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]?”

[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]”

The Last Season of [Game of Thrones]

The entire Game of Throne’s series was a historical moment in television, a fantasy epic became the frontrunner in television, a must see that was as pervasive in culture as any show had ever been. And because of its fantastical nature the show was able to present and provide TV moments the likes of whichContinue reading “The Last Season of [Game of Thrones]”

On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)

One of the best conversations in film is debating ‘who should have won.’ In these posts we going revisit the great award debates, and decide, in hindsight, who should’ve won. One of my favorite years for Best Picture nominees was 2011. I wouldn’t argue it had the best movies out of any year, but theyContinue reading “On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)”