Kind of like The Power of the Dog was my third experience with Jane Campion, Don’t Look Up was my third foray into Adam McKay. Or, rather, my third foray into Oscar-nominated Adam McKay films. I’ve also seen some of his work from before he was critically acclaimed including both Anchorman and Stepbrothers. (In a… Read More Don’t Look Up: Flawed, entertaining, too long
It’s not really news that the Oscars are a hot mess this year. They’ve been a hot mess since, well, forever, as far as I can tell. There’s simply a baseline of pure nonsense associated with Hollywood’s most prestigious awards ceremony. Even now, when things are changing due to all the extremely valid criticism of… Read More Finding some value in the Academy Awards
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m kind of on a Mission: Impossible kick. (If you want to read about that journey and determine whether you should get into this franchise, read about some of the best M:I tropes.) One of the things that I like about this movies, besides it being really fun… Read More Pick the Mission: Impossible that fits your mood
For a reason I can’t quite explain to myself, I recently watched all six Mission: Impossible movies. I don’t have a long and storied history with these movies. I hadn’t even seen them all before. I don’t have strong feelings about Tom Cruise. Action isn’t particularly my genre. It’s just that one night I watched… Read More Turns out that the Mission: Impossible franchise is a rich text
I’ve experienced this thing several times in my life and I’m curious to know if it’s familiar to anyone. When I don’t know much about a subject, I’ll have a general opinion about it. Then, the more I learn about that subject, I’ll learn nuances I didn’t know before and my opinion will take a… Read More Should we demand accuracy in our historical fiction?
In the interest of continuing to produce content that adds to ever growing content pile that is the internet, here’s a new post! (Read my thoughts on the noisy world of content we live in if that’s your sort of thing.) One of my goals for this blog is to write thoughtful or thoughtful-ish pieces… Read More Some stuff I liked in August
I love Independence Day. The movie, not the holiday. The holiday is fine, but fireworks freak out my dogs. The best part about July 4 is that it gives me an excuse to watch ID4 again. I’m not exactly sure where Independence Day falls in the cultural zeitgeist. It’s been my favorite movie since I… Read More Independence Day: 8 quotes to live by
In the past year, I’ve watched two space movies that showed up on Netflix–The Midnight Sky and Stowaway. At the end of Stowaway I noted that both movies are pretty quiet pensive little movies that leave you on a note of hope but also seem to be permeated with melancholy throughout. Is that a common… Read More Space is super terrifying…and maybe a little sad?
I wonder if some of this trope stems from the fact that writers’ rooms used to be pretty much all men (and, you know, lots still here). That combined with female characters that the writers didn’t necessarily want to explore through pregnancy and birth because maybe they thought those things weren’t interesting.… Read More Why does television keep telling us the same old birth story?