You’re a captain, Ralphie, when I say you’re a captain. [The Sopranos] (Season 3)

Season 3 of The Sopranos was more of a follow up than a continuation of season 2. Most of the storylines that dominated season 2 found a hard stop in its two-episode finale, and the one that lingered- Tony and his mother- was brought to an end by Nancy Marchand’s passing. So instead, we got new storylines,Continue reading “You’re a captain, Ralphie, when I say you’re a captain. [The Sopranos] (Season 3)”

Captain Beatty’s Style Of Governance: Suggesting To The Highly Suggestible [Fahrenheit 451]

If you have been following along with this three-part series about reading and literacy as reflected by dystopian novels, we have already established a couple points. I recommend you go back and read those posts (here and here).  But if you want the TL/DR, I established that Orwell and 1984, although the go-to expression of ourContinue reading “Captain Beatty’s Style Of Governance: Suggesting To The Highly Suggestible [Fahrenheit 451]”

Can We Talk About [Kingdom Of Heaven]?

Be without fear in the face of your enemies I didn’t have a ton of interest in watching Kingdom of Heaven Be brave and upright that God may love thee And then for some reason, I got a hankering for a sword and sandal film Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your deathContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Kingdom Of Heaven]?”

The Filter Of [The Flight Attendant]

The Flight Attendant is maddeningly picturesque. Every shot seems filtered for Instagram, every outfit from the closet of an influencer, every backdrop felt like a destination worth travelling to see. The effect was to create a façade fit for the 21st century, one reliant on looks and glamour and how well a life can be sold onContinue reading “The Filter Of [The Flight Attendant]”

[Midnight Sky] Is Very Mediocre, So Lay off

Before watching Midnight Sky, there were the criticisms on Twitter, which do not hold enough weight to make me not watch a movie that seems intriguing, but they are enough to temper my expectations. And maybe it was these tempered expectations that allowed me to enjoy the movie, but enjoy it I did. Midnight Sky theContinue reading “[Midnight Sky] Is Very Mediocre, So Lay off”

It’s business. We are soldiers. [The Sopranos] (Season 2) Part 1

Season 2 of The Sopranos is considered one of the greatest single seasons of television of all time, and for good reason. After a first season that overperforms while poking and prodding at greatness, season 2 is the becoming. In order to recap it in posts of reasonable length, I am dedicating two blog posts to theContinue reading “It’s business. We are soldiers. [The Sopranos] (Season 2) Part 1”

Cli-Fi Literature [The Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson]

So I read my first cli-fi novel, and I’m pretty stoked to be able to say that. It is not too often that a longtime dedicated reader gets introduced to a new genre, or sub-genre I guess, of literature. But here I sit, having just read The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, and IContinue reading “Cli-Fi Literature [The Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson]”

Shadow Tongue: A Pseudo-Language [The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth]

The Wake should be in every classroom in America, not read in every classroom in America, but at least sitting on the shelf. Then, when kids complain about having to read “Old English” with a copy of Othello open before them, the teacher can be all sly and grab The Wake and be like, “I’ll make you a deal.” As they waggleContinue reading “Shadow Tongue: A Pseudo-Language [The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth]”

Addiction And Obsession: The Ending Of [The Queen’s Gambit]

The Queen’s Gambit can most succinctly be described as a series that explores the two-sided nature of obsession and addiction, and it uses one very engaging young woman and the world of chess to do so. And it works really well. The seven-episode series is pure entertainment, easy to binge and rewarding if taken slow. ItContinue reading “Addiction And Obsession: The Ending Of [The Queen’s Gambit]”

Can We Talk About [Back To The Future]?

Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. One movie transcends time and space like no other. Are you telling me you made a time machine… It transcended the ’80s.  Then it went back and transcended the ’50s.  And ever since its release, it has been transcending every time period since. …out of a DeLorean? AndContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Back To The Future]?”