Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

The movie industry is built on big budget franchises.  We know this.  We don’t care.  We complain en masse, but when it comes down to it, nobody minds excessive franchising or the recycling of familiar cinematic concepts enough to do anyhting about it.  I’m as much of a culprit as anyone else; this summer IContinue reading “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”

Playing Spies Vs. Mercs

  You pan your sighted machine gun across the inky-black room as a faint shadow runs across your vision off in the distance.  You retreat slowly into a corner and crouch down, nervously reloading your rifle.  Scanning the landscape for possible cover locations, you shoot a syringe full of adrenaline into your right arm toContinue reading “Playing Spies Vs. Mercs”

Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins is the story of “The world’s worst opera singer” who’s name the title bears.  Meryl Streep’s Jenkins is a passionate patron of the arts who begins to perform concerts herself.  The only problem is that she has a terrible voice.  From the moment she first sings in front of a crowd, sheContinue reading “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Retroactive Reviews: Queen – Queen (1973)

For the foreseeable future in the Retroactive Reviews series, I’ll be working my way through the discography of what is undoubtedly one of the greatest bands of all time, beloved around the world: Queen. Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon, and drummer Roger Taylor are in the Songwriting Hall of Fame individuallyContinue reading “Retroactive Reviews: Queen – Queen (1973)”

O Brother Where Art Thou: Utilizing the Hero’s Journey

O Brother Where Art Thou follows the adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro), and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson) as they journey across depression era Mississippi to find a stash of money that Ulysses has supposedly hidden from the robbery that landed him in prison. The story very closely mirrorsContinue reading “O Brother Where Art Thou: Utilizing the Hero’s Journey”

Gov’t Mule: Revolution Come, Revolution Go

I love the Idea of the blues; a cyclical chord progression repeated over and over again.  Simplicity of structure leaving room for intricacy of improvisation, and passion of voice.  The blues have arguably carried music as we know it for the last hundred years or so; via birthing of genre, or fusion with other genresContinue reading “Gov’t Mule: Revolution Come, Revolution Go”

Why you need books to appreciate movies.

Well, I’ll be honest.  I don’t read nearly as much as I used to.  Reading used to be pretty much all that I did, whereas now, I watch a lot of movies and write about them.  I simply find film to be a fascinating medium that I have yet to fully understand, but want to.Continue reading “Why you need books to appreciate movies.”

Retroactive Reviews: David Bowie – Scary Monsters (1980)

Recently, my dear friend the Optimist asked me if I would be willing to contribute to this distinguished blog, and I agreed to do so almost immediately. Having been a subscriber from the beginning, it’s a real honor to be able to submit my own thoughts here. I’ve always been a huge music geek, soContinue reading “Retroactive Reviews: David Bowie – Scary Monsters (1980)”