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 Threat Of New York [The Sopranos] (Season 5) Part I

The Sopranos season five is heavy. Spurred on by the release of imprisoned mafiosos back into the hands of both the Jersey and the New York crime families, the season rides upon their velocitation of old ideals in a new world, new relationships, new objectives, new values, and new bosses. And as the released mobster’s livesContinue reading “The Threat Of New York [The Sopranos] (Season 5) Part I”

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]”

Ishiguro’s Unreliable Narrators [Klara And The Sun]

A lot has already been said about Ishiguro and his new book, Klara and the Sun– the consistency of his tone and theme, the simplicity of his prose, his foray into many literary genres, and his return to science fiction, the role of inconsistent or conflicted narrators in complicating his stories. And this last point appearsContinue reading “Ishiguro’s Unreliable Narrators [Klara And The Sun]”

[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…”

Harry and Meghan and [The Crown]

My wife and I resumed watching The Crown (we re-entered at season 3) at the most culturally relevant moment we could have hoped for, just as Harry and Meghan sat down with Oprah to spill all the tea on the royal life and its pitfalls.  I am not the first, nor will I be the last, toContinue reading “Harry and Meghan and [The Crown]”

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)”

Collective Memory: [The Giver] And Literature For Our Youth

Weird life announcement: I just read The Giver for the first time. It was as delightful as I expected for a book that is so widely read and regarded (except for the number one review on GoodReads and the psychopath who wrote it).  My initial take is that this is what more Young Adult literature should be-Continue reading “Collective Memory: [The Giver] And Literature For Our Youth”

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]”