Why I Think Don Draper Will Die at the End of Mad Men


This article contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Mad Men is one of “those” shows. You know, a show that seems like something simple at first, but then a secondary character gets his foot chopped off by a secretary riding a tractor or a more primary character slices off his own nipple in a delusional attempt to stop computers from turning all men gay, and you begin to think, “maybe there’s something more here.” Continue reading

Going back to my roots…


When I first started this blog, I tried to build it off good, analytical writing that people could really jump in and relate to. Since then, I’ve basically transformed the site into a mini-Buzzfeed, writing unoriginal top 10 pieces — mainly because I needed content and they’re easy to write and a simple way to keep people coming back for more.

That’s not the direction I ever wanted this blog to take. So, I’m going to try and return to my roots. I’m going to try and consistently supply this blog with more high-quality articles that might actually get people engaged and listening. That may mean less consistent content on a daily or weekly basis, but, at this point, I’d much rather take quality over quantity.

So here’s to a renewed chapter. Hope you guys enjoy.

- db

The Stanley Kubrick Moon Landing Hoax and Other Weird Facts & Stories About the Director

Stanley Kubrick’s influence on modern cinema cannot be overstated. The famed filmmaker created some of the most memorable films of the 20th century and revolutionized our movie-going experience. Let’s look at some rather odd things you might not know about him starting with the infamous Stanley Kubrick Moon Landing Hoax.

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There’s an extremely popular conspiracy theory that not only did we not land on the moon, but that Kubrick was the mastermind behind fabricating the lunar footage. With his sci-fi expertise in 2001: A Space Odyssey combined with the general disbelief that we had the technology to land on the moon in 1969, people all over the world have bought into this Stanley Kubrick Moon Landing Hoax. We’re not buying it… Continue reading

Not Dead Yet

I know, I know…it’s been awhile since I’ve updated this blog and you’re all probably wondering if I’m dead or have just flown the coop.

The answer is neither.

I’m very much alive and around, and believe it or not, I still come back and check this site every day or so. I’ve just been busy working on projects for other people and have been dealing with some unfortunate health issues as of late — but those will hopefully clear up in time.

I have plans in the very near future to ‘restart’ this blog with brand new daily content, so that the 1,000 or so of you who come to visit every day have something new to look at. I can’t give you a definitive timeframe on that, unfortunately, but expect me back in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, if you really like this site, please support it by liking us on our new Facebook page or Twitter — the follow button is on the top right corner for the latter. It seriously, seriously, seriously helps. Like seriously.

No, really. Seriously.

All that being said, I’m excited for what the future holds and hope I can sprinkle onto you some badass content in the next few weeks.

Till then.


Interview: Eric Shonkwiler

DSC_00601Eric Shonkwiler’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. He was born and raised in Ohio, received his MFA from The University of California at Riverside, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. timezone. Above All Men is his first novel.

Eric recently took some time to talk to Dashboard Citizen about his upcoming novel and writing in general. Continue reading

13 of Some of the Best Written TV Shows in History

While a great idea and a solid cast can lead many shows to success, the most important part is the writing. It takes a special show to display great writing, great dialogue, great storylines, and we’ve singled out these thirteen as some of the best written TV shows in history (in alphabetical order).

30Rock30 Rock (2006-2013)
Tina Fey’s creation garnered critical success during its seven season run. It was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series on thirteen occasions, winning in 2008, 2009, and 2013. Continue reading

The 10 Best Political Movies of All Time

From campaigns and dirty leaders, to espionage and shady deals, just about every form of corrupt political action has been portrayed in film. The best political movies offer some sort of commentary, however slight, on the then-current atmosphere. Here are our picks for the best political movies of all time.

allpres2_All the President’s Men (1976)
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star in this Watergate thriller as the famous investigative journalism pair, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. It was a huge hit both at the box office and Academy Awards, reeling in almost ten-times it’s budget and winning four Oscars. Continue reading

Interview: Leah Angstman

Leah Angstman Photo 17Leah Angstman has served as editor-in-chief of Alternating Current Press for two decades, bringing over 200 books by independent authors and poets into the small press. She writes historical fiction, poetry, and plays and has had 20 chapbooks published Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Midwestern Gothic, Winter Tangerine Review, Shenandoah, and Tupelo Quarterly.

Leah recently took some time out of her busy schedule to speak to Dashboard Citizen about writing, writing, and more writing. Continue reading

The 10 Best Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Roles

Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away February 2, 2014 at the age of 46. He was a critically acclaimed and popular actor with a career that spanned nearly 25 years. Of the numerous roles he played, we’ve attempted to whittle them down to the best of the best. Rest in peace, Philip.

910. Sandy Lyle, Along Came Polly (2004)
Hoffman was the perfect sidekick to Ben Stiller in John Hamburg’s box-office hit. This performance made it clear that he could thrive in obvious comedic roles as well as his more well-known serious endeavors. Continue reading

The 10 Best Movies About Drugs and Drug Addiction

Drug abuse, addiction, manufacturing, and distribution have all been depicted time and time again on the silver screen, and we’ve done our best to identify the top ten. Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines…we’ve got ‘em all. So here they are — our best movies about drugs and drug addiction.

800px-requiem_for_a_dream_screenshot_2Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The most horrifying depiction of drug addition is Aronofsky’s second feature film. Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for her unforgettable performance as Sara Goldfarb. Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans turn in equally impressive roles. Continue reading