Quidditch And The Snitch Problem: This Sport Makes No Sense [Harry Potter]

All Harry Potter fans love quidditch. And that love causes us to look the other way at some of the more obvious absurdities of the sport. Because quidditch is delightful! A pure joy for all readers and the fictional characters who play it. Picking a fight against this beloved sport would be unnecessary. A personContinue reading “Quidditch And The Snitch Problem: This Sport Makes No Sense [Harry Potter]”

The Meme Maker [Crazy, Stupid, Love]

I just watched Crazy, Stupid, Love for the first time. It was pretty good. I laughed quite a bit even if those collective moments didn’t make an amazing movie. But what I noticed most was that this movie was a font of memes. Every scene seemed to produce a different gif for the internet to use toContinue reading “The Meme Maker [Crazy, Stupid, Love]”

One Cut Was Enough [1917]

This post was written over a year ago after seeing 1917 in theaters. For some reason, I did not get around to posting it until now.           The first time I really heard about the concept of less cuts in film was with The Revenant. This might have been when the national conversation about it, outsideContinue reading “One Cut Was Enough [1917]”

Technology In Film: As Seen In [Patriot Games]

It’s not even worth pointing out how quickly technology has advanced. We see it and live it every day. But there are moments where this hyper-acceleration of technologies comes into sharp focus, and this often happens when technology of today is put in contrast with the technology of yesteryear.  We become nostalgic around a payContinue reading “Technology In Film: As Seen In [Patriot Games]”

Ranking The Deaths In [Jurassic Park]

Jurassic Park is a subtle tribute to the inherent duality of life. How technology can both be good or bad, nature can be both beautiful and deadly, life is both good and evil.  So let’s RANK THE DEATHS BY DINO IN THE FILM FROM WORST TO BEST!  4. SHOOT HERRRR!! Just to establish a baseline, allContinue reading “Ranking The Deaths In [Jurassic Park]”

Language, Wharfianism, Diplomacy, and [Arrival]

Arrival is a movie about language- its importance and how it impacts those who use it. Most of the movie is based on a linguistic field of study popularized by Benjamin Lee Whorf (and named after him) called Whorfianism or an updated version called Neo-Whorfianism. Whorfianism is even mentioned in the film. The gist of theContinue reading “Language, Wharfianism, Diplomacy, and [Arrival]”

The Battle Of The Titans: And The Roundabout Way We Got There [Godzilla vs Kong]

On my journey through the Godzilla and Kong movies to get to the debut of Godzilla vs Kong, I have come to love the series for all that is good and bad about it. The positives and negatives seem to come in equal proportion, and the victories and mistakes are as large as the main characters.Continue reading “The Battle Of The Titans: And The Roundabout Way We Got There [Godzilla vs Kong]”

[Godzilla: King of the Monsters] But That’s About It…

Well that went bad really fast. I loved Godzilla (2014), and I loved it even more on the re-watch. I thought Kong: Skull Island was a delight, and just when I assumed this universe had a system in place for telling these monster stories, they went and did a thing like this.  Everything that was good about Godzilla was completely absentContinue reading “[Godzilla: King of the Monsters] But That’s About It…”

Big Monkey Breaks Stuff [Kong: Skull Island]

Kong: Skull Island gives anyone wanting to watch a monster movie exactly what they are looking for, a big-ass monster who wrecks shit right from the jump.  Godzilla (2014), which I wrote about here, builds slow and burns long, equal parts disaster film and monster movie. Kong at times, maybe due to their eventual convergence, feels like it isContinue reading “Big Monkey Breaks Stuff [Kong: Skull Island]”

Controlling the Control: A Disaster Film Meets a Monster Movie [Godzilla] (2014)

I remember the teaser for Godzilla (2014) where it was just Godzilla roaring into the camera as he stood among the wreckage of Chinatown and how hyped everyone got for it. I remember seeing the movie in theaters with some buddies. I remember it being a good time. And I remember never thinking about it again. ThatContinue reading “Controlling the Control: A Disaster Film Meets a Monster Movie [Godzilla] (2014)”