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“Boyhood” – A Review

23 Jul

Hitchcock once said that “Drama is life with the boring parts cut out.” This axiom is relevant in something like 95% of movies, from small indie films to big budget action flicks. We only see what is relevant to moving the story forward – plot points, beats, act breaks, and climaxes. We rarely see the […]

Answers

16 Jul

Remember watching Star Wars for the first time and Obi-Wan explains what the Force is? “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” It’s beautiful and vague, but perfect in its vagueness. Whatever this Force was, it was open to interpretation by the […]

“Snowpiercer” – A Review

6 Jul

“So, to slow global warming, humanity injects this chemical into the upper atmosphere. Unfortunately, instead of merely stopping the warming of the planet, it freezes the whole damned thing, killing, like, everything. The only people who survive live on this huge train constructed by a rich eccentric madman. The train makes one full circuit of […]

The Best Show On TV That You Aren’t Watching

18 Jun

You know how there’s that one movie that everyone loves that you just can’t stand? For instance, Woody Allen has stated that he doesn’t like Some Like it Hot, a film that is not only almost universally beloved, but is also the kind of movie you expect someone like Woody Allen to like (or Gigi, […]

“The Immigrant” – A Review

26 May

There is a scene about half way through James Gray’s film, The Immigrant, where Ewa (Marion Cotillard) goes to confession. There, she tells the priest about what she has done to survive, that she has let a man sell her body for profit. She fully believes that she is going to Hell. At this moment […]

“Godzilla” – A Review

19 May

In the original 1954 Japanese Godzilla, it is revealed that the monster was created after exposure to a nuclear explosion. Since then, Godzilla – at least the Japanese Godzilla – has represented the threat that nuclear weapons bring to the world. To paraphrase/butcher Oppenheimer, we had become death, the destroyer of worlds, but the creator […]

!SPOILER ALERT!

14 May

INT. REACTOR SHAFT – SUNSET Vader’s sword comes down cutting off Luke’s hand. Luke’s lightsaber and hand fly away. Luke squeezes his severed forearm under his armpit and moves along the gantry away from Vader. Vader follows. There is no escape. Darth Vader (totes bad ass) There is no escape. Don’t make me destroy you. […]

Changism

9 Apr

I used to smoke a lotta weed. Not A LOTTA lotta weed. Just a lotta. I never went to work stoned, never operated heavy machinery while blitzed (or at any other time for that matter), and never let it get out of hand where I would lose an entire weekend to a double chambered bong […]

#Motherfucked

1 Apr

About two years ago I got a tickle in my throat. It was just after New Year’s and I had gotten a flu shot so I figured the tickle was probably just too much crack and karaoke at the annual Jacob’s Crack & Karaoke New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Then I got a headache that was […]

“True Detective” and The Origin of Story

12 Mar

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest – whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories – comes afterwards.  Albert Camus Stories […]