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”

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]?”

[Harry Potter]’s Legacy: Often Imitated, Never Repeated

I grew up with Harry Potter. I picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone when The Goblet of Fire was released, and they were still sold out of The Goblet of Fire by the time I was ready to read it. I viewed the release and reading of each book as any child would, as an inevitable fact, i.e. Rowling will release theContinue reading “[Harry Potter]’s Legacy: Often Imitated, Never Repeated”

Dream Levels and Spaces [Inception]

Inception, quite obviously, is all about dreams. Dreams so real they consume and become the abstract place you occupy, so well-conceived people can walk through them and not notice a difference from the world, so meticulous they can convince people they are reality.  These dreams free up director Christopher Nolan to conjure moments in a movieContinue reading “Dream Levels and Spaces [Inception]”

May You Live Forever [300]

300, on the surface, is a muscled up, no nonsense, punch you in the nose, energy filled, masculine head-trip. But the movie is based on Greek history and as such it borrows from the heart and learning that was so important in Greek oral storytelling.  So there is real depth to a seemingly shallow and muscle-boundContinue reading “May You Live Forever [300]”

Tom and Greg “We Here For You”: A Beautiful Relationship [Succession]

Tom and Greg have a special bond developed over these two seasons of Succession. They have become America’s sweethearts through the hilarity of their interactions. Through moments where they first meet and Tom asks Greg to kiss him, or later in season two when Greg asks to have an open business relationship with Tom amidst aContinue reading “Tom and Greg “We Here For You”: A Beautiful Relationship [Succession]”