Reviews Roundup 2021 pt 1

Some quick thoughts and one-offs on the riffraff and b-sides. Enjoy! *Light Spoiler/Offensive Content Warning* Shadow in the Cloud – 7.5 If you’re into synth bass, steampunk, CGM or b-horror shamelessly ripping off The Twilight Zone, Roseanne Liang’s Shadow In the Cloud is an undeniable good time. It doesn’t so much lack for realism asContinue reading “Reviews Roundup 2021 pt 1”

4 Books to Change the Future of Economics, and also Walden

It is never too late to give up our prejudices. Henry David Thoreau At 22 I was working at a discount shoe store in Southglenn Mall. It was the year 2000, when the old mall was still there, Tilt Arcade, Orange Julius and all. I had a lot of free time on shift, often workingContinue reading “4 Books to Change the Future of Economics, and also Walden”

Mary Magdalene – Better Late than Never, Movie Review

Rating: 8.5 The world will only change as we change. Mary Magdalene As it does, and we do, so inevitably will the stories we tell about it. Like DiCaprio as Romeo, or Hopkins as Lear, Mara as Mary is familiar immediately, even to those who don’t know her story, and even as it comes, conjuredContinue reading “Mary Magdalene – Better Late than Never, Movie Review”

Valley of the Gods – What did I just watch? Flash Review

Rating: 8 *Spoilers* Apologies for the radio silence, all. I’ve been insanely busy prepping new projects, so haven’t had much time for reviews lately. But last night we watched Valley of the Gods, the new movie from Lech Majewski, Josh Hartnett, Berenice Marlohe and John Malkovich. It’s an impressionist wonder, full of striking landscapes, absurdContinue reading “Valley of the Gods – What did I just watch? Flash Review”

WestWorld S3, or: A Thorough Catalogue of Every Common Hollywood Error Turning Genius Into Amateurish Failure By Way Of Money, Success & Sequels, or: Form Over Function Always Fails

*Spoilers* I’m not going to spend a lot of breath on this one, largely because I just don’t get a lot of enjoyment out of tearing things down. I know they spent literally millions of dollars on it, and they probably had legit dreams and incredibly talented artists galore, but the honest truth is thatContinue reading “WestWorld S3, or: A Thorough Catalogue of Every Common Hollywood Error Turning Genius Into Amateurish Failure By Way Of Money, Success & Sequels, or: Form Over Function Always Fails”

Swallow – The Truth, If You Dare

Rating: 7.5 *Spoilers* In the search for beauty, truth, belonging and destiny, it’s hard to imagine a more desperate answer than American consumerism, except perhaps for every other system we’ve ever tried. The endless mouth of modern life is far from simply a capitalist problem, anyway, that much is clear. Overconsumption devours nearly every culture,Continue reading “Swallow – The Truth, If You Dare”

Cthulu & Campy Horror WTF Update 4/20

*Spoilers* Underwater – 6.5 Kristen Stewart is undeniably hot, having long since left the shadow of Twilight behind her and become a capable actress in her own right, but even with her star power, the killer effects wizardry of Legacy Effects, and a cameo by Chthulu himself, this thing tanks as anything other than aContinue reading “Cthulu & Campy Horror WTF Update 4/20”

The Lighthouse – A Psychoanalytical Perspective

Rating: 8 *Spoilers – Mature Content* The light… seed… Veritas… Thomas Wake Thomas, meaning “twin” in Aramaic, is the name of both leads in the Eggers brothers’ script for The Lighthouse. Funny, they kind of look alike, if at different ends of their lives, but that’s probably a coincidence. The younger of the two TomsContinue reading “The Lighthouse – A Psychoanalytical Perspective”

The New Pope – A Brief Deconstruction

Rating: 9 *Spoilers* You will come to me and you will tell me all the suffering in the world and I will say to you, they are all hysterias of love. John Paul III Finishing The New Pope, having come across it on a Malkovich-inspired whim without any hype or preconception, we haven’t yet seenContinue reading “The New Pope – A Brief Deconstruction”

Miss Anthropocene – Grimes’ New Album Reviewed

Rating: 8.5 In Grimes’ new world, cyberpunk chic is the mantra of true pop star royalty. Meditative beats invade the club, playing with the fires of imagination for a generation without a queen or a choreographer. Canadian born Claire Boucher didn’t come from money, at least not the star-making kind, and has risen not throughContinue reading “Miss Anthropocene – Grimes’ New Album Reviewed”