Reviewed! ValDean Entertainment’s “Asbury Park” and Vox Media’s SB Nation YouTube Channel

/ Aug 6, 2013


Urban Drama Touches All


In the spirit of full disclosure, my first pass at “Asbury Park,” the story of a young man’s life after being released from jail, left me lukewarm, puzzled, and somewhat disenchanted.  Producer/director/writer Al Thompson serves up a three-part narrative, yielding what could be viewed initially as a very unsatisfactory conclusion, ending on a final note that hits like an unintentional press of the stop button. A second view of this drama gave me a different perspective, allowing me to understand the depth and layers of this short, yet powerful, drama. Continue reading

SB Nation Whiffs on ‘Daily Win’


When it comes to sports media, this I know — fans cannot get enough AND everyone thinks they can do a better job than ESPN. SB Nation (that’s Sports Blog Nation) has morphed from a loosely-federated group of homegrown sports blogs to a collection of 310 individual websites, maintained by a network of part-time contract writers. And, in the understatement of the year, the quality varies wildly. But, then again, fans can’t seem to get enough sports content.

In 2012, YouTube sought out more “original “content and teamed up with SB Nation, as part of D.C.-based Vox Media (owners of The Verge and Polygon), creating a channel dedicated to this ultra fan-friendly sports outlet. As someone with a background in sports media, and a hypercritical eye for authenticity and originality in sports video, my take is that SB Nation’s video efforts are wildly inconsistent and a far cry from their competitors (which are growing in number). Continue reading

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