This Week in Halftime: Death, tyranny, and fantasy football

The school year is in full swing, and so are the friendly neighborhood writers at the Voice‘s leisure and sports blog, Halftime.

Katherine Landau mourns the loss of “part producer, mixer, writer and instrumentalist” Chris Walla from alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, and what this might mean for their future:

Death Cab is home for me, and I’m scared that this home will become merely a memory. But maybe I should have more confidence, belief that my friends at Death Cab will make it through and thrive, whether on their own or with each other. 

John Connor Buckley takes a look back at the best films of the summer:

It’s difficult to describe this year in terms of film, because for the most part, the first half’s been relatively lackluster, with only a few “hits” worth mentioning, such as Wes Anderson’s dark farce The Grand Budapest Hotel or the surprisingly hilarious 2-hour advertisement that was The Lego Movie by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The summer, as always, brought in a bunch of big blockbusters ready to entertain theatre-goers, but only a few managed to succeed.

Ian Philbrick extrapolates the relationship between the toxic atmosphere of House of Cards’ Washington, D.C., and its real-life counterpart:

Through Kevin Spacey’s chilling performance as U.S. Congressman turned Vice President turned President Frank Underwood, House of Cards indulges the most modern of our political cynicisms. Underwood’s Southern-accented, fourth-wall-breaking audience asides emphasize just how much issues of tyranny, backdoor wheeling-and-dealing, and both metaphorical and literal backstabbing have come to define the public perception of Washington at a time when American confidence in government has hit rock bottom.

Last but not least, in the world of sports, Jeremy Dang gives his own humble predictions about this season’s fantasy football:

The point is, fantasy football “experts” are not gods. They are just people who get paid to draw conclusions from the same set of facts to which you and I have access. Being a slave to expert rankings makes for boring, uncreative, and often unsuccessful fantasy football.

Photo: cam knows via Flickr

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