If Rabbit Was Alive Today [The Rabbit Angstrom Series by John Updike]

Rabbit Angstrom became the de-facto American perspective in the literary world from 1960-1990 because of John Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom Series, in which he wrote another installation at the end of every decade that served as a summary of the previous decade and a look forward towards the next. I was not actively reading these books asContinue reading “If Rabbit Was Alive Today [The Rabbit Angstrom Series by John Updike]”

[Nightcrawler] Movie Review: An Uncomfortable Relationship

Nightcrawler was released in 2014, and since then has, very unfortunately, become more and more prescient in its understanding of the escalation of news and the complicated relationship we form with documentation of life.  That was a fun sentence… here is what I mean… Nightcrawler displays subtle genius in the scenario it uses to commentContinue reading “[Nightcrawler] Movie Review: An Uncomfortable Relationship”

Personal Top 50 Fiction Book List (Ranked)

I have been keeping track of all fiction books that I have given 5/5 stars since I have started reading. I finally have made it to 50 and have put them in order (as best as possible) of how much I liked them. I hope this serves as an elite list of my favorite books.Continue reading “Personal Top 50 Fiction Book List (Ranked)”

I Can’t Beat It [Manchester By The Sea]

I knew I would like Manchester By The Sea, and I assumed I would love it.  I was right.  But it took a couple years on my watch list, and six months of being available for free on Amazon Prime before I watched it. Because as much as I knew I would like it, I knewContinue reading “I Can’t Beat It [Manchester By The Sea]”

Noteworthy Book-Movie Adaptations

This isn’t a list of the best book-movie adaptations, or a list of movies that are better than the books or vice-versa. I just think these are some of the most interesting combinations of film and writing that I have come across and of which I have something to say.  Jurassic Park Whenever I getContinue reading “Noteworthy Book-Movie Adaptations”

The Setting Of [Prisoners]

During my first watch, I didn’t notice if Prisoners stated it was located in a certain town or city or state, and I didn’t feel any need to go back and check. The setting spoke for itself, lending weight to the story without any overt mention of how that area’s way of life could add to theContinue reading “The Setting Of [Prisoners]”

Business Advice According To [Succession]

“Sometimes it is a big dick competition.” – Logan Roy (S01 E04) Logan’s advice to Kendall is at the core of their business clash and represents a significant tension upon which Succession hinges. Logan uses an old school business mind, no game plan other than his honed precision in decision making after years of being the man in charge,Continue reading “Business Advice According To [Succession]”

Is Ivan Drago Overhyped? [Rocky IV]

Ivan Drago is often revered as Rocky’s most feared opponent, living in infamy as the man who killed Apollo Creed and as one of the greatest boxers of all time. And yet… I’m not sold. I’m not. I don’t think Drago was that great of a boxer. I don’t even think he was Rocky’s greatestContinue reading “Is Ivan Drago Overhyped? [Rocky IV]”

A Very American Reading List

Understanding American identity and our relationship to the country can be more disenfranchising than comforting. America is not perfect, born out of sins and exclusion like every other country, and 2020 seems to be a time where the sins of America’s birth and the system it has created supersede any feelings of patriotism. Americans areContinue reading “A Very American Reading List”

Can We Talk About [Vice]?

Something’s been bothering me this whole movie, and I just figured it out… I loved Vice, but it seemed to slip by everyone in the movie world, raising some hackles, receiving some congratulations, but generally untouched, like a film leper. …the whole thing’s liberal. It’s got a liberal bias. So I wanted to talk about whyContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Vice]?”