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]”

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]”

The Long Slow Burn: [The Sopranos] (Season Four) Review

Season four of The Sopranos is a victim of its own greatness. For me, Whitecaps, is the best episode in the entire series, a wrenching, hour long tour de force by Gandolfini and Falco. But to reach that peak, the show needed to burn slow, slower than they normally burn. Which means the first half of this seasonContinue reading “The Long Slow Burn: [The Sopranos] (Season Four) Review”

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)”

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]”

The Dance [Pride and Prejudice]

Jane Austen was a trail blazer for plenty of reasons, but I am imagining one of most mainstream ideas that she captured first and arguably best was keeping two characters, destined to be together, maddeningly far away and desperately close, and then yanking and pushing those characters closer and further away.  This is the premiseContinue reading “The Dance [Pride and Prejudice]”

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]”