"During my decade as a speechwriter for Barack Obama, he used to say that our entire job was to tell a really good story about America." - Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting for Barack Obama What is America and who gets to define it? Ben Rhodes' recent piece…Read more On Ben Rhodes and the Dangerous Fecklessness of Modern Democrats
"Together through the ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.”- Lady Galadriel to Frodo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Late in Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, Lady Galadriel speaks to the novel’s protagonist, Frodo Baggins, about how she has fought the “long defeat” for literal…Read more Burnham’s Long Defeat: On “All Eyes on Me,” Tolkien and the Prospect of Eucastrophe
Hello again faithful blog readers! I have returned to issue my opinion on the recently-released book, Guillermo del Toro - The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work. Check it out on FilmMonthly.com: http://www.filmmonthly.com/books-on-film/guillermo-del-toro-the-iconic-filmmaker-and-his-work.
Check out my latest review in FilmMonthly.com for the very good show Mare of Easttown: http://www.filmmonthly.com/film/video-and-dvd/mare-of-easttown!
Freaky, the enormously entertaining 2020 body-switch horror-comedy, is a movie that straddles several different genres. Yet more than anything it’s a coming-of-age story. While hardly a novel subject, the film also stages a discourse on bodies, on human meat, which allows for a resonant and interesting take on its tried-and-true story. Freaky proposes that bodies are central…Read more On Freaky and the Horrifying Connection Between Meat and Mind
Mixing surreal horror, fantasy and drama, Siberia is a visually striking, disturbing and ambitious piece of work, one which leans heavily on Dafoe’s gravitas and naturalism. Still, viewers' bandwidth will almost certainly vary. Read the full review on FilmMonthly.com.
Recently, I had the treat of watching and reviewing the second season of The Alienist, subtitled as Angel of Darkness. While not a towering entry into the genre of serial killer entertainment, it is an effective and, at times, surprisingly touching character piece. It is also beautifully acted and contains production values of a caliber…Read more TV Review: The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (2020)
Read my take on HBO's The Undoing. In full transparency, though, my review is really just an excuse to talk about how much I fucking love Hugh Grant.
She could hardly remember a time when she could be reasonably described as happy. Occupying a luxurious apartment in a quaint river town, the material circumstances of her life couldn’t be better. The raw, nearly unimaginable suffering occurring just outside her doors hardly touched someone like her, or so you might be tempted to believe.…Read more A Woman In Orhan
----- Chapter VI ----- The summer was winding down, but Helena hardly noticed its passing. The leaves were changing, the temperature dropping, but she remained warm and consistent, buried in a dreamy state of unbridled joy. Sebastian was gone, and he had been so for nearly the entirety of the season. But unlike in the…Read more Et Lamiis Malleus: Chapter VI