Thursday, March 31, 2016

Welcome

Howdy, folks. If you're here for the first time, welcome. This place has gone unused lately, but I'm in the process of refurbishing it. I'll be putting up a fair amount of content in the next few weeks. Fans of Twin Peaks and LOST might want to check back in. Have a look around if you'd like, and thanks for dropping by.
 
UPDATE: Links to past pieces on Prometheus, Upstream Color, and the films of Baz Luhrmann have now been added and can be found directly below. These links will eventually be replaced by the republished pieces themselves, but I'm very grateful to Chud.com and to Nerdspan.com for publishing them in the first place, and I want to encourage you to visit those places before I import the articles over here in full.

Stealing Fire: In Praise of Prometheus



Ridley Scott's Prometheus gets a bad rap. To back that statement up I wrote far too many words about the film and had the temerity to put them online. I'm happy to say that overall the piece was well-received, even if people didn't agree with my positive opinion about the film itself. That's the best sort of reaction that you can hope for when your bread and butter is eye-rollingly overlong "think pieces" about divisive entertainment. If you're interested in reading about the Nietzschean concepts that underlie the film, or about the ways in which Scott's movie grapples with religion/faith/belief, boy have I got a whopper of a brick to drop on you.
 

A Wild Tonic in the Rain: In Defense of Baz Luhrmann



Just before the release of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby I wrote a "defense" of the divisive director and his outsized, fetishistic, purpled approach to film. It was published on Chud.com. I've since seen The Great Gatsby, and it was fine. Luhrmann's idiosyncrasies are the most interesting thing about it.
 

Review: Upstream Color



Back in 2013 I reviewed Upstream Color, the second film from writer/director/entrepreneur/interesting guy Shane Carruth. You may have seen his first film, PRIMER. If you haven't, may I suggest that you check it out? It's well worth a watch, and will bend your brain into new shapes.
 
Upstream Color is more emotionally resonant, and possibly even stranger, than PRIMER. I liked it, and you can read my review of it right here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

American Grrrl: An interview with Mark Russell, writer of DC Comics' PREZ!



A little while back I was lucky enough to score an interview with Mark Russell, author of God Is Disappointed In You, and of DC Comics' PREZ. It was published on GeekRex, run by the estimable Kyle Pinion.

If you're interested in checking it out you can do so right here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

MMorse v Batman v Superman: Dawn of Too Many Words



Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Birth of the DCU: Embodiment Of Wearying Divisiveness And Gateway To The Sale of Subsequent Merchandise (hereafter referred to as BvS, because come on) has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A bunch of people whose opinions I respect really don't like it. My wife disliked it. We as a nation collectively pressed pause during an epically ugly and divisive election year to gang up and punch the holy hell out of this movie. And yet, somehow, I walked out of the film jazzed and smiling and convinced that I'd just seen something admirably huge and ambitious and cockeyed and unbalanced and painstakingly crafted and operatic and messy and strangely personal and surprisingly, genuinely weird; something that I enjoyed as an experience.
…Good Lord. Is this what it feels like to be a fan of the Transformers franchise?
[Please See FOOTNOTE ONE, at the bottom of this piece, in which I discuss supplementary explanations for my enjoyment of the film]