Twin Peaks: A Retrospective

Despite all of the great shows that have been released recently from HBO, Netflix, Showtime, Starz, Hulu, and some other other networks, there is one show that still sits above them all in my mind, Twin Peaks. We live in a new golden era of television, where the seasons are shorter, and the stories progress … Continue reading Twin Peaks: A Retrospective


Prisoners: An Exercise is Subtlety

Subtlety: acuteness or penetration of mind; delicacy of discrimination. Prisoners is an interesting film. Directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay written by Aaron Guzikowski, Prisoners is an almost perfect example of showing instead of telling which sets the film medium apart from other art forms. There is so little exposition in the film that one would be forgiven for claiming the film was … Continue reading Prisoners: An Exercise is Subtlety

The Coens and Noir: Blood Simple

The Coen Brothers are easily some of my favorite film makers. They are consistently good. I can find something to both enjoy and think about in all of their films. I don't think I truly understand them though. They have produced a wide variety of films, in different settings, in different styles, and with different … Continue reading The Coens and Noir: Blood Simple

The Good Neighbor: Why It Doesn’t Work

 Star Rating: 1 out of 5 stars This is simultaneously a review and another entry in my Why It Works/Why It Doesn't Work series. So it goes without saying: **SPOILERS** From the previews, The Good Neighbor, looked like it was going to be the 2016 equivalent of the Shia LaBeouf film, Disturbia. It had the creepy neighbor, the mysterious basement, and two … Continue reading The Good Neighbor: Why It Doesn’t Work

The Shining: Why It Works

An Introduction In 2012 a documentary called Room 237 was released. In it, several people pull apart Stanley Kubrick's  The Shining in an attempt to discover the hidden meaning behind the film. It's a terrible documentary because in spite of these people claiming to be Kubrick "experts," they seem to lack any real understanding of film analysis. … Continue reading The Shining: Why It Works

A Serious Man: An Allegory

I have been thinking about the Coen Brothers' movie A Serious Man for several weeks now. It is one of those movies that as soon as it ends you look blankly at your television screen and say to yourself, "huh." A relatively unknown film, I found this movie to be fairly refreshing when compared to the rest … Continue reading A Serious Man: An Allegory

Marvel’s Villain “Problem”

Tomorrow, hundreds, maybe even thousands, of nerds from around the country will open their doors for the UPS man or flock their way to the nearest Best Buy to get their hands on Avengers: Age of Ultron. Age of Ultron will mark the second time some of our favorite Marvel heroes have banded together to … Continue reading Marvel’s Villain “Problem”