Latte." [Gawker]

Did Netflix split its DVD and streaming businesses because of the U.S. Postal Service ending Saturday service and raising the price of postage as it tries to stave off bankruptcy? So maybe it's not so much that Netflix doesn't believe in the DVD business anymore (which many believe). Instead, it's that Netflix doesn't think the USPS will allow it to provide good service through the mail? [SLOG]

Of course, The Oatmeal has captured the idiocy of this new Netflix business model perfectly. ("See, if you just buy the bun, it's only $7.99!") [The Oatmeal]

I wonder if I'm in the minority on this, but I do not want to see the helmet stickers return to Michigan football. Getting rid of those decals was one of the best decisions Lloyd Carr ever made. That helmet is a thing of beauty. Why mess it up with a bunch of stickers? Here's one Michigan fan who definitely disagrees with that. [MVictors]

Apparently, the next trend in tentpole blockbuster movies will be properties in the public domain, as studios are weary of paying rights fees for comic book superheros, literary adaptations, boardgames and toys. So expect more Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White types of films. First up might be a futuristic version of The Count of Monte Cristo or a retelling of Pinocchio. [Vulture]

I've never understood why Rick Santorum insists on continuing to run for the Republican presidential nomination. He has a better chance of winning than I do, but only because he's actually running. But after reading that he contacted Google to deal with the "problem" of the raunchy results that come up when you search his name, I think he should stay in the race. Go ahead; type in "Santorum." [Mediaite]