A cheerful failure

For Filmspotting's latest poll, they ask which of the provided movie failures you are the biggest cheerleader for. The criteria: “These are movie ‘failures’ that paired well-respected, ‘auteurist’ filmmakers with existing properties—and high expectations—resulting in significant disappointments critically and (usually) at the box office.” Check out the poll for all the options. I’ve only actually … Continue reading A cheerful failure

Are You Paying Attention? On ‘The Social Dilemma’ and ‘My Octopus Teacher’

I don't have to go looking for synchronicity because it always finds me. This time it was on Netflix. The other day I watched Netflix's new docu-drama The Social Dilemma (trailer) based on the recommendation from a friend and a lively text thread about its implications. The film's thesis is that social networks are engineered … Continue reading Are You Paying Attention? On ‘The Social Dilemma’ and ‘My Octopus Teacher’

Ghost Papas: Fatherhood in ‘The Patriot’ and ‘Interstellar’

I recently rewatched The Patriot for the first time in a long while. I was big into this movie as a lad, so rewatching it as a thirtysomething dad was something of an experiment to see how my adolescent tastes hold up. There's good (John Williams' score, Mel Gibson as likeable movie star) and bad … Continue reading Ghost Papas: Fatherhood in ‘The Patriot’ and ‘Interstellar’

Media of the moment

An ongoing series on books, movies, and music I’ve encountered recently. Songs for Singin' by the Okee Dokee Brothers. My eager anticipation was rewarded with this double-album's worth of characteristically clever, catchy, and joyful tunes. I may have teared up during “Jubilation”. The Last Temptation of Christ. Sure, there are few regrettably '80s moments and … Continue reading Media of the moment

Statues and Star Wars

In an email thread about the controversies surrounding the removal of statues, I suggested we relocate all statues to museums and use the space for parks and Little Free Libraries. But that's destroying history! First Amendment! Statues aren't history, as this Twitter thread by Elle Maruska articulates well: Statues are mythology. Statues are hagiography. If … Continue reading Statues and Star Wars

An ‘Unorthodox’ Harmony

It's good to know that even in quarantine, my old friend synchronicity can still visit me. I watched the Netflix miniseries Unorthodox after reading the review from Vox's Alissa Wilkinson and am so glad I did. Based on the true story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman fleeing her community in Williamsburg, it's just four … Continue reading An ‘Unorthodox’ Harmony

Obi-What Can I Be

I took the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz from the Open-Source Psychometrics Project, which they describe as a “slightly more scientific but still silly” version of those Buzzfeed “Which Character Are You?” tests I mostly avoid. Here are my top five results, with the percentage of overlap in perceived personality traits: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars … Continue reading Obi-What Can I Be