Category: Film Reviews/Hollywood

The Joke’s on You: Why Leviathan Needs Joker

As men require a heaping dose of dreams to reconcile themselves to waking life, so too does the hulking Leviathan of society require its dreams—which are films. This fantastical notion—that films function as society’s dreams—was first heralded by a smattering...

/ October 15, 2019

The Toxic Environments of First Reformed

Michael Mensana is in despair. The world is coming to an end, and there is nothing any of us can do about it. Here is the timeline. Here is the graph of the inevitable, the coming judgement. What kind of...

/ July 25, 2018

Movie Review: A Quiet Place

By Brewer Eberly It’s difficult to be silent about A Quiet Place—Paramount’s recent creature-feature directed by and starring John Krasinski (yes, Jim Halpert from The Office) and his wife, Emily Blunt (Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada). A...

/ June 6, 2018

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

I’m fairly sure that the first time I ever ran into any of the words in the Bible in print was in the pages of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. It’s the first of many occasions in the book...

/ March 14, 2018

The Politics of the Last Jedi

The following includes spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Right Hand Man,” the song in Hamilton that introduces the story’s protagonist to Gen. George Washington, he first tells the story of Hamilton’s daring theft of British cannons before...

/ January 2, 2018

Cells Interlinked: The Quest for Humanity in Blade Runner 2049

By Jeremiah Webster and Zach Boyd Lamenting modern cinema is easy. Optimus Prime never really dies. Second rate superheroes, revived against their will, become a name. CGI bristles, indulges in the excess of “because we can, that’s why.” Nothing explodes...

/ December 6, 2017

Sex in Movies: Was John Piper Right All Along?

So Kevin Spacey is in the news this week for what increasingly appears to be a Weinstein- or Cosby-level history of sexual abuse. In Spacey’s case, however, his typical target was allegedly young boys he met through his work as...

/ November 3, 2017
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“Silence,” Martyrdom, and the Call to Die

In her review of Martin Scorsese’s new film “Silence,” Alissa Wilkinson wrote,

/ January 23, 2017
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Why We Should Jettison the “Strong Female Character”

The trailer for the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was released last week. Following the success of the revival of the franchise in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, anticipation is unsurprisingly at a...

/ April 18, 2016
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“The Seer” Gets Wendell Berry Exactly Right.

I think most readers of Wendell Berry, “The Seer” director Laura Dunn included, start with Berry’s non-fiction. They pick up The Unsettling of America or The Art of the Commonplace and go from there. That’s not how I came to Berry. I...

/ March 18, 2016