The Veil Of Truth [Uncut Gems]

When writing about Uncut Gems one writes about its stress-inducing, anxiety triggering plotline, as I did after I first watched it. However, after almost a year, I think there was something more interesting about my first time watching Uncut Gems than the effects it had on my anxiety levels. I am here to admit, thatContinue reading “The Veil Of Truth [Uncut Gems]”

Themed Recommendation List: 60’s California Drug Culture

As any good nerd, I find unmatched joy in making rich connections between the many media I may be consuming at any time. My usual routine is to be reading a fiction book, listening to a nonfiction book, watching a television show throughout the week, and spending time catching up on movies over the weekend.Continue reading “Themed Recommendation List: 60’s California Drug Culture”

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]”

You Go Around And Pity For Yourself [The Sopranos] (Season 6A)

If an unexamined life is not worth living than an unexamined series is not worth ending. And The Sopranos season 6A, the great build-up to the great ending of a great season, is a twelve episode examination of the lives these characters led, where they currently stand, and what life has become for them. Was this worthContinue reading “You Go Around And Pity For Yourself [The Sopranos] (Season 6A)”

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]”

My Top 50 Favorite Nonfiction Books (Ranked)

Collecting my top 50 favorite nonfiction books took a long time. I only add books to the list when I give them a 5-star rating. And I had to read a lot of nonfiction before I found 50 that felt worthy of a 5-star ranking.  I thought a lot about why this might be. OneContinue reading “My Top 50 Favorite Nonfiction Books (Ranked)”

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]”

Christmas Lights Scene: RUN [Stranger Things]

All three seasons of the Stranger Things series have been good thus far, but even so, I, and a lot of people, will remember the series for one moment in particular. THE defining moment of the series. And I will go out on a sturdy limb and say that season four will also not contain a momentContinue reading “Christmas Lights Scene: RUN [Stranger Things]”

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]”

Tony’s Pride [The Sopranos] (Season 5) Part 2

In my first post about season five of The Sopranos, I addressed how heavy the season felt due to an existential crisis the likes of which the series had not experienced to that point. However, underlying that tension is a much more subtle theme that holds the season together, Tony’s pride. Sylvio calls it out towardsContinue reading “Tony’s Pride [The Sopranos] (Season 5) Part 2”