Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    On the plane, I watched:
    Deadpool (meh)
    Zootopia (cute, but I’m not sure that the analogy it was trying to make took it where it really wanted to go)
    and a lovely little flick called “Midnight Special”.

    I wholeheartedly recommend that last one. I’m not even going to tell you much of anything about it. Just that it’s really good and you’re going to say “hey, I know that guy/gal!” a handful of times as you watch it. It has really, really awesome scenes in it (the one at the gas station, for example, was a really great moment). See it. We can argue about it.

    I also caught another movie that I’ve been meaning to see for a while and I finally saw it and, totally, I can get an essay out of it. So that’s percolating too.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Reading Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark. And just let me say that it is so nice to read something where such care is taken with the the language and story. Not a wasted word and the construction is closer to poetry. It is his second book, and boy does he find his feet. It is also darker than the bottom of Murakamis well.

    She shook him awake from dark to dark, delivered out of the clamorous rabble under a black sun and into a night more dolorous, sitting upright and cursing beneath his breath in the bed he shared with her and the nameless weight in her belly.

    I like Elba, but I am so tired of remakes and superhero movies that even “inspired” casting will not get me out to see them.Report

  3. Idris Elba is funny.

    He is. but I learned that only recently through his voice work in Zootopia and Finding Dory. Anyway, Idris is funny, which removes my one qualm about the idea of his becoming the next James Bond.Report

  4. I watched all three seasons of Luther (there seems to have been a truncated fourth season recently, but it hasn’t made it to Netflix yet), and I have to disagree with you slightly. Yes, Idris is amazing. but Luther is by far at its best when he interacts with Ruth, and the episodes without her are distinctly second-rate.

    Also, if Idris really was married to Indira Varma, their kids would be the best-looking people in the history of the world.Report

  5. Avatar Snarky McSnarksnark says:

    Coming soon: Idris Elba as Abraham Lincoln.Report

  6. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I am reading the First Bohemians by Vic Gantrell which is a social and cultural history of Covet Garden during the 18th century and a bit of the early 19th century.

    For fiction, I am reading Modern Lovers by Emma Strauss because I also dream of having an upper-middle class pseudo-Bohemian Brooklyn life.Report

  7. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I just watched an episode of Luther. I was not impressed.

    All these dark police procedure shows are the same. Same dark hero, same psychopath villains, same outthere crime scenarios, etc.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      It lost me in the first five minutes.

      Here’s what I wrote a million years ago:

      So in the first few scenes of Luther (available on Netflix), we see a police detective let a killer of children fall to his death (when he could have chosen to reach out and save the killer’s life).

      It was only after a few moments more into the show that I realized “Oh, they want me to feel some sort of vague horror/unease that a fictional police officer might do such a thing”.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Jaybird says:


        That was an interesting discussion about American cops v. British cops. I admit that I find it refreshing that the characters on the show like procedure but I am a squishy liberal.

        Crimes shows are just not my thing I guess. In these shows, every 20th person seems to be a horrible serial killer or a genius psychopath. I wonder if shows like Luther and SVU lead to perceptions of society going to hell in a hand basket and being a dangerous place even though crime is down.Report

  8. Avatar Alan Scott says:

    To me, Idris Elba is the black actor that people keep trying to shove into traditionally white roles that should actually be filled by Chiwetel Ejiofor.Report

  9. Avatar Maribou says:

    “And then Elba returns, and I found myself slipping happily back into being utterly, utterly riveted.”

    That was my experience too.

    This week I have watched a disturbing amount of “Monkey Thieves”, which is a reality show about… macaques… in Jaipur. Yeah. This is my way of coping with Jaybird being gone. Watched some Orphan Black, but only a couple of episodes. That show wears me out! But I like it a lot.

    And I read a bunch of stuff. Digging the new (well, new to me) Thor, Goddess of Thunder. Plugging my way through a food history of Portland (it’s good, just … dense). Reading Tom Holt’s Expecting Someone Taller when I can’t deal with reading anything else. About to start a collection of Inuit writing, I forget the name of it. Every Heart a Doorway was REALLY good, I could barely put it down.Report