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)”

National Pride [Dunkirk]

I hadn’t watched Dunkirk since I saw it in theaters. But I have always desired to revisit it, knowing, as with all of Nolan’s films, the re-watch would be rich in reward, unraveling layers of complexities and understanding that the ‘spectacle’ of the first watch overpowered (Tarantino’s word in his ‘Rewatchables’ episode). And I wasn’t disappointed. Dunkirk resonatedContinue reading “National Pride [Dunkirk]”

The Dance [Pride and Prejudice]

Jane Austen was a trail blazer for plenty of reasons, but I am imagining one of most mainstream ideas that she captured first and arguably best was keeping two characters, destined to be together, maddeningly far away and desperately close, and then yanking and pushing those characters closer and further away.  This is the premiseContinue reading “The Dance [Pride and Prejudice]”

Keanu: The Walking Meme And Genuinely Good Guy [Always Be My Maybe]

I was watching Always Be My Maybe with my wife on Valentine’s Day, munching on cheesecake, pecan pie with ice cream, and M&Ms when Keanu Reeves walked onto the screen as the mysterious date for the lovable and luckless in love, Sasha Tran. He strode into the pretentious restaurant, a caricature of fine dining, dressed in blackContinue reading “Keanu: The Walking Meme And Genuinely Good Guy [Always Be My Maybe]”

Alan Shepherd’s Speech And Re-Election Chances [The American President]

The American President ended on an oddly positive note. Shepherd finally clapped back at the low-life Rumson who exploited the President’s chivalrous silence in response to all character assassination attempts. Then the president triumphantly walked into the chamber for the State of the Union Address after announcing two Bills he would put before Congress, two pure,Continue reading “Alan Shepherd’s Speech And Re-Election Chances [The American President]”

Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps! [Iron Man]

I love great movie lines. My love for movies was carried on the back of quoting movies with my friends as we drove around aimlessly from fast food restaurant, to store, to movie theater, to someone’s parent’s basement. I have already shown this love for movie lines in previous posts (Mediocre [Mad Max: Fury Road]; HowContinue reading “Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps! [Iron Man]”